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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.

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 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!

by Ros Krasny 05/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website was very clear and all my questions directed at customer service were answered promptly. I liked the fact that you designated a rep to work with me over the months.
Trip Comments
The choice of walks was excellent, the guide was knowledgeable and helpful, the hotels were comfortable, nicely situated and personal, and the restaurants chosen for our meals were excellent and thoughtful.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were lovely, with delicious breakfasts and beautiful views
Your Guide
Our guide was Liam. He was excellent. He was friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about the history on our walks. He drove the van carefully and made sure everyone was properly equipped. He was mature beyond his years, with a clear enthusiasm for his work.
The Bottom Line
Skye is a special place and seeing it with Wilderness Scotland allowed us to experience it at its best and do much more than we would have been able to do independently. Wilderness Scotland leaves little to chance. Everything is well-planned and executed. An outstanding experience.

by Michele Smith 05/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

3The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Sarah was an excellent group leader and a fantastic driver. There was a great mix of characters and a group of 8 is the perfect size. Accomodation and food were good throughout.
Accommodation and Food
Both Hotels were very good. The first was perhaps friendlier. They could both improve by volunteering a drying place for boots and not look quite so shocked when we returned with muddy boots. Packed lunches could contain fruit and salad.
Your Guide
Sarah you're a star. You are friendly supportive and set a pace. You accomodated everyone and took their views/preferences into consideration. Thank you.
The Bottom Line
All ran smoothly. Transportation worked well. Trip leader couldn't have been better.

by Toni Clarke 05/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everyone was very responsive. And willing to go out of their way to pick us up at our hotel a little further along the route from Inverness.
Trip Comments
This was an outstanding trip. The choice of walks was perfect. Every day had different scenery and different types of walking. Some were steep and wild, others low and more technical. The scenery was breathtaking.
Accommodation and Food
The hotels that were chosen were very good - clean and comfortable with lovely views and a personal service.
Your Guide
Liam was a terrific guide. He was very knowledgeable, very committed and friendly. He kept the group on track and moving smoothly from one point to the next. He was very reassuring during slick weather conditions in higher elevations. And he was great in running forward to get the van when we walkers were tired and drinking tea.
The Bottom Line
We loved our trip to Skye. The scenery was out of this world, the walks challenging and invigorating and our guide very knowledgeable. We never would have had the nerve to explore these areas alone.

by Jennifer Leary 04/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Every email was answered kindly and promptly was so helpful and reassuring!
Trip Comments
Guide was amazing and fun and friendly! Loved the pace of the days and inclusion of guests thoughts and opinions. Lovely time overall!
Accommodation and Food
Hotels were beautiful loved the coziness and setting on the water of each hotel (Skye trip) I did suggest a few more veggies for the packed lunch even if it's carrot and celery sticks :)
Your Guide
Sarah was awesome and warm and funny and answered questions if she didn't know one she made sure to research and get back to us later that evening or the next day! Her enthusiasm for her job was infectious! Inspired leader.
The Bottom Line
Amazing loved it highly recommend, great energy and feeling no pretense just nice and enthusiastic people enjoying beautiful and inspiring geography and places. Would highly recommend.

by Sandy Thomas 04/09/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Not much info on trip or where staying etc
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
All v good except packed lunches from second hotel.
Your Guide
She was very good indeed. Really went the extra mile on everything
The Bottom Line
Very good indeed

by Mirjam Jaanivald 04/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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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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2018 Trip Dates

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28th Apr - 4th May 2018
£1,695
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2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
£1,695
Trip Full
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
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28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
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18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
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25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
£1,695
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Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

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I had a great experience, aided by an outstanding guide who shared his knowledge and passion for Scotland and hiking.

Mark McClain
12/09/2017

5

A great experience from beginning to end. Thanx.

Peter West
12/09/2017

5

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