Isle of Skye 

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

A wonderful trek around the magical Isle of Skye over routes that are truly spectacular, involving a rich blend of coastal paths and high level passes through the ancient Cuillin Mountains.

The EasyWays Skye Tour takes you to the best parts of this beautiful island offering a variation on choice of routes on the island to suit all tastes and expectations.

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 around the countryside.

The Skye of today is shaped by historic events leading from the 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.

Our base for the tour is first located In Broadford where we explore the south and west of the island beginning at Ardvasar walking down to the most southerly point at Sleat with its picturesque lighthouse and remote sandy bay before we encounter  remote Glasnakillie and Elgol and a dramatic walk alongside Loch Scavaig with views of Seal Island and the impressive Cuillin Mountains all around.

We offer an option here to cross Loch Scavaig by small ferry is offered to reduce the walk distance.

Our walk is completed by a decent into Glen Sligachan to end at the Sligachan Hotel where true Scottish Hospitality awaits in the form of a choice over 100 whiskies.

Our tour continues when we move on to the main town of Portree to discover the crystal clear water of the Fairy Pools on the River Brittle with time set aside for a visit to the Talisker Distillery at Carbost and the mighty Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing in the northern Trotternish Ridge.

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

Easyways Suggested Itinerary

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Arrive in Broadford

The town of Broadford is located on the eastern side of the island and is connected to mainland Scotland from the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh or by express bus or ferry (departing Mallaig – arriving Ardvasar) using the local public bus service. 

Overnight Broadford

Kilbeg to Coille Dalavil (19 miles / 31 km)

This morning take the public bus from Broadford south to KIlbeg and walk the 1.8 mile road toward Tarskavaig before turning left to head down into the secluded woodland of Coille Dalavil.

The path levels out on a westerly heading into easy walking past Ancient Clan Donald ruins and on through mixed fir and birch trees to reach the western coastline with wonderful views to the islands of Eigg and Rum.

Note –  this is a 19 mile return route therefore walkers should ensure progress into Coille Dalavil is mindful of distance to match their physical capabilities.

Return late afternoon by public bus.

 Overnight Broadford

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

Today our walk is from Ardvasar to the Point of Sleat at the south of the island.  It is here that the ferry from Mallaig arrives and it is worth knowing about “The Shed” a tiny cafe close to the landward end of the pier offers a surprisingly wide range of good food and drink.

From the ferry port, follow signs for Sleat and trek over flat terrain to the southern tip of Skye with views across open water to the mainland. Stop for lunch at the Point of Sleat with its picturesque lighthouse and remote sandy bay. Return by same route ascending over low hills and with views of the magnificent Cuillins.

Overnight Broadford

Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles / 19 km)

This morning take the early public bus to Elgol. Ask the driver to stop off at Glasnakillie Peninsula overlooking Loch Slapin, to walk the additional 3 km over to Elgol, if time permits before beginning a 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.

An 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 to continue your tour in the north of the island.

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 – £645 per person

Single supplement – On request

What’s included?

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (3 nights Broadford / 3 nights Portree)
  • En-suite rooms with full Scottish Breakfast
  • Sligachan to Portree private transfer (including baggage pick up from Broadford)
  • Isle of Skye Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

STAGES & 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

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