Shulista - Meall Tuath - Meall Deas - Duntulm - Shulista

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Both Walk 8197 and Walk 8198 have Meall Tuath as their objective, a rocky outcrop with a terrific view over to the mountains of Harris. There is an old coastguard station here which now has a new identity as a bothy. This is also one end of the Skye Trail, a long-distance walk through the Isle of Skye. Although none are marked on the map, there are tracks in this area and navigation should not be a problem.

Between Meall Tuath (meaning 'north hill') and Meall Deas ('south hill') there is a gate which gives access to a way down the cliff face, enabling exploration of the area beyond which is labelled 'Hunish' on the OS Explorer map and also a closer view of the pinnacle (see general photo Walk 8198) at this, the most northern point of Skye. I missed this bit as I was walking alone and was not confident about climbing back up. I spoke to someone who had done it and their verdict was it's not as bad as it looks from the top!

The ruined castle at Duntulm is prominent during the return section of the walks (see general photo Walk 8197). This was once the stronghold of Clan MacDonald of Sleat. A closer view of it can be accessed from the road at grid ref 411741 - detour right at Waymark 9 and walk about 500m down the road.

These walks are good for birdwatching and don’t forget to keep an eye on the sea for sightings of seals, whales and dolphins. Walk 8197 is straightforward and Walk 8198 is for the slightly more intrepid.

The outward section of this route (Walk 8197) is along a low, airy escarpment, below which are the ruins of a settlement called Erisco. These can be approached for a closer look.

Note for dog-owners: there is one stile and no sheep.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Skye

Features

Birds, Castle, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Sea, Wildlife