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Active Tours on the Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is brimming with rugged landscapes that have inspired myth and legend over centuries; towering spires of rock, beautiful beaches and ancient castles combine to create a hiking and biking haven. Discover the incredible landscapes of Scotland's most popular island on one of our walking or cycling tours. The terrain can be challenging, but our trips are clearly graded to make sure you know what to expect, and warm hospitality tops off a rewarding day on foot or by bike.

Macs Adventure has been running tours on the Isle of Skye since 2009 so you can depend on us to provide amazing experiences with wonderful memories for years to come. Enjoy overnights in hand-picked accommodations, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage is transferred ahead of you. As well as our classic hiking and biking tours you can also choose from Rail & Hike, Drive & Hike and In Style experiences.

If you are seeking out Skye's lesser trod trails to get away from it all, our A Long Walk on The Isle of Skye trip, or its less challenging variation Across the Isle of Skye are best and take in the highlights of the Skye Trail. To experience the very best Skye and the Highlands then our Luxury Highlands & Isle of Skye: Rail & Hike trip is the one for you. Alternatively, to immerse yourself in island life on a shorter timescale we recommend our Skye Highs Short Break or Best of Skye In Style. If exploring on two wheels is more your style then Cycling on The Isle of Skye is the biking trip for you, and with optional e-bikes there's no need to let the undulating terrain stop you!

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  • The perfect Isle of Skye tour for you
    The perfect Isle of Skye tour for you

    Unsure what Skye itinerary is the best choice for you? We are here to help! We have compiled a brief round-up of our Skye trips to help you decide which itinerary is the perfect fit for you. If you would like more detailed advice don't hesitate to contact our knowledgeable specialists. 

    Best for ...

    Enthusiastic walkers 

    • A Long Walk on The Isle of Skye - a challenging yet rewarding itinerary on The Skye Trail, traversing the entire length of the island, best suited to experienced walkers. 
    • Across The Isle of Skye - walk from the island's south coast to the harbour town of Portree, taking in sections of The Skye Trail, perfect for the seasoned hiker. 
    • Skye & The Outer Hebrides - hike highlights of The Skye Trail combined with a journey to Harris and Lewis to walk the incredibly scenic and remote Harris Walkway.

     

    Cyclists

    • Cycling The Isle of Skye - explore Skye from the saddle on rolling country roads; from the island's remote west coast to iconic Sligachan, Dunvegan Castle and the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula. Our knowledgeable bike hire supplier can provide hybrid, road or e-bikes. 

     

    Seeing it all

    • Highlands & Isle of Skye: Rail & Hike - a classic week-long journey of discovery with shorter optional walks between scenic rail and ferry travel; explore Edinburgh, the forests of Perthshire, Inverness, the dramatic landscapes of Skye and Highland glens. 
    • Skye, Outer Hebrides and NW Highlands: Drive & Hike - from Inverness, drive to Skye to take in the highlights before travelling to the Outer Hebrides (look out for sea eagles) wander white-sand beaches and visit the famous Callanish standing stone circle before returning to the mainland to hike in the spectacular NW Highlands. 

     

    Short breaks 

    • Skye Highs Short Break - in just 5 days immerse yourself in the rugged landscapes of Skye by day, and by night overnight in the colourful harbour town of Portree topped off with an iconic railway journey over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. 

     

    A touch of luxury

    • Luxury Highlands & Isle of Skye: Rail & Hike - with all the same great walks as our week-long classic itinerary but overnighting in 4 and 5* Highland castle hotels, plush lodges and boutique accommodations with some delicious included meals and a private guided tour of Skye. 
    • Best of Skye In Style - this short break begins in Glasgow with a world-class rail journey to Skye, includes a private guided tour of Skye, our favourite walks on the island and stays in stylish 4* country houses and small hotels. 
  • Top 10 things to do on Skye
    Top 10 things to do on Skye

    1) Sample a bottle of ale from the Cuillin Brewery in the Sligachan Hotel after a spectacular day on the trail. 

