Includes: 5 days walking 6 nights B&B 6 evening meals Transport from Edinburgh
Depart from Edinburgh: 9am Sunday Return to Edinburgh: 4-5pm Saturday
The Isle of Skye needs little introduction. The most famous of Scotland's Islands and second largest of the Hebridean Isles, Skye possesses an immense range of scenery and diverse walking to suit all abilities for a spectacular hiking holiday.
Detailed Itinerary Day 1 (Sunday): Travel to Skye - We will depart Edinburgh at 9:00 am and head off to Skye with some sightseeing stops en-route. Highlights along the way include a visit to the Falls of Dochart at Killin, the dramatic Glen Coe and Eilan-Donan Castle. We will arrive in Skye late afternoon/early evening in time for dinner.
Day 2 (Monday): Boreraig and Suisnish - This is a very fine coastal walk in the southwest of Skye to the deserted villages of Boreraig and Suisnish - former crofting communities destroyed during the "Highland Clearances" of the mid 1800's. Now just scattered ruins, these places give testimony to a bleak period of Scottish history and are wild, lonely places to visit. The views throughout the walk are wonderful and varied - Loch Eishort to the south, the Isle of Rhum not far away and adjacent mountains Bla Bheinn and Clach Glas to the west. 170m/540ft, 10m/17km, good path, 6 hrs.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and walk to Camasunary Bay - We take the Misty Isles boat across Loch Scavaig to the isolated Loch Coruisk. If we are lucky we get to see seals and a lot of birdlife. If we are really lucky, then dolphins might be spotted. We then walk out around the pointy hill of Sgurr na Stri down to the tranquil setting of Camasunary bay - a remote sanctuary under the slopes of Bla Bheinn in the midst of dramatic mountain scenery. The bay is a great place just to rest, soak up the scenery and take endless photographs before continuing out over the hill to Kilmarie. 6m/11km, 150m/492ft, rough path, 5-6 hours.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Coire Lagan - Today’s walk gives you the chance to enter into the rugged heart of the Cuillin mountains. Corrie Laggan is one of the many bowl shaped hollows (corries) leading up into the higher peaks and is deserved in its reputation as the most spectacular of them all. Along the way, we stop to admire the Eas Mor waterfall, which is considered to be the most spectacular waterfall on Skye. The way to the Corrie is initially on good paths, but with some rougher walking in its upper stages 570m/1850ft, 6m/10km, rough rocky ground, 6 hrs.
Day 5 (Thursday): The Quirang and Meall na Suiramach - he Quirang is an incredible maze of rock pinnacles and cliffs towards the northern end of the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Island. We'll take as much time as we need to explore this amazing area before returning via the spectacular viewpoint and clifftop walk of Meall na Suiramach 280m/920ft, 5m/8km, good paths, 5-6 hrs. Time allowing, we may then take a short walk to the most northerly point of the island or stop at some of the many fantastic viewpoints in this part of the island.
Day 6: (Friday): Macleod’s Maidens - Go deep into Macleod country for a stunning clifftop view and the legend of Macleod’s Maidens – these striking sea stacks guard the entrance to Loch Baracdale in the far west of the Island – the view from the clifftop will literally take your breath away. 11m/16km, nominal ascent, track and path, 6 hrs. Day 7 (Saturday): Return to Edinburgh - We leave Skye early morning, arriving back to Edinburgh at approximately 2-3pm.
Accommodation and Meals Your accommodation for the week is in personally selected small bed and breakfasts and larger guest houses on the island of Skye. We only use places we have personally visited and approved and you will be warmly received by your host. Please note that single rooms are increasingly hard to obtain in this more remote area and that en-suite facilities for singles may not always be available. Please check with us when you book. Evening meals for the whole group on this trip are normally taken at a local inn or restaurant. On all our tours we make a special effort to ensure that your evening meals are a highlight of the trip and seafood is a particular speciality on this trip. Specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance. Packed lunches are not included. Grading of Walks The walking throughout this tour we class as “easy to moderate” – suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Walks each day are between 5-7 hours, with some lower level walks with little ascent and more challenging days involving some mountain ascent (see above). You will be on pathed terrain throughout the week, but this will vary to being quite rugged or sometimes boggy. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the trip please just ask! Please read our grading guide here.