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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

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?

Accommodation
Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors u2013 charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Wherever they are available, we will reserve ensuite rooms for you.
Single Room 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 £350 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 Kristy Peterson 19/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I did have some issues logging into my account on your website. Everyone I spoke with in the course of planning my trip was very helpful
Trip Comments
The places we stayed and the restaurants we ate at were great. I got to see so much of Skye and learned a lot about the places we visited and the history of Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
I liked the different restaurants we went to, and the accommodations were really nice. I think my favorite restaurant was called the Old School. We had dinner one night at the bar at our hotel, Eileen Iarmain, and the dessert was excellent! Also, the view from this hotel was beautiful!
Your Guide
Kirsty was awesome! She's extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She was very helpful in making sure we were prepared for the hikes.
The Bottom Line
It was an amazing experience! I got to see so much of Skye.

by Emerita Pilgrim 19/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would possibly have been useful to know the names and contact numbers of the hotels where we were going to be accommodated whilst on holiday so that we could inform relevant friends at home. I understand that they were able to phone in to speak to members of the group but we couldn't get a signal to ring out.
Trip Comments
Skye was a perfect place for a Grade 3 walking holiday (we were lucky with the weather!). Our excellent guide, Kirsty couldn't have been more knowledgable about all aspects of the island, nor more helpful and good company - overall, delightful. Thank you to her and Wilderness Scotland for having top grade leaders.
Accommodation and Food
The Uig Hotel was excellent as was the hotel on the southern penninsula but service, in the second hotel,was not sensitive to our wish to have dinner together on our last night, although this was corrected after a request.

~The pub that we went to in the town on our first night (I think on the southern penninsula) did not have a very good chef so the food was not as good as on the other nights.
Your Guide
I have already sent an e-mail thanking Kirsty for her excellent guiding performance.
The Bottom Line
I have already praised this firm, the choice of Skye for a walking holiday, and our guide, Kirsty to several people in Oxford and in my local walking group.

by Kathrine MacRae 12/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good series of follow ups and reminders as the trip came closer.
Trip Comments
I find it difficult to select a single highlight, but on each outing we were met with beautiful and varied views.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was very comfortable throughout our journey.
Your Guide
Can't say enough about Kirstie. She shared her knowledge about plant life, was full of legends about Scottish fairies and giants, and could name every bird that flew over head. She was
Kind and very thoughtful.
The Bottom Line
This is my second walking trip with WS and I'm planning another already. Both trips were well planned and both guides were excellent.

by Gordon MacRae 12/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Kirsty was superlative!
The Bottom Line
Great group, great guide, grneat fun!

by Charles Reback 12/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Kirsty is an excellent guide
Accommodation and Food
first hotel had problems with radiators, towel warmers, and wifi not working properly. Staff addressed this as best they could.
Your Guide
I can't imagine a better guide.
The Bottom Line
brilliant

by Melissa Walker 12/06/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I wish I had had more specific information on the nature of the hiking in advance. While I realize that routes have to be altered regularly because of weather and other factors, I have bad knees, and it would have been helpful in selecting the trip if I had had more detailed information on the elevation changes and steepness of trails in advance. Our guide was wonderful, but I really needed this information when choosing the trip, not once I arrived.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks so much for your feedback, it sounds like you had a great trip! We do have trip grading videos on our website that should give a good idea of what you can expect but if you want any more information about a specific trip then it’s worth dropping the team a line to chat through the options.
Trip Comments
The trip was terrific. Kirsti was an amazing guide. I was impressed with her intense professionalism, her commitment to sharing the beauty of the Scottish countryside, her breadth and depth of knowledge, and her unfailing good humor as she dealt with eight diverse personalities over the week. Hers is tough job; she is essentially on duty 24-7 for seven straight days, and she was brilliant.

