Neist Point Walk

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Easy
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1-1.5h
Distance
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3.0 km
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142 m
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Neist Point Walk

The Neist Point Walk has earned a reputation for being one of the most stunning adventures in the Isle of Skye—and for good reason. This excursion takes you along a path flanked by the tumbling sea on both sides of the jagged cliffs that leads toward a lighthouse built in 1909. Take care if you're walking with children or dogs as you're surrounded by unfenced cliffs —if you stay on the path and keep your dog on a lead, you'll be fine!

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Route Description for Neist Point Walk

The Neist Point Walk attracts volumes of people! Hugged by a seascape, with marine creatures that like to come up and say hi every so often, intimidating cliff drops, and a lighthouse harking to 1909, this Isle of Skye route makes for a memorable adventure in the Scottish Highlands. However, while the cliff drops are stunning, they can be scary. It's essential to keep your kids close and to stay on the path. If you're with your dog, be sure to keep them on a short lead. One user reported losing their off-lead dog to the cliff. Plus, there are sheep grazing along this route!

From the parking area at the end of the road, head toward the gate. If this gate is locked, no problem! Just make your way around it. Take a left almost right away before veering right to descend to the headland below. Thankfully, you can use the handrail to ease the descent. Continue along the path as it straightens out. If you aren't with kids or dogs, you can take a quick detour towards the cliffs when the path levels! First, check out An t-Aigeach, a soaring crag that attracts rock climbers. Then, look out over Waterstein Head and the Hoe for more intimidating cliffs.

When you reach the tallest point of the path, follow the grassy track to the right. Some opt to detour to reach the top of An t-Aigeach. Take care, and don't get too close to the edge. Again, if you're with dogs or children, avoid this. Back on the main path, keep walking towards the lighthouse and the old cottages of the keeper.

Revel in this 1909-built complex backed by the dramatic sea when you get here! At the junction, you can go left to arrive at the crane, formerly used to take in supplies. Some opt to go off-path to explore beyond the lighthouse complex. Pause to check out the stunning sea scenery, where you may spot whales or dolphins. But, again, take care here and only go if you feel it's safe to do so.

After taking in the incredible views, return to your car the same way you came as this is an out-and-back route. Another extended option is to take a boggy path just northwest of the car park. Walk up to catch a magical image of the lighthouse from afar. An even better option is to go here during sunset!

Trail Highlights

Nest Point Lighthouse

The Nest Point Lighthouse harks back almost a century ago but today functions as a stunning viewpoint for adventurers. Engineer David A Stevenson constructed the lighthouse at £4,350, which saw first light on the 1st of November in 1909! However, the stunning wonder isn't just a standalone beauty. You'll also find cottages here, where people used to stay but this accommodation has since shut down.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can dogs come on the Nest Point Walk?

Yes! However, it’s so important to keep your dogs on-lead on the Nest Point Walk. The unfenced cliffs can be deadly.

Can I bring my child on the Nest Point Walk?

Yes! This is a great family-friendly adventure; however, you’ll want to keep your child close, and we advise tackling the detours described in this route as they get close to the cliff edges.

Insider Hints for Neist Point Walk

  • Parking can get busy during the summer, so go early to ensure a spot.
  • Consider taking the detour heading up northwest of the car park for a phenomenal far-out view of the lighthouse fronted by the carved path through grassy terrain flanked and backed by the sea.
  • Remember to keep your dog on a lead!

Getting to the Neist Point Walk Trailhead

To get to the start of the Neist Point Walk, follow the signs for Neist Point, which lead to the end of a minor road (57°25'46.6"N 6°46'44.8"W).

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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