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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

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?

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 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: 28th May, 16th July and 13th 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.

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.

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by Vicky Anderson 25/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick clear positive response.
Trip Comments
Steve Gray was an excellent and most pleasant guide. The trip was smooth despite unexpected obstacles. We hiked in spectacular places.
Accommodation and Food
Very pleased with lodges and food menu. Slept well! Food was excellent and fresh. Wifi was available in lobby but not room in Tarbert.
Your Guide
Steve Gray simply is the best! Completely competent, friendly, witty, reassuring, and accommodating. He always wore a pleasant smile. He really extended himself to ensure a good time was had by all. I always felt in good hands under his wilderness leadership. I'd love to do another WS trip with him sometime. His bio is not listed on your WS website, which should be fixed.
The Bottom Line
#5! I absolutely would recommend WS to others. Thank you for sponsoring a wonderful trip!

by Wendy Castine 25/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All questions were answered immediately.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Steve Gray, was great and my fellow walkers all excellent companions but the weather was poor, particularly the first couple of days where the mist was so thick that we could not see the mountains at all.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guide, Steve Gray, was first rate. He was a true professional...completely competent in every aspect ( safety, driving, map-reading etc.) and a great pleasure to be with.
The Bottom Line

by Janneke Koster 22/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Clear list of what to take. Informative website.
Trip Comments
The trip was wonderful. The weather was Scottish: a wee bit more sun would have made it even more enjoyable. Due to the rain our walks were a bit shorter than we had hoped/expected.
Accommodation and Food
The accomodation was good; however in the Stein Inn on Skye the beds were not great. But the breakfast was really fantastic ( all the fresh red summerfruits....yummy!) and also it packed lunches were good. It was a pity though, that wine could not be ordered for dinner, and the bar man was a bit grumpy. The owner (Helen?) was a real nice and warm person. The second hotel, the Harris Hotel had excellent beds. The breakfast however took very long. As orderings for the eggs and co. were only taken after all the cold breakfast was already eaten. The "cold" breakfast- buffet was good.Lunches were a bit mediocre.
Your Guide
Malcolm did work real hard to accomodate some different desires within the group. Despite the weather we had a wonderful week. We did get the impression though that the guide really makes long days, with report writing and stuff at the end of the day. We might have preferred to start the days of bit earlier so that more walking and sight seeing could have been fitted in ( it was often relatively nice weather early in the morning), but when there was a nice dry and warm evening he took us out to a beautiful place for sun set. We had a wonderful trip due to his guiding and explanations.
The Bottom Line
This is a lovely walking holiday. As me and my husband both have knee problems we were a bit apprehensive beforehand whether we could do it, but it turned out to be no problem. Malcolm, our guide, provided on nearly every longer walk possibilities to return and make the walk shorter, or to continue. The Scottish weather was very Scottish, but thanks to good outdoor clothing ( the recommended stuff is recommended for a reason!) it actually was hardly a problem at all!

by Sylvette Chovet 19/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
For lunch, more vegetable and fruit would have been appreciated. Crisps and sandwiches were not very good for my health.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Ian Luty 18/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good up to date comments on our trip before we left
Trip Comments
Very informative and very knowledge and very friendly guide. Told us about the geography, flora and history where we were. This made it more interesting and relevant. Blown away by the scenery and how beautiful it was. Enjoy the fast walk back to the van trying to keep up with Malcolm, had to show him old guys like me could keep up even in the rain. It was the best day of the whole trip. Malcolm expertise certainly made the whole trip worthwhile
Accommodation and Food
Hotel accommodation was comfortable, clean and the food varied and good
Your Guide
Malcolm knowledge was first rate on all aspects of the trip. History, geography, flowers, wildlife. This made the whole trip worthwhile and enjoyable. Malcolm was so easy going and answered all our questions with ease and a pleasure to be with.
The Bottom Line
Well thought out trips, with knowledge staff makes these trips worthwhile

by Ann Phillips 06/07/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I appreciated the level of detail about the trip and also helpful information on the grading of the walks and recommended equipment.
Trip Comments
The Beauty of the Outer Hebrides is food for the soul, clean air, stunning scenery and a fabulous group of people. What more could you ask for?
Accommodation and Food
The hotels are both in good locations and small enough to provide a personal and warm welcome.
Your Guide
Malcolm is a knowledgable guide who constantly reappraised the abilities and desires of the group and the changeable weather to ensure our mixed group enjoyed every moment of their holiday. Ever cheerful and encouraging I really appreciated his easy manner, not being the most sure-footed walker!
The Bottom Line
An impressively beautiful part of the country not to be overlooked. Wilderness Scotland are a professional group of knowledgable people who will give you an unforgettable experience of rural Scotland.

