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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

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for 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.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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. Please note that single rooms are not available on this itinerary. 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. The Stein Inn prides itself on its range of malts and local ales.

SINGLE ROOMS

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. Please note that on this itinerary we are not able to offer single rooms, even for an additional supplement.

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 Lena Kravtsova 29/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Our tour guide was Andy, who was knowledgeable, excellent as a guide and adaptable to our group as a leader to make the experience the best one for everybody.
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Great experience, highly recommended, would not hesitate to use Wilderness Scotland again

by Tanya Kravtsova 28/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Our guide Andy was an integral part of our trip. His professionalism, vast knowledge on myriad of topics, follow-up and readiness to answer our questions made for an enriching and educational experience. Andy is an invaluable asset to the Wilderness Scotland team!
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by Ella Kravtsova 28/09/2017

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by Mary LaGrandeur 31/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Highlights of the trip: 1) Leader Ken Keith-- fabulous! 2) itinerary of hikes, sightseeing and meals were truly excellent 3) Stein Inn and Harris Hotel were tops-loved them.
Accommodation and Food
Loved the charm and setting of Stein Inn: my favorite. All food was excellent.
Really liked the meal we had with "Flavour" in their home. Great idea!!
Your Guide
Thank you, Ken Keith for a wonderful experience. I felt completely relaxed with you in charge of our group experience. Your expertise in the outdoors, your knowledge of the area and ability to be flexible with regard to the weather and adapting our activities when needed, and your skill in leadership skills were consistently phenomenal. You thought of everything, and I felt very well taken care of throughout the entire trip. Thank you for great hikes and outdoor experiences, wonderful food, and enjoyable companionship and group cohesion. I can't wait to do it all over again!
The Bottom Line
Our Wilderness Scotland experience was:
well organized from beginning to end
an excellent value
guided by a strong and confident tour leader who set a friendly/fun tone
based on plentiful daily walking/hiking experiences in a variety of beautiful settings
a great balance of comfort and adventure
superb!

by Beth Begault 28/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
The pre-trip communication was consistently friendly, clear, and prompt.
Trip Comments
We had a fantastic guide (Ken) and an unofficial co-guide (Sonja) who---every day--- brought their enthusiasm, boundless energy, deep knowledge of Scotland, and dry humor along for the most beautiful hikes I've ever experienced. And did I mention patience? We asked a LOT of questions, sometimes two, three, seven times.
Accommodation and Food
The Stein Inn and the Harris Hotel were both perfect. The food was plentiful and delicious, and each hotel is in a unique and beautiful setting.
Your Guide
We lucked out. I'm sure the other guides are spectacular, but come on, they can't be as awesome as Ken, can they??
The Bottom Line
The trip far exceeded our hopes, and we're already planning for next summer. Thank you.

by Rose Amalfitano 21/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Prompt responses and help navigating application.
Trip Comments
I had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned by Wilderness Scotland to give a great experience and taste of the country and culture. Advice about equipment was helpful and accurate. Suggestions about preparation for the weather were appreciated.
Accommodation and Food
Hotels and staffs were great and comfortable. Any problems promptly attended to.
Your Guide
Tour guide Rosie McKenzie was excellent----knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs and capacities. She exceeded my expectations and made the trip something that I will always remember----including singing the Scottish Natl Anthem while driving the van. She seemed to know the answer to every question or had the answer in short order. Would definitely travel with her again.
The Bottom Line
It was a great trip and I would travel with Wilderness Scotland again.

by Michael Harvey 21/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Everything was fine and liked the meeting time.
Trip Comments
Trip was excellent I pariculary liked the experience of our tour leader Ken.. he did justice to the trip and picked excellent hiking and walking daily. The lodging was also great.
Accommodation and Food
No improvement necessary.
Your Guide
Ken was excellent+ I had a fantastic time along with the others on the trip including my wife Mary
The Bottom Line
Fantastic time hiking, walking and being treated with great food especially in Scalpay ad with Chris and his wife at Flavour

by Marilyn Yeates 15/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Quick response to all our questions, dietary needs were met.
Trip Comments
The Isle of Skye is other worldly in its beauty.
Accommodation and Food
Lunches are the weak link here, I noticed that on other reviews also. A sandwich with one slim slice of ham is not quite enough for a full day of hiking.
Your Guide
Rosie Mackenzie was stellar in every respect. Complete knowledge of her terrain and the country as a whole. She was attentive and responsive to each person's needs and we were a group of quite varied ability. Any change to the schedule was discussed in advance along with the reasons for the change, a trait which really highlights her expertise as a guide. Her ability to get us on trails while the sun was shinning and schedule indoor activities while it was raining was particularly helpful. She even sang the national anthem for us upon request. We would love to hike with her again.
The Bottom Line
This trip deserves the high ranking it currently enjoys.

by Leif Fagelstedt 14/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Nothing to add - everything from info on your homepage, from calls and e-mail contacts was excellent. You even took the time to give advices on hotels and transportation before and after the hike.
Trip Comments
Rosie McKenzie is an amazing guide. She took the hike to a new level based on her knowledge, experience and fantastic personality.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation and included dinners all OK but lunches, with just sandwiches and some fruit, got boring after a couple of days so to combine them with salads would have been better.
Your Guide
Rosie McKenzie is an amazing guide. She took the hike to a new level based on her knowledge, experience and fantastic personality.
The Bottom Line
A great memory and an excellent way to learn to know more about Scotland, its people and history.

by Gary McGowan 01/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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I was astounded by the way Gill went about her job. Lots of little touches, from reading her favorite poems to researching a question one of us may have had. Also, it isn't easy managing the different abilities and tastes of a group, but Gill's sensitivity, flexibility, and fairness helped keep everyone happy.
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Trip Details

Join us on an 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.

Please note on this tour there are no single supplements available – see Accommodation tab for details.

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 Luskentyre 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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19th May - 25th May 2018
£1,595
Trip Full
26th May - 1st Jun 2018
£1,595
Trip Full
2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

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Great experience, highly recommended, would not hesitate to use Wilderness Scotland again

Lena Kravtsova
29/09/2017

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Tanya Kravtsova
28/09/2017

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