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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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Price from: £1,025

Next trip: 9th August

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

29 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 Marie-Claude Demers 30/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My questions were answered quickly which guided me with my choice of trip.
Trip Comments
Everything was perfect! From the guide to the accomodations and of course, the trails and landscapes, which were fabulous!
However, some people in our group were not fit enough to follow the rest of the group (they had never walked trails before). As a result, we were slowed down by them and almost had to give up certain walks. Fortunately, our guide managed to arrange things, but this could have caused some deceptions (considering the price we pay for the trip, I was hoping to do all the walks that were mentionned in the trip dossier). Maybe the fitness level of clients should be considered more accurately.
Accommodation and Food
My questions were answered quickly which guided me with my choice of trip.
Your Guide
Kirsty is an excellent guide!! She's always smiling and patient, and she will do her best to please everyone! We feel secure by her knowledge of the trails and her comments on the wild life are always interesting. I surely hope I can do another trip with her as a guide one day :)
The Bottom Line
Thank you for such a great trip! Even the weather was with us. Gorgeous landscapes and great trails, not to mention our guide, who was excellent! Scotland has a lot to offer...

by Rita Lloyd 29/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The information on the actual trip was thorough and very useful. However, the information on specifics wasn't available til close to the trip; would have been even nicer to get earlier.
Trip Comments
The integration of information about the people, plants, and wildlife of the islands was amazing--all delivered while having a lot of fun and seeing amazing scenery. Each day was different, and the experience kept building.
Accommodation and Food
The information on the actual trip was thorough and very useful. However, the information on specifics wasn't available til close to the trip; would have been even nicer to get earlier.
Your Guide
If there were a more than excellent box to tick, I would do so for Kirsty, who was everything you could want in a guide. She was knowledgeable, obviously loved sharing the knowledge, organized, low-key about letting the day unravel, while keeping to the agenda, and unfailingly cheerful. She also expertly managed a group that had disparate abilities/desires for the hikes. She is a treasure.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic week, and I wouldn't hesitate to go on another adventure with Wilderness Scotland--whether hiking, biking, or other. Also loved the small group size. Thank you for a marvelous week.

by Meg Robertson 28/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everyone was great at answering questions. Our only confusion was in getting meeting and drop off times confirmed.
Trip Comments
Personal low point was heat in the far backseat of the van--who would expect that in Scotland! You might consider getting vans with windows that open in the back. High points were all the rest--the walks were really amazing--each one different and with something new to add to the understanding and experience of the Hebrides.
Accommodation and Food
Everyone was great at answering questions. Our only confusion was in getting meeting and drop off times confirmed.
Your Guide
If I could go higher than excellent, I would. Kirsty was fantastic--knowledgeable, cheerful, organized, professional, enthusiastic, fun, and skilled at working with a group. She is a gem.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland knows how to bring adults to the outdoors. The guides on such a trip (and the support they receive from the office) make or break a trip. WS has fabulous staff and excellent planning. Thank you.

by Margaret Cochrane 08/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
the beaches on Harris were the high point for me
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I was impressed by Tim's knowledge of Scotland
The Bottom Line
Harris was more beautiful than I expected I would recommend it especially the walking
The service from W S made it a very enjoyable holiday

by Michael Green 30/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Harris the views. Particularly from the b&b
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim had plenty of local knowledge
The Bottom Line
Great

by Maureen Wood 30/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Always very responsive. Itinerary and list of needs very helpful.
Trip Comments
Top notch. Great mixture of different hiking experiences. Informed by extremely knowledgeable guide. Could not have had that without the planning and staff expertise of Wilderness Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
Always very responsive. Itinerary and list of needs very helpful.
Your Guide
Our guide, Tim, was very personable, knowledgeable in all aspects of our trip, accommodating, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He inspired confidence that the group was "in good hands".
The Bottom Line
Overall a truly fabulous trip. Far exceeded our expectations. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

by Hanli Schnitter 30/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Hassle free and friendly from online booking to email to telephone conversation.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Hassle free and friendly from online booking to email to telephone conversation.
Your Guide
I enjoyed Tim's knowledge of the area, people, fauna, flora, animals, etc. He was an excellent guide.
The Bottom Line
The walking was easier and less than I expected, but it was still a good holiday and I hope to join Wilderness Scotland again on an adventure.

by David Johnson 17/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Our guide Eilid Ormiston was fantastic, she pushed us just enough so we could feel a sense of accomplishment in climbing but not so much that we were miserable.

by Phyllis Shaw 09/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I particularly appreciated the toll-free number to Wilderness Scotland. I enjoyed chatting with Rachael before the trip. The trip preparation info was excellent--precise and to the point.
Trip Comments
There was no low point. Being the oldest one in the group (unknown to all but Eilid) was a secret high point since I was never last and always enthusiastic!
Accommodation and Food
I particularly appreciated the toll-free number to Wilderness Scotland. I enjoyed chatting with Rachael before the trip. The trip preparation info was excellent--precise and to the point.
Your Guide
Beyond excellent! Eilid is superb!
The Bottom Line
I had been longing to do this trip with Wilderness Scotland for years. Now it will renew my spirit for the rest of my life.

by Anne Hecox 09/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I particularly appreciated how friendly everyone was. I felt like there was no question I could ask that they wouldn't be happy to help with.
Trip Comments
Definitely one of the best experiences I've had. There were no low points. Our guide was outstanding. She knew a lot, was very good at gauging the needs and abilities of the group, and was fun to be with.
Accommodation and Food
I particularly appreciated how friendly everyone was. I felt like there was no question I could ask that they wouldn't be happy to help with.
Your Guide
She was knowledgeable, personable, and very capable. I had a great time with her.
The Bottom Line
Outstanding. I don't think I could pick one moment. They were really all wonderful.

Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
9th Aug - 15th Aug 2014
£1,025
1 place(s) left
16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2014
£1,025
Trip Full
6th Sep - 12th Sep 2014
£1,025
1 place(s) left
30th May - 5th Jun 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,050
Places available
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left

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
 
9th Aug - 15th Aug 2014
£1,025
1 place(s) left
16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2014
£1,025
Trip Full
6th Sep - 12th Sep 2014
£1,025
1 place(s) left
30th May - 5th Jun 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,050
Places available
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2015
£1,050
6 place(s) left

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Trip reviews

Thank you for such a great trip! Even the weather was with us. Gorgeous landscapes and great trails, not to mention our guide, who was excellent! Scotland has a lot to offer...

Marie-Claude Demers
30/07/2014

5

Fantastic week, and I wouldn't hesitate to go on another adventure with Wilderness Scotland--whether hiking, biking, or other. Also loved the small group size. Thank you for a marvelous week.

Rita Lloyd
29/07/2014

5

Rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 29 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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