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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. While on most of our tours a single room is often available for a supplement, on this trip we cannot offer single room accommodation due to the small size of the hotels and limited number of rooms available.

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.

5 star 127

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by Lisa May 28/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt response to any/all questions...couldn't think of a way to improve the process
Trip Comments
Hiking awesome and challenging; loved the small group adventure!
Accommodation and Food
just perfect! Loved the meal in the couple's home - just exquisite and a wonderful way to understand the folks that make a home in these remote locations....
Your Guide
Very knowledgeable. A few times we lost sight of guide on the trail or some of our group lagged far behind...difficult to manage the varied comfort/skill levels.
The Bottom Line
It was stellar and I will join you again and have already told other hiking friends to look you up!

by Jane Lightle 25/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Lots of helpful information and details to help prepare for our trip.
Trip Comments
Our walk on Luskentyre Beach was memorable but so were several other Harris hikes... such beautiful and awe inspiring views.
Accommodation and Food
Our dinners were excellent, particularly Flavor and Scalpay. Packed lunches from Harris Hotel were very disappointing; bland sandwich and nothing else one of our days. Had to wait one morning when they got orders mixed up, which held up the start of our hiking day.
Your Guide
Gill very quickly had the group figured out in terms of hiking ability and individual interests. Excellent job.
The Bottom Line

by Sandra Leah 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent phone communication
Trip Comments
Perhaps Skye could be omitted, or the hikes changed in July/August to avoid the crowds.
Accommodation and Food
Oh my goodness, the lunches need work!!!
Your Guide
Gill was perfect in every way
The Bottom Line
As a single traveller, I will only select trips with the option of a single room.

by Annie Slivinski 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Reassuring, prompt, and detailed information about our trip.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Gill, was fantastic! So informative about a variety of subjects: plants, history, geology, etc. We had the good luck to be part of a wonderful group of people. All had a great time.
Accommodation and Food
The food was most surprising! Delicious and expertly prepared. Accommodations were attentive and comfortable. Only hitch were the lunches at Harris Hotel. Disorganized and lackluster.
Your Guide
Gill was one of the best guides we've ever had. Not only was she prepared and a fount of information, she was attentive to the group. She was a great communicator and always ready with a "plan B" if needed.
The Bottom Line
Unforgettable! Scotland is captivating and we got to experience it without crowds of people (and lots of sun!).

by Catherine Gurling 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I prefer circular walks rather than there and back. There was only 1 circular walk - Isle of Scalpay... very good.
Trip Comments
good guide and group of people prepared to get along with each other and of course - the HEBRIDES themselves AND in good weather what luck!
Accommodation and Food
STEIN Inn could do with some better mattresses
Pop UP and Community CAFE excellent additions to the rather stodgy food at the Harris Hotel - not many vegetables in sight or indeed a salad. Very Scottish
Your Guide
Gill gauged the tempo of the group well - very slow which suited all. Pleasant and patient
The Bottom Line
A good experience of the Hebrides, suitable for all

by Linda Patterson 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Our breakfasts (all included) and dinners were all good with one especially notable fabulous dinner on Harris at the pop up restaurant 'flavour'.
The packed lunches provided by Stein Inn were quite good but those from the Harris Hotel were inadequate and of poor quality.
Your Guide
Gill was pleasant and professional and seemed very aware of the enthusiasms and limits of our group.
The Bottom Line

by Lizanne Rouillard 17/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Our guide Craig was GREAT : most friendly, with a great sense of humor and outstanding historical knowledge. He brought us to wonderful hiking paths which were challenging but within our capacities, we always came back proud of ourselves and with awesome memories of outstanding landcapes! I particularly enjoyed the Quiraing (isle of Skye) and the view on top of Toe's Head (Harris Island) was magnificent!
Accommodation and Food
I ADORED Stein Inn on Skye island: outstanding seafood and fish, great atmopshere at the pub and bedroom facing the sea WOW. Harris Inn was quaint in a lovely way , we were treated to 2 gourmet dinners which were quite exceptional: one at a restaurant on isle of Scalpay and the other at a pop-up restaurant in a house. Chef had been trained in Glasgow and his food was delicious!
Your Guide
Our guide Craig was GREAT : most friendly, with a great sense of humor and outstanding historical knowledge. He brought us to wonderful hiking paths which were challenging but within our capacities, we always came back proud of ourselves and with awesome memories of outstanding landcapes! He even treated us to drinks after our hike to Toe's Head which was a bit challenging, as we did not wait for him and took a rather harder (mountain sheep) path!!
The Bottom Line
wonderful trip which allowed us to discover the exceptional beauty of the Scottish isles. Our guide Craig was most friendly and knowledgeable in history and also about safety on the paths. I highly recommend!

