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Guided Skye Trail walking holiday

Skye Trail walking holiday

The Isle of Skye or ‘winged island’ with its 300 miles coast line, is one of those places that inspires with its at times savage natural beauty, its history and wildlife.

Also known as the Misty Island (Eilean a’ Cheò), its pervading Gaelic culture gives a character that is quite different. The whole combination draws one back again and again.

This wild and rugged walk from south to north, of some 80 odd miles, is constantly fascinating, regularly challenging, and never boring. It will provide memories to last a lifetime.

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Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • Support Manager
  • 9 nights Hostel accommodation
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 10
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Daily transport as required and for baggage
  • VAT at 20%

Skye Trail brief itinerary:

Day 1: Leave Stirling and travel by mini-bus via Glencoe, Fort William and Glen Shiel to Skye. First of four nights at Broadford Hostel.

Day 2: We start the trail heading out of Broadford by the old marble track and path across to the coast and the haunting ruined townships of Boreraig and Suisnish to reach Torrin and the north end of Loch Slapin, 20km> / 350m^.

Day 3: From Torrin we now head round the coast of Loch Slapin and below the magnificent Bla Bheinn. Quiet road, paths and tracks and some off path walking takes us to the fine setting of the crofting township of Elgol, 17km> / 350m^

Day 4: This classic route from Elgol via Camusunary then through Glen Sligachan is our walk for today. Stunning coastal and mountain scenery unsurpassed in the UK, 18km> / 250m^.

Day 5: We pack our gear and load up before heading back to Sligachan, to pick up the route again to Skye’s capital, Portree, which we reach mostly by following the east coast, 19km> / 200m^. Accommodation will be at Uig hostel, the first of 3 nights there.

Day 6: From Portree we head round the coast to Torvaig and amble northwards but this time high above (and well back from) the dramatic cliffy coastline finishing in view of the Storr, 14km> / 450m^.

Day 7: Today is spent following the crest of the spectacular Trotternish Ridge, gaining and loosing quite a few metres along the way, to Uig or Glen Hinnisdal, 14-16km> / 900-1005m^.

Day 8: Return to our previous finish point and continue to follow the high ground to reach the Uig / Staffin Road and on through the amazing landforms of the Quiraing to Flodigarry, 14–16km> / 500-650m^, where we spend the next 2 nights.

Day 9: Our final day takes us ever northwards around the coast towards Rubha Huinish, the most northerly point of Skye then up to join the road at Duntulm, 14km> / 150m^.

Day 10: Return south to Stirling via the Skye Bridge, Kintail, Fort William and Glencoe to reach there around 18.00.

Accommodation:

9 nights hostel accommodation (small, shared, bunk-bed dormitories) in one managed by the SYHA, and two private ones. Hostel rooms are usually separate for men and women and may be shared with other guests. Bed linen is provided but clients need to bring their own towel and soap. Hot showers and drying facilities are available. Laundry and drying facilities are available. Towels may be hired.

Meals:

All meals from evening meal on day 1 to breakfast day 10 are included. These are prepared by our support manager with a wee bit of help from the group in preparation and clearing up. Special diets can be catered for but only if notified in advance.

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