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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.
- 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
- Portree, Broadford, Dunvegan, Kyleakin, Uig
- 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
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.
Flora and Fauna
How to get there
Facilities and accommodation
Using this guide
1 Sleat and South-east Skye
1.1 Gleann Meadhonach, Loch a’Ghlinne and Dalavil
1.2 Point of Sleat
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
2.1 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
2.6 Bla Bheinn
2.7 Sgurr nan Each
2.10 Glas Bheinn Mhór
2.11 South Ainort Circular
The Red Hills
2.13 The Beinn Deargs
2.15 Glen Sligachan
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
3.1 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
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
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
5.1 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
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
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
1:50,000: All the walks in this book can be found on Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheets 23: North Skye; Sheet 32: South Skye; or Sheet 33: Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel and surrounding area.
1:25,000: Of greater use to walkers on Skye are Ordnance Survey Explorer maps, and for the whole of Skye you will need the following sheets 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412 and 413 (www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk).
Also at a scale of 1:25,000 are two maps in the Superwalker series produced by HARVEY Maps (www.harveymaps.co.uk), one of The Cuillin, which covers an area from Glen Brittle in the west to Broadford in the east, and the other of Storr and Trotternish, which covers almost the whole of Trotternish. These HARVEY maps are produced on waterproof material.
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The walks and scrambles in this book are not graded, contrary to the information on the cover.
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.
Route 1.8, P56 Note on route difficultyThe 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.
[This] is obviously a book compiled by an expert and an enthusiast. It has that superb format of the publisher. including OS maps which give clarity and confidence. The plastic-coated cover provides durability and a comforting tactile sensation. So it, like most of its owners, will be ready to withstand whatever weather is prevalent.
Scottish Islands Explorer magazine
The guide is written by Terry Marsh has the whole island comprehensively covered with a variety of walks for all tastes from easy rambles around headlands and peninsulas to the famous Cuillin and everything in between. This would easily be the only hiking guide you would want for the island. The descriptions are detailed and accompanied by an OS 1:50 000 map of your chosen walk. The mapping is accurate enough to use in an emergency but would only cover your route and nothing else. There is a great general description of the route in the blue box at the beginning which has descriptions of interest about the area you are walking in. The guide comes with a hardwearing plastic cover and is a nice compact size.
All in all the Cicerone Isle of Skye guide is a well research and written guide that is a perfect companion for your trip and collection. The author is clearly an expert and shares his knowledge in an easy to read way.
Read the full review on the Climbing Gear Reviews Blog.
Dr Terry Marsh is a Lancashire-based award-winning writer and photographer who specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He has been writing books since the mid-1980s, and is the author of over 100 titles.
Terry holds a PhD in Historical Geography and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Lake District Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), a member of the National Union of Journalists, and an Honorary Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
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