Isle of Skye Experience

Departs Glasgow    

Cost: From £538 with discounts for groups of 3 or more (see 'Buy' tab). includes all ferries but excludes accommodation and meals

 

A journey to Skye via the Drumochter pass and along the dramatic Road to the Isles, taking in the scenic history of the region by way of castles and ancient brochs. Our walks on Skye will bring us to some of the best dramatic mountain scenery along lesser challenging trails. Our road journey circumnavigates most of the island ensuring we see charming ports and rugged coastlines against a backdrop of misty hills and moody seas. The return route is via the mainland’s west coast, seeing a good extent of this part of the Highlands.

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Departs Glasgow 9am.     

Cost: £538 with discounts for groups of 3 or more. Includes all ferries but excludes accommodation and meals

DAY 1:  

Taking the scenic route up the length of Loch Lomond and through Glen Coe to Fort William where you can see Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain. Continuing through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus.

Time for some photos of Loch Ness and of the pleasure boats travelling through the series of lock chambers of the Caledonian Canal

Lunch in Fort Augustus

Continue up the Great Glen along the shores of Loch Ness.

Enjoy the panoramic Road to the Isles, down through Glen Shiel with its high and steep sided mountains flanked by the Five sisters of Kintail.

Afternoon visit to Eilean Donan castle, used as a setting on films and many a calendar.

Over the hill pass to visit on foot the impressively preserved brochs of Glenelg. Grading: Easy walk along road then over grass to visit the two brochs. Distance: 1km. Height 20m

Take up evening accommodation in Glenelg.

Enjoy the pub ambience of an inn full of character.

 

DAY 2  South Skye

Take the ferry over the sea to Skye.

Taking the lesser travelled road to Elgol, seeing the spectacular Cuillin peak of Blaven with its sheer towers and buttresses.

Morning coffee, option of boat trip to Loch Coruisk at the road end; or for those who prefer, a walk along a hill track to a pass with a view of the Cuillin Hills. Grading: Easy. Distance: 4kms. Height: 160m.

Travel down the ‘garden’ peninsula of Armadale to the castle and gardens of the most prominent Clan Donald, to tour the museum for an understanding of the one-time greatness of the Lord of the Isles in Scottish history.

Alternative to visiting the museum is a walk through the attractive woodlands of the castle grounds. Grading: Easy

Returning up the Sleat peninsula, we’ll pass over the hills to its northern shorelines where there are fine views of the Cuillin Hills in clear weather.

Walk to Dun Sciath Castle from Tokavaig. Grading: Easy. Distance: 1.5kms  Height: 14m

Return to Glenelg to the same accommodation.

                             

DAY 3   North Skye

Take the Skye ferry.

Travel up to Sligachan for great photo opportunities if the Cuillin Hills are clear. Don’t worry if they’re not as there will be another opportunity later in the day.

On to Dunvegan Castle to either walk the ‘hidden oasis’ of its most attractive gardens; or to take a boat trip out into the sea loch to see the seals

On to Edinbane for a pub lunch in an attractive village inn.

Travel onto Trotternish, the northernmost of Skye’s peninsulas, to walk up part of the ridge from the pass to see dramatic, sheer landscapes. Grading: Moderate to difficult on steep hill paths and sections off path through the heather Distance 7kms. Height: 340m

Portree for a coffee or saunter above the harbour for some lovely photo opportunities.

Travelling south via Sligachan and over the Skye bridge, pass Eilean Donan and back to Glenelg

 

DAY 4

We’ll take the scenic route through Glen Garry and on to Fort William

Walk up Glen Nevis for a picnic lunch to see a spectacular gorge and waterfalls. Grading: Moderate but the path is rough over wet slabs in parts with big drops. Distance: 3.5kms. Height: 220m

Southwards along the tidal Loch Linnhe to lunch at a café with a lovely view down upon Castle Stalker.

On to Port Appin for a walk around the headland with fine views of the isles of Lismore and Mull. Grading: Easy. Distance: 2.5kms. Height gained: 70m

Drive south along the coast and then inland around the foot of Ben Cruachan and a stop for a walk to Castle Kilchurn. Grading: Easy. Distance 2kms. Height gained: 10m

Tour ends with a drive down the entire length of Loch Lomond for late afternoon/evening drop-offs in Glasgow.

 

COST: £538 per person with discounts for groups of 3 or more. Includes all ferries but excludes accommodation and food/drink. Accommodation will be booked by us in a good standard of B&B or inn and will be paid by you direct to the provider. As it will depend upon availability at the time of booking, accommodation prices vary and so we recommend you budget around £95/night for 2 people sharing a room. Single supplements are available, but these vary widely from between £50-85 per person. We will quote you the exact amount once we've made a provisional enquiry with the accommodation provider.