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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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Price from: £1,095

Next trip: 18th July

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.

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 David Johnson 24/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Young lady who took initial enquiry regarding the trip was very helpful.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Food was good but thought all evening meals were included.
Accommodation was comfortable with all needs catered for.
Your Guide
Zoe was very helpful, informative and enthusiastic about Scottish way of life. I learned a lot about the local history and how much good work is being done to preserve the flowers and wildlife.
The Bottom Line
All aspects of the trip was excellent. Zoe our host could not have tried harder to make our holiday what we wished it to be. Wilderness Scotland gave us the opportunity to explore the area with safety and be taken to places off the beaten track. This made our trip very memorable. Thank you to all concerned but especially our lovely host Zoe.

by Florence Dangotte 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked the very detailed information (like the equipment list which was very useful) and the availability of staff.
Trip Comments
We stayed in wonderful accomodation with stunning views. We really enjoyed staying at Mrs Morrisson's place in Harris not only for the view but als for her great sense of hospitalty. Our guide, Zoe, was very accomodating, trying to fullfill each other's request. She adapted the excursion programme in function of the weather and our needs in a very optimal way. I really appreciated the meeting she organized with the representative of the North Harris Trust.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was really excellent. For the food, I might have preferred to choose the place to have dinner (although I cannot complain about the places we have been to) but I guess that it would have been more complex to organize logistically.
Your Guide
Zoe did very well: very accommodating with the different wishes of the guests like when we asked her to see seals. She never imposed her choice but was always looking for general consensus. She also took this excellent initiative of organizing a meeting with a representative of the North Harris Trust which was really very instructive. She is very knowledgeable about the technical aspects of walking (how to orientate oneself, how to release the weight of yr ruck sack from yr shoulder) as well as about the most beautiful spots of the islands we visited.
The Bottom Line
Unforgettable experience!

by Roberto Priore 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We received a complete set of documents with all needed information way before our trip.
Things like the equipment list were really helpful in planning our trip.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
All places where we stayed were high standard ones.
In Skye we could not stay in the Stein Inn as originally planned, but finally, staying at Uig Hotel instead was an excellent alternative.
Your Guide
Zoe drove us all over the place, took us to amazing places and was always ready to accommodate everybody's preferences.
The Bottom Line

by Abbie Hutchins 15/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim Francis is great. His knowledge of and love of Scotland came thru in all he did
The Bottom Line

by michelle mcdevitt 10/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All of my questions were answered in a timely manner and payment over the internet was easy.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodations and food on Harris were excellent. Evening restaurants during the entire trip were all very different in terms of atmosphere and menu and I really enjoyed the variety.
Your Guide
Tim Francis went out of his way to be sure the experience of Skye and the Outer Hebrides met expectations of each person on the trip. He consistently, and enthusiastically, shared his knowledge of the plant, animal, and bird life that we encountered. For those of us also interested in history, he did not disappoint. Each day I felt well prepared about what to expect in terms of weather, terrain for walking, and general outline of activities.
The Bottom Line
Great experience and very professional company. I hope to return for more trips in the future.

by Ellen Borge 09/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked it all, the mix of nature/wildlife information and the wonderful views. The lodges both excellent and Tim is a very good guide.
Can´t think about anything which could have been better except for perhaps more walking.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Great food and lovely choice of restaurants.
Your Guide
Clever with a lot of knowledge and experience, Tim has great sense of humor, plenty of good stories, he is always very helpful and very very patient!
The Bottom Line
An excellent trip - it inspired me to immediately book another walking holiday with Wilderness Scotland!
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments, we look forward to seeing on Cape Wrath and the North West Highlands trip in August.

by Jean Foster 09/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The Stein Inn was nice. It was nice to have an en-suite room, even if it was rather small. The food there was OK. The service was a bit variable.
The Edinbane Inn was very good. The food was good and the service was friendly and efficient.
Beul na Mara was amazing. I loved it. The room was lovely and big, the view was tremendous and Catherine was very attentive. What a lovely lady!
The Hebrides Hotel was very good food and service.
The North Harbour Bistro was a great find. We would never have discovered it on our own. Good food, great atmosphere and we were treated to a 'cabaret' by a leaving party at an adjoining table where the speech was given in Gaelic!
Rodel Hotel was nice and so was the Harris Hotel.
Your Guide
Tim was a great guide. He made everyone feel at home, was very patient, had a good sense of humour, was very knowledgeable and told lots of stories. I don't know if he made half of them up but who cares, they were very entertaining.
He was very good at adapting the activities to suit the needs of the group.
The Bottom Line
This was our second trip with Wilderness Scotland and it certainly won't be our last. I think the group size is just right and our fellow travellers were very nice people.Thank you.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Glad you had a fantastic trip Jean, we look forward to welcoming you back for a third.

