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    Wilderness Walking

    The Isle of Skye

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    Next Trip: 14th - 20th Oct 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Classic / Luxury
    Max Group Size: 8
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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 tortuous 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.

    Please note that starting in 2024, this trip will be reversed and additionally alongside our classic departures, we will also be offering luxury departures of this trip. There will be one upgraded hotel for the full trip, based in central Skye, offering access to both the north and south of the island. Please see below for dates and prices.

    Trip Highlights

    • 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 of any walking holiday in Scotland.
    • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected hotels, set in beautiful water- side locations.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Inverness to the Isle of Skye

    This morning we meet in Inverness, and drive west to Skye. We’ll pass by Glen Sligachan, where Wilderness Scotland travellers have contributed to path repair through our Wilderness Conservation and Community Fund, so a stop here is well worth it for a short stroll to enjoy the spectacular views of the hills and to hear about how ecotourism helps benefit the local landscape. We’ll then continue on to Portree, the capital of Skye, and here we can enjoy a short hike around a headland overlooking Portree Bay. Afterwards, a short transfer takes us to our accommodation to settle in and enjoy our welcome dinner. (L, D)

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

    Day 2 – Waternish Point

    Today’s walk is exactly the kind we love. Spectacular sea views, great walking and fascinating history. To cap it all, this part of the island is almost unknown to most tourists, meaning we can enjoy Skye’s beauty at its peaceful best. We will hike out to a remote headland crowned with a lighthouse, overlooking the Minch with views of the Outer Hebrides. This is a great place to spot whales and dolphins on a calm day, as well as enjoying the dramatic sea cliffs which line the peninsula and the distant Dunvegan Head. On the way, we pass the ancient ruins of one of the best preserved brochs on Skye. As you walk your guide will bring the place alive with stories of the Faeries and the great rivalry between Skye’s MacDonald and MacLeod clans. The terrain is undulating with most of the ascent on the return leg as we climb gradually back up from the headland. (B, L)

    Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles | approx. 5 hrs | 390m/1275ft ascent

    Day 3 – Hiking the Trotternish Peninsula

    After enjoying breakfast, we head to The Quiraing (pronounced as ‘kwirrang’). This is one of Skye’s most famous landscapes, a testament to the island’s unique geology. The start point will be busy, but we will soon leave the crowds behind. Depending on the weather and the group, several route options vary the length and amount of ascent. This is one of the more challenging days as the path has some steep bits and short tricky sections with a little exposure, but your guide will see you safely through these and the rewards are ample. We’ll pass by the spire-like rock formations of The Needle and The Prison, marvelling at the fantastical shapes, all while admiring sweeping views across the Sound of Raasay to Torridon and Wester Ross. (B, L)

    Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles | approx. 4 hrs | up to 390m/1280ft ascent

    Day 4 – Exploring Raasay

    We take a small ferry to the Isle of Raasay where we will walk today. Raasay is an often overlooked gem and much quieter than Skye. Yet the island has much going for it, including the quality of its scenery and hiking, and has a fascinating history all of its own to enjoy. We can choose from several excellent hikes, ranging in distance. The terrain on Raasay is mostly good paths but has steep sections and can be rough in places. After returning to Skye, we’ll continue on to our next accommodation and get settled in. (B, L)

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

    Walk details: 10km/ 6 miles | approx. 5hrs

    Day 5 – Wild Loch Coruisk

    The wild and jagged peaks of the Black Cuillin are a real highlight of a visit to Skye. While the summits are only accessible through challenging scrambles, their beauty is easily appreciated from a loch hidden in the mountain’s depths. We’ll take a boat trip over to the remote southern edge of the Cuillin. After being dropped off in this lonely and wild spot, we’ll aim to circumnavigate Loch Coruisk – ‘The Cauldron of the Waters.’ This might well be Scotland’s most dramatic loch, with dark, sharp peaks rising straight from the shoreline. Although there isn’t much ascent, it is rough, with stony and boggy terrain. We’ll need to cross a few rivers with care on stepping stones, so a there-and-back walk may be planned instead in rainy conditions. (B, L)

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

    Day 6 – The Clearance Villages

    Today’s walk delves into a beautiful coastline, yet one that is poignant with the remains of one of the darkest times in Scottish history – the Highland Clearances. On this coastal circuit, we’ll pass through the sites of two villages which were abandoned during the Clearances, and your guide will tell you of this sad but crucial time in Highland history, and of Skye’s significant place in how events unfolded. This walk is slightly longer than others on this trip, but worth that bit of extra effort! After looking around the mossy walls of the houses we’ll follow the rugged shore beneath steep cliffs on a good path (from the days this area was populated) but it is rough and bouldery in places where the track has worn away. We then ascend away from the coast with a long gradual ascent which has most of the ascent for the day. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles | approx. 6hrs | 350m/984ft ascent

    Day 7 – Glenelg then return to Inverness

    Leaving our accommodation, we depart Skye via the unique community-owned ‘turntable ferry.’ Such vessels were once common in the Highlands but this is the last one! 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

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    The Isle of Skye

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    14th Oct - 20th Oct 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£2,345
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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    For our classic departures the itinerary is based in two different locations over 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.

    For our luxury departures the itinerary will be based from one central location offering easy access to both north and south Skye. We’ll spend 6 nights in a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Portree. The hotel is set within 15 acres of mature private grounds and enjoys spectacular views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin mountain range. The rooms are a blend comforting tradition with modern simplistic style and all are en-suite.

    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:

    For the classic trip, a supplement of £585 is charged
    For the luxury trip, a supplement of £800 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.

    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 201 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.


    Christiane Jacox

    Reviewed on 12/08/2023

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 22/07/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Adelaide Flanagan

    Reviewed on 09/08/2023

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 22/07/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Overall great experience with a few suggestions


    Mordecai Friedman

    Reviewed on 08/08/2023

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: USA
    Trip Date: 08/07/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

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