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Isle of Skye Spectacular

Isle of Skye Spectacular ~ 58.5 miles (94 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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EasyWays offers an exciting trek through the magical Isle of Skye over a route that is truly spectacular, involving a rich blend of coastal walking and trekking through the famous Cuillin Mountains. Our popular package takes you to the best parts of this magical island, and offers you a variety of routes to choose from on your final day of walking. A moderate walk, the Isle of Skye Spectacular is a great way to test your walking and navigational skills in a breathtaking and truly unique environment.

Chosen as one of the best islands in Britain by The Telegraph, the heritage of Skye exists in the landscape, from the dinosaur footprints in the rocks at Staffin Bay in North Skye, to the Neolithic chambered cairns and stone circles scattered in the countryside, and up to the present day peat banks, still used by the local community.

Skye is shaped by national events such as the battles at Culloden and the resultant demise of the clan system and recognition of this living heritage is still held very strongly today enriching much of the highland spirit evident throughout the island.

Beginning at Ardvasar our Isle of Skye Spectacular will take you to the most southerly point at Sleat with its picturesque lighthouse and remote sandy bay before a truly wonderful coastline walk through Coille Dalavil and the Ancient Clan Donald ruins to Tarskavaig.

Continue from Broadford over remote Glasnakillie to overnight in Elgol before a dramatic walk alongside Loch Scavaig with views of Seal Island and the impressive Cuillin Mountains all around.

Complete this section with a walk in Glen Sligachan to end at the Sligachan Hotel where true Scottish Hospitality awaits in the form of a choice over 100 whiskeys before heading north to Portree where our walk then provides a number of options to suit every taste.

Skye offers a something for everyone, ranging from a visit to the Talisker Distillery at Carbost or the crystal clear water of the Fairy Pools on the River Brittle to the mighty Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing in the northern Trotternish Ridge. While these are just a few of the popular tourist destinations, more remote areas of the island provide spectacular views which are certainly not to be missed. This small island has an abundance of stunning landscapes and experiences on offer, with the Isle of Skye Spectacular providing the perfect opportunity to explore more of this stunning island.

Are you interested in exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye? Then fill out our enquiry form today. Our team would be delighted to hear from you.

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Isle of Skye Spectacular ~ 58.5 miles (94 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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Arrive in Armadale

The hamlet of Armadale is located on the Sleat Peninsula at the south end of the Isle of Skye and is known as Skye’s “back door”. It is here that the ferry from Mallaig arrives and it is worth knowing about “The Shed”. This tiny cafe close to the landward end of the pier offers a surprisingly wide range of good food and drink. Travel beyond the village itself and you find yourself passing on your left a white building with a castellated tower that was originally built as stables for Armadale Castle, and now serves as a restaurant for the Clan Donald Centre. The Clan Donald Centre is one of Skye’s best visitor attractions and comprises two main elements in addition to the old stables. Armadale Castle Gardens are 40 acres of gardens surrounding the ruins of Armadale Castle. Within the gardens is the magnificent Museum of the Isles, purpose built in 2002 and size-for-size the best museum in Scotland.

Overnight in Ardvasar.

From the ferry port, follow signs for Sleat. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk to your accommodation in Ardvasar. Overnight in Ardvasar.

Ardvasar to Point of Sleat return (12 miles / 19 km)

Trek south to the southern tip of Skye and the Point of Sleat with views across open water to the Scottish Mainland. Stop for lunch at the Point of Sleat with picturesque lighthouse and remote sandy bay. Return by same route ascending over low hills and with views of the magnificent Cuillins.

Overnight Ardvasar

Ardvasar to Tarskavaig (10 miles / 16 km)

From Ardvasar walk out on tarmac road towards Broadford before turning at Kilbeg to head due west on to Tarskavaig. At a point a further mile and a half along this road encounter a track on your left hand side (with barrier across the way) that leads down into Coille Dalavil woodland and then levels out on a westerly heading into easy walking past Ancient Clan Donald ruins and on through mixed fir and birch before reaching the coastline and heading north to end at Tarskavaig.

