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Trek the Skye Trail

  • Where?

    Scotland

  • Altitude

    900m

  • Duration

    9 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P2

  • Technical

    T1

  • P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

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  • T1 - No technical skills are needed.  A good steady walking ability only is required.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's

Overview

Join us on this 9-day expedition trekking the Skye Trail, an established but less trodden and, for the most part, deserted route covering 27km (79 miles) from the North to the South of the island of Skye. There are no waymarks on the route and many sections do not even have a path, however, we know this route well and the rewards as you walk south from the most northerly point on the island are spectacular.

Whilst on our trek we will be treated to some of the finest mountain views in the UK, passing under the shadows of the jagged Red and Black Cuillins (possibly the finest mountain range in Britain). We’ll also be taking in the breath-taking coastal scenery from beaches to cliff-tops in areas that are remarkable but almost unvisited. We’ll encounter haunting ruins of villages deserted during the highland clearances and visit remote island communities and also have superb opportunities for watching wildlife and if we’re lucky we may catch sight of seals, otters, golden eagles and sea eagles!

This route is perfect for those who want to get well away from the beaten track and is a trek never to be forgotten!

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Date & Prices

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight)

Start: 25 May 2019
End: 02 June 2019

Price without flights:  £690

25 May 2019

02 June 2019

9 days

£690

N/A

Included

  • 7 days guided trekking with 360 Leader
  • Transfers to and from Glasgow airport/train station
  • All accommodation
  • Camping equipment for wild camping
  • Dorm-style accommodation in B&B’s or hostels when town based
  • Meals on the trek as detailed in itinerary

Not Included

  • Return travel to Glasgow
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Meals before and after the trek
  • Lunch on day 5, dinners on day 4 and 5
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

 

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrive Isle of Skye

This morning you will be met by your guide at Glasgow Airport/train station and transferred to the Isle of Skye, where you’ll then have some time to settle into the B&B/hostel.

In the evening we will have a full trip briefing covering all the essential information for the following days before enjoying a relaxing dinner.

DAY 2 : Coastal trek to Flodigarry

After an early breakfast, we will start our trek from Skye’s most northerly tip, Rubha Hunish.

The trail follows a spectacular but rough section of the coastline, continuing above dramatic cliffs to reach Flodigarry for a night of wild camping.

(BLD)

(17km)

DAY 3 : Trek inland to the Storr-Trotternish Ridge

Today sees us taking on a  slightly more challenging stage than the first day.

We will climb from Flodigarry beneath the amazing rock formations of The Quiraing then continue south on the Trotternish Ridge towards the Storr before a final descent to the road. The rewards are tremendous – this must be one of the most dramatic ridge traverses in Britain!

The day will end with a wild camp amongst the dramatic scenery of our surroundings.

(BLD)

(25km)

DAY 4 : Cliff-top trek to Portree

After a hearty breakfast at camp, we will start the third stage of the Skye Trail.  This stage takes a short section of road which leads to a fabulous parade along the top of dramatic coastal cliffs with superb views.

We will restock supplies in Portree and spend the night in a local bunkhouse, connected to arguably the best pub on the island.

(BL)

(18km)

DAY 5 : Rest Day

Today you have the option of either trekking stage 4 of the Skye Trail or seeing the trail in the comfort of the minibus.

We will also visit some other local attractions that are not on the trail (e.g. Fairy Pools, Talisker distillery, Black Cuillins).

We will follow a rough track along Loch Sligachan to the Hotel, where we will stop for lunch before heading through the remote Glen Sligachan (a valley separating the mighty Black Cuillin with the Red Cuillin) to the beautiful bay at Camasunary.

Arriving at the coast on the south-west of the island, we will camp on the shores of the Atlantic ocean.

(B)

(15km)

 

DAY 6 : Cuillins mountains to Elgo

Today sees us traversing a vertiginous cliff path with fantastic views across the water to the Cuillin that reaches Elgol.

This little fishing village has a shop, cafe, B&B and seafood restaurant.

Today will be a shorter hiking day, where we can spend the afternoon relaxing in Elgol for the afternoon.

(BLD)

(15km)

DAY 7 : Trek on good trails to Torrin

Today will be a lovely day with great views to Sleat and the small isles, ending at Torrin where there is a summer cafe and a B&B.

Depending on the weather, we may be spending our final night on the trail on a summit with views over the bay, the ocean and the mountains!

(BLD)

(17km)

DAY 8 : Coastal trek to Broadford

Today sees us trekking along the final stage of the Skye Trail.

This stage follows the coast from Torrin to the cleared villages of Suisnish and Boreraig before heading inland to pick up the Marble Line, the old railroad route into Broadford. Once at the end of the Trail, we check in to our accommodation and celebrate the completion of the Skye Trail with a hearty meal and drinks.

(BL)

(20km)

DAY 9 : Return home

Transfer back to Glasgow airport or train station.

