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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

  • 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 SUPPLEMENT

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £275 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

Please note that on this itinerary single rooms are only available on the following departure dates: 28th May, 16th July and 13th August. This is due to the size of the small hotels we work with in remote locations.

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.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Stephanie McConaughy 20/10/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My husband Stewart McConaughy did this part, so really cannot comment. Hopefully, he will answer survey too.
Trip Comments
Malcolm O'Reilly, our guide, was excellent. Very good at gauging ability and desires of group. Very good personality for us. Would have preferred more hiking/walking and less van time, but not sure that was possible given territory covered in Outer Hebrides itinerary.
Accommodation and Food
Food experience very good, especially dinner on Scalpay (misspelled here). B&B good for main group good on Isle of Harris. Packed lunches ho hum, but not important.
Your Guide
Highly recommend Malcolm O'Reilly as a guide. Very skilled and knowledgable and a pleasure to be with at dinner.
The Bottom Line
I loved it! Am wondering if there is another Wilderness Scotland trip that would work for us. How did, Malcolm O'Reilly, our guide order such good weather and spectacular scenery?

by Richard Fournier 20/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The descriptions of the various trips was very helpful. The advice on what to bring was useful for us "fair weather" hikers. Who knew you could be a rain cover over your rucksack. "Meeting" our guide in advance was nice; glad we didn't have to post videos of ourselves.
Trip Comments
The week was well organized and we greatly enjoyed our hiking companions. Scenery was stunning. Malcolm even arranged Northern Lights for us.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Malcolm was great. Answered questions willingly. We enjoyed his sories on history, and the naural science around us. He went above and beyond on many occasions.
The Bottom Line
Top marks all tyhe way. Thank you. We'll do it again soon we hope.

by Margaret Fournier 19/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website is extremely attractive, informative and well-designed - fun to just look at, but so very tempting! Any question posed to the office (via e-mail) was promptly and helpfully answered and we really felt we were getting individual attention.
Trip Comments
If there was a category above excellent, that's what I would give. This was our first walking holiday with a group and a guide and I don't see how it could have been better. The locations chosen for the walks were spectacular and varied, the group was congenial (not your responsibility, I know, but our good fortune) and our guide Malcolm was fantastic. His enthusiasm inspired us all, I think - it's wonderful to see someone having so much fun at their work! Apart from the stunning scenery, the pristine beaches, the sheep and the cattle, I think I'll especially remember being shown golden and sea eagles who would have been just specks in the sky to me, being read the story of the Fairy Bridge while at the bridge, and most of all, piling out of the van on a dark Harris road to see shimmering green Northern Lights above us. Unforgettable!
Accommodation and Food
Our accomodations at the Uig Hotel and at Beul na Mara guest house were in both cases, comfortable, quiet and good-sized - considering we had a lot of gear to spread out and repack every day! The hosts at the hotel, who I understand are fairly new owners, were very attentive, friendly and kind. Catherine at Beul na Mara really gave us the sense of staying in a home, and the view could almost keep one away from hiking (but not quite). Breakfasts at both locations were ample and delicious and the lunches provided were very good fuel for our days out (Catherine's cake was a special treat). The hotels and restaurants where we had our meals all provided great choice, wonderful food, many local sources, and excellent service (and patience when needed).
Your Guide
I mentioned Malcolm's excellence in my answer to an earlier question. I'd also say his people skills were really an asset, determining what our group wanted and was capable of, and then doing his best with schedule and weather, etc. to give us all the best days possible. Totally professional in his preparation and leadership, but a companion to each of us as well - with a great sense of humor (which must come in handy) and infectious laugh. If your other guides are anywhere nearly as good as Malcolm, you are making great hiring choices!
The Bottom Line
I first heard about Wilderness Scotland when I read National Geographic Traveler's "Trips of a Lifetime" issue a couple of years ago - the trip to Skye and the Hebrides jumped off the page at me, as I have some Scottish roots, through a grandmother born there, and my husband and I did a few days of traveling in Scotland a number of years ago. After using your excellent site to determine that, yes, we would be capable of one of the walking tours, and delaying for a couple of years, I was excited to finally book and now that's it's over, even more excited about the experience we both had. Truly it was the trip of a lifetime - but we hope to have more! Thank you.

