|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9.7 miles (15.6 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B884 connects the remote settlements of Skye's Duirinish peninsula, winding its way alternately along the coast and then over the hills, to return to the shore once more. It also leads to a surprising number of museums!
Starting on the A863 at Lonmore, the eastern end of Dunvegan, we first head south west before turning northwest where the Orbost road turns off. Curving round the head of Loch Dunvegan, we then cross a low promontory before returning to the shore and passing through Colbost, home of our first museum, the Colbost Folk Museum. The road climbs steadily out of the north end of the village, passing two turnings to Totaig. These roads lead onto Borreraig, home of the Piping Museum.
Meanwhile, our road is now heading west through a pass in the low hills, to descend to the villages of Glendale. This is home to the Skye Toy Museum, and also a Water Mill. The road winds on through the hills, after a brief view of the sea, seemingly heading inland. A side road leads off left to Ramasaig, from where a track leads on to the ruined village of Lorgill. Then another left is signed for the Neist Point lighthouse - a drive definitely worth the effort for the amazing views at the end.
We are now on the last stretch, dropping down the hill to the little pier on Loch Pooltiel. This now semi-ruinous pier, littered with old boats and fishing equipment, was once the point of access to the outside world for the Duirinish area, with steamers calling here and so connecting with Portree, Kyle and eventually Glasgow. That is the reason that this pier is the terminus of the B884, despite the absurdity of such a terminus today. As with Neist, however, it does provide a fantastic viewpoint!