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Explore the Isle of Skye with a Cicerone guidebook

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Reprinted
Published
6 May 2016
ISBN
9781852847890
Edition
Fourth
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
Weight
360g
Pages
288
1st Published
28 Jan 2015
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The Isle of Skye

by Terry Marsh
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook with 87 walks and scrambles on the Isle of Skye. Walks visit the most awe-inspiring scenery on Skye, including Sleat and south-east Skye, Strath, Minginish, Duirinish, Waternish, Trotternish and the Cuillin. Walks range from coastal walks to Munros with exposure for experienced scramblers. Includes history, geology and local information.

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Description

This guidebook describes 87 of the best walks and scrambles on the Isle of Skye. To many, the Isle of Skye needs no introduction. This guide aims to enhance any visit to arguable the most famous of Scotland's Hebridean islands, by collecting together 87 of the best walks and scrambles. Not only limited to the popular routes on the Black Cuillin or Skye's 12 Munros, the guide offers a comprehensive selection of routes in all areas of the island; in Sleat and South-East Skye, Strath, Minginish, Duirinish, Waternish and Trotternish.

Skye can delight walkers and scramblers at every turn, from sea stacks to fell tops; corries to rugged cliffs and plenty in between. Walkers on Skye should be prepared for strenuous trails and wilderness, as well as changeable weather, navigation, and - depending on the route - scrambling skills. However, the routes in this guide range in length from 2 to 23km, so while there are opportunities for novice walkers, routes can also be combined for longer trails and difficult scrambles.

Alongside detailed descriptions and OS maps for every route, the guidebook also includes practical information essential to making the most out of a visit to Skye. From travel to and around the island, to advice on accommodation, where to stock up on supplies and who to call in emergencies. The result is an excellent companion to exploring the best of Skye.

  • Activities
    walking, scrambling
  • Seasons
    the weather is variable but tends to be fairest in May/June and September/October, also the times that midges are less abundant; recently, there has been excellent weather in February and November, too. Go prepared for cold, wind and rain
  • Centres
    Portree, Broadford, Dunvegan, Kyleakin, Uig
  • Difficulty
    almost all of the walking routes covered demand a good level of fitness and ability to travel safely in wild countryside in changeable weather and use map and compass; some of the walks are arduous and demanding; some scrambles (clearly identified) involve exposure and require technical ability
  • Must See
    for scramblers, the famous Cuillin ridge; the outstanding coastal scenery and the wacky pinnacles of Storr and the Quiraing; wilderness in abundance

June 2017

The walks and scrambles in this book are not graded, contrary to the information on the cover.

 

September 2015

Owing to increasing erosion of the final section of the path, the author has revised the route of Walk 5.1 Ard Mòr Sea Arches (previously entitled 'Ardmore Point').

The full revised route is available to read or download here.

 

Setember 2016

Route 1.8, P56 Note on route difficulty

 

