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    Wilderness Walking

    Outer Hebrides and Skye

    236 reviews

    Next Trip: 8th - 14th Oct 2022 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    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 coast and across to the many smaller isles which dot the horizon. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the rich tapestry of island life, history and geology. They can also help you spot wildlife, which may include golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, whales and dolphins, as well as 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 special trip provides a memorable insight into these wild and beautiful islands.

    On the way to Skye, explore the beautiful and historic Eilean Donan Castle, then, when in Skye, look forward to an unforgettable hike on the impressive Old Man of Storr landmark.

    Trip Highlights

    • 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.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel to Skye, afternoon walk in Glen Sligachan

    Meeting in Inverness, we travel 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 accommodation overlooking Uig Bay. (L, D)

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

    Day 2 – Quirang and the Old Man of Storr

    After enjoying breakfast with views out across the sea, 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, D)

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

    Day 3 – Travel to the Isle of Harris

    After breakfast, 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. Arriving on Harris, we visit the wonderful beaches of Luskentyre and Seileboist before heading to our accommodation in time to freshen up before dinner. (B, L, D)

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

    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, D)

    Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 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 wildflowers. We climb Toe Head (365m), high above the 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, D)

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

    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 circumnavigation of the island, exploring its wonderful coastline and visiting the remote lighthouse at Rubh an Eorna. (B, L, D)

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

    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 wonderful 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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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    8th Oct - 14th Oct 2022Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,965
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    19th Aug - 25th Aug 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,965
    9th Sep - 15th Sep 20234 places leftCONFIRMED£1,965Book Now
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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 private room for single occupancy, a supplement of £300 will be 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.

    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 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip and will return you to Inverness Railway Station for 18:00 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 4.92 out of 5 based on 236 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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    Barry Eaglestone

    Reviewed on 25/07/2022

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: England
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 5

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Everything well organised, first class guides, faultless.

    SF

    Stephanie Fore

    Reviewed on 17/07/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Unfortunately I don't have many adventurous friends that would be interested or able to do the hiking. If I did I probably would never have sought out this tour. As an independent hiker, I sometimes found the 'herding' of the group a bit tiresome. I will remember this experience and recommend it when I pass by people seeking a guided field trip. I might consider another trip that offers more wildlife viewing...would also be interested in a trip that explores native fiber art (spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving)

    MC

    Michelle Cinquemani

    Reviewed on 15/07/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Outstanding experience! From visiting stunning beaches, completing amazing cliffside hikes, and enjoying delectable meals - each new day is another exciting adventure!

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