Top three reasons to go hiking on the Isle of Skye
Discovers the Isle’s most popular sites off the beaten track
Spot white-tailed and golden eagles roaming amid rocky summits
Savor photo-worthy panoramas of rugged slopes, lush hills and hidden lochs
It’s not the dram or two of malt whisky deceiving you, hiking in the Isle of Skye offers inebriating views. Plastered among the Highlands of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides are some of the oldest rock formations on earth, including two of Skye’s most famous landmarks: the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. These geologic scars are the result of an ancient landslide that unveiled the Trotternish Ridge, a loaded landscape of jaggy pinnacles, rugged slopes, lush green hills and dusky lochs. While most visitors drink in these popular sites from their car, you’ll get up close to the area’s hidden canyons and ridges on these tours—away from the dry tourist routes.
Glasgow, UK, is 5 hours away
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Storr to Backdoor Hiking Tour
Explore the Old Man of Storr, the highest point of the island, on an 8-hour hiking tour led by your private guide. Embarking from the remote village of Peinaha, you’ll continue your long uphill walk to the Trotternish Ridge, where you’ll take in the best panoramic views of the peninsula. After hiking to two rocky peaks, the Hill of the Red Fox and Hartaval, you’ll arrive at one of the most recognizable parts of the Scottish wilderness—the Old Man himself, a jaggy outcrop overlooking the peninsula. After conquering the 800 meters of vertical ascent, you’ll admire the panorama and finish your 10-mile (16-kilometer) hike with a downhill walk.
Quiraing Hiking Tour
Spend your day exploring the iconic landslip that is Quiraing, hiking a remote landscape filled with vertical cliffs, vast plateaus and rock pinnacles. Starting from the northern tip of the island, the 10-mile (16-kilometers) tour continues towards the Table, a plateau encircled by vertical cliffs, after which you’ll climb past the hidden lochs and keep hiking towards Bioda Buide, from which you’ll take in all the best views of the peninsula. Last stop of your 650-meter vertical ascent is the Garden of the Gods, but you’ll also have a chance to admire Beinn Edra. Comfortably explore the island with your experienced and knowledgeable tour guide and finish the hiking tour by going downhill into Uig Bay.
Meet your guide
Skye Wilderness Safari
The Trotternish Ridge is a beauty. What a magnificent thing it is. The landslip has created some serious beauty and wonderment. What a great joy it is to visit the Isle of Skye. We did the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing and enjoyed the whole drive in between the two. A wonderful place to be.
It’s actually difficult to find the correct words to describe the natural beauty of the Trotternish Ridge! See it for yourself and you will understand!
Harry was our guide. I wish to carry on a bit about his guide services, but first, prior to our adventure, he was communicative, tracking on the weather beginning three or four days out, emailing alternatives, etc. long before we met up with him this AM. This is top-flight service. When we hiked with him today, he had altered our plans appropriately to have us returned safe and dry before powerful — but anticipated — winds and heavy rains had their say (yes, we experienced brief bursts of both). Throughout our hike and during the span of his services, Harry was unfailingly knowledgeable, interesting, interested, positive, supportive, and in every way committed to providing a safe, compelling, high-quality experience. We have taken many hikes over the years… some good, some less good. This surfaces as one of the very best, thanks in large measure to Harry’s outstanding leadership, his easy manner, and his winning personality. GREAT guide, well prepared; terrific experience, highest possible rating.
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Things to know
Covid measures in Scotland
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Scotland, please refer to the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 updates.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of hiking
- Transportation from the meeting point to the hiking trail and from the trail to the drop off point
What’s not included:
- Personal equipment
How fit do I need to be?
Isle of Skye hiking tours are moderately difficult, but it all depends on your hiking experience and fitness level. You need to be able to hike for a full day and walk through different terrains. There’s no need to be an Olympic athlete since you’ll move along the hiking trail at a comfortable pace, but keep in mind that you’ll be walking for around 10 miles (16 kilometers) over varied terrain and inclines. Please note that the Isle of Skye hiking routes are not suitable for sufferers of vertigo.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these adventures, the usual client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- It takes a minimum of 4 people for a tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
Isle of Skye hiking tours can be arranged for larger groups. There is also a possibility of private tours. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 16, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 12 are permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but only in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 16, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Isle of Skye, most people fly into Glasgow Airport five hours from the Isle of Skye. Once you get there, you can rent a car or take a bus to the meeting point.
You’ll meet your guides in the center of Portree, the largest town on the island. Transportation from the meeting and drop-off point to the Isle of Skye hiking trails is included in the hiking tour.