Visiting Macleod's maidens by sea has been on the bucket list since we first visited Skye. In 2013 we hiked out to Idrigill Point to see the Maiden's from land but I have since wanted to return and sit bellow the 200ft sea stack towering above me.
The ideal trip starts out from beyond Neist Point in the west but the 32km trip has very few landing/escape points. I'm writing this 19 months on but I seem to remember the tides for this trip didn't quite work so I opted to launch from a small beach called Camas Ban near Harlosh in Loch Bracadale to the east of the Maiden's.
Reaching the towering cliffs a white tailed eagle soured high above (pictures not worthy of uploading).
Reaching Idrigill point I was now a good 7km from any road and possibly to early for anyone to have hiked the 5 mile walk out here. I was truly alone.
A short distance away was a small pebble beach where I soaked up the view and had a bite to eat.
Turning back east I opted for the 4km crossing over to the small isle of Wiay. In these perfect conditions I kept my eyes peeled for any movement on the water. Last time we walked here we were lucky enough to spot a pair of whales feeding in the loch.
With views of the Cullin ridge off to the east I skirted the western side of Tarner Island before crossing back over to Harlosh Point.