The mountains of the Isle of Skye are some of the most impressive and dramatic in the UK.
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Difficulty Level3 Three
Rising straight from the sea, the Cuillin, the red hills and the Trotternish Ridge all contain significant peaks that demand full days of walking. Alongside attempts at these great peaks we’ll enjoy seaside views, fantastic food and a comfortable guest house right at the base of the hills. The magic and drama of Skye will be right on the doorstep, and you’ll quickly forget the pleasant rolling greenery of England for something more airy, dark and mysterious.
On each day of this walking week we’ll be attempting a big walk, choosing peaks that may have a small element of easy scrambling, but that on the whole are classic walkers’ objectives. There is also the chance to have a rest-day half way through the trip, giving you more time to enjoy the coastal scenery and allowing your legs to recover.
In a nutshell:
- Six guided walks in the mountains of Skye, aiming for significant peaks.
- Explore the Cuillin, the red hills and the Trotternish Ridge.
- Breakfast and lunch provided each day, with plenty of food to fuel you on those big days out!
- Evenings out discovering the best local food.
- Beautiful scenery, from sea-cliffs and islands to lonely moors and jagged peaks.
We’ll collect you from Glasgow at midday and then begin our drive to Skye, which takes approximately 5 hours. Once we’ve settled into the guest house in the seaside town of Broadford, we’ll head out to dinner at a great local restaurant and go over our exciting plans for the week!
Day 2 – 6
On each of these days we’ll aim for a big walk in the mountains. Breakfast will be at 07:30 and we’ll aim to leave at 08:30, driving to the start of the walk. You’ll have time to make packed lunches and stock up on snacks in the morning, and if you decide not to walk on a particular day, there may be scope to drop you somewhere for an easy wander. On each night we’ll be eating out, and we’ll make sure we find the best places to eat.
There are a huge number of options for walks, and we’ll always be flexible depending on what the group wants to do and what the weather is like. Here are some options to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing:
The only member of the Black Cuillin not on the main ridge, Blabheinn is a huge mountain that looks and feels like a giant medieval castle, with bare rocky battlements soaring up into the clouds. Despite appearances, there are walking routes to the top, where stunning views can be had of the main Cuillin ridge and Loch Slapin. It is the only Skye Munro to lie east of Glen Sligachan, so it gives a unique perspective of Skye’s geography.
The highest mountain on Skye, Sgurr Alasdair is accessible via a walk up from Glen Brittle via the infamous scree slope of The Great Stone Shoot. This peak is definitely on our list, and the prospect of the scrambles or climbs to continue along the ridge from it will provide us with enough exhilaration to simply stand and marvel rather than trying to accomplish anything further. From the summit we return down the same route, hopefully with views of the peaceful sandy beach at the end of the glen.
This member of the red hills is unmistakeable, standing proud above Broadford and the first mountain anyone is confronted with who drives over the Skye bridge. It lies close to our accommodation and can be accompanied by ascent of two more subsidiary peaks to create a fine round of the central coire, Coire Gorm. We’ll be able to look down at Broadford Bay and our guest house, from a hill that at first looks totally precipitous.
The famous view from the Sligachan Hotel is of the Black Cuillin to the south, but the closest peak, and the one filling the view to the south-east, is the pleasingly triangular (almost volcanic) peak of Glamaig, red granite streaming down its sides. Our ascent from the north reveals that Glamaig is in fact a ridge of two summits, looking from Broadford like a giant saddle. It’s possible to combine this peak with the Beinn Deargs, two hills south of Glamaig, but we’ll see how we feel on the day.
Made famous for the amazing rock feature of the Old Man of Storr, the peak itself is a hugely worthwhile walk, taking us beyond and Old Man and up above the cliffs. From this summit, near the south end of the Trotternish Ridge, we can head along the ridge to the next peak of Hartaval, before returning via the valleys to the north, where we can examine the tortured landscape of the Landslip.
Further north along the Trotternish Ridge than The Storr, Beinn Edra is a peak with grassy slopes on one side, and plunging crags on the other, in other words a classic Trotternish hill. We begin in the Fairy Glen near Uig and head up easy tracks to the ridge, where we reach the summit and continue for some time along the ridge before finding a different way back to Uig. This landscape is different to what we’ve seen before, where rolling hills more similar to parts of the Pennines contract strongly with the dark Cuillin further south.
After a slightly later breakfast to compensate for a night of celebration on our last evening on Skye, we head out on a short walk before crossing the bridge to the mainland and visiting the world-famous spectacle of Eilean Donan castle, a beautiful sight surrounded by water and with the mountains of Kintail as a backdrop.
In the afternoon we’ll drive to Fort William for the night, to get some miles under our belts and shortening the drive the next day.
On our final morning we’ll drive you back to Glasgow, which we’ll reach by midday.
Who will be looking after you...
For this trip we will be staying in a guest house in the heart of Broadford, this venue offers easy access to some of Skye’s greatest walks. Rooms are offered on a same sex shared basis unless you book a private or twin or double. There are also a limited number of single rooms.
Food on your walking holiday:
Breakfasts and Packed lunches are provided as part of this trip, the guest houses offers a great breakfast selection from a light continental through to a traditional Scottish Cooked Breakfast. Perfect for setting you up for the days adventures.
Evening meals are not included. Each night we will head out into the local area to sample some of the great local seafood and local dishes. The guest house does have a microwave available if you wish to relax in the guest house with you book and not head out each night.
The guest houses does offer a laundry service, one load washed and dried for £10. There is also free Wi-fi and a good mobile phone signal. All bedding and towels are provided.
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