Trumpan, Waternish Point and Geary circuit
Distance: 21.5 km (13.5 miles)
Time: 6 – 8 hours
Terrain: Straightforward walking to Waternish Point; much tougher and very challenging return walk across pathless ground with bogs, knee deep heather and some steep slopes above cliffs, before the finish on minor roads.
Summary: A challenging circuit of Waternish Point with plenty of interest and fabulous views including a section of little-visited coastline for a real ‘get away from it all’ feel. The circuit starts from the remains of Trumpan Church where you can read about the bloody feud between the local Macleods and the MacDonalds of Uist. From here the walk is straightforward, passing close to two excellent iron-age brochs on the way to the small lighthouse at Waternish Point. This is one of the best places on Skye for spotting marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, and seals. From here the route becomes more rugged and challenging, keeping close to the dramatic clifftops and climbing heathery slopes with views of natural arches and sea caves. Several detours inland are necessary to pass deep inlets. Eventually, the crofting township of Geary is reached. From here the walk follows the minor road, with lovely views over the Ascrib Isles, to return across the moorland to Trumpan and the start of the walk. A challenging and varied days walk for experienced hillwalkers.
This is crofting land. Please abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which can be found here and in particular please keep dogs on a lead where there are sheep and cattle.
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