A week’s guided walking through the dramatic scenery on Skye...
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Difficulty Level3 Three
For walkers, the Isle of Skye has it all and during this week-long trip we aim to see pretty much the best this Scottish beauty has to offer.
This trip is aimed at more experienced hikers as we’re planning longer, more challenging routes that will take in the big mountain ranges. For those after an easier Skye experience we do have another trip here…
Whether it’s tackling The Black or Red Cuillin mountains or the Trotternish Ridge, guests can expect to experience the impressive, dramatic scenery that is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
After all the summit-bagging, what better way to relax than to come back to a bed & breakfast with sea views, comfy lounge, and lashings of tea and cake on-tap? Well that’s just what we have lined up, together with a rest day midway through the week to revive those limbs!
In a nutshell:
- Be prepared to be entranced by Skye’s mysterious beauty and prehistoric landscape that has had movie makers flocking to use the location as a film backdrop.
- Feel elated after completing six guided walks that have tackled some of the greatest hiking routes in the UK.
- Savour the great food on offer each day knowing you’re going to earn those extra calories.
- Quite simply enjoy being in the company of a small group of like-minded folk who are just as ready to have a laugh and a smile as they are to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other during the walks.
You’re welcome to arrive at the guesthouse from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors leader will be there to meet you and get you settled in.
Day 2 – 7
On each of these days we’ll aim for a big walk in the mountains, apart from midway through the week which we’ve designated as a rest day. This is when guests can do anything such as saunter round the shops in Broadford, stroll along the sea shore, simply sit and watch the wildlife or head to a distillery!
On the walking days we aim to sit down to a hearty, home-cooked breakfast at 07:30, make packed lunches and leave the B&B by 08:30 to drive to the start of the walk. If you want to opt out of the bigger walk on a particular day then we’ll see if there’s scope to arrange an easier wander for you en-route.
Each evening we head out for dinner armed with the insider knowledge on the best places to eat for hungry walkers!
So to the walks – there’s a huge number of options depending on the weather and the group, but be prepared to run out of words to describe the diverse landscape. We’ll start with magnificent, weird, mystical, brooding….
Here are a few options:
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 an ascent of two more peaks to create a fine round of the central coire, Coire Gorm.
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 route 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 the 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, offering excellent views of the tortured landscape where you can easily imagine a dinosaur or two stepping out!
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, where small grassy mounds and lochans (ponds) give it an ‘otherworldly’ feel.
We head up easy tracks to the ridge, where we reach the summit and continue for some time along this soaking up the views before returning along a different route to Uig.
This landscape is different to what we’ve seen before, where rolling hills more similar to parts of the Pennines contrast strongly with the dark Cuillin further south.
Its time to say a sad farewell to the magical Isle of Skye…
Good to know:
For this trip we will be staying in a guest house in Portree, offering 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.
Food on your walking holiday:
Breakfasts 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 and packed lunches are not included. There is a co-op for lunches and each night we will head out into the local area to sample some of the great local seafood and local dishes.
Travelling to Portree:
Although there is no getting away from the fact Skye is a long way, it’s most certainly worth the journey. You can either drive to Portree or if you are travelling by public transport, just get yourself to either Glasgow or Inverness and hop on the Citylink bus – this is by far the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get to Skye. A few months’ beforehand we will also ask if you wish to be put in touch with other guests so you can see if car sharing is an option.
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016