Macleod's Maidens

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Macleod's Maidens

Macleod's Maidens are a series of three remarkable sea stacks standing just off the cliff-bound south coast of the Duirinish peninsula of Skye, in Inverness-shire. The highest of them stands about 200 feet above sea-level.

They stand off Maiden’s Point near Idrigill Point and the largest rises about 230 feet out of the water.

According to legend, these sharp pinnacles are the drowned wife and two daughters of one of the Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod.

Macleod's Maidens


The Maidens can be reached by following a footpath from Orbost Farm. There is a popular clif-top walking route of ten miles out to see MacLeod’s Maidens, with views of Loch Bracadale and its islands, the forests of the Orbost Estate and Forse Burn, to the headland. Along the cliff, sea eagles nest.

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  • Otter, Henry C.; McDougall, G. F. (1911). West Coast of Scotland Pilot. 2 (6 ed.). Edinburgh: Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, by Taylor, Garnett, Evans, & Co. p. 68. 
  • What's on Skye: Macleod's Maidens