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Best of the Isle of Skye

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island Hopping
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,649pp

Join us and enjoy some of the best walking and hospitality in Scotland. Our Best of the Isle of Skye holiday introduces you to a walker's paradise of landscapes to explore, accompanied by the ideal home from “Hame” where you can recount your day's adventures in comfort, accompanied by a dram or two in the evening. We discover the best walks the island has to offer – some of them world-renowned, others hidden gems that are our personal favourites from years discovering the island. All your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of. Pop on your boots, join us and enjoy the journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Superb walking exploring the island - world-renowned walks as well as some fabulous hidden gems
  • Enjoy the comforts and haven of Hame Hotel – the perfect base for our stay
  • Spot a wealth of wildlife:. watch out for red deer, whales, golden eagles, sea otters, dolphins, basking shark and more
  • Discover an island steeped in mystery & legend – admire the impressive Macleods Maidens and the Lord of the Rings like scenery of the Quiraing
  • Explore the heart of the island discovering both Black and the Red Cuillins

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Join us in the hotel lounge at 6:30pm to find out the plan of action before dinner.


We start with a good leg stretcher of a walk, straightforward but it’ll give you a workout! Our journey along the coast takes us past Loch Bharcasaig with stunning views over to the Cuillins, and out to Idrigill Point where we’re treated to views of the mighty sea-stacks - MacLeod's Maidens. Steeped in mystery and legend these impressive 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.

10.5 miles (17km) with 1930 feet (590m) of ascent.

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Into the Black Cuillin. Coire Lagan is one of the most impressive corries in the Cuillin. The tiny loch is ringed by gigantic rocky peaks, an unforgettable place. The approach is initially on a good path, but it becomes rougher with some easy scrambling higher up.

5.5 miles (9km) with 1930 feet (590m) of ascent

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There’s plenty to see and explore on the island during your free day. Close by there’s the Talisker distillery, the Fairy Pools, Dunvegan castle – the choice is yours. If you travelled by public transport, please ask your HF leader and they’ll have local taxi numbers should you wish to explore further afield today, otherwise, enjoy the comforts of Hame hotel – the lounge is the perfect place to relax with a good book.

Dunvegan castle on the Isle of Skye - the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, Scotland


The Red Cuillins. While not particularly high at only 736m, Marsco is the finest of the Red Cuillins, with one of the best viewpoints for a hill of this height - blue sea and jagged peaks all around. A good path initially, followed by a wetter one and steep grass. The summit ridge is narrow but not difficult.

8.75 miles (14km) with 2435 feet (740m) of ascent

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The Old Man of Storr is world-famous and one of the most iconic landscapes on the island. While the Old Man gets all the crowds, only a tiny proportion of visitors continue to the dramatic summit above. Our walk leads through these iconic landscapes before heading up to the summit and along the spine of the Quiraing, with superb views in all directions.

9.5 miles (15km) with 3100 feet (950m) of ascent

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The dramatic Northwest coast. An excellent walk along dramatic coastline, visiting terrific coastal cliffs and culminating in the famous Neist Point, with views back towards Macleod’s Maidens and the Cuillins, and seawards towards the Outer Hebrides. Bring your binoculars – this is a fantastic walk for wildlife.

10 miles (16km) with 2300 feed (700m) of ascent.

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After breakfast start to make your way home.


Best of Skye Map

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.

Food & Drink

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

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

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Essential Information

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
18 Jun - 25 Jun 2022
7 Itinerary £1,649 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
13 Aug - 20 Aug 2022
7 Itinerary £1,649 Trip Notes Book Now
14 Sep - 21 Sep 2022
7 Itinerary £1,649 Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

Did you book to share?

If so, you will be allocated a same-gender twin sharing room. Please note that if (at ten weeks prior to the start of the holiday) a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room will be allocated to you with the resulting single room supplement applicable. Any additional charge for the single supplement will be confirmed at the point of final payment. Bookings are accepted on this understanding.

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Island Hopping
Walking Grade:
4

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