Tackle a challenging long-distance walk with the Skye Trail

The Isle of Skye holds a special place in people's hearts and the best way to experience the island properly is by tackling the Skye Trail.

The Skye Trail - One of the toughest long distance walks in the UK.

The Skye Trail offers a unique opportunity to tap into the real spirit of the island on foot. Starting at the headland of Rubha Hunish, the Skye Trail makes its way down to the island's picturesque capital, Portree, and on to Broadford, passing the dramatic Trotternish Ridge - regarded by many as among the very finest ridge walks in the UK. Then to the Cuillin Ridge as well as a clutch of historic sites from Iron Age forts to the ruins of communities abandoned in the Clearances.

The Skye Trail is a tough, uncompromising 128km (80-mile) route requiring self-reliance, good equipment, navigation skills and previous experience of hillwalking and backpacking. The route is an un-waymarked trail, often on pathless ground passing through some fairly remote areas. However, good preparation can make these challenges part of the attraction, and provide a profound sense of achievement. Walking this trail is nothing like the West Highland Way or other formal routes. Self-reliance, fitness and good navigational skills will be called upon, completing the continuous route represents a real challenge and a fitting match for the epic landscapes found on Skye.

The route has been designed so that, with careful planning, it is possible to have somewhere to stay each night; but it also makes a superb backpacking expedition with plenty of opportunities for wild camping as well as the option of a couple of campsites and a bothy.

The Isle of Skye holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Its romantic history, majestic mountains and stunning coastline draw people back time and time again. Many rush around the best known sights, but for those who wish to experience Skye properly, there can be few better ways than by tackling this long-distance walk.

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