The Skye Trail

Overview

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. This long distance walk 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.

Highlights of This Trail

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

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 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 this trail right for me?

The Skye Trail is one of our harder walks, this is due to much of the trail being off path, making it 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.

The 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!

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 walk 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

Today you will be walking to Torrin which is 12 miles walking in total, 500m of ascent and will take around 6 hours. After leaving Broadford we will make use of a good track before joining a rougher coastal path which offers excellent views of The Cuillin, Bla Bheinn and The Red 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 over 350m of ascent and will take us around 5 hours to walk. The trail has sections on the road, with a section in the middle which follows a good track, however, today’s beauty comes in the spectacular views to Sleat and the small isles making this a splendid and simple day.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 4: Walking to Sligachan - 11 miles

Today follows the remote and wild Glen Sligachan. You will begin by using a very narrow path over vertical cliffs, great care will be needed on this dramatic section! However, this path will turn into a wider, easier path by the time you arrive in Sligachan. You will be walking a total of 11 miles today with 500 meters of ascent, which will take 6-7 hours to complete.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 5: Walking to Portree - 12 miles

Today will begin with some possible river crossings before gaining a rough path that follows Loch Sligachan. This path will lead to an area known as the Braes, whereby the route follows a minor road. You will finish walking alongside a salt marsh into the edge of Portree. This 12 mile day has nearly 300m 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

Todays walk to The Storr from Portree is 9 miles, 500m of ascent and will take between 4-5 hours to complete. The days starts with a beautiful coastal walk with dramatic views as you leave Portree behind. Soon you will be walking over rough moorlands and with views over the sea, lochs and the Trotternish Ridge.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 7: Walking to Flodigarry - 16 miles

Today we will be walking the toughest section of the trek, going over the Trotternish Ridge, it will be 16 miles of walking, 1700m of ascent and will 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 you will have a further 10 summits to ascend before dropping down from Bioda Buidhe. Although this is an incredibly hard day it is also perhaps the best and certainly the most memorable.

Accommodation B&B in Portree

Day 8: Walking to Kilmaluag - 9 miles

Our last day of walking is 9 miles, 350m of ascent and it will take us about 6 hours. We will begin at the incredible and famous rock formation, The Quiraing. We will be walking along the bottom of this impressive area until we descend into 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 get sight on the headland itself, and walk as close to it as possible without needing to climb the imposing cliffs. Once near the headland 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 Broadford.

Accommodation B&B in Broadford

Day 9: Leaving Broadford

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. 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 before you book.

The 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.

2018 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 5th May 2018 to Sunday 13th May 2018 Spaces
Saturday 1st September 2018 to Sunday 9th September 2018 2 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.

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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.