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Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye

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?

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 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.

by David Foster 09/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
complete and detailed information. Quick response to questions.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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by Laura Foster 09/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It was great to be able to call or email with questions. We very much appreciated that we did not need to pack hiking poles from the US as one of the staff had taken the time to locate two sets of poles for our us during our trip.
Trip Comments
We enjoyed the small group size (8) and that the itinerary was flexible based on interests, weather and the whim of the group. We didn't realize how much time would be spent each day driving to and from the trail starting points; this left little time for relaxing before dinner or even having a quiet drink with my husband as we usually had only an hour between our return from the day's activity and dinner.
Accommodation and Food
Both hotel accommodations were good. At the second hotel, the restaurant service was initially a bit lacking but our guide spoke to someone and after that it was much improved. At both restaurants the food was good and there was enough variety that though we ate there multiple times we were not disappointed.
Your Guide
Our guide was great. He was pleasant, cheerful, flexible and quite careful that we were all safe. In addition, he frequently solicited input from the group as to options for dining or hikes etc.
The Bottom Line

by Sabrina Hall 03/09/2016

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Some information wasn't clear
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Alex did a great job trying to accomidate special requests from the group.
The Bottom Line

by Courtney Bates 29/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Just need to provide midge nets or really warn people about the midges so that they can get their own nets

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. We do recommend bringing midge nets and repellant in our equipment list, the hope is you don’t have to use them but it's always good to have them just in case!

by Annemarie van der Meer 15/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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I would like you to offer trips for the not so very fit. Man be get fitter trips as well.

by Sheran Hill 15/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation and food were very good. I found the food a little expensive, and some of the portions were a bit small. After a day's walking I sometimes prefer heartier, more substantial and simpler fare.
Your Guide
Ben is an extremely competent leader, inspiring confidence; and he has a pleasantly relaxed and friendly manner. I enjoyed his genuine, heartfelt enthusiasm for Scotland.
The Bottom Line
Excellent!

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3rd Jun - 9th Jun 2017
£1,495
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1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
£1,495
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29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
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19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,495
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2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
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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
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£1,495
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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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3rd Jun - 9th Jun 2017
£1,495
Trip Full
1st Jul - 7th Jul 2017
£1,495
Trip Full
29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
£1,495
Trip Full
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£1,495
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26th Aug - 1st Sep 2017
£1,495
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2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,495
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2nd Jun - 8th Jun 2018
£1,495
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30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
28th Jul - 3rd Aug 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
1st Sep - 7th Sep 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left

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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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Customer Kudos
Great to see the cliffs up close and enjoy the curious seals who followed us.

Karen Robertson-Fall
15/09/2016

5

Karen Robertson-Fall
15/09/2016

5

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