by Mary Bolton 11/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Nothing you could do about the weather!
Accommodation and Food
The evening meals were lovely. Lots of fish. The pop-up was such great fun and the food there was divine - and we could ask lots of questions about its source and preparation. The couple were so interesting and friendly too. The packed lunches were poor, particularly on Harris. For me, and i understand this trip was o the outer edges of Scotland and we were eating a Scottish diet but i did miss vegetables. They were in short supply!
Your Guide
Craig was such a good leader. He had a wonderful sense of humour, didn't molly-coddle but always knew our capabilities. He had a fund of knowledge about where we were and Scottish history in general.
The Bottom Line
Full of interest. Wonderful scenery. Guided with care and wit and imagination. Be prepared for wet weather!

by Charles Gardner 10/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My wife said that you were very helpful and responsive
Trip Comments
- Our guide, Craig MacDonald - was great fun ,very humorous, knowledgeable, and sensitive to the group. You are lucky to have him.
- We had a great group which bonded well
- Much of the hiking, at least for us, was quite challenging. The trip reminded us that we are not as fit as we want to be.
- The countryside was stunning
- The Stein Inn was very cool - felt like Scotland
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Accommodation and Food
I neither want nor expect great food on a hiking trip. I'd go to a city if I wanted that.
On the other hand, the pack lunches were barely edible. But it doesn't really matter.
Your Guide
Craig MacDonald was excellent. He challenged us to our limits, which was good. Also, offered us choices, such as whether we wanted to go further. We always did. Also, he is highly informative with a great wit.
The Bottom Line
Physically challenging, exhilarating, great bonding, lots of laughs, stunning scenery. My legs are still sore, but I'd happily do another one. I doubt we could handle a week of Level 3, however, at our fitness level (which we thought was pretty decent) for our age (mid-60s).

by Dianne Edgar 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Briiliant scenery, amazing knowledgable guide, extremely well planned in view of the weather, and lovely hotels to relax in after a day on the hills. Another 5 star trip, Wilderness!
Trip Comments
Getting to the tops of some hills i privately thought looked too hard, and then Mark gradually led us up and up till we got to the top., where the views were just stunning.
Accommodation and Food
great comfortable hotels. Mark found us 2 extraordinary dining options, one in a community hall where the food was top restaurant quality, and the other in a pop up restaurant in soneone's house,where the chef was in my view, 3* michelin quality- and he speargunned the fish himself- how cool is that!
Your Guide
Mark was truly professional and helpful, and great fun for the whole week. He encouraged, supported and advised at every step of the way, he knew and loved the landscape and shared it with us with pride, - I can't imagine a better guide for this trip!
The Bottom Line
Skye and Harris are great wilderness destinations, remote and ethereal in beauty and splendour. This trip enable us to see and do a lot in a few days, I still can't believe I was up that hill!) taking in and appreciating as much of the different qualities of the Western isles as possible.Yes it rained, but our guide planned each day carefully to make the best of the weather. Just fabulous!

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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
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12th Aug - 18th Aug 2017
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16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2017
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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 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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90 people viewed this trip in the last week2 Bookings in the last 72 hours

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2017 Trip Dates

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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
12th Aug - 18th Aug 2017
£1,395
Trip Full
16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2017
£1,395
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

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19th May - 25th May 2018
£1,395
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26th May - 1st Jun 2018
£1,395
Trip Full
2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
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30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
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14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
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4th Aug - 10th Aug 2018
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11th Aug - 17th Aug 2018
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8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018
£1,395
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£1,395
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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 2

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It was stellar and I will join you again and have already told other hiking friends to look you up!

Lisa May
28/07/2017

5

Jane Lightle
25/07/2017

5

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