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    Wilderness Walking

    The Isle of Skye

    209 reviews

    Next Trip: 13th - 19th Apr 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From: £2,575 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    On a guided walking holiday, explore the spectacular beauty of the Isle of Skye.

    With your knowledgeable Wilderness guide, walk across salt-stung bluffs, along swathes of golden sand and among the stark, dark spires of the Quiraing. As you hike, learn about the island’s fascinating history. Explore the ruins of abandoned villages, visit ancient Iron Age brochs and hike out to lonely lighthouses. Where ethereal mists cloak the peaks of mountains, and red deer pick their way across the heathery hills, discover the enchanting beauty of a place where folklore runs deep and Scottish culture is distilled to its most vivid.

    As the night sky grows heavy with stars, relax in excellent accommodation, enjoying delicious food and wonderful company. On a trip where every detail has been taken care of, join us on an adventure that showcases Skye’s unique and irresistible magic.

    Please note that we have standard and luxury departures for this trip. The luxury departures stay in upgraded accommodation for the trip’s duration, based in central Skye.

    Trip Highlights

    • Explore the rugged, wild beauty of Skye on foot, learning about the history, heritage and culture of the island.
    • Take a boat trip into the heart of the Cuillin mountains and hike around a remote and lonely loch.
    • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality as you relax at our carefully chosen local accommodation.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Inverness to the Isle of Skye

    Meet your Wilderness guide at Inverness Train Station this morning and enjoy a scenic drive west to the magical Isle of Skye. Along the way, take in the spectacular views as you wind your way over Mam Ratigan Pass, following an old drover’s road to the tiny settlement of Glenelg. Arriving on the coast, visit the site of the house where the author Gavin Maxwell wrote his famous book, ‘Ring of Bright Water.’ Enjoy a short hike to an Iron Age Broch before catching the community-owned turntable ferry to Skye. Once ashore, a short transfer will take you to your cosy accommodation. (L, D)

    Walk details: 3km/ 2 miles | approx. 2 hrs | 10 m/30 ft of ascent

    Day 2 – The Clearance Villages

    After breakfast, head out with your guide for a beautiful walk. Hike along the coast and past the ruins of two villages abandoned during the Highland Clearances. Chat with your guide about this incredibly dark time in Scottish history as you explore the mossy walls of the old houses. As the soft breeze carries the smell of salt and sunshine across the heather, follow the rocky shore below cliffs that lurch towards the sea. Gradually ascend above the white-flecked waves, listening to the raucous call of seabirds, before returning to your hotel to relax. (B, L)

    Walk details: 16.5 km/10 miles | approx. 6 hrs | 350 m/984 ft of ascent

    Day 3 – The Cauldron of the Waters

    This morning, wind your way to Elgol – a tiny hamlet scattered along the western cliffs of the Strathaird Peninsula. From a small jetty, sail over Loch Scavaig into the very heart of the Black Cuillin. Upon reaching the shore, leave the boat to explore Loch Coruisk, a deep dark loch that stretches like a shadow below the volcanic peaks. Enjoy being immersed in this wild landscape. While there isn’t much ascent today, the walking is sometimes rough, and a couple of river crossings involve stepping stones. Back at your hotel this evening, enjoy dinner after a day well spent. (B, L)

    Walk details: 7 km/4 miles | approx. 4 hrs |122 m/400 ft of ascent

    Day 4 – Exploring Raasay

    As the morning mist recedes across the water, catch a small ferry to the quiet and geologically diverse Isle of Raasay. Often overlooked, this peaceful island offers much to explore. From the distinctive, rugged peak of Dùn Caan to coastal circuits on swathes of golden sand – there’s a myriad of engaging walks to choose from. Keep an eye out for wildlife, perhaps spotting the soaring silhouette of a white-tailed eagle, known in Gaelic as iolaire sùil na grèineas – the eagle with the sunlit eye. Return to mainland Skye later this afternoon and transfer to your second accommodation of the trip. (B, L)

    Please note that on our luxury departures in 2024, we will not change accommodation during the week.

    Walk details: 10 km/8 miles | approx. 5 hrs | 280 m/920 ft of ascent

    Day 5 – Waternish Point

    After breakfast, join your guide for a cracker of a coastal walk. Suited and booted, hike out to a remote headland crowned by a lighthouse that overlooks the Minch and the Outer Hebrides. This salt-stung bluff is a beautiful, quiet place to spot whales and dolphins on a calm day, as well as enjoying stunning views of the dramatic sea cliffs of the distant Dunvegan Head. During the walk, pass the ancient ruins of one of the best-preserved brochs on Skye, learning about the island’s history and hearing enchanting tales of faeries, selkies and kelpies. (B, L)

    Walk details: 13 km/8 miles | approx. 5 hrs | 390 m/1,275 ft ascent

    Day 6 – Hiking the Trotternish Peninsula

    This morning, head out to explore the dramatic landscape of the Quiraing. As you walk admire the stark rock formations that rise from the rugged ground like great ruined battlements. Chat with your guide about the geology and history of the area, enjoying the incredible sweeping views of islands, mountains and the sun-clipped shores that stretch in every direction. With plenty of time to stop and take photos, enjoy what’s sure to be a fantastic penultimate day of your island adventure. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8 km/5 miles | approx. 4 hrs | up to 390 m/1,280ft ascent

    Day 7 – Glen Sligachan and Depart

    After breakfast, begin happily meandering your way back towards Inverness. Along the way, stop by the remote Glen Sligachan for a short stroll to stretch your legs. This long and lonely glen is a beautiful and atmospheric place which offers stunning views and a good opportunity for some lovely final photographs. Later, back on mainland Scotland, wind your way steadily east to arrive in Inverness at 4:00pm this afternoon. Bid farewell to your guide, who will drop you at the train station, where your trip will conclude. (B, L)

    Walk details: 3 km/ 2 miles | approx. 2 hrs | 160 m/525 ft ascent

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    13th Apr - 19th Apr 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,575
    27th Apr - 3rd May 20244 places leftGuaranteed £2,575Book Now
    11th May - 17th May 2024 Women only departure1 place leftGuaranteed £2,575Book Now
    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,575
    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,575
    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £2,575
    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 20241 place leftGuaranteed £2,575Book Now
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    The itinerary is based in two different locations over the course of the week. We spend 3 nights in south Skye and then the next 3 in the north of the island.

    The first is a 3-star, 2 rosette privately owned hotel with spectacular views over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart Peninsula. Our accommodation in Northern Skye is an owner-managed 3-star hotel which benefits from fantastic views across Uig Bay.

    Each accommodation offers double and twin rooms, most with en-suite facilities.

    Single rooms

    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 £585 is charged for the standard trip and a supplement of £800 for the luxury version.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    Breakfast and lunch are included in your trip along with dinner on your first and last evening. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    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

    Inclusions Read More
    • 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
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    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.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    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 the night before the trip.

    We will drop you off at Inverness Railway Station by 4:00pm on the final day.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip, please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    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.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 209 reviews of Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye

     

    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.

    KC

    Kathleen Caldara

    Reviewed on 13/10/2023

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 16/09/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Our Wilderness Scotland hiking trip to the Isle of Skye was wonderful. We feel so fortunate that we had the opportunity to see up-close such a beautiful part of the world. Thank you! We will recommend Wilderness Scotland to our friends.

    MM

    Max McGinnis

    Reviewed on 27/09/2023

    Age: 70 - 80
    Trip Date: 16/09/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Top notch tour company! I can't wait for my next outing!

    JM

    Janet McGinnis

    Reviewed on 27/09/2023

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: USA
    Trip Date: 16/09/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Just do it!

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