One of my favorite things to do is watch the sunset. There is just something relaxing about it and I never cease to be amazed by Mother Nature.
I try to plan some sunset time whenever I travel. When I was researching my trip to Isle of Skye, Scotland, I read that by the Neist Point Lighthouse was the best place to watch the sunset. I wanted to see it for myself!
After going to Neist Point, I can confidently say you need to add it to your itinerary. Let me tell you about our experience and give you some tips for visiting Neist Point.
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Driving to Neist Point
Neist Point is located on the most westerly tip of Isle of Skye near the township of Glendale. It was about a 40-minute drive from the B&B where we were staying or about an hour from Portree.
The drive there was quite an adventure. Since it is on an isolated part of the island, you have to go on one lane roads to get there.
Yes, one lane roads for two way traffic! If you happen to see someone coming from the opposite direction you have to wait by one of the passing places to allow them to go by. Plus, the road was winding up some pretty steep hills. Luckily, Russell had experience with roads like this, but it still made me nervous. (Check out these tips for driving in the UK.)
Just a few minutes before we reached our destination, it started pouring. We debated about just going back to the B&B, since we wouldn’t be able to see the sunset with this weather. I know in Scotland the weather can change quickly, and we had driven all the way there so we thought we should at least explore a bit.
Hiking to the Neist Point Lighthouse
We put on our rain jackets and got out of the car. It was rough out there, very windy and heavy rain. We headed to the beginning of the trail.
The Neist Point hike starts with lots of steep steps going down. Again I was tempted to turn around but we had come all the way there, plus the scenery was so beautiful. We started down the steps holding on tight to the handrail.
A few minutes later the rain miraculously stopped! All of a sudden the stairs didn’t look quite as steep. Once we got to the bottom of the steps, it was an easy walk to the Neist lighthouse through sheep pastures.
Well not sure if it was a pasture, there were sheep roaming freely around us. I loved watching the sheep. They seemed like they were trying to talk to us and some had personality!
We came to see the Neist Point sunset but I didn’t realize how beautiful the area was going to be in its own right. The cliffs were absolutely stunning and reminded me of the west coast of Ireland. I loved the intense green with all the sheep too. Pictures don’t do it justice! So even if you can’t make it at sunset time, I would definitely add the Neist Point Lighthouse walk to your Isle of Skye Itinerary.
More About the Neist Point Lighthouse
The Isle of Skye has several lighthouses, but some say that the Neist Point Lighthouse is the most dramatic. It was built in 1900 and has since been updated to an automated lighting system. The light is 140 feet above sea level and can be seen up to 16 nautical miles offshore.
The keeper’s cottages that surround the Neist Lighthouse main tower are privately owned. For a few years, they were holiday rentals, but they don’t seem to have been used for a while. If someone would fix them up again, I would love to spend a weekend staying at the Neist Point lighthouse bed and breakfast! How neat would it be to sleep inside one of the most famous lighthouses in Skye!
It’s about a 20-minute walk, not counting time for pictures, from the parking lot to the Neist Point lighthouse. You use the same path to return to your car.
The only part that is difficult is climbing the stairs back up to the parking lot. There is a nice handrail, but the stairs are steep. Please be careful hiking to this Skye lighthouse if the weather conditions are not ideal.
Was it the Best Sunset?
It ended up being a bit too cloudy for us to get a good sunset. Still, I enjoyed my visit.
The area is so beautiful and definitely doesn’t need a sunset to make the visit worthwhile. I will definitely go back to Neist Point next time I am on the Isle of Skye and see if I can catch the lighthouse at sunset. I would also like to visit the other Isle of Skye lighthouses.
Is Neist Point Worth Visiting?
Yes. It’s free to go to Neist Point (including parking), so it will only cost you time. I think it’s time well spent.
The drive is a little nerve racking at times, but the scenery will make you glad you came even if it is too cloudy to see the sunset. Once you get past the stairs it’s a fairy easy walk with views that you won’t soon forget. When we went it wasn’t crowded, so it was definitely romantic.
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What to Bring When You Visit Neist Point
Neist Point is a remote location on the Isle of Skye so you will want to come prepared.
While it’s not a very challenging hike, you should still wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes for the steep stairs in the beginning. I don’t think you need hiking poles or anything like that though.
The winds can be strong so it’s probably smart to wear a jacket and given that it could rain at any moment in Scotland, one with a hood.
As with other hikes, it’s a good idea to bring along water in a reuseable bottle (to be good to the environment). If you want to eat, you will need to bring your own food as their are no facilities nearby.
You also want to be sure to bring your camera so that you can capture the beautiful scenery and sunset. We use the Sony A6000, but you might want to use a newer version.
Another Isle of Skye Sunset Spot
I have also heard that Talisker Beach is a lovely spot to watch the sunset on Skye. It’s about a 35-minute drive from Portree to the Talisker Beach parking lot, then it’s a 20-minute easy walk to the beach.
What other sunset watching places do you have on your list? I would love to hear about them in the comments.
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Expert Tips for Visiting the Neist Point Lighthouse, Scotland
- Be prepared for the single lane road that you have to drive on to get to Neist Point Scotland. Make sure you understand the driving rules.
- Wear proper shoes as the beginning and end of the hike are steep.
- Neist Point is worth a visit even if you can’t make it for sunset.
- Allow 1-2 hours for your visit.
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Last Updated on April 27, 2023
so beautiful! I’d like to revisit Scotland and to go to this island:)
Tanja – Thanks so much! Yes Isle of Skye is amazing. I hope you get the chance to go!
I’ve heard so much about the Isle of Skye and yet the pictures still surprise me! One of these days I will finally get to Scotland!
Leigh – It really is an amazing place! Definitely add it to your list for when you make it to Scotland.
I’ve never made it to the Isle of Skye, much as I’d like to. Will definitely remember Neist Point if I do get to visit. Love the friendly/talkative sheep! 🙂
Lorna – I hope you get the chance to visit. I know you will love it.
Scotland is on my shorter bucket list; just waiting til my littles are a little older before we head to Europe. I am enjoying all your posts on it and will be cataloguing get them for for future planning purposes. Very beautiful. I love the sheep on the hillside.
Amanda – Thank you. Yes, I am sure your kids will appreciate it more when they are older. Scotland is so beautiful and there is so much to see.
How beautiful! I’ve never made it to Scotland, and I don’t like the rain, but those beautiful hills and cute sheep are calling me. I could definitely brave the damp and cold for views like that.
Thanks so much Staci. Yes, it really is such a beautiful place!
Watching sunsets is one of our favourite things to do and you’re right Mother Nature is amazing, but unfortunately doesn’t always behave as we would want it! Does look a beautiful part of the world to visit, thanks for sharing.
Thanks guys! It really is a beautiful area. I hope you get the chance to visit.
Love the shots with the sheep and the picturesque views. #TheWeeklyPostcard
Thanks Sarah! I really loved the sheep too, they made the spot extra special.
What a romantic spot. These pictures are so beautiful – it must have been breathtaking in person!
Cynthia – Yes! If only the sunset would have cooperated. It really is a beautiful place, though. I hope you get the chance to visit.
This is called as beauty of nature. What an amazing place to visit. Nice pictures.
Yes, it really is a beautiful place. So glad you liked the pictures.
Some lovely (what I imagine to be typical of that area) scenery for your drive.
Sally – Yes, thanks, it is such a beautiful area!
I also love to find amazing sunsets when I travel! Loved reading about this one. #theweeklypostcard
Thanks Laura! There is just something about sunsets!
What a nice place! Lucky sheep! 🙂
Haha yes they found a lovely home!
What an incredibly scenic spot! I’m glad you didn’t turn back because I’m really enjoying the photos you took. The light in that first photo with the lighthouse is fantastic.
Thanks so much Michele! So glad you enjoyed the photos, I hope you get the chance to visit one day.
This is a spectacular spot. Excellent for hiking or a road trip!
Agness – Thank you. And yes I agree its a great place for hiking or doing a road trip. I hope you get the chance to go there.