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Explore the Skye Trail over one great walking holiday

£895pp
  • Duration

    10 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hotel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    4 Four

Winding its way for nearly 80 miles across the Isle of Skye, the Skye Trail takes us from near the most northerly point of the island on a journey south. Over 7 days of walking we pass all the famous sights – The Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr, the Cuillin, and the village of Suisnish, deserted during the Highland Clearances. Although the Trail is predominantly low-level, there are two days of hills, including one very long one.

Guided walking holiday to the isle of skye in scotland, including the Skye Trail

Though the Trail does have several sections of well-maintained path and track, there are many miles of pathless terrain, where the only indication of the way lies in the trodden grass of previous walkers. This is definitely a walk to do with an experienced navigator. We’re also including a rest day with some optional activities such as wildlife watching or a boat trip, or you can just relax in town!

In a nutshell – Skye Trail Guided Walk:

  • Join a guided group walking the entire length of the 79-mile Skye Trail.
  • Relax during the evenings in some great accommodation, with breakfast and packed lunches included.
  • See the varied landscapes of Skye, from the coast to the rolling Trotternish ridge to the dark peaks of the Cuillin.
  • Look out for wildlife, including seals, otters and two species of eagle.
  • Enjoy the Skye Trail with the full support of a qualified guide and vehicle.

Guided walking holiday to the isle of skye in scotland

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Itinerary

Day 1

We’ll collect you from Glasgow at midday and begin the drive to Skye, which takes approximately 5 hours. Don’t worry, we’ll stop for a leg stretch and coffee on the way.

After checking in to our guest house, we’ll head out to dinner and explain more about the adventure to come. We’ll be eating out in Portree, the seaside town that is the ‘capital’ of Skye.

Skye adventure week staying at Dunvegan and exploring this magical island

Day 2 – Rubha Hunish to The Quiraing – 10 miles

Today we start our Skye Trail adventure and what a start. A spectacular day of coastal walking along the high sea-cliffs on the northern edge of the Trotternish Peninsula, with views north to the Outer Hebrides and east to the mainland. We follow the cliff-tops to Flodigarry before turning inland and heading uphill through the rocky pinnacles and natural sculptures of The Quiraing. The day finishes high up on the Trotternish Ridge.

Day 3 – The Trotternish Ridge – 15 miles

A very long and strenuous day walking nearly the entire length of the Trotternish Ridge, over 10 summits, with a lot of up and down. The trail is grassy with a few rocky sections, and there are long stretches with no path. Nevertheless, it is spectacular, and we can admire the huge difference between either side of the ridge, one rolling hillside and the other a giant landslip, a broken landscape of crags and knolls. We finish the day by dropping down past the great rocky obelisk of The Old Man of Storr.

Guided walking holiday to the isle of skye in scotland

Day 4 – The Storr to Portree – 9 miles

After the previous day’s exertions, this will feel easy, but it’s still a hill day. We’ll head back to the coast and ascend the hills that drop precipitously down to the sea north of Portree, including the Hawaiian-sounding Craig Ulatota. There are yet again no paths, but once the initial climb is out of the way, the going is good and the several gentle ups and downs will hopefully be rewarded by views out to the isle of Raasay. The final stretch drops down to the shore and follows a wooded path into Portree.

Day 5 – REST DAY

After three days of walking in the hills we’re giving you a rest day, and this is your chance to see some of the more relaxing side of Skye. If you want to wander round Portree and discover its cafes and shops then that’s certainly possible. But if you want to get out and see more of the island we’ll be putting on an optional adventure – possibly a boat trip to Canna, a wildlife watching experience, or a visit to the Talisker whisky distillery.

Day 6 – Portree to Sligachan – 12 miles

Finally leaving Portree, we head south on a low-level day, starting along the seashore of Loch Portree before joining a minor road around the flank of Ben Tianavaig. Beyond this hill we continue following the road south to Loch Sligachan, with views directly east to Raasay. Finally, we turn west to follow the path along the northern shore of Loch Sligachan to the Hotel at the end, which has a vast whisky collection to sample!

On this day we also move accommodation from Portree to Broadford, so you can discover new places to eat and a different side of Skye.

Day 7 – Sligachan to Elgol – 11 miles

Possibly the best day of the Trail, we head south through Glen Sligachan, past the jagged rocky peaks of the Black Cuillin on the right and on the left the rounded humps of the red hills, followed by the giant black fortress of Blabheinn. Once through the glen we reach the sea at Camasunary before joining a spectacular path for the last few miles, hugging the hillsides with the waves crashing far beneath. Our end point is in Elgol, a small fishing village with unparalleled views back to the Cuillin.

A week walking on the isle of skye in scotland

Day 8 – Elgol to Torrin – 10 miles

We now begin our traverse along the south coast of Skye, slowly heading east. The landscape is softer here, and after crossing over the peninsula to Loch Slapin, we hug the coast and follow the Loch all the way to the village of Torrin, mostly on tracks but with some sections of pathless hill. We’ll hopefully have more views of the rounded peaks of the red hills, and see the other side of Blabheinn.

A week walking on the isle of skye in scotland

Day 9 – Torrin to Broadford – 12 miles

The final day of the Skye Trail, and it doesn’t disappoint. We continue on the coast, following a track to the village of Suisnish, which was cleared of inhabitants during the infamous Highland Clearances. A path then leads to the second cleared village of Boreraig, and we’ll now be walking on the banks of Loch Eishort, with the peninsula of Sleat opposite. This section feels very remote, and it’s amazing to think that communities lived here for generations before the sheep arrived. The trail then heads along an old railway track into Broadford, and the end of the Trail!

Eilean Donan Castle

Day 10

Today is sadly the day we have to pack up and leave Skye, but hopefully with the knowledge that we’ve walked one of the country’s most spectacular trails and seen some of Skye’s best sights. We begin the drive in the early morning, and aim to have you back in Glasgow for early afternoon.

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