Isle of Skye Taster

Few areas in Scotland offer such diversity and contrast of landscapes as Skye, making this one of the most magical places to walk and explore. From the famed Cuillin to the pinnacles of the Trotternish, Skye will not disappoint

This holiday aims to showcase the very best Skye offers, from the varied and diverse nature of the scenery to enjoy the best local food. Explore the strange basalt pinnacles and ridges of the Old Man of Storr and the mystical Quiraing, with sweeping views towards the Torridon Mountains and the Western Isles. The Cuillin have been drawing mountaineers for over 100 years, and a great way to get close is by sailing into Loch Scavaig. Be prepared for one of the finest views in Scotland.

Scotland's dark history of the Highland Clearances is only too evident as we follow the ancient moorland track between the deserted villages Suisnish and Boreraig, which provide real contrast against the stark backdrop of the Cuillin. Skye's coastline presents us with some of the most dramatic and rugged scenery in the country, and no visit is complete without a walk to the sea stacks of Macloed's Maidens and Idrigill Point.

Every day you will come back to our comfortable Highland Lodge, where you can put up your feet and enjoy a drink and tasty food.

At a Glance

From £1395 per person
Single room: From £300 (limited number available)

Grade
Moderate
AccommodationCentre based trip. Quality Highland Lodge
Duration7 Days
LocationSkye
StartInverness Station @ 13.30
FinishInverness Station @ 12.00
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At a Glance

From £1395 per person
Single room: From £300 (limited number available)

Grade
Moderate
AccommodationCentre based trip. Quality Highland Lodge
Duration7 Days
LocationSkye
StartInverness Station @ 13.30
FinishInverness Station @ 12.00

Isle of Skye Taster

7 days | AVAILABLE | Ref: IST0121

14 August 2021 · £1395

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Itinerary

The itinerary for each day’s walk is given below however; alternative walks may be undertaken depending upon the weather and group fitness.  On such a day, the leader will carefully choose an alternative guided by the group interest.

Day 1 – Travel to the Isle of Skye

Your North West Frontiers guide collects you from Inverness Railway Station at 13.30. We then drive along the shore of Loch Ness and through beautiful Glen Shiel to the Isle of Skye. On the way, we will stop for a visit to the famous Eilean Donan Castle, originally built around 1220.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 2 – The Quiraing

The Quiraing provides a memorable day walking. With features like ‘the Prison’, and ‘the Table’, there is much exploration to be done. Our route will take us onto the north end of the Trotternish ridge providing exceptional views over the north part of the island and the Outer Hebrides in the west.

DISTANCE: 8km/340m ascent
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 – Macleods Maidens

Arguably one of the finest coastal walks in the country takes us to the sea-stacks of Macleods Maidens. Starting at Orbost, the walk undulates across various headlands, with views stretching across Loch Bracadale to the Cuillin. Soon we see Macleod’s Maidens and Idgrill Point in the distance; the tallest stack stands at 65 meters. This makes for a dramatic setting with the waves crashing on the cliffs below.

DISTANCE: 17km/580m ascent
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4 – Suisnish & Boreraig

Today we walk to the deserted villages of Suisnish and Boreraig. These two villages are a stark reminder of the effects the highland clearances had on the fabric of the Scottish landscape. Our route loops around the coast, providing wonderful views to the Small Isles and visits the remains of the old marble quarries in this area.

DISTANCE: 12km/300m ascent
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 – Trotternish & Storr

When we follow the north-east coast north of Portree, we view the dark basalt cliffs of The Storr and the pinnacles of the Old Man. Our walk climbs into the area known as the Sanctuary. From here, we continue our climb to the summit of the Storr to enjoy the stunning views.

DISTANCE: 8km/600m ascent
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 – Loch Coriusk to Sligachan

Taking a short boat ride from the pretty village of Elgol, we head into Loch Scavaig, which is undoubtedly the best way to view the grandeur of the Cuillin and, for sure, one of the many highlights of the week. We start our walk from the mouth of the River Coruisk and take a path that heads back through Glen Sligachan. Steeped in Scottish mountaineering history, the Sligachan hotel is the perfect place to end the day with a well-earned drink.

DISTANCE: 12km/180m ascent
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel in Skye
MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7 – Inverness

After another tasty breakfast, we will return to Inverness. The drive takes about 2.5 hours, and we will be back at Inverness station around 12.00. In time to catch trains going south to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

MEALS PROVIDED: Breakfast


What's Included

Included:

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable Highland Lodge Hotel
  • 6 x dinner
  • 5 x packed lunch
  • 5 days walking with a qualified and experienced NWF leader
  • All road and boat transport during the trip
  • Visit to Eilean Donan Castle

Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Inverness
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses like drinks, entrance fees etc