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    Wilderness Walking

    Outer Hebrides and Skye

    295 reviews

    Next Trip: 25th - 31st May 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From: £2,675 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
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    Join us on an adventure to the dramatic Isle of Skye and the beautiful Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis. Accompanied by your expert guide, explore wonderful wild landscapes on foot, visiting ancient sites and spotting a myriad of coastal wildlife. Wander along quiet, white sandy beaches washed in turquoise water, weave your way through the dark spires of Skye’s Trottenish Penisula and walk out to the remote lighthouse at Rubh an Eorna on the tiny Isle of Scalpay. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the rich tapestry of island life, including their interesting history and unique geology. As you explore, look out for wildlife synonymous with Scotland’s wild west coast, including sea eagles (known in Gaelic as iolaire sùil na grèineas – the eagle with the sunlit eye), red deer, otters and dolphins. The islands are also a haven for a diversity of flora, and during the warm summer months, many wildflowers bloom in the famous coastal machairs. Combined with hand-picked, charming accommodation and seasonal, delicious food, it’s no surprise that this captivating adventure is one of our best-loved trips.

     

     

    Trip Highlights

    • Explore the iconic Old Man of Storr as you hike on the magical Isle of Skye.
    • Look out for coastal wildlife, including sea eagles, red deer, otters and dolphins.
    • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality as you relax in hand-picked, charming accommodation.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel to Skye & Afternoon Walk

    Meet your guide at Inverness Railway Station this morning and set off on your adventure. Travel along the shores of Loch Ness and stop to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the magical Isle of Skye. This afternoon, enjoy a wonderful walk in Glen Sligachan, a peaceful valley tucked beneath the mighty peaks of the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin. After the hike, travel to your cosy accommodation overlooking Uig Bay. (L, D)

    Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 3 hrs

    Day 2 – Quirang and the Old Man of Storr

    After breakfast this morning, head out to explore the stark and dramatic landscapes of the iconic Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr. As you walk, chat with your guide about the area’s fascinating geology, taking the time to stop and take in the incredible views of the white-capped waves, rocky mountains and scattered islands. Enjoy a visit to Kilt Rock – a spectacular 90-metre-high wall of multi-coloured hexagonal columns that resemble the pleats of a tartan kilt, as well as strolling around the charming village of Staffin before returning to your lovely hotel. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hrs

    Day 3 – Travel to Harris and Luskentyre Beach

    This morning, head out for a short but beautiful coastal walk before catching the small white ferry to the Isle of Harris. Taking around 1.5 hours, enjoy the opportunity to stand out on deck and feel the fresh, salt-thick air on your face as you look out for dolphins and seabirds. After arriving on Harris, join your guide for a lovely walk on the spectacular beaches of Luskentyre and Seileboist before heading to your accommodation in time to freshen up before dinner. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | approx. 3 hrs

    Day 4 – Exploring North Harris

    After a relaxed breakfast, enjoy an exciting day exploring the impressive, rugged beauty of North Harris. Ribbon your way through peaceful glens and stroll along swathes of powdery white sand that stretch out towards the horizon. Depending on the weather, we may head to the turquoise waters of Huisinis Beach or walk out to see the towering cliffs of Sron Uladal. Regardless of which route we choose, it’s bound to be a wonderful day. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | approx 5hrs

     

    Day 5 – Walking Circuit of Scalpay

    As the morning sunshine spills across the sea, set out to the tiny Isle of Scalpay to circumnavigate its pretty coastline. Located off the east coast of Harris, it’s connected to the island by a bridge which opened in 1997 and was first crossed by 103-year-old Mrs Kirsty Morrison. Enjoy hiking around the island and visiting the remote red-and-white striped lighthouse at Rubh an Eorna. Return to Tarbert this afternoon and enjoy a tour and tasting at the historic Harris Distillery. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10 km/ 6 miles | approx. 5 hrs

    Day 6 – Wildflowers and the Golden Road

    After breakfast, head out to explore Harris’s famous machair – a rare coastal hinterland remarkable in the summer months for its colourful diversity of wildflowers and abundant birdlife. Accompanied by your guide, walk out to Toe Head Penisula (the most westerly point of South Harris) and to the stone ruins of a beautiful tiny chapel. On your return, drive north along the Golden Road, stopping to visit the 15th-century St Clement’s Church. Enjoy a celebratory meal at a fantastic restaurant this evening, with a bespoke tasting menu that champions local produce. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 6 km/ 4 miles | approx. 3 hrs

    Day 7 – Callanish Standing Stones and Depart

    After breakfast, set out north to the Isle of Lewis to visit the 5000-year-old Callanish Standing Stones. Dating back to 3000 BC and set high on a heathery moor with a backdrop of white-capped waves and shattered mountain peaks, this is a magical and captivating place. Enjoy exploring among the megaliths of one of Scotland’s most magnificent and best-preserved Neolithic monuments before leaving the stones behind and heading to Stornoway. From here, catch the ferry back to the mainland, travelling back to Inverness Railway Station, where your trip will conclude. (B, L)

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    25th May - 31st May 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
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    13th Jul - 19th Jul 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
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    31st Aug - 6th Sep 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,675
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 2 nights on Skye and 4 nights on Harris. Each of the accommodations offer double and twin rooms, most with en-suite facilities.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £565 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7 are included on this trip. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    Throughout the journey, varied island produce will be served up in hearty and imaginative meals. Seafood is a speciality with beef, lamb and venison also popular and of course, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
    • All meals during the trip as stated in itinerary (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
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip and will return you to Inverness Railway Station for 6.30pm on the final day. Most people choose to stay in Inverness the night before the trip. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip, please get in touch with our team to discuss.

     

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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 Walking Holidays

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 295 reviews of Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

     

    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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    Elizabeth White

    Reviewed on 20/05/2024

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 11/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Ideal group size, good choice of hotels and excellent food. Most generous that we were always given a free choice of the menu. Holiday in Scotland and yet , we were blessed with a very warm sunny weather!

    JR

    Joanne Rupp

    Reviewed on 29/04/2024

    Age: 70 - 80
    Trip Date: 20/04/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    It really could not have been better. Even the weather cooperated.

    JR

    John Rupp

    Reviewed on 29/04/2024

    Age: 80 - 90
    Trip Date: 20/04/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Outstanding in every respect - credit where credit is due and WS deserves a very large helping.

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