The gold cave on the Isle of Skye is one of the most secluded and unknown spots on the island. It isn’t on Google Earth, and most locals have never heard about. It might not be as spectacular as Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, but because it’s so hard to find, it’s also practically empty. In fact, I’m willing to bet there’s less than a hundred people who find this cave each year. Not that I want everyone flocking there with this post, but if you do want to find it, this is your guide.
The cave is located roughly 5 miles north of of Uig. To get there, you’ll need to find the town of Kulmuir. This is on the west end of the loop (A855) running around the Trotternish (northern) peninsula. Your turnoff is just south of the Skye Museum of Island Life. Click here for the exact point. Turn down this road and then take the first right. Drive to the end of the road to arrive in the parking area outside a farm here.
Walk straight through the field toward the fence, then make a left. Follow the cliff, passing through the gate in the fence, until you get to this point here. From there, you’ll be able to see a small trail leading down to the rocks below. Walk along the rocks to the right and after a minute you’ll come to the Gold Cave.
If you’re brave and the conditions are good (it’s not raining), it is possible to climb down to the water and get to the entrance of the cave. I’m also assuming that at low tide it’s possible to get into the cave itself while staying dry, but when I was there the water was just a couple inches too high. Do take caution. Don’t make this a spot which is banned because of someone’s mistake. But never let it be said I’m not adventurous myself.
The Gold Cave might not compare to Fingal’s Cave, but it’s the best that the Isle of Skye has to offer, and that’s pretty good. The granite rock formations are definitely unique to this portion of the world (the UK). As to why it’s called the Cave of Gold, it’s might be from the gold coloring of the rocks outside. Or it might be something deeper inside. Next time I’ll have to time my visit with low tide and find out for myself.
The walk takes about 20 minutes, so plan an hour altogether for this hike. These directions might sound complicated, but it’s really not that hard to find, although chances are no one else will be there. This is private land, but you’re still allowed to cross it. Just be nice and don’t leave anything behind. Good luck!