Sligachan is situated 24 miles north
of the Skye Bridge, 9 miles south of
Portree, largest town on Skye.
Sligachan is popular for its Hotel with a
popular large diner, camping, touring,
and walking, hiking and climbing in the
Cuillin and Red Mountains.
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The image top is of the Monument to the
Cuillin Mountains with the two Bridges and
Hotel in the distance.
The second image is of the impressive Stone
Stacking or Rock Balancing, all around this
area. Stone Stacking is an ancient religious
impulse, becoming popular again around the
world as a hobby.
Legend states that if you dip your face in
the river by Sligachan Old Bridge, you will be
granted eternal beauty. You cannot lift the
water to your face, have to dip down into
The Sligachan Hotel sits
next to the main road running between the Skye
Bridge and Portree. The road to the left at the
Hotel leads to the Fairy
Pools, Talisker Whiskey Distillery,
Walk, Dunvegan for the Skye Giant, Dunvegan
Castle, and Coral Beach.
The Sligachan Hotel has a large bar/diner
that can be busy at nights with it being
popular with the campers and tourers in the
campsite across the road. The Hotel also runs
Self Catering and a Bunkhouse.
Campsite is run by the Hotel but you just
turn up and book on arrival. The site looks
across Loch Sligachan to the 775m / 2,543ft
Glamaig Mountain, one of the Red Hills of Skye,
a popular steep hike. Hike Info.
Sligachan Waterfalls are a short walk from
the Hotel following the river.
There is a scenic 7 mile walk along the
north bank of Loch Sligachan. Walk Info.
There is an 11 mile walk through the Glen
Sligachan south to Elgol. Walk Info.
Gillean mountain at 964m / 3,163ft is a
tough hike on the Cuillin Ridge. The main route
to this mountain is from Sligachan. This ridge
has some of the toughest mountains in Scotland
to hike and climb.
1395 - there was a Battle in this area after
the MacDonald's / Lords of the Isles, invaded
with their Longboats. Clan MacLeod of Skye won
the battle, by killing most of the MacDonald's.
The spoils, weapons and money, were divided by
the Macleod's at what is now known as the Rock
of the Spoil, in Harta Corrie, below Sgurr nan
1820s - the Old Bridge at Sligachan was
1830 - Sligachan Hotel was built.
1854 - John MacKenzie was born at Sconser 3
miles south. From an early age, MacKenzie began
hiking and climbing the Cuillin mountains.
1872 - the famous mountaineer Charles
Pilkington climbed with MacKenzie. Pilkington
then encouraged others to to visit the area to
hike and climb the many testing peaks on the
Black Cuillin Ridge. MacKenzie then began
working as a professional guide, attracting
many tourists to the area. The toughest
mountain on the south end of the Cuillin Ridge
was named after MacKenzie as Sgurr Mhic
Chounnich in Gaelic meaning Mackenzie's
1930s - the New Bridge at Sligachan is
2018 - I stayed at Sligachan for two nights.
Was attacked by a squadron of fearsome midge
one night just before dusk.