The walk linking Loch na Dal and Kylerhea is a magnificent escape for lovers of solitude, but it is quite possibly the most demanding and strenuous walk in this guide. The path is generally clear at either end, but is easily lost or non-existent in the middle section, where there are numerous unbridged rivers and streams to contend with, two deer fences and dense seasonal overgrowth that makes for difficult going. This is not a walk for solo walkers because of its remoteness and overall difficulty, nor is it a walk for other than the strongest walkers; good navigational skills are also needed, as is a solution to the need to have transport at both ends, and, most certainly, the walk should not be contemplated following a prolonged period of rainfall.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
History
Geology
Flora and Fauna
How to get there
Facilities and accommodation
Using this guide
Access
Safety
Maps
Paths
Language
1 Sleat and South-east Skye
1.1 Gleann Meadhonach, Loch a’Ghlinne and Dalavil
1.2 Point of Sleat
1.3 Armadale
1.4 Sgurr na Coinnich
1.5 Beinn na Caillich
1.6 Ben Aslak
1.7 Kylerhea Glen Circuit
1.8 Coastal Path from Loch na Dal to Kylerhea
1.9 Kyle Rhea Trail
2 Strath
Broadford
2.1 Broadford Coast Path (Irishman’s Point)
North of Strath Suardal
2.2 Coire Gorm Horseshoe
2.3 Beinn na Cro
2.4 Srath Mór and Srath Beag
South of Strath Suardal
2.5 Suisnish and Boreraig
Cuillin Outliers
2.6 Bla Bheinn
2.7 Sgurr nan Each
2.8 Garbh-bheinn
2.9 Belig
2.10 Glas Bheinn Mhór
2.11 South Ainort Circular
The Red Hills
2.12 Marsco
2.13 The Beinn Deargs
2.14 Glamaig
2.15 Glen Sligachan
Strathaird Peninsula
2.16 Kilmarie to Camasunary
2.17 Camasunary to Elgol
2.18 Suidhe Biorach (Prince Charles’ Cave)
2.19 Rubha na h-Easgainne
2.20 Spar Cave
3 Minginish
The Cuillin
3.1 Sgurr nan Gillean
3.2 Sgurr Beag and Sgurr na h-Uamha
3.3 Coire a’Bhasteir Am Basteir
3.4 Sgurr a’Bhasteir
3.5 Fionn Choire, Bealach nan Lice and Sgurr a’Fionn Choire
3.6 Bruach na Frithe
3.7 Coire na Creiche
3.8 Coire a’Ghreadaidh
3.9 Sgurr Thuilm, Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh
3.10 Sgurr na Banachdich and Sgurr nan Gobhar
3.11 Eas Mor and Coire na Banachdich
3.12 Sgurr Dearg and Inaccessible Pinnacle
3.13 Coire Lagan
3.14 Sgurr Alasdair
3.15 Coir’ a’Ghrunnda and Loch Coir’ a’Ghrunnda
3.16 The South Cuillin ridge
3.17 Loch an Fhir-bhallaich
3.18 Rubh’ an Dùnain
Glen Sligachan
3.19 Harta and Lota Corries
3.20 Druim Hain and Sgurr na Stri
3.21 Loch Coruisk
Loch Brittle to Loch Bracadale
3.22 Glen Brittle Forest Walk
3.23 Talisker Bay
3.24 Oronsay
4 Duirinish
4.1 Loch Bharcasaig, Idrigill Point and MacLeod’s Maidens
4.2 Glen Ollisdal and MacLeod’s Maidens
4.3 Duirinish Coastal Path
4.4 Healabhal Bheag (MacLeod’s Table South)
4.5 Healabhal Mhor (MacLeod’s Table North)
4.6 Lorgill Bay
4.7 Lorgill, The Hoe and Ramasaig Bay
4.8 Waterstein Head
4.9 Neist Point
4.10 Uiginish Point
4.11 The Coral Beaches
4.12 Lovaig Bay
5 Waternish
5.1 Ard Mòr Sea Arches
5.2 Unish and Waternish Point
5.3 Beinn an Sguirr
5.4 Loch Diubaig and Greshornish Point
6 Trotternish and Portree
Trotternish
6.1 Meall Tuath and Rubha Hunish
6.2 Loch Sneosdal and Creag Sneosdal
6.3 Loch Hasco
6.4 The Quiraing and Meall na Suiramach
6.5 Meall na Suiramach
6.6 The Old Man of Storr
6.7 The Storr
6.8 The Trotternish Ridge
6.9 Biode Buidhe
6.10 Beinn Edra
6.11 Ruadh nam Brathairean (Brothers’ Point)
6.12 Loch Cuithir, Sgurr a’Mhadaidh Ruaidh and Baca Ruadh
6.13 Inver Tote and the Lealt waterfall
6.14 Bearreraig Bay
6.15 Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing
Portree
6.16 Glen Varrigill Forest Walk
6.17 Ben Tianavaig
6.18 The Braes and Dunan an Aisilidh
 
Appendix 1 Further reading
Appendix 2 Glossary of Gaelic words
Appendix 3 Useful information and contact details
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