Road to the Isles
Guided Walking: Road to the Isles
One of our most popular trips from the past returns in its original form. The Road to the Isles guided walking trip from Loch Rannoch to the Isle of Skye, follows classic ancient droving trails to savour places like Loch Ossian and Glen Affric, using routes like the Lairig Leacach, Bealach an Sgairne and the Corrieyairack, before experiencing the haunting clearance villages of Boreraig and Suisnish.
Our wanderings take us through the heart of the Scottish highlands, through history and folklore, and areas still the haunt of eagles, deer and other wildlife. The first 2 days will see us skirting the edge of Rannoch Moor by time-honoured paths used by drovers and military men alike. We then cross the historic Corrieyairack Pass to reach the Great Glen. On through Glen Affric, that most romantic of highland glens, leading us to the sea at Kintail. The final leg of our Highland Journey takes us to the old ferry crossing and cattle swimming route at Glenelg, to the Isle of Skye for our last walk exploring the deserted clearance villages.
This tour takes place in some of the more remote and wilder areas of Scotland. Accommodation on two nights (1st & 4th) is at eco-friendly wilderness hostels where there is no road access. When staying at these hostels it will be necessary for you to carry essential overnight items and a share of food in your rucksack.
Your walking tour includes:
- Qualified walking leader
- Support manager
- 7 days walking
- 7 nights hostel accommodation
- Transport from and back to Stirling and daily as required
- All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 8
- VAT at the current rate
Road to the Isles brief itinerary:
Day 1: Meet in Stirling; drive to near Rannoch Station; walk to and stay at Loch Ossian; ~15km->/300m^.
Day 2: Walk to Coirechoille through the Lairig Leacach; ~20km->/425m^.
Day 3: Walk across the Corrieyairack Pass from Melgarve to near Fort Augustus; ~21km->/500m^.
Day 4: Walk from the road head beyond Cannich to Glen Affric hostel to spend the night there; ~15km->/100m^.
Day 5: Continue through Glen Affric, over the stunning Bealach an Sgairne to Morvich; ~13km->/330m^.
Day 6: Walk from Shielbridge, over the pass into Glenbeag; ~20km->/450m^. Cross the Glenelg ferry to the Isle of Skye.
Day 7: And finally walk down to the old clearance villages of Boreraig and Suisnish; ~13km->/450m^.
Day 8: Return to Stirling.
7 nights hostel accommodation in mostly single sex, small rooms.
Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 8.
On days 1-2 and 4-5 participants will be expected to carry a share of the ingredients for meals and help with their preparation.
Maps of the area & background reading
To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.
Books which you may find informative are:
Maps which you may find informative are:
- Landranger (41) Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe – Ordnance Survey
- Landranger (42) Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch – Ordnance Survey
- Landranger (25) Glen Carron & Glen Affric – Ordnance Survey
- Landranger (33) Lochalsh, Glen shiel & Loch Hourn – Ordnance Survey
- Landranger (32) South Skye & Cuillin Hills – Ordnance Survey
|14 – 21 May 2021||£1140||n/a|
|14 – 21 August 2021||£1140||n/a|
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