Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye

110 years old Neist Point Lighthouse is one of the most famous in Scotland. One path, 45 min by walk facing a fury wind along the abrupt cliffs, and get there, at the extreme West of the Isle of Skye…

On the very tip of Neist Point, quite literally on the cliffs edge and standing alone on its remote perch is the Lighthouse and its adjoining complex of keepers cottages.

The lighthouse itself was lit in November 1909, ironically only 4 months after a ship became wrecked on the cliffs below. The ship was a steamer bound for Poland from Liverpool, and although all the crew survived, the steamer “Doris” succumbed to the deep and still lies in its watery grave beneath the cliffs of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse finally became automated in 1990, at which point the keepers were withdrawn. Although the light itself is still operating (all be it on its own), the complex attached now stands derelict and mournful on the wind swept heights of Neist Point.

Inside has the eerie air of an abandoned ship, as though in homage to the Doris, with food and cutlery still in place and the beds made up neatly as though expecting a visitor who may never arrive.

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 2.2 km, 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 would recommend a few breaks on the way back up the steep path.

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