Neist Point is one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland and can be found on the most westerly tip of Skye near the township of Glendale.
Neist Point Lighthouse was built in 1900 when it was a manned lighthouse. Since then the internal light system has be updated to an automated system that no longer requires daily maintenance. The light is 43 meters above sea level and can be seen up to 16 nautical miles offshore.
The keepers cottages that surround the main tower are now privately owned, for a few years were used as holiday lets, but recently dont seem to have been used.
While the walk down is an easy one, the concrete path does get quite steep at times. From the path you will see stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself, at sunset the view is made even more spectacular making this a top destination for landscape photographers.
There is only the one safe route, so this walk uses the same path both ways down and back. It covers a distance of 2.2km, with the average time to complete the walk being 45 minutes (with no stops). More time should be allowed for exploring at the lighthouse and we'd recommend a few breaks on the way back up the steep path.
Neist Point is situated in the West Coast of Skye in the area known as Durinish. The start of the walk is at the very end of the single track road near Glendale.
This walk is not suitable in all weather conditions. As it take you near high cliffs so it cannot be recommended in windy conditions or if its misty (low visibility).
The carpark is located at very end of the single track road 10.5miles from Dunvegan (taking 30 minutes to drive). If traveling from Portree it is 31miles and will take about 1 hour to drive. The carpark is not that big so fills up quickly, further back along the road there are more spaces by the road.