Exploring Sleat in 2023
Sleat is often referred to as the Garden of Skye due to its relative fertility and good tree cover. There are many miles of coastline to explore with views across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart, Morar and Lochaber. The drive to the Aird of Sleat at the tip of the peninsula offers stunning views across to Eigg, and the loop road which encompasses Tokavaig is worth driving for impressive views of the Small Isles and the imposing Black Cuillin. Walking, wildlife and photography opportunities abound here. We recommend using the website Walk Highlands to find all the information you need to choose the right walk for you.
Home in the Highlands in Balmacara Square is a hidden gem worth popping into too. Keep an eye out for local craft fairs and markets. There are usually signs on the road for anything exciting happening in the area.
Ancestry and History
The Clan Donald Centre in Sleat is home to the the ruined Armadale Castle, and here visitors can explore the Museum of the Isles (closed in 2022) and enjoy 40 acres of gardens and walks. Dunscaith Castle, a 14th century ruin at Tokavaig, is also close by in South Skye and only a short walk from the road. Knock Castle is another ruin you can take a short walk to by the new distillery at Torabhaig. Skye and Lochalsh has a wealth of historical sites to explore including the famous Eilean Donan Castle (pictured) and Dunvegan Castle.
There are Post Offices at An Crubh, Armadale Stores and Broadford (Buth na h-Abhainn). Fuel is available at Armadale, from the community run petrol station. Fuel is also available 24 hours at the Co-op in Broadford just a 15 minute drive away. ATMs can be found at Co-op in Broadford, Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree.