Everybody who visits the Isle of Skye has seen the magnificent Loch Ainort. Yet it is not on any of the list of things to do in Skye. Today I am correcting this mistake and showing you why you should stop by its shore around the town of Luib.
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Loch Ainort - Video
Let's start with a short video of driving around Loch Ainort:
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Loch Ainort
You cannot miss Loch Ainort. The main road (and only road) going from the Skye Bridge to Portree goes around it. It is a magnificent place surrounded by the Red Cuillin Mountains. Yet not many people stop to admire the place and even less talk about it.
If you want to have a look on Google map:
Loch Ainort before Luib
When driving up to Portree you first stay along the coast with views of the Isle of Scalpay. But a turn inland will display the Red Cuillin towering around Loch Ainort.
This is a seawater loch more in length that in width which makes it more appealing.
Luib is the town on the South shore of Loch Ainort. It is very small, but a great place to stay if you want to get away from the biggest towns but remain in a practical location.
Booking has one accommodation in Luib and Airbnb has 5.
Loch Ainort head
After Luib, the rest of the drive is even more impressive, as you get to discover the details in the mountains and drive right next to the water.
I could not take my eyes off those hills with the changes in colors ad all the lines flowing down. I find them mesmerizing. And the intense blue of Loch Ainort adds to the intensity of the place.
End of Loch Ainort
At the end of Loch Ainort there is a small waterfall. From there you get inland between to hills towards Loch Sligochan.
Clamaig - On the way to Sligachan
As the roads gets away from Loch Ainort, the hills of the red Cuillins surround Clamaig remain mesmerizing all the way to Loch Sligachan. (Sligachan is where you start the walk through the Cuillin mountains to Elgol and Loch Coruisk)
I love conic mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Clamming is one of those.
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What do you think? Worth a stop?
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