Torridon, Lochalsh & Skye
5 days / 4 nights ‘Trip & Trek’ based in one B&B
Cost: £790pp based on two sharing a room, subject to availability and includes B&B accommodation and Skye ferry . Excludes meals (other than breakfasts) and drinks
The trip starts from Edinburgh and takes us to Dunkeld, a historic and picturesque gateway to the Highlands where we’ll stretch our legs around its quaint streets and visit the Cathedral. After lunch, we’ll walk to a low, unfrequented hilltop for a wonderful view of the Cairngorm Mountains with the Caledonian pine forest spreading around their base. Past Inverness, we’ll be heading west to the rising grandeur of its rugged hills, reaching our accommodation via the stunning Glen Torridon.
The B&B has been especially selected for its wonderful location, right beside the waters of the sea loch, and for its genuine warm welcome and comfort. This is truly a place to find rest with opportunities to wander through the nearby pine forests and to a loch.
The order of outings will be determined by the weather but will be include the following:
A day trip to Skye, seeing the Cuillin Hills, walking out to Neist point with its impressive sea cliffs and lighthouse, looking out to the Outer Hebrides that can be seen in clear visibility. Our trip will take us over the impressive hill ridge of the northern Trotternish Peninsula with a walking possibility to the towering pinnacle named the Old Man of Storr and down to the colourful island capital of Portree. Our excursion will conclude with using the old ferry crossing to Glenelg where we’ll visit the two brochs (Iron-Age towers) in the solitude of a hill glen.
A journey around the Applecross peninsula, over the famous Pass of the Cattle, Britain’s highest road pass, with the possibility to summit a hill to take in its expansive views. A visit to a rustic cafe serving fresh, organic produce from the surrounding walled garden makes for a peaceful location, with options too for woodland walks. For something more invigorating, a stroll along one of the sandy beaches with dominating views of the isles of Rona, Raasay and Skye will lift your spirits.
A half day trip to summit a hill just over 900m starting from sea level, will give a huge sense of achievement. Given a high cloud base, there are fantastic views over the impressive Torridon region. There is a lazy option to enjoy the peace of the B&B or stay close to the inn for strolls and coffees, or tour around our local village of Shieldaig.
A trip up the shores of my favourite Scottish loch - Maree, with dramatic tales of druids, Vikings and an early Christian saint. There’s an option to take a boat trip to visit Loch Maree’s islands or walk around the impressive and tranquil oasis of the Inverewe gardens (neither are included in the cost). Lots of local walks to choose from to waterfalls and the peaceful Flowerdale which presents a much gentler environment from the rugged grandeur of coast and mountain. Evening meal out in a pub renown for its seafood.
Our homeward journey will be via Kintail to Fort William where we’ll take a picnic lunch on a walk up the Alpine like Glen Nevis at the foot of the mountain of its name. Edinburgh will be reached in the evening of the 5th day after travelling through Glen Coe and the edge of the Trossachs.