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Wilderness Walking on the Isle of Skye

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,446

Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Isle of Skye on a fascinating hiking journey. As you hike trails along this Scottish island, you’ll learn about myths and legends, explore a fascinating and dark history, and experience a magical landscape of jagged rocks, peaceful glens, and shimmering lochs.


This 7-day Scotland vacation takes you on hikes across the Isle of Skye.

Your trip to Scotland connects you from Inverness to the Isle of Skye, an imposing island of jagged mountains and mystical landscapes. On the Isle of Skye, you’ll head on hikes across its enchanting landscape of lochs and rocky hills. Hike among the stark rock formations of Quirang and gaze out over the Sound of Raasay before exploring the landscapes of Trotternish Peninsula. At Waternish Point, explore a quiet corner of Skye as you hike alongside a ruined church, ancient ruins, and one of the best-preserved brochs in Scotland. Take a day to head to the Isle of Raasay and hike through its quiet, underrated landscape.

Back on Skye, summit the jagged, challenging peaks of Black Cuillin and circumnavigate Loch Coruisk, the most dramatic loch in the country, defined by sharp rocks rising out of its shoreline. During your final days on the Isle of Skye, hike through a landscape haunted by misdeeds of the past at the Clearance Villages. Learn about the Clearances as you pass through this peaceful landscape and explore abandoned villages. When you return to the mainland, explore the remote village of Glenelg and see the Iron-Age brochs that define the town before returning to Inverness to continue your onward journey.

This Scottish hiking tour makes for a great add-on to a longer Scotland vacation or trip to the United Kingdom.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,446

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Inverness to the Isle of Skye

Leaving Inverness, you will make your way west via Loch Ness and the spectacular mountains of Kintail before arriving on Skye. Here you can enjoy a short hike around Portree Bay and have time to explore this quirky little town before heading to the accommodation to settle in and enjoy the welcome dinner.

Walk details: 4km/ 2 miles, approx. 2 hrs

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Hiking the Trotternish Peninsula

After enjoying breakfast, the group will drive up a steep road which takes you to The Quiraing. You will 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, you can explore the very north of the Trotternish Peninsula, or perhaps visit Kilt Rock and the charming village of Staffin on this relaxing day.

Walk details: 8km/ 5 miles, approx. 4 hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Waternish Point

You will transfer west -- circling the bay that lies in front of the hotel. The hike today will take you to a quiet corner of the island that deserves more attention! Starting from a ruined church you will hike out to a remote headland. On the way you'll pass the ancient ruins of one of the best preserved brochs on Skye. From the headland the group will enjoy wonderful sea views before returning along the same route.

Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles, approx. 5 hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Exploring Raasay

Today you will be transferring to the second hotel in the south of Skye, but first the group has another island to explore! From Sconser you will board the small ferry to the Isle of Raasay where you will walk today. Raasay is an oft-overlooked gem, and much quieter than Skye. There are a couple of excellent hikes that you 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.

Walk details: Variable -- up to 10km/ 6 miles, approx. 5hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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. You will take a boat trip to the remote southern edge of the Cuillin. After being dropped off in this lonely and wild spot, the group will circumnavigate Loch Coruisk, perhaps Scotland's most dramatic loch, with sharp summits rising straight from the shoreline. A memorable and spectacular hike.

Walk details: 7km/ 4 miles, approx. 4hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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, you'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!

Walk details: 13km/ 8 miles, approx. 6hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Glenelg then return to Inverness

Leaving our accommodation, the group will depart Skye via the unique community-owned 'turntable ferry'. Arriving in Glenelg, a remote village on the mainland, you will 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'. You will visit the well-preserved Brochs -- Iron Age dwellings -- in Glenelg before making your way east via the spectacular Mam Ratagan Pass back to Inverness.

Walk details: 3km/ 2 miles, approx. 2 hrs

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Apr 27; May 5; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 6,13,27; Aug 3, 17, 24; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip
  • 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

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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12 Oct 2019
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