Skye Trail

Overview

Old Man of Storr. Skye Trail.

Introduction to the Skye Trail

This is a seven day walk on the Isle of Skye, a beautiful, mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland. The Skye Trail is quite a challenge as it is unmarked and many sections aren't even on paths. However, the challenge is well worth the effort as you will experience some of the most breath-taking scenery in Scotland. You will pass ruins of deserted villages, destroyed in the Highland Clearances. Have multiple views of the Cuillin Ridge and walk over the Trotternish Ridge. You will also have the chance to see The Isle of Skye's array of wildlife, including seals, otters and eagles.

The Trotternish Ridge. Skye Trail.

Highlights of the Skye Trail

  • Walking around the Quiraing, an incredible rock formation.
  • Walking the Trotternish Ridge, 10 summits in one day!
  • Views of the infamous Cuillin Ridge.
  • Seeing the most Northerly point of the Isle of Skye.
View of the Coast of Skye Trail

What's Included with this Holiday

  • A qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Skye Trail Information Pack
  • B&B accommodation for 8 nights
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer to each B&B
  • Maximum group size of 12
  • Free transport from the Skye Trail back to Fort William
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station

Is the Skye Trail Right For Me?

The Skye Trail is one of our harder walks due to much of the trail being off path. Therefore, it is tougher going underfoot than trails like The West and The East Highland Way. There is also one very long day over the Trotternish ridge, however this can be shortened if you would rather an easier day. If you have enjoyed walking a long distance trail before and got home feeling you could have managed something just slightly harder then this is a great trail for you. If you felt The West Highland or East Highland Way pushed you to your walking limits you may find this trail is a greater challenge than you would like.

Skye Trail Gallery

Skye Trail Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each day you will be guided along The Skye Trail to the next B&B. There is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your B&B in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day rucksack (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next B&B for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

The along the Sligachan path on The Skye Trail

Day 1: Arrive in Broadford

Today is your chance to arrive in Broadford and meet your guide and the rest of the group in a local pub before The Skye Trail begins! It may be possible for us to meet you at some point in the afternoon in Fort William and give you a free lift up to Broadford if you need us to. But please do email us about this before you book if you need this.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 2: Walking to Torrin - 12 miles

This is the first day of walking, where the trip really begins. Once everybody has got their lunches we will be walking to Torrin, which is 12 miles walking in total, 600m of ascent and will take us around 6 hours. We will use a minor road to leave Broadford and soon follow a good track with excellent views of Beinn Na Caillich. This section of The Skye Trail follows the old Marble Line, the route of a railway line that ran between Broadford and a series of Marble quarries which has been closed since 1912. Next we will follow a rougher path, heading towards to the coast and will continue by following the coastal route around Loch Eishort to the ruins of Suishnish. The population of this small hamlet was forcibly removed during the Highland clearances in 1853. A good track followed by a short road section brings us to Torrin itself whereby we will gain excellent views of Bla Bheinn and The Red Cuillin Hills.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 3: Walking to Elgol - 10 miles

Today's walk to Elgol is an easier, shorter day. It is just ten miles with a little under 500m of ascent and will take us around 5 hours to walk. We begin by following a section of road around the head of Loch Slapin. This simple section of walking allows you to make the most of the breathtaking views of Bla Bheinn and Clach Glas. Once we leave the road we will ascend through a forestry section of the trail until we reach the heather moorland above. The path here is less defined and boggy underfoot with spectacular views of The Skye Trail behind. After a glimpse of the peninsular of Sleat we will descend back to the road once more. We follow the road through to Kilmarie to a secluded, pebble beach before continuing along good footpaths and tracks until we reach the road to Elgol.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 4: Walking to Sligachan - 11 miles

One of the most scenic days of The Skye Trail. Today begins by following a very narrow path over vertical cliffs, where great care will be needed on this dramatic section! For those nervous of heights just let your guide know so they can give you the extra encouragement you may need. The views from here to The Black Cuillin are some of the most spectacular of the trek. Once we reach the beach at Camasunary the path becomes a wider track. The terrain underfoot is easier going and so the inspiration views of the Black Cuillin to the left and the Red Cuillin to the right can be fully enjoyed. This path will take you all the way to Sligachan itself and offers one of the most beautiful walks in the UK. You will be walking a total of 11 miles today with 500 meters of ascent, and will take us around 7 hours to complete.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 5: Walking to Portree - 12 miles

