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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
  • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All private boat and ferry transfers

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?

Accommodation

This itinerary spends two nights on Skye followed by 4 nights on the Isle of of Harris. Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Wherever they are available, we will reserve ensuite rooms for you.

Single Room 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: 27th May and 5th 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.

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by Ann Paton 26/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Clear communication and prompt responses to questions.
Trip Comments
The hotels were lovely. The scenery was amazing, helped of course by the wonderful weather. We were taken to places in Skye and the Outer Hebrides which were not necessarily easily accessible to an ordinary visitor without the skilled work of the guide, Dave Picken. Seeing the local lifestyle in some of these remote places was fascinating. Also the wildlife (birds, seals etc). At the end, Harris gin, Harris tweed, the Callanish stones, the Carloway Broch and Lews Castle were all a delight. In that sunny week, Scotland seemed a magical place.
Accommodation and Food
The hotels were charming, beautifully situated, with friendly staff. The food in the hotels was great, but probably the highlights were two local restaurants in Scalpay (George and Chris, latter a "pop-up" restaurant in Chris's own home). On each occasion the food was really top-class, and each meal was accompanied by a wonderful sunset.
Your Guide
Dave was friendly, relaxed and set a good steady pace when we were walking. He was a pleasure to be with. He gave us information (but not too much!) and was able to be flexible about the day's programme to fit in with the one bit of mist which appeared (over the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing) so that the mist burned off and we returned later at a more appropriate time. His company was very much appreciated. He got us to places we would not otherwise have found.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful magical experience full of beauty.

by Jonathan Fleming 23/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Information was provided quickly and courteously. Nothing to improve.
Trip Comments
We had perfect weather (try and do that again!). Dave, our guide, was efficient, effective and informative. The accommodations could not be faulted. The hikes were lovely - brought us to good views with out overextending us.
Accommodation and Food
See previous. I would not have chosen our Skye accommodation if I was organizing my own trip. It was a wee hidden gem. Both accommodations were super.
Your Guide
See previous comments about Dave. He rapidly assessed our capabilities and tailored our hikes to the weather conditions and the skills of the group. He always aimed to maximize our experience and did so successfully. His sense of humour was delightful.
The Bottom Line
Great value; great fun. Didn't want it to end.

by Keri Disch 16/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Jane was very responsive to email questions (thanks!). In addition the itinerary online was clear.
Trip Comments
The accommodations you selected were wonderful. In particular the Stein Inn on Skye was charming, the staff were wonderful (thoughtful, friendly service) and the location was spectacular. Fortunately our group was fairly consistently interested in/capable of the same level of exertion and on the one day when it was clear some of us had more energy left our guide Dave provided options in a friendly way. Speaking of Dave, his knowledge of local history, flora and fauna, culture and easy way of interacting with our group was an unexpected bonus. We had never signed on for a tour before; we expected our guide to help us find great walks, but what we learned along the way (delivered typically with a great sense of humor) was a real highlight of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Highlights: on Harris, the former community cafe and the popup dinner at Flavour were wonderful, unique dinners; the Stein Inn had a great menu and friendly service. As mentioned previously, the Stein Inn in general was a charming place to stay. I would go back.
Improvement: Not sure how you get around this, but sandwiches do get tiresome for lunch! We know they're portable and easy to prepare and provide, but if someone has a flash of inspiration for something else a little variety might be good. Minor quibble, not a real issue.
Your Guide
Dave interacted really well with our group (a mix of ages and interests) and read our capabilities well. In addition as mentioned previously I particularly appreciated all the details about local history, land usage, wildlife and culture. I learned a ton. I also thought his demeanor - no fuss, calm and "let's go" - was a great approach. We had amazing weather and our whole group seemed game for good exertion but even still he kept us moving. Thanks, Dave! I hope you had fun with us.
The Bottom Line
What a marvelous trip! We had high expectations and they were exceeded. We've never signed up for a tour before, never walked with a group of strangers and worked with a guide - we would do it all again. The level was marked easy; I personally didn't find anything overly physically difficult but most of our outings had a few good climbs (FYI for future clients). I can't give Wilderness Scotland credit for the weather. It drizzled briefly one morning and the rest of the trip was dry, sunny and beautiful, which of course always helps, but overall the itinerary was well-planned, logistics, lodging and food were great, our group got on very well and Dave was an outstanding guide. No complaints at all. Thanks - we'll never forget it!

by Caroline Bottoms 15/05/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
There was confusion over my request for a single room which was resolved promptly and appropriately as soon as it came to light.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The guide was very knowledgeable about the area and made excellent decisions about which route would best suit the group and the conditions. I would have been interested to hear more about the wildlife we were seeing, as has been the case on previous trips.
The Bottom Line

by Adam Fischer 15/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-trip customer service was very good. All needed information was provided in email once signed up. Any additional questions that I had were promptly answered.
Trip Comments
We had a great trip. The locations were well thought out and far exceeded our expectations. Our Guide Dave was amazing, he was fun, listened to the group and worked to incorporate any additional requests for the group. He always had multiple options for the day if weather would be an issue at the first choice. The accommodations dint disappoint and the food was authentic and very good. Great restaurant choices.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations didn't disappoint and the food was authentic and very good. Great restaurant choices. I really enjoyed the popup restaurant at the end of the trip. Chris and his wife did a great job.
Your Guide
Dave was great, couldn't have asked for a better guide.
The Bottom Line
This trip far exceeded our expectations. I will be recommending it to anyone that asks. I hope that I can return to do another trip with wilderness Scotland in the future.

