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Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

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Price from: £1,095

Next trip: 3rd October

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 Christine Greene 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Best website, ever! Beautiful and helpful.
Trip Comments
This was one of our best trips. Beautiful hiking -- usually two hikes per day. Wonderful and interesting B and Bs. Fabulous guide. Limiting the group to 8 hikers was perfect. We got to know one another quite well. Kudos to guide Tim Willis.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim Willis is an excellent guide. He skillfully adjusted the schedule each day to accommodate the weather and his 8 travelers. He is a caring, fun and funny man. He is a legend!
The Bottom Line

by Anne Kirk 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I would have though that evening meal would have been included in the price.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for your valuable feedback. We include the first and last nights meals within the trip cost, however, from experience we have found it best to leave some flexibility for the other meals. Some clients may just want a bowl of hearty soup and artisan bread, others may wish to go all out with a whole lobster or fillet steak.

If all meals were included then this takes away the choice at mealtimes which we believe is a big part of any clients holiday experience wherever they travel. Some of our trips do offer all inclusive options where the choices of places to eat are more limited and these are highlighted within each trip on our website. We are trying to provide the best possible value to our clients in the way we operate and we hope this has now come across with a little more insight behind our thought process.
Your Guide
Excellent guide - patient, agreeable and an extremely good driver.
The Bottom Line
Excellent experience.

by Ann Haley 23/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Office staff were helpful, quick to respond to email queries. Signup and payment were easy, kit suggestions helpful.
Trip Comments
Challenging walks offered varied conditions, just enough up & down and distance for me---and I loved the guide's sharing his awareness of the deep history behind the many historic buildings and monuments we encountered.
Accommodation and Food
Just fine! Both accommodations were pleasant and well located. Food was well prepared and sustaining; we didn't come with expectations of high gourmet feasts.
Your Guide
Tim was the best: encouraging, knowledgeable, helpful, a pleasant companion all week.
The Bottom Line
As the old Michelin guides used to say, three stars---"worth a journey!"

by Shelley Mastran 21/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The variety of hikes was a highlight -- every day something a little different, and all beautiful, even in the rain.
Accommodation and Food
The B&Bs were lovely -- especially the Stein Inn on Skye. It was great not to have to drive anywhere for dinner, after a long day on the trails. The food was abundant and delicious. Not a bad meal!
Your Guide
Tim Willis was superb. He seemed always in good spirits and very easy to engage in conversation on all manner of topics. His knowledge of the landscape was excellent. He was flexible, accommodating, and generous of spirit.
The Bottom Line
The experience was a once-in-a-lifetime special event. My ONLY critique is that I wish we had spent less time in the van, but I don't know how that would have been possible in order to experience all the different locations and hikes.

by Anna Koffer 06/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Good combination of sightseeing and walking; expected more walking though
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by David Hartwell 28/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
all well arranged with courteous staff on the phone/online
Trip Comments
a great trip, and our guide/leader Will Snow was so kind and helpful. He is a wonderful asset to you
Accommodation and Food
everything worked well, with lovely accommodation and food etc
Your Guide
Will went beyond the call of duty in his thoughtfulness and care of our group.
The Bottom Line
A fantastic trip

by Anne O'Hagan 28/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Being able to stay with the group at the same B&B for 4 nights on Harris would have been preferable.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately you were the last person to book this trip and due to the remote nature of the accommodation and the configuration of the group there wasn’t a room available in the standard accommodation. I hope that you enjoyed your stay anyway and it didn’t detract from your trip at all.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Will went out of his way to meet the diverse needs and varying abilities of the group to provide, not only a walking holiday, but a cultural initiation into the heart of the Highlands.
The Bottom Line
I would do it again in a heartbeat. The highlights were too numerous to mention. The Highlands were exceptional, the group was first-rate, and Will was invaluable. Thank you for a truly memorable experience.

by Pat Jeflyn 27/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The staff members were very helpful and friendly and went out of their way to answer individual questions
Trip Comments
We had access to people such as Donald John Mackay, the Harris tweed weaver, that on our own we would never have met.
Accommodation and Food
I would have appreciated a bathtub in the accommodation after a day of walking, but I understand that's not always possible. The two places were stayed were charming. Loved the view at Beul Na Mara. Best ever!
Your Guide
Will worked very hard to find a variety of things for us to do and he was flexible and resourceful. He did a fine job ensuring everyone's needs were met.
The Bottom Line
A super introduction to an area I've never visited. Some excellent walks.

by Mary Chute 27/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachel was lovely, and any questions my sister and I had were answered thoroughly and promptly but her and others.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Will Snow, was a sweetheart. The word my sister used was "endearing." He always tried to respond to our desires and ability levels. Also, the places we stayed and the places we saw were amazing and interesting. Lots to take away and remember.
Accommodation and Food
Loved the Stein Inn and Mrs. Morrison's both. Slept comfortably and had everything I needed. More than that, the locations were out of this world gorgeous. As for food, one cannot go hungry on this trip! Stein lunches were the best!
Your Guide
As I said before, Will was wonderful. Sweet and personable. Chatted well with us all and shared lots of information, including geography lessons and introducing us to such Scottish cultural institutions as The Proclaimers and Sunshine on Leith!
The Bottom Line
I'm glad someone mentioned WS to me, and I will happily do the same to anyone else looking for a similar adventure.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your comments Mary glad you and your sister enjoyed yourselves,hope we get to welcome you back for another adventure soon.

by Alanna Clark 27/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Every time I called or e-mailed I received prompt and courteous service
Trip Comments
We visited so many places but the best part of all was talking with the people of the islands and hearing about their life there.
Accommodation and Food
Every thing was great can't think of any better places to stay and the food was excellent !!
Your Guide
Will was wonderful, when the weather was changeable so was Will, he made the trip interesting, and he saw to it that everyone had the best experience possible. He went out of his way for all of us. He made the trip great !!!
The Bottom Line
This is an excellent trip and a lot of fun. I saw some of the most beautiful scenery in the world !! I would recommend this trip to everyone.

Prices and Departures

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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
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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

69 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
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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Christine Greene
24/08/2015

5

Excellent experience.

Anne Kirk
24/08/2015

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