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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 Janet Carlsson 08/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Personal contact and emails.
Trip Comments
Great locations and walks. Gordon was a great guide who always had interesting stories to tell.
Accommodation and Food
Uig hotel particularly good. Nice range of restaurants
Your Guide
Excellent knowledge and sensitive to the needs of the group. Obviously loves Scotland and walking and this enthusiasm was passed on.
The Bottom Line
Very good. Thank you.

by Rene Martin 07/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Due to a laptop crash, I'd lost some of my saved informational documents about the trip. The direct US call number made it easy to call Wilderness Scotland, the woman who assisted me was very gracious and within moments, I had replacement copies of everything I needed.
Trip Comments
The scenery on Skye was simply breathtaking, unlike any place I'd ever visited before. After every single hike, I thought, "It can't get better than this!" and then, the next day, it got even better! The accommodations were very comfortable. The food at the restaurants we visited in the evenings was quite good, with a lot of variety in the menus. Our guide, Gordon, was truly outstanding. He was skilled, supportive, and kind and had a great sense of humor. The stories Gordon told always were interesting and I learned a great deal. He took a genuine interest in each and every member of the group. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Our group was congenial and truly enjoyable to spend time with.
Accommodation and Food
The food and accommodations consistently were of excellent quality. The innkeepers at Uig were especially friendly and helpful. The meals at both of the restaurants housed in old schoolhouses were especially good.

However, the service at one restaurant (called, I think, something with "antlers" in its name) was rather poor, very slow and they appeared to have forgotten to put in orders for two of our group members. The desk staff at our hotel in southern Skye seemed to be rude and not very helpful to more than one member of our group.

Both hotels could be a bit noisy; I was grateful that I'd happened to pack some earplugs. :)
Your Guide
We couldn't have asked for a better guide. My spouse unexpectedly had some difficulty with the longer, wet hikes. Gordon was very kind about that and helped arrange for a taxi transfer to our next hotel so that my husband could have a rest day while the group hiked. I appreciated how observant Gordon was with regard to each group member, assessing needs, making adjustments as necessary, and gently chiding those who tended to be late so that the group stayed on schedule. Gordon was a wealth of very interesting information about every place we visited; I learned a great deal about history, plants, and geology. He also was good company; easy to have a conversation with, genuinely interested in everyone, and a delightful dry sense of humor. Perhaps most important, Gordon was clearly very skilled. We had some unusually heavy rains, which made for several tricky stream crossings. Gordon was calm, reassuring, and saw to it that everyone made the crossings safely. When one stream appeared to be unsafe, Gordon simply re-routed our path. What could have been an alarming experience instead was fun, an adventure that increased my confidence. Gordon deserves a great deal of credit for all his hard work and I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to hike with him.
The Bottom Line
This was a wonderful adventure! I cannot wait to hike again with Wilderness Scotland. Thank you!

by Caroline Taylor 07/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
11th trip and wettest yet, but Gordon kept us going with good humour, despite torrential rain, fast running streams etc.
Accommodation and Food
Good hotels in interesting places enabling us to go out for a further walk on return to hotel in the evening.
Your Guide
Gordon was an excellent guide - watching over us all to ensure each member of the group was OK. Great source of information too on history, geology, botany etc.
The Bottom Line
With Wilderness Scotland you can be sure of good guides, good hotels and good food - shared with others who enjoy walking (sometimes challenging) in Scotland's wild places.

by Stephanie Kolman 11/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everyone I spoke to was very accommodating and directed us to make everything as easy as possible.
Trip Comments
Our guide, Gordon, was fantastic. I loved learning about the history and about the geography of the area. Each hike had breathtaking scenery - and the accommodations were very comfortable and had beautiful views, as well.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were great! Very comfortable rooms with beautiful views. The food was good as well - but I think we would have preferred more casual dining for dinner. There may not have been many choices on Skye, so it may not be an option. This is just a personal preference - we appreciated having reservations made for us at good restaurants.
Your Guide
I truly think we hit the jackpot in having Gordon as our guide! He was so knowledgeable about the history, geology, and flora of each different hike. He has a great sense of humor and always ensured that we were getting what we wanted out of our trip. He was also very organized and made it very easy for us just to hike and enjoy our vacation. I would definitely request him again in the future.
The Bottom Line
Our overall experience was excellent. From the ease of booking, the beautiful hikes, the fantastic guide...you guys provided us with a truly wonderful vacation.

by Jennifer Kolman 10/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very easy and I enjoyed speaking to the representatives who couldn't have been nicer or more informative.
Trip Comments
Just a beautiful country! Gordon made the trip he was a fabulous guide and took us on fantastic hikes.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Gordon was wonderful. He was so knowledgeable and was able to deal with our crazy family.
The Bottom Line
I have already recommended the trip to co-workers and have only been back to work a half day.

by Brett Kolman 10/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Gordon was an excellent guide and trip manager. He was instrumental to our magical experience on the isle of skye. The itinerary was first rate but Gordon also tweaked it to match our level of fitness.
Accommodation and Food
Hotels were just right. Breakfast and lunch were perfect. Dinners we found to be a little long and a little "gourmet" for our style although the food was excellent. Not sure you could do much about that though as restaurants are probably not that easy to come by on Skye. Also, I'm sure many of your clients expect "fine dining".
Your Guide
see previous. loved Gordon Anderson.
The Bottom Line
Excellent, organized company and magical trip. Would definitely recommend to anyone and we will certainly consider doing another Wilderness Scotland trip in the future.

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!

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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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2017 Trip Dates

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26th Aug - 1st Sep 2017
£1,495
Trip Full
2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2017
£1,495
Trip Full

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30th Jun - 6th Jul 2018
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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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Very good. Thank you.

Janet Carlsson
08/08/2017

5

This was a wonderful adventure! I cannot wait to hike again with Wilderness Scotland. Thank you!

Rene Martin
07/08/2017

5

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