Elgol and Loch Coruisk

Boat trips, seals, lochs and mountain hikes

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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.

  • The Bella Jane (4 daily sailings; £18 for 90mins; T0800/731 3089, bellajane.co.uk)
  • The Misty Isle (Mon–Sat 5–7 daily sailings; £17.50 for 1hr 45min; Tel 01471/866 288, mistyisleboattrips.co.uk).

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.

  • Walk around Loch Coruisk (7km/4.25 miles; 3-4hrs)
  • Scramble to the top of Sgurr na Stri (7km/4.25 miles; 4hrs) for fantastic views of the entire Cuillin ridge: the best view in Scotland according to some.
  • Hike along Glen Sligachan (12km/7miles; 4hrs) to the Sligachan Hotel (14km south of Portree on A87) – taking in Sgurr na Stri on the way, which adds a couple of hours.
  • Walk around the bay back to Elgol (10 mile/16km). The route includes a fine beach and the famed “Bad Step”, a difficult overhanging rock above the sea. But it’s doable by most without a need for climbing gear, so long as you’ve a head for heights and the patience to carefully nudge along a rock ledge.

Accommodation & Food
Coruisk House (April–Oct; +441471866330) in Elgol is a cheerful bed and breakfast with an excellent seafood restaurant.

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