Take in the scenic history of the region by way of castles and ancient brochs. Walks will take in dramatic mountain scenery along lesser challenging trails. See charming ports and rugged coastlines against a backdrop of misty hills and moody seas.
Cost: £675pp based on two sharing a room for 4 days / 3 nights, subject to availability. Includes accommodation and breakfast, all ferries but excludes meals (other than breakfast) and drinks. Discounts are available for groups of 3 or more.
Single supplement: £750 for the whole package for the 3 nights / 4 days.
We’ll avoid the thousands of tourists doing the rounds of 5 main attractions and instead reveal to you the soul of this dramatic island. Let’s see Skye in all its wild and rugged splendour, marked by centuries of history and legend. Our walks to places off the beaten track will not disappoint with the grandeur of the scenery.
- Depart Edinburgh 9.30am. Taking a scenic route up into the Highlands, stopping at Dunkeld to see the cathedral and this attractive town, before travelling over the Drumochter pass on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, before heading west for a stop at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. We’ll reach our base at Glenelg after travelling through Glen Shiel with its steep sided mountains and a visit to Eilean Donan castle, used as a setting on films and many a calendar.
- Take up evening accommodation at the Glenelg Inn. The inn has been especially selected for its wonderful location, close to the waters of the sea loch and for its pub ambience full of history and character.
The order of outings over the next two days will be determined by the weather but will include many of the following: If you want to see and do more of these suggestions, then request a 5 day visit.
- Taking the ferry over the sea to Skye.
- Walking the coastal approach for a close up encounter with the wild Cuillin Hills
- Walking a peninsula to visit some sea caves (tide dependent) made famous by a fugitive prince.
- Step back in time to discover a crumbling fortress guarding the coast and wonder beside the moss covered stones of a burial chamber 5,000 years old.
- Take a solitary hike to a tidal island out in a bay of islands in one of Skye’s most picturesque places (Distance: 4kms; Height 150m Grading: Medium with a rocky section of beach to traverse)
- Walk some spectacular sea cliffs.
- Portree for a coffee or saunter above the harbour for some lovely photo opportunities.
- Taking the lesser travelled road to Elgol, seeing the spectacular Cuillin peak of Blaven with its sheer towers and buttresses. Option of boat trip to Loch Coruisk at the road end; or a walk along a hill track to a pass with a view of the Cuillin Hills. Grading: Easy. Distance: 4kms. Height: 160m.
- Sleat peninsula, we’ll pass over the hills to its northern shorelines with fine views of the Cuillin Hills. Walk to Dun Sciath Castle.
- Visit the impressively preserved Glenelg brochs.
- Hike out to the recently discovered Viking Harbour below the Cuillin Hills. Grading: 13kms of moderate coastal walk along boggy paths and pathless in places. 370m ascent
- Hike around Loch Coruisk below the impressive ring of the Black Cuillin Hills. Grading: some challenging rocky sections for those not used to scrambling. 7kms with 120m of ascent
- Hike to the deserted villages of Boreraig & Suisinish, victims of the infamous Highland Clearances. Grading: Moderate coastal walk of 16kms
Then to our final day.
- We’ll take the scenic hill route through Glen Garry and on to Fort William
- Walk up Glen Nevis for a picnic lunch to see a spectacular gorge and waterfalls. Grading: Moderate but the path is rough over wet slabs in parts with big drops. Distance: 3.5kms. Height: 220m
- Southwards on to Glen Coe where we’ll have a short walk in the woods. Stops for photo opportunities of the craggy peaks.
- Tour ends with a drive down the entire length of Loch Lomond for late afternoon/evening drop-offs in Glasgow or Edinburgh.