Wonderful walking on Scotland's most famous island - including a spectacular boat trip into the heart of the Cuillin mountains!
16th - 22nd April
17th - 23rd June
27th August - 2nd September
1st - 6th October
Price: £970. Single supplement £120.
The Isle of Skye is famous for a reason - nowhere else in Scotland can you find such a rich variety of landscape, history, wildlife and culture in a single island. From the mighty Cuillin mountains - the most challenging peaks in Britain - to its wild coastline, its traditional crofting townships to its astonishing rock formations, Skye contains enough walks for a holiday of several months!
This trip selects some of its finest routes, and throws in two memorable day trips - to the off-shore island of Raasay and to the spectacular Loch Coruisk. We will not be climbing any mountains, but we will be walking some memorable low level hikes into some truly spectacular locations!
Raasay, dominated by the distinctive flat topped peak of Dun Caan, still has a small population and is steeped in history. Loch Coruisk, set right in the heart of the famous Cuillin mountains, is one of the most spectacular locations in Europe. Both provide unique and unforgettable walking.
Like all our holidays, this is a relaxed trip with a mixture of longer and shorter days. You will need to be able to cope with some straightforward walking on rough ground. Skye is hilly country, so there will be some uphill sections at times - though don't worry, we will not be hillwalking or mountaineering!
There will be plenty of time to watch the wildlife, take in the views and soak up the atmosphere of these wonderful islands.
An outline itinerary for the holiday is given below. However, this will be kept flexible, as the weather may dictate changes - especially to the timing of the boat trips to Raasay and Loch Coruisk.
Note that if the weather makes these trips impossible, alternative day walks will be provided.
DAY 1 - TRAVEL FROM INVERNESS TO SKYE
After meeting at Inverness train station, we will have a spectacular drive to the Isle of Skye. We should have time for a gentle afternoon walk, before arriving at our island guest house.
DAY 2 - QUIRANG
There really is nowhere in Britain quite like the Quirang. These remarkable rock formations in the north of Skye provide spectacular walking, and are almost better on a misty day, where the huge cliffs and stone pillars loom out of the cloud like fossilised giants!
DAY 3 - RAASAY
A day trip to the lovely island of Raasay, home to the wonderful Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean. Our walk here is full of variety, with great history and plenty of opportunity for wildlife watching.
DAY 4 - ORONSAY
A bonus island today! Oronsay is a small tidal island in a spectacular location, near the head of Loch Bracadale. Making sure we don't get cut off by the tide, we will explore its beautiful coastline and climb its small peak, for fabulous views out over this huge sea loch. Sea eagles, otters and basking sharks abound in this area - so the wildlife watching should be excellent too.
DAY 5 - LOCH CORUISK
This will be a day to remember - a boat trip from the small crofting township of Elgol will take us across the head of Loch Scavaig to the remote and beautiful Loch Coruisk, nestling in the heart of the Skye Cuilllin mountains. This is wild, spectacular and uninhabited country. We will spend the day beneath the rocky peaks, walking right round this beautiful freshwater loch, before catching the boat back to Elgol - looking out for basking sharks en route.
DAY 6 - BORERAIG & SUISNISH
Our final day takes us to the deserted townships of Boreraig and Suisnish in south west Skye. Beautiful and atmospheric, this walk will take us through gentle woodland, across lonely moorland and along spectacular coastal scenery, and will offer dramatic views across Loch Slappin to the mighty peak of Blaven.
DAY 7 - RETURN TO INVERNESS
Holiday Fact File
Grade: Moderate. The walking on Skye is spectacular but the terrain can be quite rough in places. We won't be climbing any mountains on this holiday but we will be trekking into some quite wild locations, with wet, rocky ground. There will be some uphill sections but these will not be too long. The days are quite varied in length - the longest hike is to Boreraig and Suisinish and is about 10 miles long, mostly on good paths and tracks. Other days are shorter but may involve rockier ground or more uphill.
You should be capable of climbing small hills and familiar with walking in upland areas of the UK or abroad. Good hiking boots are essential for this trip.
Having said all this, we will still be going at a fairly relaxed pace, with plenty of time for photos and admiring the spectacular views that Skye has in abundance!
Cost: £970 - guest house (inc. breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal). Single supplement: £120.
What's Included: 6 nights accommodation, 5 days walking. Full board at local quality guest houses, with full Scottish Breakfast, packed lunches and home cooked evening meals OR comfortable accommodation in a shared dormitory on a self catering basis at quality island hostels.
All transport during the holiday, including boat trips to Raasay and Loch Coruisk, and the services of a qualified and experienced Mountain Leader.
What's Not Included: Transport to and from Inverness. Travel insurance. Visits to cafes and attractions, if required (very occasionally we need to find alternatives if the weather is too dangerous to allow safe walking).