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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.
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
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
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
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 often 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: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5hrs
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
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
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 making our way east via the spectacular Mam Ratagan Pass back to Inverness. (B, L)
Walk details: 3km/ 2 miles | approx. 2 hrs
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.
There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £495 is charged.
Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
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.
On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30 am on Day 1 of your trip. Most people choose to stay in Inverness before the trip. We aim to have you back by 4 pm on the last day.
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Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.
David loves the lure of wild places. He’s regularly seen heading off with his canoe, camera and tent for a night under the stars. David spent 5 years as an outdoor guide and instructor with qualifications from the Mountain Training Association and British Canoe Association. He’s passionate about landscape photography and has been commended for his many incredible photographs of Scotland’s wild places.
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Green Graded Walking Holidays
Green graded walking holidays are suitable 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.
Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 92 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye
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Reviewed on 08/07/2019
Age: 80 - 90
Country: United Kingdom
Trip Date: 29/06/2019
Trips Taken: 4
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Everybody very helpful and kind.
Everything ran so smoothly so didn't have to worry about anything
In the second hotel there was no television at all. If you are a single traveller the evenings can seem very long if one's book has been finished and one doesn't have a smartphone.
Myles was an excellent fount of knowledge about everything.
My fourth trip with Wilderness Scotland was as much fun and as well organised as the others. I shall book another.
Reviewed on 30/06/2019
Age: 40 - 50
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
It was very easy to book and all queries were answered in a timely manner
Accommodation in both locations on Skye were very comfortable and breakfasts and lunches were very good
Both our guides were very experienced and most knowledgable
I had an amazing trip, despite Our first guide taking I’ll and being replaced, that day was a bit disappointing but couldn’t be helped.
Reviewed on 28/06/2019
Age: 50 - 60
Country: United Kingdom
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 6
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
All done online without any issues
We had consistently inconsistent weather, rain every morning, clearing up by lunch and bright afternoon and evenings. Lots of walking with generally stunning scenery. Was an issue when our initial guide Keith battled against sickness in vain on day 3 but we had an excellent replacement in Lou, who was honest from the start. Didn’t really lose too much time with the swap which was good. You can judge a company with how they deal with the unexpected and in this WS did very well. We had, as always, a nice group of people
Both hotels were excellent, both set in lovely locations.
Our initial guide Keith was excellent but was struggling with a bug and unfortunately had to retire from the trip, hope he’s all ok now. His replacement Lou soon settled into the group with his easy demeanour and deserves great credit for the seamless transition, especially as it was his first WS group trip. 2 excellent guides for the price of 1!
Another excellent trip with a lovely group. WS responded as you would expect with the unexpected. Isle of Skye is a stunning part of the world...whatever the weather!
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