by Miranda Butson 16/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All the communication I received was clear, informative, and very friendly. Two minor things I'd point out, though. First, there was a change in the accommodation for Skye, but I never got an updated dossier or an email about it. Not a problem, exactly, but I was traveling alone and had left information about my itinerary for family that turned out to be inaccurate. Secondly, the website described the walks as "following generally good trails." Some of the walks didn't follow trails at all, and there were a couple boggy trips down hills that I hadn't quite anticipated. I completely agree with the overall trip grading, just not the bit about "good trails."
Trip Comments
Skye and the Outer Hebrides was a great trip. A good mix of walks, amazing scenery, and a fantastic guide. The trip was made even better by the fact that we had great weather and even got to see the Northern Lights.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Malcolm did a great job guiding the group on our walking trip. He kept us well-informed, well-fed, caffeinated, safe, and happy. He did a fantastic job of matching the itinerary to the weather and the overall group energy level. Malcolm went above and beyond to make sure we got the most out of our trip, even taking a small group of us out to try to get a better view of the Northern Lights after dinner one night on Harris. He could very easily have called it a night, but he didn't and it was much appreciated. He has an eagle eye (pun intended) for spotting birds and other wildlife, and his expertise made what would already have been some pretty spectacular spots even more enjoyable.
The Bottom Line
I've already recommended Wilderness Scotland to two people, and I just got home last night.

by Jason Waitkins 12/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Liked how each of the trips were given in detail and you show the number of spaces left. I don't like entering email to get the detailed dossier though - or at least how I now get a lot of "sales" emails after doing it.
Trip Comments
Trip was very well paced. Our guide, Malcolm, was clearly flexible and understanding after/during each hike. We would do a slightly shorter hike the day after a longer hike - which was perfect.
Accommodation and Food
Food in general was very good. However - I don't like that most dinners are not included. I would rather have paid an extra 100 or 200 pounds up front so I don't have to worry about money during the trip. Especially since the dinners were pre-booked. Other tour companies I have traveled with usually have 1 or 2 dinners I would need to cover on my own...but they give recommendations and allow each person to choose. Since it seems options are limited on Harris - it might be better to just include the dinner in the tour price.
Your Guide
Malcolm was outstanding. Very knowledgeable of the area we were hiking and the hikes were well paced. Going out of his way for us to see the Northern Lights was extra awesome as I have never seen them before (and I think most in the group haven't see before either)
The Bottom Line
Trip was a great way to see this section of the Highlands! It was very well paced - saw and hiked a lot in just 1 week.

by Mark Waitkins 12/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything was clearly explained.
Trip Comments
Every day was outstanding.
Accommodation and Food
Both b&b's were excellent.
Your Guide
Malcolm was outstanding, there is nothing he could do to improve. He was amazing.
The Bottom Line
I cannot put in a short paragraph how much I enjoyed every minute of our trip. The guide was unbelievable, the van was comfortable, the lodgings perfect. The actual walks/hikes were difficult but doable, and so very rewarding. I am proud to have done it, but I know that it was made so much better by the wilderness Scotland team. Thanks for an outstanding holiday.

by Barbara Best 20/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The people we dealt with at Wilderness Scotland were great. The pre-trip information package was excellent as well. The only reason we do not give the entire pre-trip experience an "excellent" is that we had to take the initiative to find out what our final payment was and when it was due. It turned out to be due the day we called.
Trip Comments
The trip was well-planned and executed. Our guide, Kirsty, had everything under control from the start, and saw to it that everything went well for the entire time. The walks were well selected for the group's interests and abilities, and although it was windy and rainy for most of the week, Kirsty was able to adjust the walks so that we never felt that we were missing anything or over- or under-extended.

