Bike rides, forest trails, wild swimming and a traditional music session - a perfect day on Skye

One of our favorites bike rides is the Glenbrittle / Gleneyenort forest trails loop – a ride of between 9 and 10 miles that takes you high above Gleneynort, and over the bealach (pass) into Glenbrittle. There is a good chance that you will see Golden Eagles, the downhills are exhilarating, the uphills make you grunt, sometimes you’re surrounded by forest, a few minutes later there is an uninterrupted view out to Canna and Rum. As you ride over the bealach and onto the upper slopes of Glenbrittle, the Cuillin in there is front of you.

So you have grunted, you’ve puffed – had a picnic what next? How about a wild swim? If you have completed the Glenbrittle / Gleneynort loop there are plenty of opportunities-In Glenbrittle the Fairy pools can provide a memorable “wild dip” and when the tide is out the beach is a vast expanse to enjoy, the problem is that there are always people around……….. but let us know that this is your plan + we’ll tell you a few secret places.

Can it get better? YES! how about some traditional music – and maybe a beer … or two? The music session is an important part of cultural life in Scotland, especially the Highlands and Islands – they happen all the time, anyone can join in, if you have a few tunes of your own or want to learn some new ones don’t be shy! Near by Glenbrittle is the Old Inn at Carbost ( – some say “ahhh 3 days off your life every time you go through the door” not true! For wild fiddlin’ and foot tappin’ it’s hard to beat. Closer to home if you are staying in Merman Cottage or Tigh Dubh our very own local – The Edinbane Inn ( can usually score 99 on the craik!