by Catherine Breur-Zeeman 08/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Most of the walks I liked, some of them were too scary for me because of the hight.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The restaurants we visited were all very good
Your Guide
We where very lucky with our guide. He had a lot of knowledge about each area we visited. Very appreciated.
The Bottom Line
I will recommend you to all the people who like outdoors activities.

by Geoff Foster 08/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Hassle free
Trip Comments
We managed to visit some wonderful beaches on Harris and also Old Man of Storr which we had missed on previous trips to Skye
Accommodation and Food
Catherine at the B&B on Harris was excellent ,the accommodation and breakfasts superb and all meals out on Harris were good.
Service at Stein Inn was below standard at dinner. The welcome by the owner was excellent and the room was adequate as it was quite small. The dinner on the second night on Skye was very good with very attentive service
Your Guide
Tim was excellent
The Bottom Line
Well organised, as was our previous trip with you, everything went very smoothly and we will definitely do further trips with Wilderness Scotland

by Elias Naser 31/05/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
There was a small glitch when I was charged online that left out approx 33 pounds. I had to pay this to the guide in person. It would have been better to have it all paid for prior.
Trip Comments
Eilid Ormiston was awesome! She knew very well the land and wildlife (plants and animals) where our group was going. Great Scotslady!
Accommodation and Food
Overall my vegan diet was accommodated for, yet the bagged lunches could have been better for the overall group, including mine.
Your Guide
Eilid Ormiston, thank you for introducing me to so many places for my first trip to Scotland. I do appreciate the conversations we had with one another and you are very knowledgeable with the landscape, plant life and animal life too! Nice job holding our group together. Wishing you and your family the very best! Thanks! -Elias
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland is very accommodating and I would highly recommend any trip in their itinerary arsenal. It was my first trip to Scotland and I wouldn't have it in any other method. It gave me a good survey of the Highlands with an excellent guide who knew her stuff, especially being a Scottish guide herself! Overall excellent!

Prices and Departures

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18th Jul - 24th Jul 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
3rd Oct - 9th Oct 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,125
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28th May - 3rd Jun 2016
£1,125
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18th Jun - 24th Jun 2016
£1,125
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2nd Jul - 8th Jul 2016
£1,125
Places available
23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2016
£1,125
Places available
6th Aug - 12th Aug 2016
£1,125
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17th Sep - 23rd Sep 2016
£1,125
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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.

Alternative Outer Hebrides Walking Holiday

Due to demand on our Outer Hebrides and Skye trip we only have a limited number of spaces left for 2015, however we have launched 2016 dates for this and other walking trips and if you are keen to experience the stunning magic of the Outer Hebrides then we also offer an easy walking holiday to the Uists, Barra and Mingulay. Join our guides Tim and Mark as this trip rewards the curious traveller with an abundance of flora and fauna as you hop between 7 islands.

OR why not join our guides Ken or Graham on our new easy walking trip – Skye and the Great Glen, take in the rich scenery, learn about the fascinating history of Skye and walk along the ancient Great Glen fault line.

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

89 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
18th Jul - 24th Jul 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
3rd Oct - 9th Oct 2015
£1,095
Trip Full
7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,125
Places available
28th May - 3rd Jun 2016
£1,125
Places available
18th Jun - 24th Jun 2016
£1,125
Places available
2nd Jul - 8th Jul 2016
£1,125
Places available
23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2016
£1,125
Places available
6th Aug - 12th Aug 2016
£1,125
Places available
17th Sep - 23rd Sep 2016
£1,125
Places available

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Customer Kudos
All aspects of the trip was excellent. Zoe our host could not have tried harder to make our holiday what we wished it to be. Wilderness Scotland gave us the opportunity to explore the area with safety and be taken to places off the beaten track. This made our trip very memorable. Thank you to all concerned but especially our lovely host Zoe.

David Johnson
24/06/2015

5

Unforgettable experience!

Florence Dangotte
22/06/2015

5

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