    2) Wander around the Old Man of Storr rock pillar with amazing views to the mainland. 

    3) Explore the ruined castle and gardens at Armadale, home of clan MacDonald, on the southerly Sleat Peninsula.

    4) Try local fish & chips followed by live music in a Portree pub. 

    5) Visit Neist Point lighthouse, the most westerly point on the island, for that edge of the world feeling atop steep cliffs. 

    6) Enjoy a tour of Skye's oldest distillery - Talisker - accompanied by a dram or two. 

    7) Seek out a magical encounter as you take a short stroll in the Fairy Glen, or visit Glenbrittle's waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools. 

    8) Experience a wildlife watching boat trip from Portree, or Elgol, and look out for seals, sea eagles and dolphins. 

    9) Hike the Trotternish Ridge in the island's NW and experience the curious rock formations of the Quiraing for yourself.

    10) Take in some of the island's culture; visit the Skye Museum of Island Life, the fossil museum at Staffin (known for dinosaurs) or the quirky Giant Angus MacAskill Museum. 

  • Most Frequently Asked Questions about Skye
    Most Frequently Asked Questions about Skye

    Q: How fit do I need to be?

    A: We offer a variety of itineraries on Skye, so whilst some of the walking on Skye is challenging, you should be able to find an option to suit you. If you aren't an experienced walker, you may want to consider our Skye Highs Short Break which is graded as easy-moderate (with some walks more on the moderate end of the scale). If you are an experienced walker then our A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye trip, our most challenging walking holiday in Scotland, could be the one for you and requires a very good level of hill fitness. Whichever trip you choose, you should expect to sometimes be following indistinct trails across sometimes boggy, remote, and rough ground. 

    Q: Do I need to be able to navigate? Will I need a map and compass?

    A: Generally we do recommend this for Skye. The itineraries vary greatly in difficulty, some are challenging and require experience navigating pathless terrain with a map and compass to back-up our handy, free Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app with maps, GPS tracks and route notes, while other trails are more easy-going with some minimal way-marking. Make sure to check out the route information for your specific trip before booking to ensure you have a great time on your holiday. 

    Q: What is the best time of year to visit Skye?

    A: Typically the best months for walking in the Highlands are May and September when the midges aren't a problems, the temperatures are ideal for walking and daily rainfall tends to be at its lowest. However, the walking season extends from April through to October. Skye is busiest with tourists and sightseers in the height of summer, but once you leave the honeypots you'll be able to find solitude on the trail passing just the occasional fellow-hiker. 

    Q: What about the midges?

    A: Ah, the dreaded midges! Midges are small biting insects (much like North American gnats), which can be prevalent in the summer months. They are particularly bad on still, overcast days but do not bother you if you are moving, the wind is blowing, sun is shining, it’s raining, or you are inside so as long as you carry repellent for the odd occasion you may need it they shouldn’t have any impact on your experience.

    Q: What's the foodie scene like on Skye?

    A: In a word, varied ... from simple fish & chips sitting at Portree harbour, to intimate Michelin-listed dining experiences, to plush country house hotels, and casual restaurants serving fresh seafood and local venison. If you have something particular in mind it's best to book ahead especially during the busier summer months. 

  • Rail & Hike to Skye

    Caroline takes a Caroline takes a Rail & Hike trip to Skye, enjoying the Jacobite railway and walking in the hiker's paradise of Skye. Watch her video to as she experiences the Scottish Highlands by train and on foot, taking in some of the best scenic rail journeys in the world.

  • Biking on the Isle of Skye

    Gain a new perspective on the iconic Isle of Skye from the saddle. Cycling on The Isle of Skye is a magnificent experience and truly captures the essence of this wild, beautiful island.

  • Across the Isle of Skye

    The Isle of Skye is a magnificent and majestic place to visit, but to truly discover the island, the best way is to walk its hidden paths. On our Across the Isle of Skye trip, walk from Ardvasar, where the ferry arrives on the island's southern shores, to Portree near the Trotternish Peninsula in the north.  

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