Accommodations and meals were excellent. But most important, Kirsty's knowledge and love of the country helped us come away with a deeper feeling and appreciation of it than we could ever have gained as independent travelers. We saw things we would otherwise have passed by or stepped over, and we learned much of the human and natural story that makes the islands the special place that they are.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were quite good, comfortable and friendly. The food was generally excellent, good breakfasts and fine dinners, with sustaining lunches packed by our lodging places.
Your Guide
Kirsty was a great guide. She knows the islands and did a great job explaining their natural and human history. She is a wealth of information on flowers, geology, sheep and fairies. She had unfailing good humor and tolerance, and seemingly infinite energy. She was aware of the needs and abilities of the group and was able to set an appropriate pace and to make adjustments in the face of bad weather to keep the trip moving well. She managed to create a sense of community in the group.

She's also a great driver and I've never seen anyone back a van through tight spaces as well as she does.
The Bottom Line
This was a great trip. We would not hesitate to recommend Wilderness Scotland tours to others. We are also considering other tours with you - particularly with Kirsty as a guide.

by Cathie Swyka 19/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-trip information was helpful and informative. Watching the video of Kirsty and learning a bit about her prior to the trip was helpful along with video of the train station where we were to meet.
Trip Comments
The trip was well organized; the days were full with a variety of experiences, which gave us a well-rounded view of that area of Scotland. One of the highlights for us was visiting Donald John Mackay and a demonstration of weaving Harris Tweed. The only suggestion for another trip would be to include a visit to one of the castles (Ilean Donan or Dunvegan) in the itinerary.
Accommodation and Food
We enjoyed all of the accommodations, particularly, Mrs. Morrison's B&B, and the Stein Inn was very cozy. Meals were delicious, including our packed lunches.
Your Guide
Kirsty was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable about the trails, history, flora, fauna, and fairies! It was obvious she took pride in her work and loved sharing her country with us. She made everyone feel part of the group and kept us all very motivated and energized throughout the week. We were sorry when the week came to an end.
The Bottom Line
We would definitely recommend Wilderness Scotland to anyone interested in visiting Scotland. Even though there are other companies out there, we will contact Wilderness Scotland for a future trip.

by Sarah Meadows 17/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had limited pre-trip contact, so have little data.
Trip Comments
Small group promoted camaraderie. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area so he could alter plans to take advantage of weather conditions.
Accommodation and Food
Our B and B on Harris was wonderful with spectacular ocean views right outside our dining room.
Your Guide
Tim was skilled, knowledgeable and personable, not to mention patient. I felt very confident that he could handle any situation.
The Bottom Line
I'd choose your organization again, no doubt about it.

by Maureen Goldberg 10/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The pre-trip information and links to the B&Bs gave me something exciting to look forward to having never been to Scotland. I especially enjoyed the bio/welcome video of our guide Kirsty. Her enthusiasm was present and I couldn't wait to see her in the station at Inverness.
Trip Comments
Highlights of course were walking and hiking in the wilderness. I absolutely loved the feeling of remoteness. Mrs. Morrison and John Donald were delightful treasures. I'll never forget Mrs. Morrison's beautiful home and just how peaceful the world could be.
Accommodation and Food
Please see prior comment. All is well in that department!
Your Guide
I thank Kirsty for her knowledge and support. The best thing I can say is that Kirsty had a sunny disposition despite the weather and she tells the BEST fairy stories! She too has left a mark in my heart..
The Bottom Line
A perfect amount of challenges in the walks, diverse dining options, very comfortable accommodations and just the right number of people on the tour. Gorgeous scenery, a brilliant guide, great intro to culture regarding music, history (the Golden Road), industry and geography.

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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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I loved it! Am wondering if there is another Wilderness Scotland trip that would work for us. How did, Malcolm O'Reilly, our guide order such good weather and spectacular scenery?

Stephanie McConaughy
20/10/2015

5

Top marks all tyhe way. Thank you. We'll do it again soon we hope.

Richard Fournier
20/10/2015

5

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