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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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Price from: £1,095

Next trip: 16th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

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  • 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.

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by Edith Steinbeck 31/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Your Guide
Kirsty, our very responsible guide was always cheerful and helpful, she had good knowledge of the history and geology of the area. She also provided us with entertainment by telling us many interesting old legends and anecdotes that happened in the Hebrides.
The Bottom Line
Our hiking trip was well planned. Some minor requests by participants were taken care of too.We experienced many different landscapes of the Hebrides. More exploring and hiking would have been nice but I guess wasn't possible due to the short trip.

by Claudia Schultz 24/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Staying in the B&B was a better option than the hotel. The hotel was not bad, just better on our own and in the quiet.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Very accommodating and interested in our welfare and enjoyment. Also fun!
The Bottom Line
Loved the scenery and its changes every day. Loved the wilderness. More hiking than I realized from the material, but that could be me. Had a wonderful trip overall, though would have driven less and had more time for things like the music in the tea shop one day, for example.

by Ann Moore 24/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Kirsty was an excellent guide. Fun & very patient . She had the ability to bring a diverse group of 6 together so that we all had an excellent time.
The Bottom Line
Was a super trip, with an excellent guide . Great scenery, Mrs Morrisons accommodation outstanding . Overall A+

by Karen Shepard 23/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The only thing on the list that I didn't need, bring, or use was a headlamp. That is NOT a complaint.
It was also REALLY nice that Kirsty had extra clothes in the back of the Van!
Trip Comments
Loved loved loved our guide. She was fun and funny and informative. She went out of her way to make sure everyone got what they wanted out of the trip, dropping us off at a particular place of interest to us that was not on the itinerary, stopping for photos and even doing research on topics she was unsure about as those arose. She greeted me one morning with a page of notes she had made for me! Now THAT's SERVICE.
At the end of the trip, one of the group had to make a train that we all knew was going to be really close. As we swung into the station at the last minute, she leapt from the van, grabbed the heavy suitcase and began running with the guest to the platform to try and make it. We all sat in the Van open mouthed as she returned panting from the effort. - Was like a scene out of an action adventure movie! "Kirsty to the rescue":-)
Accommodation and Food
The only thing on the list that I didn't need, bring, or use was a headlamp. That is NOT a complaint.
It was also REALLY nice that Kirsty had extra clothes in the back of the Van!
Your Guide
OMG, if I haven't gushed on enough already in the other part of the survey, let me repeat - Kirsty was AMAZING. Went way way WAY above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of our various needs and interests. Dropped us off especially at Dunevegan Castle (not on the itinerary) and came back to fetch us, made special written notes for me on things of interest, did research on her own time on questions we had that she couldn't answer (we were a very questionie group:-) She was infinitely patient with all the different speeds both physically and intellectually. I was really impressed that she managed to get the entire group to the top of Toehead mountain just by pacing it slow enough. On that note - overall even though the hikes were rated "easy" I was a little disappointed by how slow we had to go. I was expecting to cover more territory on foot.
The Bottom Line
This was the trip of a lifetime, and I think that was due mainly to the quality of our guide Kirsty. Her people skills were superb, and her knowledge of the outdoors and the areas we visited made us feel very comfortable and informed. We could truly relax knowing we were in such capable hands - and that is what really makes a great guide. We thoroughly enjoyed her sense of humor, attention to detail, her storytelling and easy going, humble nature.
Its not every guide that will dash from the Van grab a huge piece of heavy luggage and sprint through the train station to help a client catch a ride. She did not think twice about going the extra mile for us at every turn. The things we loved about our trip were directly linked to how well she managed everything. She was also an amazing go between with all of the hosts at the Inns, and restaurants as well. Quite an amazing young lady.
I wish I could adopt her!!!

by Janice Campbell 15/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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Rachel was very pleasant and accommodating
Trip Comments
My personal high point was crossing the Skye bridge onto Skye. Walking the hills of Skye and Harris, and hearing the old stories in Kirsty's brogue.
Accommodation and Food
Rachel was very pleasant and accommodating
Your Guide
Kirsty was a fountain of information and extremely tactful throughout the trip. I think she enjoyed the trip and us just as much as we enjoyed the trip and herself.
The Bottom Line
I had an excellent time and would definitely recommend this trip, and would recommend anyone going to Scotland look into any other trips you offer.

by Jane Kinder Williams 01/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Final day in Harris, a reasonably challenging walk ending with r & r in the Temple Cafe. Seilebost Beach
Low point, a bit too much driving
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Enthusiastic friendly and knowledgable. Zoe worked hard to accommodate a variety of needs from clients.
Perhaps the itinerary produced a challenge as far as timing was concerned.
The Bottom Line
I enjoyed being introduced to the Outer Hebrides and seeing the stunning views. I possibly could manage a more challenging grading of holiday next time

by Janet Buie 29/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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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

5Pre-Trip Service

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Unfortunately I injured my calf muscle on the first day so was unable to do the walks but enjoyed the scenery, B&Bs etc.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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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16th May - 22nd May 2015
£1,095
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4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
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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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16th May - 22nd May 2015
£1,095
Places available
30th May - 5th Jun 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
13th Jun - 19th Jun 2015
£1,095
Places available
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
18th Jul - 24th Jul 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,095
1 place(s) left
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
3rd Oct - 9th Oct 2015
£1,095
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Our hiking trip was well planned. Some minor requests by participants were taken care of too.We experienced many different landscapes of the Hebrides. More exploring and hiking would have been nice but I guess wasn't possible due to the short trip.

Edith Steinbeck
31/10/2014

5

Loved the scenery and its changes every day. Loved the wilderness. More hiking than I realized from the material, but that could be me. Had a wonderful trip overall, though would have driven less and had more time for things like the music in the tea shop one day, for example.

Claudia Schultz
24/09/2014

5

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