by Christa Laird 28/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly and easy contact by telephone with the office. Comprehensive preparatory paperwork with good ideas and tips for what to bring eg a little mat for wet or rocky picnics! The website is very attractive.
Trip Comments
If the weather had been better - but that is of course beyond your control.
Accommodation and Food
The Stein Inn was atmospheric and in a lovely position and our room was large and comfortable. Their food was fine but nothing special, though their packed lunches were excellent and their sandwiches much better than from the Harris Hotel! But our room in the Harris Hotel was bright and comfortable and the dinners - and breakfasts - excellent. The dinner at the unpretentious little harbour Cafe Bistro on Scalpay was outstanding - should receive a Michelin star!
Your Guide
Malcolm could not have been more considerate, taking the trouble to talk to everyone on the walks, checking we were all comfortable and happy and consulting whenever there was a choice of activity. He is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, from starfish to sea eagles, and we learnt quite a lot about seabirds from him. He is good on plants too, and full of anecdotes about Hebridean history, customs and culture which made the journeys especially interesting. His enthusiasm and love for the area are infectious.Considering he was suffering from a nasty head cold for part of the trip, this was a bravura performance!
The Bottom Line
Overall WS made this trip as enjoyable as it could have been, with every detail thought through - down to the snacks in the van! Perhaps a teeny bit more down time, ie before dinner, would have been nice, but given how much driving there has to be and the number of activities to pack in that might not be realistic. Perhaps clients could be given the choice of bath or shower in their rooms?

by Sharon Paull 27/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Excellent tour guide Malcolm and a great group
Accommodation and Food
Really nice hotels chosen which were well placed, comfortable and friendly with great food
Your Guide
Our guide, Malcolm, made every effort to ensure everyone had a great time, with endless energy and enthusiasm. Fantastic bird spotter.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed our tour - everything was so well organised, the areas we went to incredibly beautiful and interesting. I would definitely go another WS tour

by Peter Watkins 13/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Efficient and good communication via email.
Trip Comments
Busy schedule (paced well), excellent guide, brilliant country and good hotels and well organised.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Excellent. Our Guide Eilid was very well organised, knowledgeable about all aspects of Skye and Harris and was an excellent leader. Her quiet professionalism brought the best out in the group.
The Bottom Line
All round excellent experience. And we had great weather.

by Carol Wood 09/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My partner did the arranging but I know he contacted the office several times and the staff were very informative and helpful.
Trip Comments
We were lucky with the weather! The beaches we were taken to definitely had the wow factor. The views of blue seas, white sand with few other people on the beach will stay with me for a long time.
Accommodation and Food
Good choice of hotel, the dinners were up to us and all except the restaurant at Skye (can't remember the name) were really good. The guide was the first to admit it had gone off since her last visit!
Your Guide
I cannot praise her too highly! I loved the way she quietly assessed our abilities and made sure we were able to complete the climbs and walks without being patronising or over-bearing. Her knowledge of the countryside, flowers, birds, geology was wide and she explained everything but without being 'pushy'. A lovely intelligent walking companion!
The Bottom Line
A quality company that gave me a great week, introducing me to a fine variety of walks, climbs, drives to enjoy Scotland. Thank you.

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Trip Details

Join us on this adventure to some of the wildest bounds of Scotland; 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.

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 is special trip provides a memorable insight into these wild and beautiful islands.

Trip Itinerary

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.

Distance 8km, 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.

Distance 8km, 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.

Distance 6km, 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!

Distance 12km, 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.

Distance 6km, 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.

Distance 10km, 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.

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6th Aug - 12th Aug 2016
£1,195
1 place(s) left
13th Aug - 19th Aug 2016
£1,195
Trip Full
17th Sep - 23rd Sep 2016
£1,195
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6th May - 12th May 2017
£1,195
Places available
27th May - 2nd Jun 2017
£1,195
5 place(s) left
1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
£1,195
Places available
15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£1,195
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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
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12th Aug - 18th Aug 2017
£1,195
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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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#5! I absolutely would recommend WS to others. Thank you for sponsoring a wonderful trip!

Vicky Anderson
25/07/2016

5

Wendy Castine
25/07/2016

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