Note - Only experienced walkers with good fitness should continue beyond the coastline point as there is no defined path (only sheep tracks) towards the north and the underfoot can be difficult especially when traversing gullies (three) with running water. Less experienced walkers can head back through Coille Dalavil to the track start point off the main road and walk on to the beach at Achnacloich and Tarskavaig to enjoy the remote setting and wonderful views to the islands of Eigg and Rum.

From Tarskavaig your pre-booked private taxi transfer will take you to the town of Broadford, where there is a selection of restaurants to choose from for your evening meal.

Overnight Broadford

Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles / 19 km)

This morning take a private taxi transfer to Elgol. At no extra charge, you can ask the driver to stop off at Glasnakillie Peninsula overlooking Loch Slapin, to walk the additional 3 km over to Elgol, if time permits.

Begin the dramatic walk alongside Loch Scavaig with the impressive Black Cuillin Mountains to the west. The underfoot is on mainly good track with spectacular views all around before reaching Loch Coruisk before descending into Glen Sligachan to end at the iconic Sligachan Hotel. A recommended optional extra is to take the Bella Jane boat trip from Elgol across Loch Scavaig with a hillside ascent to meet up with the track leading through the Cuillins and onwards to Sligachan. It is best to book this boat trip in advance by phone or email. On arrival in Sligachan, telephone to request your pre-arranged transfer to Portree.

Overnight Portree

Walk from Portree (Various distances)

Today and tomorrow you are at leisure to choose your own walk from the guidebook provided. You are based in Portree for 2 full days and can take the early morning public bus to many parts of the island. Some of our favourite choices are:

1 – Return by public bus to Sligachan and enjoy an easy walk along the coastal path bordering Loch Sligachan before turning north through the small settlements of Ollach and Camastianevaig with the Isle of Raasay on your right before reaching Portree, the picturesque capital of Skye.

Distance 11.5 miles / 19 km

2 -The Old Man of Storr – for an unforgettable end to your walk on Skye take the morning bus north on the main A865 road and climb up Storr in the Trotternish Ridge for the iconic view over the island to the east and south.

Distance 2.5 miles / 3.8 km

3 – Alternatively try the Quiraing walk, which is a 2 hour loop, returning you to the same point (the carpark) just off the main A865 road at Staffin, 10 miles north of Storr. This is still part of Trotternish and can also be accessed on a single track road from Uig on the west coast. Overall this is a more demanding walk and care should be taken.

Distance 4.25 miles / 6.8 km

5 – The Fairy Pools and Talisker Distillery

Located towards the south–west of Portree take an early morning public bus to Carbost before walking on road (B8009) to the crystal clear water of the Fairy Pools on the River Brittle. Spend some time among the waterfalls and pools (swimming is possible in summer) before walking back through Glen Brittle north to Carbost and visiting the Talisker Distillery (Guided Tour £10.00 per person, which we will book in advance) before taking the late afternoon bus back to Portree to end a fantastic day.

Distance 5.2 miles / 8.4 km

Overnight Portree

Walk from Portree (Various distances)

Your second day based in Portree. See the day above for some suggested walking routes or pick your own from the guidebook provided.

Depart Portree

Depart Portree with a choice of destinations: Inverness, Fort William or Glasgow or extend a further night to explore more optional routes.

Fixed Price - £495 per person

Single supplement - On application

Included

  • 6 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfers - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Isle of Skye Guide Book
  • Taskavaig to Broadford transfer
  • Broadford to Elgol transfer
  • Sligachan to Portree transfer
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support
 

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance
   

Customise My Walk

 

There are a number of different walks to choose from on Days 5 and 6. With so much to see on the Isle of Skye, our different walks provide the opportunity to take in your choice of some of the stunning areas around the island. For those looking for a more challenging walk, the trek can be lengthened to allow mountain climbing if desired, based at Sligachan. Alternatively, we also have options if you are looking for a walking holiday with a less strenuous route. Please get in touch to speak to our team and find out more about how we can create a bespoke walking holiday just for you.

Stages and Distances
Ardvasar to Point of Sleat (and return)
12 miles - 19 km
Ardvasar to Tarskavaig
10 miles - 16 km
Elgol to Sligachan
12 miles - 19 km
Portree
VARIOUS
Portree
VARIOUS
Portree


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