The hotels were good, the food was excellent, and our traveling companions were a fascinating and diverse group of folks. It was a great trip, and we hope to do another Wilderness Scotland trip in the future. The great thing about walking tours is that they enable you to see the country in a way you're unlikely to see it on your own.
Accommodation and Food
A few glitches in service at the last hotel and spotty wifi and heating at the first hotel, but overall quite good.
Your Guide
Again, Kirsti was first-rate. Loved her.
The Bottom Line
See my previous comments.

by Karen Robertson-Fall 15/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The confirmation message before the trip was confusing as I working with David, I thought everything was clear. It confused me.
Trip Comments
Some of the hotels meal service timelines interfered with our activities.
Accommodation and Food
One hotel had a long delay in meal service. The food was good, but they were slow.
Your Guide
Showed great concern for attendees skill levels and ability to kayak.
The Bottom Line
Great to see the cliffs up close and enjoy the curious seals who followed us.

by Karen Robertson-Fall 15/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our guide, Tim, always had a plan A, B, C depending on the weather conditions.
Trip Comments
Great concern and care for the well-being of all in the group and the flexibility to meet groups desires and abilities.
Accommodation and Food
Great breakfast, lunch packages and food accomodations
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Janice Yates 14/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Immediate contact, no call back at a later date
Trip Comments
Tim consistently put our group first and foremost--safety wise and enjoyment
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Tim is professional, informed and engaging!!!!
The Bottom Line
well planned, varied, and informative both historically and in current time frame!

by Carol Argentos 13/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
There was good info about the trip on the website. Some of the dinners weren't included but it wasn't clear if we had to find a pub/restaurant on our own. Tim always asked what we'd like to do and made the arrangements for us......and we all wanted to stay together. It might be nice to know that the guide will help plan dinners the clients are paying for.
Trip Comments
Wonderful variety of places to see......and good weather for several of them was a bonus! Liked having the short ferry ride over to Skye and then the bridge on our return. It was great having our own van for transportation. I enjoyed the boat ride to Cuillen and hiking around part of the lake. The midges were a bit annoying.....but they added to the experience!
Accommodation and Food
All of the food was good.....even if it wasn't considered 'gourmet.' The food at the Uig Hotel was exceptional.....I enjoyed all of the meals we had there and had a chance to try several items on the menu since we stayed there for three nights.
Your Guide
Tim did an exceptional job taking care of us. He was able to be flexible with our itinerary depending on the day and the weather. He was very attentive to our walking/hiking skills and was always close by to give a hand crossing streams, etc.
The Bottom Line
This trip was a wonderful overview of Skye.....we had a 'taste' of everything with the weather, but were always able to make our walks as planned in spite of rain and high winds. That just added to the memorable experience. I'm so glad it was planned to stay three nights at each location......the day trips were fairly close by and it was nice not to have to pack and move more often. It was fun to have a tour of Talisker......a bonus one day.

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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. (B, L)

Walk details: 4km, 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, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx. 4 hrs

Day 3 – Far west to Neist Point

We transfer west – almost as far as we can go! Our hike today takes in Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye and a wonderful viewpoint. Starting from near Neist point, we follow a faint trail northwards along the cliff tops, with wonderful sea views that can stretch as far as the Outer Hebrides; and of Neist Point itself. After completing a coastal circuit, we finish by following the trail out to Neist Point itself. (B,L)

Walk details: 11km, approx. 5 hrs

Day 4 – Exploring Glen Brittle

Glen Brittle lies in south-west Skye, and is the starting point for many hikes and scrambles to the Cuillin summits. Although we are not venturing onto the rocky peaks and ridges of the Cuillin, Glen Brittle is a great place for hiking, as the views to the high summits are spectacular. There are many great options for hikes including an easy wander to Talisker Bay, the popular hike to the Fairy Pools, or even a hike up into one of the coires for a taste of the high mountains. (B,L)

Walk details: Variable – up to 10km, 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, 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)

Walk details: 13km, approx. 6hrs

Day 7 – Glenelg and 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, approx. 2 hrs 

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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£1,495
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29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
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19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
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26th Aug - 1st Sep 2017
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18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
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25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

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It was an amazing experience! I got to see so much of Skye.

Kristy Peterson
19/06/2017

5

I have already praised this firm, the choice of Skye for a walking holiday, and our guide, Kirsty to several people in Oxford and in my local walking group.

Emerita Pilgrim
19/06/2017

5

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