Explore the Inner Hebrides on our guided walking holiday...
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The two largest and most famous of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides are the isles of Mull and Skye. They both have similarities, in their wild coastlines, high mountains, wildlife and endless options for walks, but they are also very different. Mull is less-visited, has satellite islands that are only a few minutes’ ferry journey away, and has mountains that are rounded and lonely. Skye is a mystical land, the hills steeper and more rugged, with the jagged Cuillin mountains in the south and the tortured Trotternish Ridge in the north.
We’ll be spending a week visiting both islands, enjoying gentle day walks alongside chances to see both islands’ famous sights, from a wander down the yellow sands of Mull’s Calgary Bay, to a visit to the Fairy Pools on Skye, in the shadow of the Cuillin. The local culture will never be far away; alongside both islands’ exceptional experiences in whisky and seafood, there are local crafts, and plenty of local brews.
On each day we have a sit-down breakfast at 8am and provide you with ingredients to make a packed lunch.
In a nutshell:
- Explore Mull and Skye on 6 easy to moderate guided day walks, showing you some of the most famous of the islands’ landscapes.
- Journey by ferry between the islands, including a visit to Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point on the Scottish mainland.
- Sample the best food western Scotland has to offer, all while staying in great accommodation right in the heart of the action.
- Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery with a small group of fellow enthusiasts while we worry about driving, navigating and making sure you have the best walking possible.
The journey has begun! We’ll pick you up from Glasgow at midday and begin the drive to Oban. From here we’ll hopefully have a small amount of time to explore the town before getting the ferry to Craignure, Mull. There will then be a short drive to the accommodation, where you’ll have a chance to settle in and grab a brew before we head out to our first evening meal.
This is our chance to go through all the adventures we have planned over the next week!
Sunday and Monday
For two days we’ll be exploring Mull, heading out on walks and then visiting some of the best local sights, with much-needed stops at cafes and pubs on the way.
This is our day of travel from Mull to Skye. We’ll be up early to catch the ferry from Tobermory to the mainland at Kilchoan. From here it’s a short drive to Ardnamurchan point, the most westerly place on the Scottish mainland. We’ll go for a short walk to admire the lighthouse and the beach before heading off on the drive to Mallaig, from where we get the ferry to Skye. This is a stunning drive up the west coast, and you’ll no doubt be inspired to come back and walk some of the many mountains in this remote part of Scotland.
Once on Skye, we’ll head to our accommodation and have some time to relax before embarking on another excellent few days of exploration!
Wednesday and Thursday
There are a huge number of options for Skye, and we’ll have a discussion as a group about what you’re looking forward to the most. We have two full days on the island and we’ll definitely make the most of it! Some options are:
Today it’s time to pack up and leave Skye. We’ll cross the bridge over to the mainland, looking out for otters and eagles on the way, and go for a walk in the woodlands near Eilean Donan, before visiting the castle itself. As one of the most famous of Scotland’s castles, it’s well worth a visit, surrounded by water and the giant mountains of Kintail.
Our afternoon drive takes us further south, to Crianlarich, where we’ll spend the night.
On our final morning we’ll drive you to Glasgow, which we aim to reach before midday. Hopefully your week of exploration has left you eager to see more of the fantastic Scottish west coast and islands, and you’ll head home with plans already forming for your next journey.
Where we are staying
Over the duration of this trip we will be staying in a mix of guest house and hotels, all rooms are offered on a single sex shared basis and will normaly be twin rooms. We also have a limited number of double rooms.
We will be supplying breakfast and packed lunches each day, if we decide to eat lunch in a cafe then this is not included, also not included is alcoholic drinks and evening meals.
Included in this trip:
- Return transport from Glasgow
- 7 nights Bed and Breakfast
- Guided day walks and sightseeing
- Ferry tickets
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