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Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye

  • Explore the spectacular Isle of Skye through a number of beautiful hikes, taking in the rich scenery and fascinating history of the island.
  • Take a boat trip into the heart of the Cuillin mountains for one of the best hikes in Scotland.
  • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected hotels, set in beautiful water- side locations.
  • 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. We spend 3 nights in north Skye and then the next 3 in the south of the island. The first is an owner-managed 3- star hotel which benefits from fantastic views across Uig Bay. Our accommodation in Southern Skye is a 3-star, 2 rosette privately owned hotel with spectacular views over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Peninsula.

Each accommodation offers double and twin rooms, most with en-suite facilities. Throughout the journey, varied local 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.

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. 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 £495 is charged if a single room is available.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your trip. Most people choose to stay in Inverness before the trip. We aim to have you back by 4pm on the last day.

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by Amy McPherson 18/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
I think the walks could be longer. I think it was around 2-3 hours on average but would have liked to have walks 4-5 hours on average. I really enjoyed the long days :)
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I thought Jude was brilliant, but I think she needs to be louder so everyone can hear her! :)
The Bottom Line

by Jennifer Johnston 15/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
the correpondence and reminders were good
Trip Comments
Jude was a fabulous guide - easy going, organised and nothing was too much trouble. we were not well for a few days and Jude looked after both of us even organising my travel buddy to see a local doctor. She was patient, kind, helpful and full of information about each local area we went to.
Accommodation and Food
The Uig Hotel was great but i think had we not had a downstairs room it would have been excellent. We had two nights of listening to our neighbour's dogs running back and forth across the floor which was a little annoying. Brilliant location and brekfast was superb.
Your Guide
have mentioned in previous comments how impressed I was with Jude and her service and friendliness. She had us organised each day and nothing was ever too much trouble if we wanted to visit a shop or place that wasn't on the list she sorted it for us. Couldn't have experienced a better guide!
The Bottom Line
For a taste of Skye the trip with Wilderness Scotland was excellent. Our group experienced many of Skye's highlights as well as many lesser known places. It was a real mixed bag which i enjoyed. Our hotels were excellent and having a base for a few days meant not having to pack up daily. The van was comfortable and our daily lunch packages a treat to look forward to. I'd re-visit Wilderness Scotland next time I'm in Scotland.

by Margaret Gugerty 14/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything was perfect!
Trip Comments
We brought sunshine to the Isle of Skye! Very lucky! Our guide Jude, was amazing, professional, and always accommodating!
Accommodation and Food
Both B & B’s were clean, great views, and food was great as well!
Your Guide
She was wonderiful!!! Great driver, sweet, knowledgeable and very friendly ❤️
The Bottom Line
Very challenging but satisfying at the same time. A little more free time from the group would be nice too.
LOVED it!!
Thank you❤️

by 08/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very prompt responses and comprehensive answers. Bridget was lovely.
Trip Comments
Dossier give a clear description of what to expect. And our guide Judith was effervescent!
Accommodation and Food
We loved both hotels on Skye. I would stay in both again.
Your Guide
We all loved Jude. She was SO POSITIVE!!!
The Bottom Line
Couldnt recommend this company higher - I heard about Wilderness Scotland from a friend in Seattle and everything they said was spot on !

by Dave Owen 07/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Helpful and informative all round
Trip Comments
Walking on the Quirang, Trotternish peninsula, boat and two ferry trips I had not done before! Seeing ancient brochs, ruined and preserved. Listening to some live Scottish music in a friendly pub. A well paced easy going walking experience.
Accommodation and Food
The second hotel Eileen Iarmain was a good hotel but not to my taste personally. A bit staid, old-fashioned and stuffy. Lovely location mind.
Your Guide
Our guide Jude was the best ever guide I have been with on any guided tour. So cheerful, positive, helpful and responsive to everyone’s needs. Such a pleasure to be with her company.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic trip to Skye and we had the weather as well! Just wonderful.

by Jocelyn Robson 07/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
wonderful first hotel- those views to die for; second hotel staff seemed slightly less on top of things but room still comfortable-with bath!
Your Guide
Truly exceptional. Our guide was skilled at 'reading' the group and their needs, always on the ball, perceptive, energetic, and fun to be with.
The Bottom Line
Brilliant to be in the mountains, lucky with the weather (most of the time..), good companions and lots of support when needed.

by Mark McClain 12/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We had questions about how much luggage per person and about paying the balance of the trip price, but our questions were quickly answered.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Ken, made the best of every situation be it weather or other guests with limited anilities
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Ken had to adapt plans, but I never felt we missed anything as a result
The Bottom Line
I had a great experience, aided by an outstanding guide who shared his knowledge and passion for Scotland and hiking.

by Peter West 12/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All went very smoothly as usual. No issues at all.
Trip Comments
Lots of laughs. A good group. Good walking despite the weather. Good food and accommodation.
Accommodation and Food
Food was very good and both hotels were comfortable and welcoming.
Your Guide
Ken is an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, caring and flexible. Also a very safe driver.
The Bottom Line
A great experience from beginning to end. Thanx.

