Boreraig and Suisnish
July 1st to 7th
July 29th to August 4th
August 26th to September 1st
September 2nd to 8th
April 21st to 27th
April 28th to May 4th
June 2nd to 8th
June 30th to July 6th
July 28th to August 3rd
August 25th to 31st
September 1st to 7th
Single Rm Supp: £200
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.
The Cuillin mountains form what is undisputedly the most impressive ridge on the British Isles. The adjacent Red Hills are less dramatic but no less beautiful. To the north runs the Trotternish ridge escarpment, with the Stoerr and the Quirang en-route and their awe-inspiring rock pinnacle formations.
Wild coastlines, deep fjords and secluded windswept bays all make for a wild hiking experience through a very unique landscape. We will take in as much of this scenery as possible, with a superb range of easy to moderate walks and hikes throughout the length of the island to give you a full Skye experience!
Take in the island's wildlife and incredible geology, its turbulent history, strong tradition and thriving Gaelic culture which all combine to make this a fascinating place to visit.
The holiday includes 6 nights full board accommodation and 5 full days of guided walking on the Island. Departure will be from Edinburgh at 9.00 am on the first Sunday of the hiking holiday, returning around 3pm on the following Saturday. The first day of travel to the island will be taken at a leisurely pace to allow for general sightseeing and stops en-route.
We could easily spend 2 weeks on Skye - but we only have a week! The itinerary below gives you a flavour for some of the walks we are likely to do during your week, with some easier walks and more challenging mountain hikes, but this should be regarded as flexible.
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.