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The Skye Trail Overview

About The Skye Trail

This is a seven day walk on the Isle of Skye, a beautiful, mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland. This long distance walk is quite a challenge as it is unmarked and many sections aren't even on paths. However, the challenge is well worth the effort as you will experience some of the most breath-taking scenery in Scotland.

The Quiraing

The Trotternish Ridge
Highlights of This Trek

- Walking around the Quiraing, an incredible rock formation.
- Walking the Trotternish Ridge, 10 summits in one day!
- Views of the infamous Cullin Ridge.
- Seeing the most Northerly point of the Isle of Skye.

What’s Included with This Holiday
  • A qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Skye Trail Information Pack
  • B&B accommodation for 8 nights
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer to each B&B
  • Maximum group size of 8
  • Free transport back to Fort William
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station
Mountains along Glen Sligachan

What to Expect From the Trail

Please read the itinerary for a day-by-day plan of what to expect. However, we also want to be able to give you a more general understanding of this trek. The Skye Trail is a fairly new long distance trail and so it has not yet gained the exceptional reputation that it thoroughly deserves. However, the unsung character of this trek only adds to the dramatic sense of remoteness and wilderness that makes it so special, as you will likely see only a handful of other walkers tackling this route.

The Isle of Skye, which comes from the Norse word Sky-a meaning cloud island, has both mountain and coastal scenery that is nothing short of remarkable. During your trek you will get to experience some of the breath taking sights, including both the Red and Black Cuillins; Skye’s most dramatic mountain range. You will have coastal views out to the islands of Soay, Rum, Scalpay and Raasay, trek along The Trotternish Ridge, walk next to The Quiraing, along Glen Sligachan and out to the most northerly part of the island. The island also gives you the opportunity to see Skye’s great variety of wildlife; Peregrine Falcons, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gannets and if you are lucky even Puffins, Minke whales, and schools of dolphin and porpoises.

The wildlife and scenery, and Skye’s amazing history, make this an exceptional trek but it is well worth remembering this has been graded as one of our harder trails for a reason. The walking can be on rough, boggy and exposed paths, and some sections are even off path completely. While the difficulty of this trek must be respected, for those who are willing and able, the experience it is well worth the effort!

Is This Trail Right for Me?

The Skye Trail is one of our harder walks, this is due to much of the trail being off path, making it tougher going underfoot than trails like The West and The East Highland Way. There is also one very long day over the Trotternish ridge, however this can be shortened if you would rather an easier day. If you have enjoyed walking a long distance trail before and got home feeling you could have managed something just slightly harder then this is a great trail for you. If you felt The West Highland or East Highland Way pushed you to your walking limits you may find this trail is a greater challenge than you would like.

At a Glance

Start: Broadford, Scotland
Finish: Rubha Hunish, Scotland
Total Length: 79 miles
Number of Days: 9 day trip, 7 days walking
Number of Nights: 8
Difficulty Level: 4/5
Customer Comments

"I think you've got it just right - the organisation is excellent." - Keith and Jenny H

"I think you did a great job. I was impressed." Laura M

"Enjoyed it. Much better value than others. " - John M

What You Will Need

You will be provided with a full kit list, as a guide you will need: a small rucksack (around 30 litres), walking boots, waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, a spare fleece and walking trousers (not jeans or denim), a water bottle, a camera, sun cream, sun glasses and a sun hat.

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