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    Wilderness Retreat

    Skye Winter Wellness

    Next Trip: 12th - 16th Feb 2023 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

    From £1,395 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wilderness Retreat
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 3 Travellers Book
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    Winter is often synonymous with slowing down – flora buries itself beneath the frozen soil, animals curl up to hibernate, and birds spread their wings to fly south. With the turn of the season, gift yourself the time to recharge, relax and reconnect by spending five days in the quiet wilderness on the Isle of Skye.

    When all the summer visitors have returned home, and the island is unfurling its wintery beauty, enjoy spending time in an incredibly supportive environment, free from competitiveness and characterised by inclusivity at this women-only wilderness retreat. Partake in enriching, immersive activities while connecting with like-minded women. With a focus on mindfulness, discover the beauty, peace and pleasure that can be found in wild places.

    Trip Highlights

    • Go on a mindfulness walk, focusing on the island's unique topography and marine wildlife.
    • Stay in an exclusive lodge with cosy character, excellent cuisine and breathtaking views.
    • Foraging wild island food, cooking your bounty over an open flame.
    • Immerse yourself in nature, connecting with like-minded women in a supportive and inclusive environment

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Skye

    This morning, meet your guide at Inverness Railway Station. Travel east along the shores of Loch Ness, arriving at Dundreggan Estate. Located in the heart of the Highlands, Dundreggan is the flagship of Trees for Life, a charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Join an ambassador for a walk and hear about how you can make a difference. After lunch, continue your journey to Skye, pausing to stretch your legs around a secluded bay, looking for great northern divers and red-breasted mergansers. Arrive in your cosy accommodation this evening and take the time to settle in. (L, D)

    Day 2 - Discovering the Wild Landscape

    With your expert guide, set out to reconnect with nature. Begin the day with a walk along a wild beach, joined only by the piping cries of oystercatchers and the friendly huff of seals as they bob their silky heads above the water. As you wander, you may wish to gather shellfish and early seaweed pointed out to you by your guide, before leaving the white-capped waves behind and heading inland to walk among the hedgerows. At lunch, gather around a crackling fire to cook, listening to stories of old islanders and how they lived off the land, in harmony with the changing seasons. This afternoon, continue your walk, winding through the machair to arrive at a crescent of pearly white sand. For those that wish to brave the cold, take this opportunity to plunge into the wintery waves for a quick dip before returning to the group for a warming cup of hot chocolate. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Hiking on Skye

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast before journeying north to embark on a mindfulness walk. Wind your way up soaring sea cliffs and around rocky inlets, keeping a look out for the glistening slope of an otter. As you walk, your guide will bring your attention to winter birds and the fascinating topography of the land. Back at your cosy accommodation, enjoy a delicious, locally sourced and sustainable dinner before wrapping up warm to head out to stargaze under an inky, glittering sky. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 - Yoga and Meditation

    Begin the day with a private yoga session and guided meditation either outside in the crisp morning air or cosy inside in front of the fire. Allow the time to recharge and spend time purely focusing on yourself. After a nutritious lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to spend as you please. Find a cuddly nook to write, or relax by the wood burner with a book. Your guide will be available if you wish to head out for an invigorating walk along a sandy beach or along the salt-stung cliffs. This evening, gather together over dinner to chat and share stories. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Sunrise and Homeward

    The joy of a winter sunrise walk doesn’t necessitate waking up in the half-lidded hours of the morning. Rather, wake feeling refreshed and join your guide for a walk to watch the sunrise over the sea. Sip hot coffee as the barren beauty of the island awakes to the wintery dawn. Feeling lifted and calm, return to the warmth of the wood burner for a lovely breakfast. After, travel back to Inverness, pausing for beautiful views and a small walk along the way. Arrive back at the railway station, saying goodbye to your group and your guide, before continuing your onward journey. (B, L)

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    Skye Winter Wellness

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    12th Feb - 16th Feb 2023 Women only departure8 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,395Book Now
    26th Feb - 2nd Mar 2023 Women only departure8 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,395Book Now
    12th Mar - 16th Mar 2023 Women only departure8 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,395Book Now
    26th Mar - 30th Mar 2023 Women only departure8 places leftUNCONFIRMED£1,395Book Now

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    The itinerary is based upon staying at a warm and welcoming lodge, set in a beautiful location, perfect for exploring the magical Isle of Skye.

    Single Rooms

    Due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip no solo occupancy rooms are available.

    Meals Read More

    All your meals, from lunch on Day 1, to lunch on Day 5 are included in the trip price. Your evening meals will be catered for at the accommodation, while lunches may be built around a bonfire on the beach, a picnic on the cliffs, or at a lovely local establishment.

    Of course, any dietary requirements can be accommodated. Please just let us know at the time of booking by chatting to us directly or by filling out the relevant information online.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights’ accommodation in a cosy lodge, with beautiful lochside views
    • All meals as stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The attention of a knowledgeable and experienced guide for the duration of your trip
    • All transport throughout, beginning and finishing in Inverness
    • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green Graded Wilderness Retreats are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. During your trip, you will be able to engage in various activities, including hiking, foraging, yoga and meditation. The walking will be at a comfortable pace, and while the terrain will mostly be good paths and hill trails, these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to approximately 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will typically be 8-10km. Depending on the group, there may be the option to complete a Blue Graded hiking day, potentially involving a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high with a distance of around 16km.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness guide at Inverness Train Station at 09:00 on Day 1. All travel henceforth will be provided, with your guide aiming to drop you back off at the Train Station at 16:00 on Day 5.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Wilderness Retreats are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. During your trip, you will be able to engage in various activities, including hiking, foraging, wild swimming, yoga and meditation. The walking will be at a comfortable pace, and while the terrain will mostly be good paths and hill trails, these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to approximately 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km. Depending on the group, there may be the option to complete a Blue Graded hiking day, potentially involving a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high with a distance of around 16km.

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