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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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Price from: £1,025

Next trip: 6th September

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

40 review(s)
  • Visit one of the most diverse and spectacular regions of Europe, indulging in the wild scenery and rich history of the islands
  • Experience the rich ornithology of Lewis, spy red deer and golden eagles on Harris, and seek out otters on Skye
  • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected guest houses, set in magnificent locations on the coast

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Our Green grade walking trips involve straight forward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents.

These walks are pretty leisurely and will last for around 5 hours each day. The terrain underfoot will usually be on paths or hill trails, which may still be muddy or rough in places. The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, up to around 1,500 feet / 450m high. So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places? Have you done this recently?

This itinerary spends two nights on Skye followed by 4 nights on the Isle of of Harris.

Heading over the sea to Skye, we spend our first two nights at the Stein Inn, a which offers traditional accommodation blended with modern comforts. Located right on the shoreline, it is a lovely place to relax after a walk and it has an excellent reputation for meals. It also holds the Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Moving west to the Isle of Harris, we stay in a 4-star Guest House, renowned for its warm Hebridean welcome and fantastic home cooking. The Guest House could not have a more stunning location, overlooking the famous Luskintyre Beach and its white sands which stretch for miles out to the azure sea. The Isle of Taransay – home of the islanders in the BBC series ‘Castaway’ – is just across the sea and you will be able to watch as the sun sets behind its hills each evening.

Single Supplements
Please note that on this itinerary, single rooms are not available. This is simply due to the fact that the accommodations we use have only a small number of rooms and we generally have the whole place for our group. Due to their remote locations, there are not always any other options nearby. Single travellers are welcome to join these trips but must be prepared to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip. Most people choose to stay in Inverness before the trip. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

by Janet Buie 29/08/2014

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Rachael was very helpful and pleasant and answered all my questions - most of my communications were with her. Everyone I talked to via email or on the phone was great.
Trip Comments
I loved the locations we visited. We were not fortunate with the weather but the rain and wind did definitely let you know you were alive and overall that wasn't a big issue. The weather can't be helped. Overall, the highlights were the Quiraing, Butt of Lewis and Harris (beaches).
Accommodation and Food
Rachael was very helpful and pleasant and answered all my questions - most of my communications were with her. Everyone I talked to via email or on the phone was great.
Your Guide
Zoe was organized and it's difficult to accomodate varied interests in a group. I think she did a good job getting us to as many places as she could and also planning around the weather. Meals at night were very good - nice selections other than the hotel in Portree.
The Bottom Line
I saw wonderful sights and am so glad I came to Scotland. I loved getting this introduction to some very remote areas I would not have found on my own. All in all it was a good experience. I do think you have a good organization. Cheers and best wishes to your team.

by Ruth Wilson 28/08/2014

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Trip Comments
Unfortunately I injured my calf muscle on the first day so was unable to do the walks but enjoyed the scenery, B&Bs etc.
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As I could not do the walks due to calf injury Tony went out of his way to look at possible options for me eg Dunvegan Castle. Dropping me off and organising a taxi back. Any questions or queries he researched in the evenings and provided helpful info about surrounding places. Calm organised manner with great sense of humour
The Bottom Line
Worthwhile and well organised trip.

by Luisa Ferrari 26/08/2014

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by Heide Raupers 25/08/2014

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by Brian Cavanagh 25/08/2014

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We're looking forward to our accommodation in Skye and would have liked to have known in advance of the alteration.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
We're looking forward to our accommodation in Skye and would have liked to have known in advance of the alteration.
Your Guide
Zoe was an enthusiastic guide however we felt rushed at times driving from a to b which meant that she drove faster than we would have liked. Perhaps we could have gone straight to dinner from the walks each day and it would have been less of a rush.
The Bottom Line
Well organised, knowledgable guide, would recommend this trip

by Joan Garfield 25/08/2014

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Tony was the most responsible, capable, and prepared guide we have ever experienced.
The Bottom Line
We are very impressed and pleased with Wilderness Scotland and hope to take another guided walk next summer. Loved every aspect of our trip, despite pelting rain and midges.

by Michael Luxenberg 19/08/2014

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The hikes on the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis were amazing.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tony was the best guide we have ever had in over 8 years of doing guided hikes. He made sure everybody was getting the best hiking experience possible within their capabilities. He was totally prepared for everything.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland is by far the best and most professional hiking experience we have ever had. I would recommend them above any other guided hiking firm we have ever used in over 8 years of doing guided hikes in Ireland, France, Spain and Scotland.

TEAM WILDERNESS SAYS;
We have an awesome team of people working with us, all proud to be doing what we do and delighted when we can make such an impact. Thank you

by Wendy Avis 07/08/2014

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Service was good. The only confusing thing was that I paid the deposit for three people, to ensure that we all got on the same trip. Which meant that only I was invoiced for the remainder so all three of us had to call in separately to pay the outstanding amounts. Plus, some of the "instruction" e-mails only came to me and some came to all three of us. So, that was a bit confusing. But, the office staff were very helpful in sorting it out.
Trip Comments
The hiking was much more challenging that I was expecting. But, our guide was FANTASTIC in helping me through it so I am SO proud of myself for tackling the physical and mental challenge.
Accommodation and Food
Service was good. The only confusing thing was that I paid the deposit for three people, to ensure that we all got on the same trip. Which meant that only I was invoiced for the remainder so all three of us had to call in separately to pay the outstanding amounts. Plus, some of the "instruction" e-mails only came to me and some came to all three of us. So, that was a bit confusing. But, the office staff were very helpful in sorting it out.
Your Guide
Our guide, Kirsty, was FANTASTIC. She was really supportive and never made me feel rushed. Her encouragement helped me get over some hills that I never thought I could climb.
The Bottom Line
Excellent!!

