A PERFECT LOOP
12 miles of Skye in one day! Take a day to explore one of the finest short journeys in Scotland, the Ord-Tarskavaig loop road across the centre of Sleat, where at every turn you will see something to take your breath away. Take in some of the finest scenery in Scotland, walk a sandy beach or explore the ruins of a long deserted castle. There is something for the whole family to make a very special day.
Make the turn from the Broadford-Armadale road (A851) and head for Ord, Tokavaig and Tarskavaig, passing the pristine Brae Ord forest, before reaching Loch Meodal and the first view from afar of the magnificent Cuillin Ridge and Blaven, the Blue Mountain. Watch out for golden eagles in the skies above before reaching the sandy beach in Ord, the ideal place to launch a kayak or search through countless rockpools. Wonder at the mysterious 'water-horse' at the An Acarsaid garden by the beach, or browse for batiks at the Batik Studio.
Cross over the Ord River and pass Tokavaig before the road descends to the rocky shore. Close by is Dunscaith Castle, scene of many ancient feuds between the clans, now just visited by seabirds, sheep and the occasional visitor. Enjoy superb views across the loch to the majesty of the Cuillins, and if you are lucky you may see an otter playing in the crystal clear waters.
Drive on a few miles to Tarskavaig, a small township of white-painted cottages and its now deserted ancient church nestling above a rocky cove. Be sure to stop by the Communities Hall and enjoy the magnificent views or browse works of art at the Blue Studio nearby.
Head on to Gillean Beach, great for beachcombing or perhaps giving the dog a run, with its stunning views across to Rum and Canna. Head inland and pass through rolling hills and wild moorlands, ancient forests, bounded by lochs and streams, before arriving back at the main road at Ostaig. So much to see, take home memories and make a day last a lifetime.
Take a day to enjoy Sleat, perfectly Skye. And of course, you can always leave the car and walk!