The western seaboard of the Scottish Highlands offers a great range of diverse landscapes for superb hiking between mountains and the sea surrounded by white beaches, green islands, peaks and waterfalls – a trip for those with a taste for wilderness and adventure and an appetite for Scotland’s cultural delights.
Spotting seals, otters, eagles and a multitude of seabirds is very much part of any outdoor experience in Scotland as is strolling on a white beach, exploring a romantic castle and discovering evidence of past lives where you least expect. Unwind in the expanse of natural wilderness, enjoy delicious and scenic picnics and a ‘wee blether’ with the locals in the pub at the end of the day!
Accommodation in the Highlands & Isle of Skye
This holiday offers 2 different locations: the scattered settlement of Shiel Bridge at the foot of the Kintail mountains and the small harbour town Uig in the northwest of Skye.
You will be enjoying comfortable, authentic and friendly hospitality in well tested small Hotels and guesthouses: the Kintail Lodge Hotel, The Old Inn (Skye), Plockton Inn. Food is an important part of any holiday and our clients are consistently delighted with the fresh, local and delicious fare offered on this trip.
We have, of course, included essentials such as a visit to a traditional whisky distillery, an evening or two in a lively west coast pub with Scottish music and delicious seafood to make your holiday complete.
Each night, We eat together at our cosy hotel restaurant where you can choose from a menu of locally sourced Scottish delicacies.
Walking in the Highlands & Isle of Skye
During this walking holiday we will walk through Kintail’s wide Highland valleys flanked by big mountains, along coastal paths with enormous views, passing impressive waterfalls and marveling at landscapes yellow with gorse in May and purple with heather in August. We will visit places such as the remote peninsula Glenelg with its mysterious 2000 year old towers, witness the immense scale of scapes offered on the Isle of Skye and enjoy warm hospitality in delightful coastal villages such as Plockton returning with a bag full of inspirational experiences and memories.
Highlands & Isle of Skye walking holiday itinerary
Day 1 – Journey through the Highlands
Following our departure from Glasgow Central Station (1 pm) and Glasgow Airport (1.30pm) you travel through some of the Highlands most scenic landscapes: along the shores of LochLomond, through dramatic Glen Coe, past Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis further and north west with wonderful views of lakes such as Loch Garry and Loch Cluanie. In Shiel Bridge, surrounded by the peaks of the Kintail mountains on the shore of Loch Duich we find our accommodation and hospitality for the next 3 days.
Day 2 – Hiking Glen Licht
An excellent first day’s walking in the wide river valley Gleann Licht: At the end of the valley you climb your first pass into the wide mountain scenery and admire an impressive (and refreshing) waterfall.
Day 3 – Remote Peninsula Glen Elg
A short but spectacular drive over the steep Ratagan Pass offering superb views of the neighbouring peninsula famous for its wild landscapes, Knoydart, as far as the craggy peaks of the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye. In the gentle hillside of Glen Elg we discover mysterious ruinous towers left to us by the Pictish people who inhabited Scotland 2000 years ago. Driving further along the wild coastline we arrive in the tiny and romantic village of Corran where our path takes us along a beautiful pebble beach, through heather and oak forests, always with magnificent views over to Skye and the lonely valleys of Knoydart and its big mountain, Labhar Bhein. To celebrate the day, we take a delicious cup of tea in Sheena’s wonderfully decorated hut.
Day 4 – Hiking into Glen Affric and the Isle of Skye
Steadily up and across a hopefully tamed river we head for Loch a’Bhealaich which opens up to famous Glen Affric, a world of waterfalls, lakes, mountains and wide valleys. In the afternoon we travel to the nearby very picturesque coastal town Plockton with its lovely pubs and pretty gardens en route to the Isle of Skye. We spend the next 2 nights on the Isle of Skye at The Old Inn, Carbost.
Day 5 – The Mighty Quiraing
One of Scotland’s most spectacular land cliffs provides a classic hill walk with stunning views of the impressive mountains of Torridon and the Western Isles. A birds eye view of pinnacles, lochs, moor, rock tables and cost, some of the features previous earth activity has shaped into an amazing landscape.
Day 6 – The Remote Coast of Boreraig and Suishnish
This atmospheric and wild hike takes us to the ‘cleared’ coast of 2 deserted and now ruined villages located in a stunningly beautiful coastal location with fabulous views of the islands Rum and Eig. The villages were forcibly cleared of their population in the 1850s to make way for sheep and the ruins left behind bear witness to a thriving community and, if you are interested, some fine examples of dry stone walling. Sitting on the rock plateau at Boreraig, this is a fantastic place to take in the sound of nature and watching for seabirds, dolphins and otters.
Day 7 – Return Journey via the famous Road to the Isles
After breakfast we begin our return journey to Glasgow: the ferry from Armadale takes us to the lively fishing town of Mallaig on the mainland, then we continue south along the spectacular ‘Road to the Isles’ with its sparkly white sandy beaches, a historic location at Glenfinnan and the famous rail viaduct which Harry Potter passes on his way to school.
Dates and Availability
28 July 2019 – 7 days/6 nights – £ 1295.- per person
15 September 2019 – 7 days/6 nights – £ 1295.- per person
The price is based on two people sharing twin or double room. Single supplement is available at the additional cost of £ 285.-
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