Today we will make our way out of Sligachan by crossing a small river. We will then be following the narrow coastal path that gives excellent view over Loch Sligachan until we reach an area known as The Braes. Once we reach The Braes we will be rewarded with views over The Narrows of Rassay and over to The Isle of Rassay. This sections of The Skye Trail is a simple and quiet road walk for much of the afternoon. As we being to reach Portree we will leave the road and follow the estuary before making our way into Portree itself. This 12 mile day has 400m of ascent and will take us around 5-6 hours to complete.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 6: Walking to The Storr – 9 miles

Today’s walk to The Storr from Portree is 9 miles, 700m of ascent and will take us approximately 5 hours to complete. We will begin by following the Skye Trail around the outskirt of Portree, with beautiful views over Portree Harbour. We will then ascend up above the sea cliffs to a rough path. Much of the day we continue following this undulating path over some rough and often boggy ground. The walk is well worth the effort and many an eagle has been spotted in this area. On a clear day views of Raasay, Rona and even Torridon on the mainland can be enjoyed. Heading North we will gain views of The Storr and The Trotternish Ridge, our challenge for tomorrow.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 7: The Trotternish Ridge - 14 miles

Today we will be walking the toughest section of the The Skye Trail, trekking The Trotternish Ridge. We have 14 miles of walking to complete, including 1600m of ascent and it should take us 8-10 hours to complete. The day will begin by climbing towards the summit of The Storr until we are on one of the finest ridge walks in the UK. After reaching the ridge line we start up the summit of Hartaval and continue on to Sgurr a’Mhalaidh, Beinn Edra and 7 other summits! After completing our final summit of Bioda Buidhe we begin a final descent to the road. Although this is an incredibly hard day it is also perhaps the best and certainly the most memorable of the trail.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 8: Walking to Kilmaluag - 10 miles

Our last day of walking is 10 miles, 600m of ascent and it will take us about 6 hours. We will begin by walking through The Quiraing. This incredible areas includes the rock formations of The Prison, The Needle and The Table and is one of the most famous features on the Island. We will then descend past Loch Langaig before we reach the road and the outskirts of Flodigarry. After a short walk down the road you will continue along a very rough path, which soon becomes a scenic costal route. Much of the rest of the day will be on moorlands making use of rough paths until we gain sight of the headland itself. The Skye Trail is complete once we reach the cliffs above Rubha Hunish, the closest we can get to the the Northerly tip of the Isle of Ske without climbing the vertical cliffs below. Once here the route is complete and a short walk back over the moorland will bring us out to the road and the van which will take you back through Skye to Portree.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 9: Leaving Portree

Today, after breakfast, you will have come to the end of your holiday with us and it is time for you to make your way home. We offer a free transfer to Broadford for those that need it. Once again it may be possible for us to give you a free lift back to Fort William but this will need to be discussed with us, ideally before you book.

Skye Trail Map

 

Skye Trail Accommodation Options

All our Skye Trail guided walking holidays are offered with B&B accommodation, this is our most popular option for all our treks.

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

We only use B&Bs in Portree and Broadford since these are the only villages with options for eating out in the evening and shops, meaning you are better placed to fully recover after each day of walking. Therefore, you will have a short drive before or after each day of walking.

Broadford

Broadford is located on the beautiful east coast of The Isle of Skye and is one of the larger villages on the island, however by most people’s standard it would still be seen as a small village. It does have a large shop so you will have plenty of opportunity to buy your lunches there and it also has a good variety of hotels and restaurants for your evening meal.

Portree

Portree is the biggest town on Skye, but it is still a small place by most people’s standards. However, it has a good shop, numerous pubs and restaurants to eat in as well as a few take-aways. It also has some fantastic views as it too is located on the Island’s East Coast.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2019 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 4th May 2019 to Sunday 12th May 2019 Guaranteed - 2 Spaces Left
Saturday 6th July 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019 Guaranteed - 8 Spaces Left
Saturday 7th September 2019 to Sunday 15th September 2019 Guaranteed - 3 Spaces Left

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

2019 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2019 in the spring of 2018. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £899 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £899.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £20 per night single supplement (£160 in total).

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book Skye Trail Online

Bed & Breakfast - £899 Currently we only offer this accommodation type on this trek.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.