My only comment at this point is that it has been almost three weeks since we finished the trip and there are no pictures up on smugmug yet. I'm assuming they'll be posted at some point?

by Stephanie Smith 04/08/2014

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Office staff were very helpful answering questions and sorting out splitting our payment between three of us.
Trip Comments
The locations chosen for the hikes were simply spectacular. Isle of Harris is a jewel. Some of the hikes were more difficult than I anticipated, although I also surprised myself that I completed them. I appreciated having the option for an easier hike on a few of the days to rest my poor knees.
Accommodation and Food
Office staff were very helpful answering questions and sorting out splitting our payment between three of us.
Your Guide
Kirsty's enthusiasm and passion about her work and her country is contagious. She was always there encouraging any of us through the tough patches as needed. Her knowledge and professionalism is outstanding.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland took me places I never could have even imagined existed - both in terms of the stunning landscapes and expanded my confidence in my own abilities

by Stephen Robertson 04/08/2014

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Great locations.
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Kirsty is knowledgeable, congenial, welcoming, and professional. With seemingly effortless grace she managed a group of individuals with disparate abilities and interests and kept us all happy.
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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
6th Sep - 12th Sep 2014
£1,025
Trip Full
30th May - 5th Jun 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
£1,050
4 place(s) left
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,050
Trip Full

Trip Details

Join us on this adventure to some of the wildest bounds of Scotland, the inspiring islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis.

Stand atop rugged peaks looking down upon perfect white sand beaches skirting the sea and across to the many smaller isles which dot the horizon.

Your knowledgeable guide will provide a fascinating insight into the rich tapestry of island life, history and geology. They can also help you spot wildlife, perhaps including golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, whales and dolphins, as well helping you identify the rich flora of the islands found in the famous coastal ‘machairs’ or flower meadows. With charming accommodation and delicious food, this is special trip provides a memorable insight into these wild and beautiful islands.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Skye, afternoon walk in Glen Sligachan

Meeting in Inverness, we travel south west past Loch Ness and the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail before arriving on the Isle of Skye. We spend our first afternoon enjoying a wonderful walk in Glen Sligachan beneath the mighty peaks of the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin, which flank either side of the glen. Returning to our vehicle, we transfer to our waterside inn on the Waternish Peninsula of Skye.

Distance 8km, 3hrs.

Day 2 – Quirang and the Old Man of Storr

After enjoying breakfast with sea views, we set out to explore the stark and unusual landscapes of the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on foot. We will also visit Kilt Rock and the charming village of Staffin on this relaxing day.

Distance 8km, 4hrs.

Day 3 – Travel to the Isle of Harris
We enjoy a short coastal walk before taking the afternoon ferry from Skye to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, looking out for seabirds and dolphins on the 90 minute crossing. On arrival on Harris, we visit the wonderful beaches of Luskintyre and Sheileboist before arriving at our guest house in time to freshen up before dinner.

Distance 6km, 3hrs.

Day 4 – Glens and Beaches of North Harris

North Harris is one of the most spectacular areas of the Outer Hebrides. We spend the day exploring the glens and beaches, perhaps visiting the white sands of Huisinis or hiking into the glens to see the massive cliffs of Sron Uladal. A wonderful day whichever route we choose!

Distance 12km, 5hrs.

Day 5 – The Machair of Harris and the Golden Road

Today we walk on the ‘machair’ of Harris, the Gaelic name for the coastal hinterland which in summer is a carpet of wild flowers. We climb Toe Head (365m), high above beach of Traigh Scarasta, from where St. Kilda can be sometimes be seen jutting out of the Atlantic horizon. We then complete a circuit of southern Harris as we drive back north via the ’Golden Road’, stopping at 15th century Rodel Church and other places along the way.

Distance 6km, 3hrs.

Day 6 – Walking Circuit of Scalpay

This tiny island is located off the east coast of Harris and is now connected to Harris by a bridge, which opened in 1997, with the first person to cross being 103-year old Mrs Kirsty Morrison. We’ll enjoy a fine circumnavigation of the island, exploring its wonderful coastline and visiting the remote lighthouse at Rubh an Eorna.

Distance 10km, 5hrs.

Day 7 – Callanish Standing Stones; return to Inverness

After breakfast, we journey north to Lewis, where we visit the 5000 year old Callanish Standing Stones, which date back to 3000BC. Set high on a moor with a backdrop of sea and mountains, this is a moving experience for many and a fine place to end this island odyssey. Leaving the stones behind, we continue to Stornoway where we take the ferry back to the mainland and transfer back to Inverness.

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
6th Sep - 12th Sep 2014
£1,025
Trip Full
30th May - 5th Jun 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
£1,050
4 place(s) left
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,050
Trip Full

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Trip reviews

I saw wonderful sights and am so glad I came to Scotland. I loved getting this introduction to some very remote areas I would not have found on my own. All in all it was a good experience. I do think you have a good organization. Cheers and best wishes to your team.

Janet Buie
29/08/2014

3

Worthwhile and well organised trip.

Ruth Wilson
28/08/2014

5

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