A 9-day trip, including 7-days of hiking the Skye Trail - an unmarked route of 127km (79 miles) through the island of Skye.
There are no waymarks for the route and many sections do not even have a path.
However the rewards as you walk south from the most northerly point on the island are many in terms of:
• Spectacular mountain views - passing under the shadow of the Jagged Cuillin, the finest mountain range in Britain;
• Coastal scenery - from beaches to cliff-tops in areas that are remarkable but almost unvisited;
• Haunting ruins of deserted villages - destroyed in the highland clearances;
• Visiting small island communities, and;
• The superb opportunities for watching wildlife.
This route has been devised for those who prefer to get well away from the beaten track
A trip never to be forgotten!
click here for photos of the same trip in July 2017 (https://www.meetup.com/CityMountaineering/photos/28034617/)
9-days for an all inclusive price of just £650 (or £610 if joined before 30 September 2017) which includes:
• Travel and logistical Support from Glasgow
• All food whilst hiking (from breakfast on Sunday to lunch on Saturday) - But excluding a pub meal half way through the hike
• All accommodation (tents provided for wild camping sections, hostels & B&Bs)
• Guided hiking by an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader
• Return transport between London and Glasgow
• Your personal hiking kit
• food & drink before/after the hike and on the rest day
Prior to trip [optional]: I will collect your kit and drive it to Scotland, to reduce your baggage on the train/plane
Saturday (AM): I will be picking people up from Glasgow airport and Glasgow train station. We will then drive to Isle of Skye
Sunday: Coastal hike to Flodigarry (17km)
The trail starts from Skye's most northerly tip, Rubha Hunish, and follows a spectacular but rough section of the coastline, continuing above dramatic cliffs to reach Flodigarry for a night of wild camping
Monday: Hike inland to The Storr - Trotternish Ridge (25km)
A slightly more challenging stage than the first day climbs from Flodigarry beneath the amazing rock formations of The Quiraing, continuing south on the Trotternish Ridge towards the Storr before a final descent to the road. The rewards are tremendous - this must be one of the most dramatic ridge traverses in Britain!
The day will end with a wild camp amongst the dramatic scenery of our surroundings
Tuesday: Cliff-top hike to Portree (18km)
The third stage of the Skye Trail, takes a short section of road which leads to a fabulous parade along the top of dramatic coastal cliffs with superb views.
We will restock supplies in Portree and spend the night in a local bunkhouse, connected to arguably the best pub on the island.
Wednesday: Rest Day
You have the option of either hiking stage 4 of the trail, or seeing the trail in the comfort of the minibus. We will also visit some other local attractions that are not on the trail (e.g. Fairy Pools, Talisker distillery, Black Cuillins)
This day we follow a rough track along Loch Sligachan to the Hotel, where we will stop for lunch before heading through the remote Glen Sligachan (a valley separating the mighty Black Cuillin with the Red Cuillin) to the beautiful bay at Camasunary . Arriving at the coast on the south-west of the island, we will camp on the shores of the Atlantic ocean
Thursday: Hike below the mighty Cuillin mountains to Elgol (15km)
From here a vertiginous cliff path with fantastic views across the water to the Cuillin reaches Elgol which has a shop, cafe, B&B and seafood restaurant.
This will be a shorter hiking day, where we can spend the afternoon relaxing in Elgol for the afternoon
Friday: Hike on good trails to Torrin (17km)
The sixth stage of the Skye Trail presents a lovely day with great views to Sleat and the small isles, ending at Torrin where there is a summer cafe and a B&B - Although, depending on the weather, we may be spending our final night on that trail on a summit with views over the bay, the ocean and the mountains!
Saturday: Coastal hike to Broadford (20km)
The final stage of the Skye Trail follows the coast from Torrin to the cleared villages of Suisnish and Boreraig before heading inland to pick up the Marble Line, the old railroad route into Broadford and the end of the Trail.
We will then check-in to our accommodation and celebrate the completion of the Skye Trail with a hearty meal and drinks
Sunday: Drive to Glasgow, where I will drop the group off at the train station and/or airport