Situated 14 miles south west of Broadford, at the tip of the Strathaird peninsula, the scattered township of Elgol (Ealaghol in Gaelic) lies in a dramatic setting on the shores of Loch Scavaig. It is quite likely that you may have seen images of the famous mountain and seascape views adjacent to the small dispersed settlement in films, T.V. programmes, posters/postcards and books - across Loch Scavaig the Cuillins impressively form the northern horizon. From the jetty visitors may take a boat trip right into the heart of the mountains, from where it is a simple walk of a quarter of a mile to remote Loch Coruisk.
Elgol itself is home to a remarkably situated primary school just yards off the pebble beach, close to the overhang of the striking 'holy' cliffs. The sandstone formations display chalk particles which have cemented together quartz grains, and these have, over time, weathered erraticallly, resulting in a face of golden honeycomb which the sea and wind have further sculptured. beyond the outcrop of the cliffs lies a boulder strewn clamber for those wishing to venture further up to the head of Loch Scavaig and the land route to the heart of the Cuillin. The wildlife regularly seen in the area, from sea and coast, features sea-eagles, otters, seals, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and minke whales.
Historically the heartland of the Jacobite Mackinnon clan, Elgol is also famed as the place of sanctuary and escape for Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, when, in 1746, it was John Makinnon who sheltered the prince in Uamh Phrionnsa, Prince Charlie's Cave. The cave can still be visited today just a short walk to the south of the village - though care is needed as the cave is inaccessible at high tide.