Elgol - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Elgol' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Elgol lies at the end of the road on eastern side of the Strahaird Peninsula overlooking Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Tradition states that the name came from 'Aella-gol' after a naval conflict involving the Vortigern ship Aella against 5 other ships of the Picts and Scots in the 5th century.
Elgol and the Strathaird Peninsula was a stronghold of the Mackinnon Clan, a strong Jacobite Family. Charles Edward Stuart (Young Pretender of Bonnie Prince Charlie fame) sought refuge in Elgol during his flight to France in 1746. Just south of Elgol is 'Uamh Phrionnsa' cave (Prince Charlie's cave) where it is said that Charles hid for a time. It is not the only cave on Skye claiming this.
Elgol and Strathaird suffered greatly during the Clearances, which greatly reduced the population of the village. Set in a remote part of Skye with stunning views over Loch Scavaig to the mouth of the Cuillin, home to many Munros on Skye, the village has become popular with visitors, and many of the homes are now holiday homes. The area offers stunning sunsets with views over the islands of Soay and Rum. Just north of Elgol is Ben Cleat (277m) which offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Bella Jane Boat Trips run trips from Elgol to the head of Loch Scavaig, a short distance from Loch Coruisk and the heart of the Black Cuillin. Trips are also offered by Misty Isle Boat Trips. Both these companies offer a number of tours around the area, visiting seal colonies and viewing other wildlife. Aquaexplore run boat trips to Canna, Rum, Soay, and Eigg.
The coastline around Elgol is rich in fossils, with some layers of rock particularly rich in bivalve mollusc fossils. Belemnites and ammonites can also be found here in rocks along the foreshore.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Elgol is about 14 miles south of Broadford on the B8083 road. The road passes through numerous small hamlets including Swordale and Torrin before looping round Loch Slapin and then along and over the Strathaird Peninsula to Elgol. On the way the road passes a chambered cairn and the ruins of Cill Chriosd church.