These are subject to minor changes depending on flight/train arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Rucksack

A large rucksack – minimum 65L.  That is well worn in and with a good waist belt. A waterproof cover is advisable (remember that these covers are not 100% waterproof but act as a barrier). Whilst on the trek you will need to carry all of the kit that you are not wearing

Waterproof/Dry bags (optional)

Sleeping Gear

4 Season sleeping bag

You should get a sleeping bag rated to -5C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights.

Sleeping mat

A full length self-inflating rather than ¾ length Thermarest

Sleeping bag liner

Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer

Headwear

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Sunblock

Essential for protection from the sun

Lip salve

Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection

Upper Body

Non-cotton T-shirts (with one long-sleeved)

Ideally at least 2, with one being long-sleeved

Mid layer (long sleeved fleece tops)

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

Warm insulated jacket

Waterproof jacket

In case it rains

Warm gloves

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Waterproof trousers

In case it rains

Long Johns (optional)

Thermal insulation for the lower body

Underwear

How many pairs you take is entirely up to you

Feet

3-4 season walking boots

Well worn in 3-4 season waterproof boots with mid to high ankle support

Comfortable trainers

Comfortable trainers for Rest day and the evenings

Thick socks

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

2L capacity either in a combination of bladder and Nalgene bottle or just Nalgene bottles

Evening Wear

Clothes for Rest day

Clothes to wear in town on Rest day

Toiletries

Wash kit

Keep it simple on the trek. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!

Travel towel

Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Wet wipes

These are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Nappy sacks or dog poo bags

Only needed to bag your toilet paper if you are caught short in between camps and for keeping your rubbish tidy in your tent

Medications

Personal first aid kit

The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on Expeditions so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and a Paracetamol) plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use.

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Misceallaneous

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Thermal flask (optional)

Maps (optional)

Compass (optional)

Insect repellent

Head torch

We recommend Petzl head torches. Bring spare batteries.

Snacks

Although you will be fed well we do we advise bringing a small selection of energy bars. Have a couple per trekking day

FAQ's

Guides

Where do I meet my guide?

Your guide will meet you in the morning at Glasgow airport or the train station.

Food and Water

What will the meals be like?

Whilst wild camping, breakfast will be porridge and lunches/dinner will be dehydrated camp food (a variety of options are available).

When in town we will be staying in B&B’s or hostels where breakfast will be of a continental-style. Dinner will be in a local pub.

How often will water be replenished throughout the day?

We will use fresh Scottish Spring water directly from its source.

I have food allergies, can these be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the expedition.

Accommodation

What kind of accommodation will we use?

During the wild camping sections, we will be using 3-person tents between 2-people (or feel free to bring your own tent if preferred).

When in town, we will be staying in dorm-style accommodation in B&B’s or hostels.

Health and Safety

What medication do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your specific medication that you take for any medical condition that you have and pack it in your rucksack for each trek. Please notify your guide of any specific medication that you may be on prior to the expedition.

It is also worth taking a simple first aid kit such as painkillers, blister plasters, plasters, antihistamines and insect repellent.

What happens if there is an accident on the mountain?

Accidents can happen and anyone undertaking these adventures has to accept there is a degree of risk due to the nature of the activity. Our mountain crew are all experienced in dealing with problems that may arise.

All leaders hold wilderness first aid certificates and can handle any emergency to the highest level of competency.

Kit

What is the best type of footwear to use for this trip?

Because of the huge variety of terrain encountered when trekking in the Scottish Highlands it is very important to have the right footwear. Boots should be sturdy, waterproof, insulated against the cold and offer adequate ankle support. In addition it is highly recommended that your boots are well worn in to prevent the formation of blisters.

Additionally, it is highly recommended that you bring an old pair of trainers for use on the rest day.

How warm does my sleeping bag need to be for the wild camping?

These should be rated to a comfort rating of -5C. Whilst we are likely to be experiencing end of summer temperatures, it is not uncommon for colder temperatures at any time of year in the Highlands.

Is it possible to rent equipment before I go?

It is possible to rent trekking equipment in the UK before you travel. However, we recommend the use of personal equipment whenever possible. This is so you know your equipment as best as possible and we can’t guarantee the quality of rented equipment.

If you decide to hire equipment in the UK, please take a look at Outdoorhire  where a wide range of clothing and equipment can be hired.

The Trek

How big is the group?

The group will have a maximum of 8 people.

The Weather

What is the weather like?

We will be on the west coast of Scotland which can have unpredictable weather at the best of times. It could be hot and sunny, it could be cold and wet. But, generally, we experience warm, long sunny days.

Will there be midges at this time of year?

The peak midge season in Scotland is end of May until mid September. We do not expect to have a problem with midges, but you never know!

Travel

Do I need to book my own travel to Glasgow?

Yes, you will. There are regular flights/trains/buses to Glasgow from most places in the UK.

Insurance

Do I need special travel insurance for the trip?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip. Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date.

360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Training

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

You don’t need to be super-fit and all treks and mountain routes will be geared towards the group. However, you should be of a level of fitness that enables you to trek up to 10 hours with a 12-15kg rucksack.

Love the small sized groups, the dedication and care of the mountain guides and the itineraries they take us. Fabulous hikes, fun times and lovely food and snacks too!

Clara Gómez-Arroyo, General, 2018
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