May through October
1-12, solo travelers welcome
Beginner to intermediate
Hike through history and jaw-dropping scenery
Isle of Skye’s bizarre spires, pinnacles, and mountains clad in clouds, look like stills from a fantasy movie. Miles of scenic trails spread across secret valleys where fairies are said to live, breathtaking coastal walks featuring bustling sea life and picturesque towns — get your lungs going, listen to a guide tell you about the island’s history, and escape reality for a week on this mythical hiking adventure on Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye Hiking Tour
Your escape from reality starts in the historic Uiginish Lodge, where you can relax with a cup of tea or admire the neighbouring castle Dunvegan. These seven days are completely customizable to your group. Depending on your skill level and objectives, as well as the mercy of the weather, you’ll decide which trails are of most interest. Leisurely coastal walks with sea otters splashing around? Seeing the iconic Old Man of Storr, or wandering around on landslides with gravity-defying spires above you? Skye never disappoints.
This week-long trip is designed to work up a sweat just enough so you’re challenged, but not distracted from the out-of-this-world landscapes. Take your pick from all stars like Quiraing — a landslide where you’d expect to see an elf, a dwarf and a hobbit on a quest. MacLeod’s Maidens are staggering rock formations sure to amaze you. The historic sites along these hikes are also incredible, like the Trumpan Church, home to the 1578 clan war between the McLeods and MacDonalds. After hours of exploring unreal and diverse scenery, have a cuppa with your crew and rest in a lodge from the 18th century.
Things you need to know
Why should I book with 57hours?
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Why should I go hiking?
Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Isle of Skye’s striking terrain and experience the island’s storied and rich history. There are many car parks on Skye, but why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window? Even the shortest walks promise unimaginable vistas you’ll be glad you packed a camera for.
This is what you’ll get on this adventure:
- An experienced guide with knowledge of the area
- Transportation throughout the adventure
- Accommodation in the lodge
- Breakfasts, packed lunches for walk days, and three evening meals in the lodge
- Optional free collection from Glasgow
- Four evening meals in local restaurants and pubs
- Optional extra tours and excursions
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Isle of Skye’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will transport you to and from the destination. Isle of Skye also has notoriously fickle weather, but your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Hiking boots
- Spare warm clothes
- Compass & map
- Toiletries (sunscreen, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
- High quality sunglasses
- Head lantern
- Trekking poles
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What’s the itinerary?
First, you’ll be picked up from Glasgow. From there, you’ll drive out to Dunvegan and settle in at the historic Uiginish Lodge. Spend your afternoon admiring the nearby loch and castle, with a cup of tea in your hand. In the evening, you’ll brief with your guide and prepare dinner. This is where you’ll be resting from days spent hiking and touring the Isle of Skye.
Every evening, your group and guide will make plans for the following day. After a filling breakfast, with bagged lunches packed, you’ll venture out to one of Skye’s many stunning trails. If the weather hasn’t changed your plans, you hike the trail of your choice, take photos and explore the town, before returning to the lodge. On the last day of your adventure, the guide will take you back to Glasgow.
How fit do I need to be?
This trip is catered to beginners and requires no experience. If you’re in good shape and hike regularly, you’ll have no problem completing all of the treks. That said, even the longer walks barely feel like exercise, stunning vistas around you will capture all of your attention. The entire experience depends on the group’s fitness levels and is entirely customizable.
What is the minimum age requirement?
You need to be over 18 for this adventure.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Groups usually consist of 1 to 12 people per guide. Let us know prior to booking if you’re traveling with a larger party. All pricing is per person.
What about bad weather?
Isle of Skye is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The guides here have a saying, “In the evening, you plan your trip. Come morning, move on to plan B, and by the time you finished your breakfast — you’re on plan C.” But, no matter what the weather decides to cook up, your guide has many treks up his sleeve. Rest assured, they’ll know the correct course of action to take, whether that’s exploring another trail or having a look around the island’s many shops and galleries.
Do I need an insurance policy?
It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere and we recommend insurance to avoid paying out of pocket for costly medical expenses. And as we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to have cancellation insurance that also covers lost baggage. It’s tried and tested and it works.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
The meeting location is Glasgow. From there, you’ll be transferred to Uiginish Lodge, your accommodation in Dunvegan, where you’ll begin your 7-day adventure.