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In our humble opinion the most beautiful spot in Britain, if not possibly even the world (yes - honestly!) is Loch Coruisk, on the Scottish island of Skye.

There are many great hiking routes to get there, but our favourite is a route through Glen Silgachan and then over the 'Bad Step' to exit.  For those who don't fancy a long hike and just want a little perambulation, don't despair, as there is even a boat from Elgol to get you very close to this fantastic spot. The beauty and draw of Loch Coruisk has always been well known, and even dragged Turner away from his Suffolk landscapes; but viewing a painting or even a great photo can't do this place justice, and the only real way to breath in the true drama of Loch Coruisk is to hike in and see it with your own eyes.

The Loch is almost enveloped by the curling and foreboding mass of the main Cuillin ridge and Druim nan Ramh. Its dark reflective fresh waters make for a bracing wild swim spot; in fact the base of Loch Coruisk is actually 30 meters below sea level and it's icy cold, so take great care if you do dive in. Start your hike from the old road bridge by the Sligachan hotel, whose Seumas bar has been the venue for the retelling of many a tail of daring and danger in these famous mountains - there's plenty of parking. After around 3 ½ miles' following the valley floor, head right towards Druim Hain before eventually climbing up to be rewarded by fantastic views of the loch.

Once at the loch you can either retrace your steps (7miles) or, in good weather, leave Coruisk via its south seaward shore. You will then climb up to a large rock slab with exposure down to the sea and the Bad Step, which is a short grade 1 to 2 scramble. As long as you take the correct route it's not too tricky, when dry, for the sure footed.  Once over the step you will make your way inland to find a suitable crossing of Loch na Creitheach drainage stream (boots off) before hiking its eastern shore back towards Glen Silgachan and a well-earned malt from the hotels excellent collection.