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      Wilderness Walking
      Outer Hebrides and Skye

      176 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 27th Apr | 4th May Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £1,625 View Prices & Departures

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      Trip created by Paul Easto
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      Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Classic

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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 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)

      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)

      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)

      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 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)

      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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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      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 £275 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 - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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.

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      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      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.

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      27th Apr - 3rd May 2019 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      4th May - 10th May 2019 6 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      25th May - 31st May 2019 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,625
      29th Jun - 5th Jul 2019 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,625
      20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      21st Sep - 27th Sep 2019 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      5th Oct - 11th Oct 2019 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now
      12th Oct - 18th Oct 2019 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,625 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      As founder of Wilderness Scotland Paul’s craving for adventure and knowledge of Scotland knows no bounds. His leadership has resulted in Wilderness Scotland twice being named as Best Green Tour Operator in the World at the World Travel Awards and ranked as No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe by National Geographic. Paul’s commitment to excellence in all that he pursues becomes obvious in the routes we follow and the little touches included in this trip.

      - Paul Easto

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 176 review(s) 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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      Cynthia Lavoie

      Reviewed on 04/11/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 06/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Tom Jamieson

      Reviewed on 19/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 06/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

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      The Bottom Line

      Outstanding. Everything I'd hoped it would be.

      RH

      Richard Hall

      Reviewed on 15/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 06/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Karen Balsen

      Reviewed on 01/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 15/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

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      The Bottom Line

      Excellent!

      KS

      Karin Smith

      Reviewed on 29/09/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 08/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We were very happy with Wilderness Scotland from start to finish. Very organized and professional. We would recommend them to everyone and will certainly be back to try another trip!

      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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