A week of wonder, with fantastic wildlife, weird rock formations and wild terrain...
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The Isle of Skye, one of the largest islands off Scotland’s West coast, is known for its huge variety of scenery and endless walking options for all abilities.
For this social week-long guided walking trip we will be offering a mix of easy walks and great days out exploring everything the magical Isle of Skye has to offer, including fresh local food, arts and crafts, and some brilliant secret cafes to recover in after all that fresh air.
Think pretty fishing villages, endless views over the sea, dramatic mountains towering above, and the chance to see all sorts of wildlife from seabirds to whales.
Please note – on this holiday we aim for easy walks, mostly sticking to the valleys, coast and small hills. If big walks and mountain summits are your thing please visit our dedicated Isle of Skye page to see our full range or trips and breaks.
In a nutshell:
- Be captivated by the magnificent landscape on our guided walks, including plans to visit The Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, and MacLeod’s Maidens.
- Soak up the spirit of Skye – from the famous Talisker distillery through to local arts and crafts and excellent restaurants
- Meet a great bunch of fellow walkers on this fully hosted week, where we worry about the navigation, walk choices and food so you don’t have to!
- Simply sit and relax in the spectacular surroundings of Uiginish Lodge.
About the Area
Isle of Skye
Lying close to the Scottish mainland, the Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides and contains a huge variety of landscapes. The winding coastline is rightly famous for towering cliffs, sandy beaches, and the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife from seals to whales. Inland, there are plenty of small hills and ancient broadleaved woodlands, surrounding quiet valleys stacked with myths and traditional crafts. Alongside this peace are colossal peaks, including the Cuillin, the most imposing and technical mountains in the UK, and the Red hills, which rise up abruptly from the sea. From any viewpoint on Skye you’ll be able to see everything from mountains to water, and wild flowers to remote farms. Whatever your walking ability and inspiration, you’ll find something that suits you on Skye.
Plans for the week
Our week on Skye is very much dictated by the group, and of course the weather! Due to this, we don’t specify now what we’ll be doing on which days; that’ll be left up to you and your guide. Here are some of the options though, most of which we manage to fit into the week! What we can guarantee is that each day will show you something different, just when you thought you’d seen it all.
Probably our most memorable day out, the Quiraing is a set of spectacular rock formations that resulted from a giant landslip hundreds of millions of years ago. We take you on a walk through the most famous of these features, including The Prison and The Needle, and then head out onto a headland for fantastic views over the sea, the mainland, and across to the Outer Hebrides.
The Old Man of Storr
An iconic rock formation resulting from an ancient landslip in the north of Skye, the Old Man of Storr is immediately recognisable, and also visible from most of the island! A photograph with the ‘Old Man’, showing the Isle of Raasay behind is a must-do experience while we’re on Skye. Though the walk is steep in parts, it’s over quickly, and you’ll find the sight of the cliffs ahead more than compensate for the effort.
Our favourite coastal walk, we head out on a 12-mile ‘there and back’ adventure to visit the MacLeod’s Maidens, three sea stacks with cliffs towering up behind them. The highest sea stack is an impressive 70m tall, and for the whole walk we’ll be treated to sea views from a quiet path – a more challenging day than the others but well worth the distance.
A great destination to head out on a few shorter walks, Glen Brittle lies next to the Cuillin Mountains, a vast array of dark pointed peaks famous among climbers and mountaineers. We can gaze up at them from the comfort of the valley while visiting Brittle Bay, walking up to one of the mountain lakes, or perhaps taking a trail that winds up the bottom of the valley.
The other side of the Cuillin Mountains from Glen Brittle, this mighty valley gives us unparalleled views to dramatic mountains, while staying very low on a well-made path. We’ll be able to look out for eagles, see the difference between Skye’s famous Black and Red Hills, and finish the walk at the pub with the largest whisky collection in Scotland.
The short walk out to Skye’s most westerly point gives sweeping views out to the Hebrides and the cliffs of Skye. You can admire the old lighthouse and watch gannets plunge into the water from the old slipway. Perhaps there will even be whales offshore!
The dramatic scenery of most of Skye won’t prepare you for this surprise, as a short walk takes us out to the Coral Beach, a white expanse of sand that will transport you to the tropics. There’s a small knoll we can climb to further admire this bizarre place, and if the weather’s good then why not head out for a swim or paddle?!
Skye has a huge array of walks we can go on, whether we want to go out for a full day or just an hour or two. Other options include the most northerly point of Skye at Rubha Huinish, Kilt Rock, Talisker Bay, the Waternish Peninsula and lots more. There are also lots of beautiful pools in the streams coming off the mountains, so on a sunny day the group has all been known to jump in for a swim!
Much more than walking
We love to show you all the places that make Skye so special, and this includes taking you to the best local arts and crafts, out on a boat, and frequent café visits and stops to look round art galleries. During the week we’ll try and fit in lots of the following:
Without doubt one of the highlights of our week on Skye, today we head south to Elgol, one of the most spectacular hamlets on Skye. Here we board the Aqua Explorer fast rib for a morning’s wildlife spotting and exploring the small isles.
Our first port of call is the Northern Cliffs of Canna, a bird spotter’s paradise and one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the area. As we cruise along the base of cliffs we will be surrounded by Puffins, Shags, Guillemots and Gannets to name just a few.
From here we head around the coast and into the secluded harbour of Canna, with time to step ashore you can either wander and explore this isle or pop to the local community café for a cuppa.
We then head back out to sea, past the local seal colony and over to the Isle of Rum. The channel between the isles is a hot spot for Dolphins and Minke Whales. The Isle of Mull is a jewel of the Inner Hebrides with beautiful beaches, an eccentric castle and plenty more wildlife. From Rum it’s a short hop back to Elgol.
Please note that this day out is very weather-dependent and we try and fit it in on the best day. As such, it’s not included in the price of the week.
On the way back from our walks, we’ll take you to some of the local craft shops we’ve come to know and love over the years. So whether you’re looking for jewellery, a sheep skin rug, or artwork, you can look at the unique products Skye offers.
Options include Skye Silver, Skye Weavers (who hand-make everything on looms), Edinbane Pottery, Skye Skins, plus plenty of photography and art studios.
Our venue for this event can only be described as spectacular. Uiginish Lodge is a beautiful 18th century former dower house of Dunvegan Castle. The Lodge has been sympathetically and stylishly refurbished to create a wonderfully spacious residence over three floors.
The downstairs is open plan with a kitchen, dining room and sitting area stretching the full length of the house with an Aga at one end and a wood burning stove at the other, it’s a cosy space to hang out in.
This room leads directly to the snug, where you can curl up and read or watch TV. There’s another open plan sitting room on the first floor which has a wonderful view of the sea loch and Castle, while the top floor library provides a quiet retreat.
Uiginish Lodge sits at the end of a single track road on the North West coast of Skye just a few minutes’ walk from the seashore and with views across to Dunvegan Castle.
Eagles are regular visitors here and you have a good chance of seeing these magnificent creatures along with other wildlife including the famous Dunvegan seals, otters, deer and a multitude of birds.
Rooms are offered on either a shared twin basis or in double rooms. All bedding and towels are provided ad the venue benefits from free Wi-FI.
Meals and Eating out:
As part of this week away we include breakfasts and all packed lunches. We will cook dinner in the lodge on 3 nights and eat out in local restaurants and pubs for the remaining 4 nights. The 4 nights out are not included in the cost of the trip.
Although we may have a small minibus or van during the trip, we expect members of the group to car-share to get to the walk locations and evening restaurants.
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