Overview for Isle of Skye Coast to Coast
If the Skye Trail is too demanding for you, our Isle of Skye Coast to Coast walking holiday provides a great alternative to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Skye at a more leisurely pace. On this magnificent walk through the heart of the Cuillin mountains, you will be walking by quiet beaches, deserted villages and along remote cliff-tops.
Being based in Broadford and Portree, you will have a choice of walks for each day. From Broadford, you can walk on the remote and unspoiled Suisnish peninsula, and get right in close to the steep sides of the Cuillin. There is an option of starting one of the walks with a sea boat trip, visiting a seal colony and the picturesque Loch Coruisk, before setting off a cross-island walk. From Portree, you can go to the stunning rock formations of the Storr and the Quiraing, and follow the ridge beyond them.
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Day 1: Arrive Broadford
Today you arrive in the town of Broadford, reachable from Glasgow by bus (6 hours) or rental car (4 hours). Accommodation in B&Bs or hotels.
Day 2: Suisnish and Boreraig Coastal Walks
Nice coastal walks including the cliffs of the Suisnish Peninsula, and the abandoned villages of Suisnish and Boreraig – victims of the Highland Clearances, part of Skye’s darker history. You will enjoy some fine views of Bla Bheinn to the north. Overnight in Broadford.
- Walking for the day: 11 miles (17 km)
Day 3: Skye Coast to Coast
Walk from magical Loch Coruisk to Sligachan through the heart of the Cuillin Mountains. The mountains rise up dramatically from the sea creating formidable, enclosed sea lochs, with the absence of foothills enhancing their vast scale. This is among the finest walks in Scotland, short but not easy, with steep slopes and some hard terrain on the ascent from Loch Coruisk over into Glen Sligachan. You can optionally take a boat trip to reach the start of the walk at Loch Coruisk. Overnight in Broadford.
- Walking for the day: 8 miles (13 km)
Day 4: The Fairy Pools Walk
Walk from Sligachan into the heart of the Cuillin Mountains. At the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, and you can even swim in them if you dare to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos. Then walk by spectacular waterfalls and return to Portree for an overnight.
- Walking for the day: 12 miles (19 km)
Day 5: The Quiaraing Walk
Enjoy the fantastic rock formations on the cliffs at the far north of Skye. As part of the Trotternish ridge, Quiaraing has been formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. This is an essential walk for any photographer as it passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. Marvel “the prison,” “the needle,” and “the table”. Overnight in Portree.
- Walking for the day: 5 miles (8 km)
Day 6: The Old Man and the Storr
This is properly the most famous walk on the Island. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Climb to the Old Man of Storr, with the option of walking up to the Storr itself (the highest point on northern Skye) and along the Trotternish Ridge. Overnight Portree.
- Walking for the day: 3 miles (5 km) or 6 miles (10 km)
Day 7: Departure
From Portree, you can take the Citylink bus south.
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Accommodation is in en suite B&Bs and hotels in Broadford and Portree. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel from the ones pictured above is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Each hotel and B&B has been hand-picked to ensure you enjoy the most welcoming, comfortable and value-for-money experience on this route. A warm welcome awaits all walkers and hikers, with hotel owners keen to hear stories of the day’s adventures. Evening meals and packed lunches for the onward journey are available throughout, however, please note that they are NOT included in the holiday package. Breakfasts are included each day.
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- To Glasgow – There are excellent air, train and bus services, allowing easy access from anywhere in the UK and overseas.
- To Broadford –From Glasgow, several buses run daily to Broadford operated by Citylink, including two which run via Glasgow Airport.
- From Portree, you can take the Citylink bus south.
A great website useful specifically for public transport planning within Scotland is Traveline Scotland.
Connecting transfers by public transport (bus) are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper compared to private car transfers.
Each walker will be allowed one bag, of up to 20 kg in weight, which will be transferred between accommodations.
We strongly recommend protecting the cost of your trip and other non-refundable travel expenses with travel insurance. Our Signature Travel Insurance allows you to insure all of your expenses. While a Signature Travel Insurance policy can be purchased at any time, purchasing a policy within 20 days of making your initial trip deposit gives you the widest range of policy options, including a Cancel for Any Reason coverage. For complete peace of mind, we also recommend enrolling with Global Rescue, the worldwide leader in field rescue, evacuation and security extraction services.
Scotland: Country Info
Some funny but useful travel advice on Scotland is available here 🙂
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This route is graded moderate as it passes through remote country. Although part of the route is on good paths and minor roads much of it is on rough ground which can be wet underfoot and completely trackless in places. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths (read more about difficulty grades).
We will provide you with road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
Using public transport, this trip is available to commence every day from 1 June till 30 September as the bus timetable does not come into force until the end of May. If you book the private transfers option, you can do the walk in April and May, too.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- Pre-booked accommodation* as per the itinerary on 6 nights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
- 6 Breakfasts
- Door-to-door luggage transfers on all walking days
- Bus pass for the entire island for the duration of your stay*
- Maps & Road Notes (one set per booking)
- Info on transport and local services
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
*Some of the overnight stops on Skye are in very small villages or hamlets, with very limited accommodation. We can’t guarantee the same type of accommodation at each stop, so we adopt a flexible approach and work with you to get the best type of accommodation to suit you. The price quoted here is based on 6 nights in en-suite rooms in hotels and B&Bs. Any upgrades to accommodations would cost extra. Similarly, any nights in hostel accommodation will reduce the price. Door to door luggage transfer each day is included in the price.
Options and Extras
- Single-room supplement, where possible (this applies to members of a group who require single-room accommodation)
- This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers.
- Private return transfers* from the accommodations to the trails on all walking days where such transfers are needed as per the itinerary
- Extra nights along the route
*All of the walks have been designed to fit the local bus schedule and we provide a free bus pass for the whole island for the duration of your stay. This allows you to get to the start and from the finish of each walk. However please note that there have been numerous issues with the reliability of the bus service on Skye, meaning we can never guarantee buses will run to their scheduled timetable. In this respect, we recommend that you book our optional private transfers package.
- Airfare and connecting land transfers to start and end point
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Entry fees (payable on site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme above as “Included”
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The Natural Adventure provided exceptional accommodations and everything was flawless.
The Natural Adventure provided exceptional accommodations and everything was flawless.
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