Walking in Scotland’s Hebrides
plus The Isle of Skye

Maximum group size - 15

Tour Highlights

We begin our journey on the Isle of Skye – home to some of the finest walking and most awesome mountain scenery in the British Isles.

Between the two extremes of Skye’s coast and the Cuillin Mountains lie scenes of unspoilt natural splendour, rare wildlife, ancient forests and historical monuments. Across from Skye, the linked islands of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay are broken by a stunning landscape of small lakes. We also explore the islands of Barra and Vatersay, which are so compact that the sea is rarely out of sight. Each of the walks on this tour, from the stark magnificence of the Cuillin Mountains, to Barra's beautiful cockle-shell beaches, will allow us to experience these peaceful havens and stunning scenery.

This exciting new tour features moderate hikes  of 6 - 7 hours, covering a daily average of 8 - 17 km. and a maximum ascent of 500 meters, and should pose no difficulties for regular walkers. Some sections of the walks are across remote country and the terrain can be rough underfoot in places. Please be sure you can manage the daily mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. 

Tour Highlights: 

  • The world famous Jacobite Steam Train
  • Raasay, a small Isle of outstanding natural beauty
  • World famous mountain range - the Cuillins
  • The spectacular pinnacles of the Quiraing
  • Pollachar - the southern tip of Scotland’s longest beach
  • The Outer Hebrides most southern isle - Vatersay 
  • Barra Airport - one of the most unusual in the world
  • Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland
  • The romantic Inveraray Castle and Gardens

  * Participants must be able to walk up to 17 km with  proper walking shoes, waterproof clothing and knapsac.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Glasgow.
Upon arrival in Glasgow we transfer to Ft. William, via Glen Coe - one of Scotland’s most famous Glens. Tonight we will stay in a lovely hotel right on the Caledonian Canal just outside the town.
This morning we board the Jacobite Steam Train, which follows the road towards the Isle of Skye - considered one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. From Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest mountain) to the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (made famous in the Harry Potter films) to the busy port village of Mallaig, there are many amazing sights at which to marvel as we pass them by. There will be some free time before we sail across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale, continuing on to the Sligachan Hotel - one of the most beautiful and unique locations on the Isle of Skye and indeed in the whole of Scotland.
We take a short ferry crossing to the Isle of Raasay where we follow a (sometimes boggy) path up to the distinctive summit of Dun Caan (at 443m it is the highest point on Raasay). The 360º panoramic view from the top allows us to see the Cuillin Mountains, and the Applecross and Torridon hills on the mainland.
We take a short cruise from Elgol to Loch Coruisk where we are almost certain to see seals. Leaving the boat we cross the river on stepping stones and ascend to the saddle below Sgurr Hain for fantastic views across to the Cuillins. From here we descend Glen Sligachan and back to the hotel. We will take an alternative walk if the weather is too poor for the boat from Elgol to run.
Our final walk on Skye is amidst the eerie pinnacles of the Quiraing. This supernatural landscape is often used in films, and we make the classic circuit through the geological giants of "The Needle", "The Table" and "The Prison". In the afternoon the ferry takes us to North Uist.
We walk from the hotel out to the beach, and then follow the coast southwards, sometimes by the beach, sometimes on the machair - the fertile grassland so distinctive of these islands. Our walk ends at the Pollachar Inn where we can enjoy a dram and savour the scent of a peat fire.
Island hopping again, to Eriskay and on to Barra - recently voted 'Britain's Most Beautiful Isle'. From here we visit Vatersay - the southernmost of the inhabited Western Isles, which has a fascinating history.
We start our walk from Barra's tiny airport and explore the north of the island, taking in cockle shell beaches, fine views, and the medieval church of Cille Bharra. In the afternoon there is an option to climb Heaval - at 383m the highest point on Barra (additional 4.5km).
We bid a "Beannachd leat” (good-bye in Gaelic) to the Hebrides and sail back to the mainland to the Oban - the unofficial capital of the West Highlands known as the "Gateway to the Isles". Here we spend a night in a lovely boutique hotel right in the centre of town. Dinner tonight is on your own - a chance to enjoy Oban’s fine selection of restaurants. Oban is known as ‘The Seafood Capital of Scotland’.
We travel to Inveraray - the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll. Included is a visit of the famous castle here, which is an iconic, must-see attraction in this region. After some free time in this traditional county town we proceed to our last hotel, set amid acres of glorious Scottish countryside overlooked by the Campsie Hills. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
Depart home from Edinburgh.

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