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Skye & The Outer Hebrides

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  • A car-free trip with classic linear walks on Skye and the Outer Hebrides
  • Skye’s brooding Cuillin Ridge and rocky Trotternish Peninsula
  • Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris - one of Scotland’s most beautiful
  • Traverse the 37 km long ‘Harris Walkway’ over remote moorland and machair
  • A warm island welcome at hand-picked B&B's and guesthouses
The Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis combine on this rewarding car-free week of classic point-to-point walks. Spend 4 nights discovering quiet trails and the iconic Old Man of Storr walk on the dramatic Isle of Skye. The adventure continues as you sail to Tarbert for a 3 night stay on Hebridean isles of Harris & Lewis. From Scotland's most northerly city of Inverness enjoy one of the country's most scenic rail journeys to the Isle of Skye. Discover lesser-known routes taking in the highlights of the Skye Trail as you make your way towards the colourful harbour town of Portree. Leave bustling Portree and the rock pinnacles of the Trotternish Ridge behind for the remoteness of the Outer Hebridean archipelago. Explore Harris and Lewis on foot; from the beautiful white sands of Luskentyre, to the solitude of windswept moorland and mountains on the Harris Walkway.

What To Expect

Travelling by train, ferry and local bus, this tour is perfect for those with a sense of adventure and a taste for the wilder and distant corners of the British Isles. You’ll experience much-loved Skye, before crossing by ferry to the Outer Hebrides. By day let a sense of tranquillity wash over you as you explore peaceful lochs, glens and mountains, and by night stay enjoy the warm ambience of cosy B&Bs and friendly guesthouses.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

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Grade & Terrain

As all walks are self-guided, you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. The walks are graded moderate. Some of the trails will be rough and potentially rather boggy underfoot, so you should be prepared for this. The longest walk is on day 6 although this can be shortened by public transport.

Navigation

The majority of the walks suggested on this trip are not waymarked and so you need to be able to navigate with a compass and map. We supply you with maps and route notes (along with digital maps and GPX tracks) in our free Macs Adventure smartphone app so you can easily find your way.

Accommodation Information

We carefully select small and friendly accommodation that offers great value, food and welcomes, 7 nights accommodation is included. these are mainly B&B’s or guesthouses and maybe one or two small hotels, of a 3-star standard. These are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.  

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable. This tour is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively you can stop at local shops and occasional convenient lunch stops on the way (some walks may be very remote however). Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

Included
  • 7 Nights in B&B’s and guesthouses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Train travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Ferry from Uig to Tarbert
  • Baggage transfers
  • Information pack, map, and access to route notes, GPX tracks and maps via the Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Inverness / from Stornoway
  • Optional guided tour of Skye (from Portree)
  • Local bus transportation mentioned in the itinerary (payable locally only)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Optional guided tour of Skye (from Portree)

When To Go

This trip is available between April and October.  You can start this trip on any day of the week, but please note that some public transport services are limited on Sundays. We recommend checking all timetables and planning ahead to ensure a smooth jounrey. The Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh train on day 1 only runs once on Sundays, and the local Stagecoach bus on Skye from Portree to The Old Man of Storr does not operate on Sundays but local taxis can be used as an easy alternative.  

Weather and Climate

The weather in Scotland is variable all year round, but generally speaking May and September are the driest months. In mid-late October the weather will begin to cool significantly, but with the appropriate clothing these make for pleasant walking temperatures. "Summer" temperatures on the island vary between around 10-22 degrees celsius, but even in the height of summer it's best to prepare for all seasons. 

Getting to the Start

By Air: The closest airport to the start of this tour is Inverness. An airport shuttle bus operates regularly to the city centre (approx. 30 mins) or a taxi to Inverness train station is approx. 15 mins. Further information will be detailed in your pre-departure information pack.  

By Train: Inverness has good rail links and you can travel by direct train from Glasgow (3h15) or Edinburgh (3h20) to Inverness.

Scottish Citylink also operates a bus service from Glasgow via Fort William to Broadford, or from Inverness via Loch Ness to Broadford.

Getting from the End

By Air: Flybe operates from Stornoway to various airports in the UK and Europe.

By Ferry and Bus: Alternatively, you can take the Calmac ferry across The Minch to Ullapool (2h30), then connect to enjoy a scenic bus journey (1h20) back to Inverness.

The website www.travelinescotland.com is fantastic for researching train and bus timetables throughout Scotland. Your pre-departure information pack will also have handy hints and tips about journeys and transport services.

Baggage Transfer

On Day 3 (Broadford to Portree) and Day 7 (Tarbert to Stornoway) your luggage will be transferred between accommodations.  When travelling with public transport, you take your luggage with you. Please limit your baggage to 1 bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 

Local Transport

Buses and local transportation are used for access to/from some walks, alongside our pre-arranged taxi transfers. On Skye there are limited services on Saturdays, and often no service on Sundays (so a taxi will be needed—we can arrange this for you at a supplement). We give you information regarding the latest timetables but you should always check locally regarding the most current information.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 By train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, bus to Skye Day 2 Lost Villages walk to Broadford 11 miles / 17 km Day 3 Walk from Kilmarie to Sligachan 11 miles / 17 km Day 4 The Storr, a choice of coastal walks to Portree or optional guided Skye tour 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Transfer to Uig, ferry to Tarbert (Harris), North Harris Eagle Observatory 3 miles / 5 km Day 6 Luskentyre Beach & Harris Walkway to Tarbert 15 miles / 23.5 km Day 7 Harris Walkway to Scaladale, transfer to Stornoway 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 8 Onward travel

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