Local Area Guide for Sconser, Sligachan and Raasay

View of Isle of Raasay from Glamaig with Sconser in the Foreground

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Glamaig and Loch Sligachan from the Braes

Looking back across to Glamaig and Loch Aluinn from Braes

The Cuillins looking across Loch Sligachan

The Cuillins looking across Loch Sligachan

Sconser is is a crofting township dominated by the Red Cuillins which is so named because of the distinctive red granite slopes; they comprise of the mountains Glamaig (now renowned for its annual hill race) and the Beinn Deargs. Sconser is nestled at the base of the slopes and was home to the pioneering climber John Mackenzie (1854-1933) after whom Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (Mackenzie's Peak) in the Black Cuillin is named. Beautiful highland cattle, sturdy black face sheep and regal red deer are still managed on the estate by local crofters.

The John Muir Trust owns and manages Sconser estate in partnership with its village residents. It is recognised and protected as an area of National beauty and special interest:

  • Cuillins Special Protection Area (SPA) Designated for breeding populations of Golden Eagles.
  • Cuillins Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Designated for the Earth Science interest for Tertiary Igneous geology and Quaternary Geomorphology.
  • The Cuillin Hills National Scenic Area (NSA). The Sconser Estate lies within the Cuillin Hills National Scenic Area in the centre of the Isle of Skye.
  • Sligachan Peatlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Designated for peatland and associated habitats.
Beinn Tiannavaig and the Old Man of Storr from the famous Sconser Golf Course

The famous Sconser Golf Course

Raasay from Glamaig

Raasay from Glamaig

Sconser Lodge Hotel - 1 mile. This original 1871 hunting lodge is now a friendly 3 star hotel which has a dining room open to non residents and serves home cooking.

River & Loch Sligachan - If you enjoy the challenge of fishing there is salmon, sea trout and brown trout available to be caught when there is plenty of water flowing. For the romantics, photographers and artists amongst you be sure to look out for the spectacular sunrises, sunsets, double rainbows, spindrifts and rushing rivers.

Sconser Golf Course - 1 mile - The 9 hole Isle of Skye Golf Club is a real contender for the title of the most picturesque golf club in the world! It is nestled between the magnificent Cuillin Mountains and the beautiful Isle of Raasay. The course runs along the shores of the Sound of Raasay where an abundance of wildlife, including whales, otters, golden and sea eagles can often be spotted.

Island of Raasay (Isle of the Roe or the Red Deer) - Ferry 0.5 of a mile. A day trip allows you ample time to explore its many fascinating historical artefacts. This includes fragments of Bronze Age farming at both Inverarish and Brochel, open burial cairns at Eyre and Brae, and a dun (Dun Borrodale) behind Inverarish, along with Souterrains at Suisnish. Explore Inverarish, which was built to house German prisoners of war who worked the iron ore mine and see the "Battery" at the old pier which houses a cannon along with Pictish symbols on the rock. Visit "Calum's Road" north of Brochel; he tired of waiting for the council to build a proper route to Arnish, so he spent 10 years building one himself! While many choose to scale Dun Caan, if you are more adventurous you can book outdoor and bush craft activities organised by Raasay House.

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