To see some of Skye’s best scenery, with the minimum of effort, a boat trip from the little fishing village Elgol is hard to beat.
This is partly because the drive to Elgol is one of the most scenic on the island: it snakes through the Red Cuilllins before dropping steeply to the sea.
Every bit as enjoyable though, is the boat trip from Elgol across Loch Scavaig, past seal colonies and to the beautiful Loch Coruisk, which hides in the Cuillins’ shadows.
Two Elgol companies offer boat trips (Easter to Oct) and both recommend advance booking.
Both boats take you a jetty near Loch Coruisk and back (about an 45min each way) and allow you time ashore. For most people, the regular hour and a half ashore is enough to take in the loch, but either company will take you back on a later sailing if you want to stay longer. There are even one-way-ticket options available for die-hard hikers on long trips.
Hikes from Loch Coruisk
For a longer hike than just the stroll to the loch and back, scan the options below. The Bella Jane booking office sells maps.
Accommodation & Food
Coruisk House (April–Oct; +441471866330) in Elgol is a cheerful bed and breakfast with an excellent seafood restaurant.