Adventure of the Week: Walking in the Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is bursting with beauty. So much so that film crews have been flocking there for the last few years to use its stunning vistas as backdrops to their stories. This has encouraged more people to go and visit the island and consequently, means that it is tough to get beds on the island. Luckily, Macs Adventure has been working there for years, we have good friends who own accommodation and we have great allocation throughout the summer.
So, why not head up to this enchanted isle and explore off the beaten track to see what has made this Hollywood's favourite isle.
In a Nutshell: This trip follows the Skye Trail, taking you from Ardvassar in the South, up through the backroads and classic hiking trails of Skye, finishing up in Portree. It is a less strenuous version of the Skye Trail that will take you to parts of the island so quiet, you will think it has been created just for you.
Grade and Terrain: This trip has been rated Moderate to Strenuous. While it does have some long days and tough terrain, a lot of the difficulty came from the navigation. However, with Macs App this takes the edge off the navigation side. Although some of the route is on good paths and minor roads much of the route is on rough ground which can be wet underfoot and completely trackless in places.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip on a Monday start date.
In a Nutshell: This is the longer and more strenuous version of the above, which takes you right to the north of the glorious Trotternish Peninsula, walking the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Well worth the extra effort to walk in one of the most dramatic regions of Scotland.
Grade and Terrain: This trip has been rated Strenuous. While most of it is identical to the trip above, with long days and tough terrain, the extra strain comes from walking in the Trotternish Peninsula. However, with the App to guide you, exploring this region comes highly recommended.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip departing on a Monday or Tuesday.
In a Nutshell: Escape to the Isle of Skye on the perfect 4-night short break, including a magical steam train ride on the ’Hogwarts Express’, an expertly guided day trip taking in Skye’s mountains, rocky peninsulas, remote lochs and wild beaches, topped off with some great walking. The perfect way to explore the island in a short space of time.
Grade and Terrain: This trip is graded easy to moderate overall, although you will find some suggested walks more on the moderate end of the scale. The terrain may be rugged underfoot with some hills but not too strenuous. Perfect for those with a relatively good level of fitness.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip starting on a Thursday, giving you the perfect long weekend.
In a Nutshell: This is a Drive and Hike tour, taking in the best of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. If you are looking to see a ton of natural Scottish beauty, get a little off the beaten track and enjoy some spectacular walks, this is the trip for you.
Grade and Terrain: This route is graded easy to moderate. Daily walks are between 3 and 7 hours and you have a choice of easier and harder walks on most days so you can do as much or as little as you please. Most of the walks follow good footpaths or tracks but occasionally the paths in more remote areas can be very boggy and indistinct.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip starting on a Tuesday or Wednesday, giving you the weekend in Portree in Skye.
In a Nutshell: A mixture of rail travel and private transfers gets you out exploring Skye and then takes you beyond, into the rugged tranquillity of the Outer Hebrides. This trip gives you an insight into Scottish Island life as well as showcasing some of the finest scenery in the country.
Grade and Terrain: The walks on this trip are graded moderate. Some of the trails will be rough and potentially rather boggy underfoot, so you should be prepared for this.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip starting every Wednesday and Thursday.
In a Nutshell: Ride the iconic West Highland Line on the Jacobite steam train, the ’Hogwarts Express’, as well as the as North Highland Line, one of Britain’s most remote and spectacular, between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh, the gateway to Skye. What’s more, you’ve some rewarding hikes included, as well as time to explore castles, ancient battlefields, Loch Ness, distilleries and centuries-old Highland estates.
Grade and Terrain: This trip is graded easy to moderate and includes daily walks of up to 12 miles. The terrain may be rugged underfoot with some hills but not too strenuous. You should enjoy a good level of fitness to make the most of this trip.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip starting every Tuesday and Wednesday.
In a Nutshell: If you have the legs for it, this is an incredible way to see the Isle of Skye. Dipping in and out of quiet backroads, you will experience the entirety of the island, stopping off in villages where not many tourists venture, but that are beautiful and rewarding.
Grade and Terrain: This cycling holiday is graded moderate to strenuous because a couple of the longer days involve plenty of climbing so the trip is slightly more demanding than the relatively modest distances might indicate. Most of the route is on fairly quiet roads, the exception being the section between Broadford and Portree which can be busy in the summer.
Availability: From 5 July - 1 Sep 2019 we can guarantee this trip starting every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you have any questions about exploring Skye, don't hesitate to contact us.