Best of the Isle of Skye

Wide panorama of Quiraing, one of the most famous landscape of Isle of Skye, Scotland, Britain
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,499pp

Discover the Isle of Skye’s most famous walks and some that we’ve crafted especially for you. And when you’re not busy exploring this scenery-packed Scottish island, cosy up in the home-from-home comfort of our carefully selected partner hotel, ready to round off your adventures with a wee dram or two.

What you’ll love

  • Enjoy the stylish comforts of the Hame Hotel
  • Tick-off classic walks and lesser-known routes
  • Look out for red deer, whales, sea otters, dolphins, and more
  • Explore the iconic landscapes around the Old Man of Storr
  • Take in dramatic coastal views from Neist Point
  • Discover the mighty sea stacks known as Macleod's Maidens

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Once you’ve checked out your Scandi-inspired room – and taken in the views over the loch - join us in the hotel lounge at 6:30pm to find out the plan of action before dinner. 


Distance: 10.5 miles (17km) 

Ascent: 1,900ft (580m) 

We start with a good leg stretcher of a walk this morning to get you into the swing of things. Our journey along the coast takes us past Loch Bharcasaig with mesmerising views over the Cuillins and out to Idrigill Point where you’ll spot the mighty sea stacks known as Macleod's Maidens.  

Steeped in mystery and legends, these impressive – and somewhat surreal-looking - sea stacks are said to commemorate the wife and two daughters of a Macleod chieftain. The largest stack is the mother, the two smaller stacks the daughters. 

Macleod's Maidens at Idrigill Point near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK.


Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 2,450ft (750m) 

It may not be particularly high at 736m, but Marsco makes up for it with one of the best viewpoints over the Red Hills. We’ll set off on our steady ascent, taking rough and sometimes boggy paths, to reach the top from where you’ll stare out over the blue sea and jagged peaks of Skye. The summit ridge itself is a narrow but not difficult path with a fine view of the Black Cuillin too. 

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Distance: 5.5 miles 

Ascent: 2,080ft (640m) 

You’ll journey to the Black Cuillin today to explore Coire Lagan, one of the most impressive corries in the Cuillin. Admire the tiny loch ringed by gigantic rocky peaks after some easy scrambling to reach the top. 

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Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 3,150ft (950m) 

The Old Man of Storr is world-famous and one of the most iconic landscapes on Skye. And while the Old Man gets all the crowds, only a number of visitors continue to the dramatic ridge above. You’ll walk among these inspiring landscapes and head north up the spine of the Trotternish ridge, with 360-degree panoramas, to descend Glenhinnisdal on the west side of the island. 

If the weather isn’t ideal, you’ll walk from near the Old Man of Storr along the coast back to Portree instead.  

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Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 2,300ft (700m) 

The dramatic northwest coast will be under the spotlight on this enriching walk, which sees you visiting coastal cliffs and theatrical coastal routes. You’ll make your way to Neist Point for views back towards Macleod’s Maidens, the Cuillins, and out towards the Outer Hebrides. Just don’t forget your binoculars, there’s plenty of wildlife to spot.

Sunset at the Neist point lighthouse, Scotland, UK


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Itinerary map for Best of the Isle of Skye

Hame Hotel

Hame Hotel offers us the perfect base for our walking holidays – a stunning coastal location overlooking the loch, with panoramas of the Black Cuillins and MaclLods Tables in the background. Our remote hideaway is a world away from the crowds and hubbub of Portree, and offers us 10 modern scandi-style rooms, all spacious, comfortable en-suites, and plenty of communal space where we can kick back and relax after our walks. Delicious home-cooked food too – the perfect haven for our groups to really escape from it all and immerse themselves in the very best of the Isle of Skye. Each room is equipped with a tea and coffee station, complimentary locally-made tablet (a delicious crunchy fudge-like Scottish delicacy), TV, Wi-Fi and toiletries from Highland Soaps. Due to the remote location of the hotel, it is essential that you advise us at the time of booking, if you have any dietary requirements, and we can check in advance that these can be catered for. The hotel offers evening meals for our groups only, so plans its menu using the requirements we give them in advance. If we haven't been advised at the point of booking, they may not be able to adjust the menu. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.

Food & drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).

Packed lunches

Our packed lunches will be too much food for some and not enough for others, if you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this – it won’t always be possible to buy these on the route. Your packed lunches will include: bread sandwiches or rolls with a choice of filling; some fresh fruit; fruit cake/flapjack or similar, crisps and/or yoghurt, fruit, biscuits.

Dietary requirements

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking.

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Getting to Hame Hotel

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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.


Holiday prices

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2024

29 Jul - 04 Aug 2024

6 nights

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05 Oct - 11 Oct 2024

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Type:
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Walking Grade:
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