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Explore the Inner Hebrides on our guided walking holiday...

£695pp
  • Duration

    7 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hotel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

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.

A week walking on the isle of skye in scotland

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.

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Itinerary

Saturday

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!

Isle of Mull

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.

Possible walk options include:
  • The southern mountains
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    All of the big peaks on Mull are in the south of the island, spreading out west from its highest peak (and only Munro), Ben More. While we won’t be climbing any of these peaks, we’ll take a walk into the valleys and perhaps up to a pass to get a great view of them. It’s not long before you’ll truly begin to appreciate the wild heart of Mull, where human structures feel far away.

  • Quinish
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    The northern coast of Mull is a jumble of rocky peninsulas and miniature islands, with walking routes that follow coastal paths and forest tracks. We’ll explore Quinish, the area around the village of Devaig and the narrow Loch a Chumhainn, a beautiful landscape of ever-changing views with the calm waters of the loch soon giving way to the crash of the Atlantic.

  • Ulva
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    The isle of Ulva lies only a few hundred metres away from Mull, via a very short ferry ride. We can head over and explore this island, taking a walk through the recently established woodlands and perhaps climbing to Ulva’s summit, from where you can see a vast array of other islands stretching out to sea, from the famous basalt lump of Staffa to the distinctive feature of The Dutchman’s Cap.

  • Sightseeing options
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    After each walk we’ll hopefully have time to explore the local wonders of Mull. Possible options include the sands of Calgary Bay, with its local art gallery, the Tobermory whisky distillery, Glengorm castle, searching for otters on the coast, or perhaps just relaxing on the famous Tobermory waterfront, with its multi-coloured buildings and resident ginger cat that is now the star of children’s books.

     

Isle of Mull

Tuesday

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!

Skye adventure week staying at Dunvegan and exploring this magical island

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:

  • Loch Coruisk
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    Nestled in the heart of the tremendous Black Cuillin mountains, Loch Coruisk is a wild place, but with a path running all the way round. We’ll get the boat over from Elgol, where we’ll have the chance to see seals on the rocks near the river Scavaig. The circuit of the loch will give us a chance to appreciate the true volcanic heart of Skye, and will be the closest we get to the high mountains.

  • The Quiraing
    2

    The Trotternish ridge got it’s current form, gnarly and craggy, from a giant landslip that left the eastern side a tortured mass while the west is smooth and grassy. We’ll go on a walk to visit the most famous place where these rocky pinnacles can be explored at our leisure, the fantastic Quiraing. There’s a chance to make this a circular walk, heading back via the easy summit of Meall na Suirmach, before visiting Skye’s capital, Portree.

    Guided walking holiday to the isle of skye in scotland

  • Neist point
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    If we fancy an easier day, we can drive out to Neist point, the most westerly place on Skye, where you can see the powerful currents in the water as you stand on the rocks. We’ll visit the lighthouse, watch for seals on the rocks, and hopefully see all the way to the Outer Hebrides, at this point only 25km away. This is a good walk to combine with two unique local craft visits – Skye Silver and Skye Weavers, where you can find products unique to the island.

  • Other options
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    We could go for a walk to visit the famous Fairy Pools, followed by a visit to the Talisker distillery and perhaps Talisker Bay. Or there’s the spectacular monolith of The Old Man of Storr and a bit of fossil hunting at the site of the dinosaur footprints down by Staffin. We could also head for a dip in the sea at the Coral Beach, or visit the clan stronghold of Dunvegan castle. It’s all possible!

     

Eilean Donan Castle

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Food Provided:

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
  • Collection from Glasgow

    This trip includes all transport over the 7 days, you simply need to get yourself to the collection points in Glasgow:

    Glasgow Central Train Station: Midday Collection

    Glasgow Airport: 12:30 Collection

    Returning you here for lunchtime on the last Saturday.

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