by John Pye 12/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Phone calls and emails were handled promptly and professionally. Website was very informative.
Trip Comments
Ken is a great guide. Very on top of conditions and able to adjust the itinerary as needed due to variable weather. Very good at knitting the group together.
Accommodation and Food
The second hotel was definitely better than the first. The food was excellent.
Your Guide
As mentioned, Ken was a great guide and clearly a very experienced and capable hiker, knowledgeable of our surroundings.
The Bottom Line
The trip exceeded our expectations. It was a fantastic experience and we would certainly recommend it to others. Wilderness Scotland clearly cares deeply about the country and its clients who are there to enjoy it.

by Maria Westropp 11/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

3The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
your office was quick to respond to my questions
Trip Comments
Excellent would have been more sunny weather. Of course you don't have control over that.
Accommodation and Food
The hotels were very welcoming and the food was excellent.
Your Guide
Our guide was very personable and friendly. He filled us in on much of the history and background. He managed the group very well.
The Bottom Line
The scenery was worth the sore muscles!

Trip Details

Explore the spectacular and varied landscapes on the Isle of Skye – the jewel of Scotland’s island crown.

Learn of the myths and legends, passed down through generations, that make this place so magical and mysterious.

Enjoy some of the best hiking in Scotland, if not the world as you explore the north, south, east and west of Skye on a series of hikes. From gentle bays to wave-ravaged peninsulas, elegant glens to torturous rock formations, Skye delights and surprises at every turn. With excellent accommodation and wonderful food, this trip takes you away from the crowds and well-known routes, allowing you to discover some wonderful hikes that get under the skin of Scotland’s most famous island.

Trip Itinerary – Isle of Skye Walking Tour

Day 1 – Inverness to the Isle of Skye

Leaving Inverness, we make our way west via Loch Ness and the spectacular mountains of Kintail before arriving on Skye. Here we can enjoy a short hike around Portree Bay and have time to explore this quirky little town before heading to our accommodation to settle in and enjoy our welcome dinner. (L,D)

Walk details: 4km/ 2 miles, approx. 2 hrs

Day 2 – Hiking the Trotternish Peninsula

After enjoying breakfast, we drive up a steep road which takes us to The Quiraing. We enjoy a fantastic hike here through the stark and unusual rock formations and landscapes, all the time admiring sweeping views across the Sound of Raasay to Torridon and Wester Ross. Afterwards, we can explore the very north of the Trotternish Peninsula, or perhaps 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 – Waternish Point

We transfer west – circling the bay that lies in front of our hotel. Our hike today will take us to a quiet corner of the island that deserves more attention! Starting from a ruined church we will hike out to a remote headland. On the way we pass the ancient ruins of one of the best preserved brochs on Skye. From the headland we enjoy wonderful sea views before returning along the same route. (B,L)

Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles, approx. 5 hrs

Day 4 – Exploring Raasay

Today we will be transferring to our second hotel in the south of Skye, but first we have another island to explore! From Sconser we board the small ferry to the Isle of Raasay where we will walk today. Raasay is an oft-overlooked gem, and much quieter than Skye. There are a couple of excellent hikes that we can choose from, starting from the ferry and hiking up to 10km. Raasay has a fascinating history all of its own to enjoy before we head back to Skye. (B,L)

Walk details: Variable – up to 10km/ 6 miles, approx. 5hrs

Day 5 – Wild Loch Coruisk and the Cuillin mountains

The wild and jagged peaks of the Black Cuillin are a real highlight of a visit to Skye. While the summits are accessible only through challenging scrambles, their beauty is easy to appreciate from more forgiving glens. We take a boat trip to the remote southern edge of the Cuillin. After being dropped off in this lonely and wild spot, we circumnavigate Loch Coruisk, perhaps Scotland’s most dramatic loch, with sharp summits rising straight from the shoreline. A memorable and spectacular hike. (B,L)

Walk details: 7km/ 4 miles, approx. 4hrs

Day 6 – The Clearance Villages

While the landscapes of the Highlands have always been wild, many remote glens and bays had small populations until fairly recent times. The Highland Clearances – a dark blotch on Scotland’s history – hastened the demise of many small communities. On this coastal circuit, we’ll pass through the sites of two villages which were abandoned during the Clearances. The peaceful landscape of today contrasts with the harsh emotions felt at the time of the evictions. This walk is slightly longer than others on this trip, but worth that bit of extra effort! (B,L,D)

Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles, approx. 6hrs

Day 7 – Glenelg then return to Inverness

Leaving our accommodation, we depart Skye via the unique community-owned ‘turntable ferry’. Arriving in Glenelg, a remote village on the mainland, we hike down to the coast to see the site of the house where the famous author Gavin Maxwell lived when he wrote ‘Ring of Bright Water’. We visit the well-preserved Brochs – Iron Age dwellings – in Glenelg before make our way east via the spectacular Mam Ratagan Pass back to Inverness. (B,L)

Walk details: 3km/ 2 miles, approx. 2 hrs

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Amy McPherson
18/05/2018

5

For a taste of Skye the trip with Wilderness Scotland was excellent. Our group experienced many of Skye's highlights as well as many lesser known places. It was a real mixed bag which i enjoyed. Our hotels were excellent and having a base for a few days meant not having to pack up daily. The van was comfortable and our daily lunch packages a treat to look forward to. I'd re-visit Wilderness Scotland next time I'm in Scotland.

Jennifer Johnston
15/05/2018

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