A week of wonder, with fantastic wildlife, weird rock formations and wild terrain...
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The Isle of Skye is a walkers’ paradise, offering so much variety that even after a week there is still plenty left to explore on a return visit.
For this 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. However if bigs walks are your thing please visit our dedicated Isle of Skye page to see our full range or trips and breaks.
We’ve organised easy routes to some of Skye’s most stunning spots while leaving plenty of time for other exploring – whether it’s visiting the pretty fishing village of Portree or moseying around galleries or craft shops.
In a nutshell:
- Be captivated by the magnificent landscape including The Quiraing and MacLeod’s Maidens.
- Soak up the spirit of Skye – from the distilleries through to the local arts and crafts.
- Simply sit and relax in the spectacular surroundings of Uiginish Lodge.
Below is a sample itinerary as the week’s activities will vary according to the weather and what the group is keen to do. Please note that the cost of the trip includes all meals except two evenings when we eat out.
Arrive Saturday afternoon and then spend the evening settling into our abode for the week ahead – the glorious Uiginish Lodge on the North West coast of Skye (more about accommodation follows).
We head to the Duirinish Peninsula and the evocatively-named MacLeod’s Maidens, three impressive sea stacks with the ‘mother’ rising 70m out of the sea accompanied by her two ‘daughters’.
The route follows a quiet coastal path that gently undulates and offers umpteen fantastic sea views.
Sunday evening we head out to the Old School House, a local restaurant which offers consistently great food.
We’ve lined up a two-part walk today starting with a visit to Kilt rock, so-named because the folds of rock resemble the Scottish garment. The track takes us close to Mealt Fall, a spectacular waterfall plunging straight into the sea.
En route to Kilt Rock, we take the opportunity to stop for a browse around Edinbane Pottery where Skye’s surroundings are a big influence on the design of the ceramics, and Skye Skins, one of the last remaining tanneries.
After Kilt rock we stop for brunch in a great little pie shop before we tackle the Old Man of Storr (no sniggering we have heard all the puns). This ancient landslide is one of Skye’s most iconic images and our route curves uphill to the foot of the rock pinnacle.
On our return, we conjure up a culinary feast at the Lodge.
Today we head for The Quiraing – one of our favourite places on Skye for its ‘other worldliness’ with weird rock formations that have names such as The Needle, The Table and The Prison.
We follow the path, which is steep in-parts, leading to the heart of The Quiraing where, according to legend, islanders hid their cattle from raiders.
We return to the lodge for a well-earned bit of relaxation before venturing out for an evening meal – it could be The Three Chimneys, a Michelin star restaurant which has worldwide acclaim or a cracking fish and chips supper.
An early start today as 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. We go ashore and enjoy an hour to wander and perhaps have a cuppa in the local community café.
We then board our rib for a trip to the Isle of Rum, a jewel of the Inner Hebrides with beautiful beaches, an eccentric castle and plenty more wildlife.
Once back at Elgol we have time for a spot of lunch before boarding the Bella Jane ferry for a trip to Loch Coruisk. The loch is one of the most spectacular in Scotland set against the backdrop of the Black Cuillin and with its own seal colony.
Today’s walk takes us to Skye’s crystal clear blue Fairy Pools on the River Brittle near the Black Cuillins. It will be hard not to fall under the spell of the pools and the series of waterfalls as we walk up the glen.
Walk over, we then lunch in a tea room before our afternoon’s stroll along Talisker Bay. With the famous whisky distillery nearby, it would be rude not to pop in for a cheeky sample!
With fresh lobster also often available here, we aim to bag few to make an extra special starter for tonight’s meal back at the Lodge.
Today we explore Dunvegan with a morning stroll to Neist Point Lighthouse then a brief lunch back at our cottage before we head to the famous Coral Beach and Dunvegan Castle.
Finally we head back for the last night’s celebratory dinner.
Alas it is all over too soon and this morning we pack up and head home. Often many guests extend their Scottish adventure and head to the Highlands on their way back to Glasgow.
Who will be looking after you...
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 4 nights and eat out in local restaurant and pubs for the remaining 3 nights. The 3 nights out are not included in the cost of the trip.
Helping you spread the cost:
We know that paying for a trip away can be a significant chunk of money to handover all at once and so we’ve made it easier by offering a ‘spread the cost’ option.
Once you’ve chosen your trip, all you have to do is secure your place by paying the deposit, and then set up a monthly standing order to pay the remaining balance in stages.
It’s simple to do and the only condition is that the remaining balance must be fully paid eight weeks from the date of the event.
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