The Isle of Skye can get quite busy in the summer, and the mainland has places that are just as beautiful and, generally, less noticed!
Glenelg via the Mam Ratigan Pass. Take the tiny little Glenelg Ferry back to central Skye and head home to your Lodge that way.
Ancient Brochs at Glenelg
Lunch at the Glenelg Inn
Walk down to Sandaig – the bay where Gavin Maxwell lived (Ring of Bright Water). There is nothing here but a couple of ruined cottages, white coral beaches and beauty! Go at low tide.
North Lochalsh and South Torridan
Drive over the Bealach na Bar pass to Applecross – the highest road in the UK. Spectacular views and not for the faint hearted!
Lunch at the Applecross Inn or the Walled Garden Café
Take a heavy duty bin-bag and slide down the big sand dune just north of the village!
Walk down to the coral beach which starts 3 or 4 miles south of the village. (Walk is about 1.5 miles each way)
Head home via the coastal route and through Sheildaig