The Isle of Skye

Skye, Scotland

Holiday overview

Destination

Scotland


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 650 pp


Duration

9 nights


This three base holiday will allow you to choose a walk each day to suit whatever you (or your legs) feel like. You can walk on the remote and unspoiled Suisnish peninsula, and get right in close to the steep sides of the Cuillin.

Stay at the delightful village of Mallaig on the mainland for the first three nights. Get used to the more relaxed pace of the Highlands and Islands, and stretch your legs on some fine local walks. Then we will take you to the fishing port, from where you can approach Skye by boat, arriving at the southern village of Armadale, before heading towards the Cuillin and the mountains of northern Skye. The Isle of Skye is a paradise for walkers. We can help you have an unforgettable island experience, walking by quiet beaches, along remote cliff-tops, by deserted villages, or on a magnificent coast to coast walk through the heart of the Cuillin mountains. This three base holiday will allow you to choose a walk each day to suit whatever you (or your legs) feel like. You can walk on the remote and unspoiled Suisnish peninsula, and get right in close to the steep sides of the Cuillin. There is an option of starting one of the walks with a sea boat trip, visiting a seal colony and the picturesque Loch Coruisk, before setting off on a cross-island walk.

 

Price:

£650 per person.  10 day trek/9 nights

Single room supplement approx. £20 per person per night.

This holiday is not suitable for one person walking alone.

 

Included:

Accommodation with full Scottish breakfast in guest houses, or B&Bs in ensuite rooms with friendly local hosts.
Transfers to/from walks where necessary
Ferry ticket to Skye
Bus pass for the 7 days on the Isle of Skye, bus timetables. It is possible to arrange private transfers on the Isle of Skye at an extra cost. All the walks are manageable within the time you will need to travel to and from the walks; you will also be advised of a back-up service should you miss the last bus.
Maps and route notes for the walks
Emergency back up

 

Not Included: Getting to Mallaig and from Portree. Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary, meals except for breakfast

 

Departures: April – October.

Day 1: Arrive and overnight Mallaig for 3 nights. Spend the afternoon beachcombing, observe a huge variety of bird life or just enjoy walking the silver sands

 

Day 2 + 3: Choice of 3 walks over the next two days.

Loch Morar Walk : Walk along the north side of Loch Morar over a short hill pass to Loch Nevis. From here transfer by boat to Mallaig. 10 miles

Loch an Nostarie Walk: Short car transfer, then a walk on rugged ground to a high mountain loch, with fabulous views to the ocean and the islands of Rum, Eigg and Skye. 8 miles.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Walk: Short train journey on West Highland line to Lochailort, over a hillpass to Prince Charlie’s Cave by remote Loch Beoraid to Loch Morar. 10 miles. Transfer to Morar by boat.

 

Day 4: Depart Mallaig and cross the sea to Skye. Take ferry to Armadale. Bus or private transfer from the ferry to Broadford.

 

Day 5: Suisnish and Boreraig: A coastal walk with cliffs, beaches, and two deserted villages – in remote countryside on the west coast, with great views of the Cuillin and the mainland mountains. 10.75 miles approx. Overnight Broadford.

 

Day 6: Skye Coast to Coast. From the west coast to Sligachan, through the heart of the Cuillin mountains, this is one of Scotland’s truly great walks. 7.5 miles. Overnight Broadford.

 

Day 7: The Fairy Pools and Glen Brittle. From Sligachan to the ‘Fairy Pools’ and Glen Brittle, this walk goes by spectacular waterfalls and rock pools. From Glen Brittle take bus or private transfer to your second base in Portree. 7 miles.

 

Day 8: The Quiraing. Fantastic rock formations on the cliffs at the far north of Skye. Visit the ‘prison’, the ‘needle and the ‘table’ and marvel. 5 miles. Overnight Portree.

 

Day 9: The”Old Man” and the Storr. More fantastic rock formations. Climb to the Old man of Storr, one of a remarkable set of pinnacles, with the option of walking on up to The Storr itself, the highest point on northern Skye. 3.25 miles or 6 miles. Overnight Portree.

 

Day 10: After breakfast say goodbye to your hosts and head back across the sea from Skye.

ACCOMMODATION

We have carefully selected our accommodation from the best bed and breakfast and in each area. Your hosts are local people, who know about the surrounding countryside, and you are guaranteed a warm welcome.

All rooms with en-suite facilities. We can also arrange accommodation in Hotels, usually at an additional cost.

 

GETTING THERE

Telephone national rail enquiry line on 08457 48 49 50 or 1st Scotrail

Bus: Tel. 08705 50 50 50 from within the UK or visit Citylink website

 

WHAT TO TAKE

It is essential that you are properly equipped and clothed for walking in Scotland.  Basic advice on safety is contained in the leaflet “Enjoy the Scottish Hills in Safety,” available from the Scottish Sports Council, Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh WH12 9DQ, Scotland, UK or ask us.

Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun block/cream, compass, torch and a first-aid kit. Rain weather clothing highly recommended.

 

WHEN TO GO

April to end of October subject to weather conditions.

 

INSURANCE

We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.