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      Skye

      Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights From £895

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      Trip created by Rachael Gavan
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      Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Trip Type: Self Drive
      Comfort: Classic
      Deposit From N/A £223.75
      Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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      Trip Details

      Immortalised in stories and songs the Isle of Skye has long attracted travellers to its wild shores. The dramatic mountains, rugged coastline and rich history full of myth and legend make it the perfect place to escape and reconnect with the natural environment. This enriching self-driving short break includes a mix of self-guided exploration and guided activities led by a local expert allowing you to really get to know Scotland’s most famous island.

      From a central base on the island, you’ll set out each day to explore, walking through history and spectacular scenery with your guide. You will visit a coastal crofting village abandoned during the turbulent Highland Clearances and take a boat trip into the heart of the Black Cuillin to a wild and remote loch. Enjoy the warm and welcoming hospitality the Highlands are famous for as well as fresh local produce from the land and sea around the Island.

      The Isle of Skye trip is part of our exciting collection of self-drive itineraries. You can enjoy this trip as a short break, or choose to extend your holiday by adding on one or more of our other itineraries in this range. Suitable for families, couples and groups of friends, the exciting and varied activities on these trips will be tailored to your interests and preferences, making them accessible to all ages and levels of experience. With the option to upgrade accommodation and add on extra days and activities, you will be sure to find your perfect adventure.

      As this trip is self-drive it starts from anywhere. You can bring your own car or hire ahead of time. Please get in touch for recommendations. The below self-drive itinerary starts and finishes on the Isle of Skye.

      Trip Highlights

      • Enjoy varied hiking with your expert Wilderness Scotland guide, tailored to suit you.
      • Get to know the rich history of the island through the stories told by your guide.
      • Explore at your own pace with self-guided visits to iconic locations including ancient castles and magical landscapes.
      • Upgrade the accommodation and add on extra days and activities.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 - Over the Sea to Skye

      Your journey starts by heading west toward Scotland’s most famous island. As you travel through the Highlands enjoy incredible scenery and pass famous landmarks. You could visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle which is situated on a private island at the confluence of three sea lochs and is certainly one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland. After crossing the Skye Bridge you’ll make your way to your accommodation, arriving in time to settle in and relax before dinner.

      Day 2 - Guided Hiking - The Clearance Villages

      Today you’ll meet your Wilderness Scotland guide and head out to explore Skye’s breathtaking scenery. The hikes will be individually tailored, taking into account your experience, interests and the weather! One poignant option is a coastal circuit that passes through the ruins of two crofting villages which were abandoned during the Highland Clearances. Your guide will share the stories of the area and help you picture what life was like for the crofters who lived and worked on this land. Whatever option you choose, keep an eye out for wildlife. Skye is home to Scotland’s largest population of white-tailed sea eagles. (B)

      Day 3 - Guided Hiking - Loch Coruisk and the Black Cuillin

      With a sharp amphitheatre of summits rising straight from the shoreline above mysterious deep grey waters, Loch Coruisk deserves its reputation as Scotland’s most dramatic loch. You’ll meet your guide today at a tiny harbour before crossing Loch Scavaig to the remote southern edge of the Cuillin. There is a good chance to spot wildlife, including porpoises and dolphins as well as the seal colonies that occupy the skerries at the mouth of the loch. Once dropped off in this lonely and wild spot, you can choose to circumnavigate the Loch navigating through the erratic boulders left behind by glaciers or, for a more challenging option, hike up a nearby peak for some of the most incredible views on Skye. (B)

      Day 4 - Free Day to Explore

      A free day for you to explore at your own pace. The Quiraing is one of Skye’s most fascinating landscapes. There are several walking routes which bear testament to the island’s unique geology or visit one of the other natural features for which Skye is so rightly famous, including the Old Man of Storr and the very popular Fairy Pools. Or head to the north-west of the island and visit the impressive Dunvegan Castle and gardens. (B)

      Day 5 - Exploring Portree and Departure

      After a relaxing breakfast, spend time this morning exploring Portree. The largest town on Skye, it boasts quirky wee shops and galleries as well as a busy colourful harbour. After lunch, head for home or extend your trip by adding one or more of the additional activities on offer. You may also want to link this trip with one of our other Self-Drive Collection itineraries for a longer adventure. (B)

      Optional Extra - Guided Hiking

      Continue to explore the spectacular Isle of Skye on foot and in the company of a UK qualified expert hiking guide. Heading into the hills or exploring the coast and glens, the day will be tailored just for you.

      Optional Extra - Fly Fishing

      Enjoy a day with a local Ghillie fly fishing for trout or salmon. Heading to the best local spots you can choose to fish a Highland spate river or a remote loch depending on the time of year and what you would like to catch.

      Optional Extra - Photography Guiding

      Head out with a qualified photographic guide for the day in search of the perfect shot with emphasis on seeking out the best locations across the island and helpful instruction. Skye is a photographer’s dream offering varied and dramatic landscapes.

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      You will be based on the Isle of Skye at one of our excellent, hand-picked accommodation partners.

      The accommodation on this trip is Classic standard and will generally be in a small hotel or guest house. However, if you would like to upgrade the accommodation on this trip to deluxe or 5* luxury please get in touch.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Throughout the trip, you can enjoy fresh local produce prepared locally and with regards to the season.

      Breakfasts are included at your accommodation each morning. Packed lunches are not included but can usually be ordered from your accommodation the night before or from a local cafe/deli. We will be more than happy to make local restaurant suggestions.

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      Guided Hiking

      Continue to explore the spectacular Isle of Skye on foot and in the company of a UK qualified expert hiking guide. Heading into the hills or exploring the coast and glens, the day will be tailored just for you.

      Fly Fishing

      Enjoy a day with a local Ghillie fly fishing for trout or salmon. Heading to the best local spots you can choose to fish a Highland spate river or a remote loch depending on the time of year and what you would like to catch.

      Photography Guiding

      Head out with a qualified photographic guide for the day in search of the perfect shot with emphasis on seeking out the best locations across the island and helpful instruction. Skye is a photographer’s dream offering varied and dramatic landscapes.

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      Price from: £895
      Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      At Your Own Pace

      On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Scotland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle low level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready!

      On the other days of the trip you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.

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