Hiking in the Highlands, Treks in Scotland, Tours Around the Highlands

Knoydart - adventure to the most remote Pub in the UK + Walk through Skye

Trip duration - 8 days

Cost £850

What a great idea to combine two fantastic and very different treks. Firstly the rugged, empty beauty of the Knoydart peninsula and secondly the epic vastness of the Isle of Skye and its mountains (The Cuillins.)
Knoydart captures the imagination with its haunting glens and solitary peaks hidden from the everyday world. Spend three days walking through ancient forests, pure mountain rivers, behold mighty lochs and intimidating mountains looming above. To cap it all off walk into the little village of Inverie accessible only by boat or by the long walk in and have a well deserved beer (or dram) at the most remote pub in the UK, The Old Forge Inn.
Skye can't help but impress even the most sceptical among us. The mighty Black Cuillin sits proud above as you start the walk into the impressive Glen Sligachan. One can't help but have a great feeling of awe upon entering the realm of the Cuillins and (for me anyway) the feeling never seems to go.
Spend 2 days trekking into the most awe inspiring parts of Skye, wild camp next to a hidden bay where seals are curious enough to come in and say hi. There literally is no place like it.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

  • Your friendly guide will pick you up from the pick up place (Just outside Biddy Mulligans, EH1 2JR, Edinburgh) at 10am.
  • Next we will drive up north to the highlands stopping at various beautiful locations on the way to stretch our legs, take in the scenery and eat lunch.
  • We will stop on the way to buy food and any other essentials people need for the trek.
  • At the campsite your guide will instruct you on using our tents and equipment. After dinner your guide will brief you on the upcoming trek and will answer any questions you might have.

Day 2

  • The Trek will commence from the trail head at Glenfinnan. After walking under the famous 'Harry Potter' bridge we will continue up a small estate road to its end at the Glen Finnan lodge. At this point the track will steepen and the valley becomes close and high as we enter the Gleann a' Chaorainn. This will lead us down into the beautiful Glen Pean where we can expect grand open views and perhaps a midge or two. The last section of the day takes us into a fine forest and along a series of logging tracks into the heart of Glen Dessarry.
  • Expect to walk for up to 8 hours.
  • Make camp, eat and sleep.

Day 3

  • Starts in the forest and very quickly the track starts to rise until it breaks through the tree line and we begin to work our way towards a grand mountain pass called Mam na Cloich' Airde. The terrain here can be very boggy (marshy) so expect a bit of mud on your boots. We will pass some spectacular high Lochans (small lakes) and eventually start descending with the Finiskaig river down to the stunning and haunting Sourlies bay.
  • Expect to walk for up to 8 hours.
  • Make camp, eat and sleep.

Day 4

  • Takes us along the bay then quickly we cut inland and aim for a small bridge which helps us across the Carnach river and meanders by some old deserted Crofts which tell their own story of how things used to be here long ago. From here we ascend, quite a bit actually. This is definitely the hardest part of the whole expedition but the views from the top are second to none. The last section of the walk descends slowly into the paradise of Inverie.
  • Expect to walk for up to 8 hours.
  • Enjoy a well deserved shower.
  • Enjoy a beer at the Old Forge Inn.

Day 5

  • Take in the spectacular views of Skye, Rhum and Eigg from the ferry ride to Mallaig.
  • Back on the bus and we head first east to Fort William then head north to Skye.
  • Pick up more food and gear for the next trek.
  • Stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle (used in The Highlander movie) for a wee look around and a spot of lunch.
  • Set up camp and have dinner, your guide will then brief you on the upcoming trek and answer any questions you might have.

Day 6

  • The trek begins at the Sligachan hotel where already the views of the Cuillins (Skye mountains) are incredible. We slowly make our way through the impressive Glen Sligachan and eventually cross the river and begin to rise over a small mountain pass. From here we have the opportunity to summit a great hill overlooking all the valleys around us. The last section of the day will have us descending to the hidden gem, Loch Coruisk.
  • Expect to walk for up to 8 hours.
  • Make camp, eat and sleep

Day 7

  • The last day of hiking takes us back over the pass and then out towards the coast and the small idillic village of Elgol. Expect great views from start to finish.
  • Expect to walk for up to 8 hours.
  • Make camp and enjoy our last night together.

Day 8

  • Hop on the bus back to Edinburgh :)
  • Stop for lunch and to stretch the legs
  • Hopefully back around 5pm

What's Included?

  • A qualified, experienced, knowledgeable guide.
  • Pick up and drop off from Edinburgh or Glasgow and all travel in between, including ferries.
  • Lots of walking
  • Campsite fees
  • Tent, stove, pots, plates, cutlery, cups.
  • A wealth of information and stories about history, folklore, geography, geology etc mixed with plenty humour.
  • Awesome views, photos and life changing experiences.

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