The Skye Trail
The Skye Trail, a new documentary by Cameron McNeish, will be broadcast on BBC 2 tonight (27th December 2010). Cameron believes:
"That this long walk has the potential to be the finest in the whole country"
I certainly can't argue with Cameron McNeish, Britain's best known walker, and was personally inspired by the landscapes of the Trotternish Peninsula and Black Cuillin in 2008 to add a long distance walk on the Isle of Skye to our programme. Following a week spent in Skye in June 2008, I put together two self-guided long distance walking holidays in Skye, " A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye" and "Across the Isle of Skye". Both walks run from South to North through the island of Skye (The opposite direction from Cameron McNeish's Sky Trail).
A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye follows most of The Skye Trail, but with an additional day of walking on the Sleat Peninsula as this means you experience all of Skye's landscapes and enjoy magnificent views of the Cuillins on your first day of walking. It is a tough walk and only suitable for experienced walkers as a self guided holiday. For that reason, and because of demand, we have added 3 guided departure dates for "A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye" in 2010 (1 May, 10 Jul, 11 Sep), this will open the route up to less experienced walkers and we look forward to sharing Skye wih more walkers in 2010.
Across the Isle of Skye skips the last two days of walking on the Trotternish Ridge, which can be very challenging. It is ideal for less experienced walkers, although you will still need map reading and compass skills. Both walking holidays have been tackled by a significant number of our clients in 2009 and like myself, all have fallen under the spell of the Isle of Skye. The feedback from both walks has been outstanding and I am so pleased that we have made it possible for more walkers to discover the landscapes and history of Skye.
Skye can be a difficult island to get to know. First impressions are of a bleak, barren and treeless landscape. It is only by walking the hills, peaks and glens of Skye that you grow to love the changing light, dramatic landscape and honest people that make the Isle of Skye such a special place. Due to huge demand, we will be offering "A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye", which follows the same route as "The Skye Trail", but in reverse and with an additional day on the Sleat Peninsula as a guided walking holiday in 2010. Our professional, friendly and fully qualified mountain leaders wil help you discover the hidden treasures, prolific wildlife and magnificent scenery of the Isle of Skye.
I hope that "The Skye Trail" by Cameron McNeish will inspire you to tackle a long distance walk on Skye soon and that the programme will continue to build momentum towards "The Skye Trail" becoming a recognised National Trail, as it is without a doubt Scotland's finest long distance walk. If you would like any further information on our self guided or guided long distance walking holidas on the Isle of Skye please don't hesitate to contact us.
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