by Diane Sinclair 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I rang from Australia to sort out payment details as it wouldn't go through on the web. It was sorted out very easily and promptly so the call didn't cost me an arm and a leg!
Trip Comments
I absolutely loved the wild beautiful terrain where we walked. Tim our guide was the best - sensitive to the group's needs and hard working as he found walks which suited the group and kept us away from the wet weather.
Accommodation and Food
Hotel on Harris nicer than the one on Skye (my room was bigger) but both comf or table. The food was excellent on both islands.
Your Guide
As mentioned before Tim was the best. He is so knowledgable about his country and passionate about sharing that knowledge. Also he quickly assessed the fitness level of the group on the first walk and planned other walks accordingly, as well as giving options to the group.
The Bottom Line
Beautiful scenery, the best guide ever, great food and accommodation. What more would you want on a trip?

by Jerry Thornton 27/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Could not have been a better time! Tim Willis is a fantastic guide, professional, patient, always willing to accommodate our requests where possible, and he always had at least three options available to deal with changing weather. The hikes were gorgeous, the food and accommodations good. Would book with Wilderness Scotland again without hesitation.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Could not have been a better time! Tim Willis is a fantastic guide, professional, patient, always willing to accommodate our requests where possible, and he always had at least three options available to deal with changing weather. The hikes were gorgeous, the food and accommodations good. Would book with Wilderness Scotland again without hesitation.

by Lucy Bullen-Smith 26/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Easy to book and get additional information as needed.
Trip Comments
Trip from pick-up to drop-off was well planned. Walks were varied with a high degree of flexibility to suit the conditions and group.
Accommodation was great.
Possibly would have preferred an all-in price to include all evening meals as splitting bills, paying separately always tricky.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was great in both Stein Inn and Harris Hotel. Food generally very good, with well-chosen restaurants/pubs.
Packed lunches from Harris Hotel were awful!
Your Guide
Tim was a super guide. He knowledge of the islands was great and he had an anecdote for every occasion! He was very flexible and catered for all the individual needs of the group.
Weather conditions meant that plans had to change significantly (including the return ferry) but each day was filled with activities and options and planning was seamless.
Thanks for a brilliant week, Tim.
The Bottom Line
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend WS to anyone wanting to experience a taste of Skye and Harris. Locations of walks and accommodation are well-chosen. Guiding is great and the passion and pride WS show for their country is catching.

by Aliceson Robinson 29/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Seamless. Clear communication and good prep materials.
Trip Comments
A wonderful group size and well thought through tour. I felt like we saw a huge amount of Skye and the Outer Hebrides and had some wonderful walks. Corey was an excellent guide - what a nice man, hugely knowledgable and what patience! He did an excellent job tailoring our trip to the attendees. Really pleasant hotels. Only two things that would move to Excellent: 1) I quite like food so perhaps we could book dinners further in advance which would open up more options (although recognise hard as groups diverse in their caring about food); 2) The terrain in Scotland is more rough than I have found on other walking holidays with less defined trails. Relative to some other companies I have walked with...and recognising I had my two 69 year old parents with me!...perhaps this walk is more of a 3 given some rough underfooting, less defined trails and steep uphills. Although I guess that depends who the target market is! Overall very pleased though and would return to Wilderness Scotland again
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Corey was an excellent host. Engaged, funny and a true outdoors advocate. My mum also took a tumble and he managed to be both lifesaver, fireman and comic.
The Bottom Line
Really enjoyed!

by Julia Fullalove 22/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachael was particularly helpful in arranging separate accommodation for myself and my daughter. It felt as though nothing was too much trouble . Very favourable first impression.
Trip Comments
Our trip was all about spending time with my daughter doing something active and interacting with natural world - as beginners we were well supported throughout and felt very positive after experience.
Accommodation and Food
Standard accommodation good in circumstances. might be an idea to have options of lunch out wherever circumstances allow as packed lunches, whereas fine on the whole, just felt a bit samey after a while.
Your Guide
Cory outstanding. Knowledgeable, professional yet very approachable and friendly. He was able to be very inclusive and differentiated activities to suit all levels. Would highly r.
The Bottom Line
As novices, a guided trip such as this enabled us to access walks and areas of Scotland we simply would not have been equipped to access on our own

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Trip Details

Join us on this adventure to the wild Hebrides – 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.

The Hebrides are among the wildest and most beautiful islands anywhere in Europe. On this walking holiday 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 award winning trip provides a memorable insight into the wild and beautiful Hebrides.

Trip Itinerary – Outer Hebrides and Skye Walking Tour

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. (L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx 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. (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, approx 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. (B, L)

Walk details: 6km, approx 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! (B, L)

Walk details: 12km, approx 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. (B, L)

Walk details: 6km, approx 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 (B, L, D).

Walk details: 10km, approx 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. (B, L)

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15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
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Difficulty: 2

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A wonderful magical experience full of beauty.

Ann Paton
26/05/2017

5

Great value; great fun. Didn't want it to end.

Jonathan Fleming
23/05/2017

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