Hebrids and Skye

Coast Scotland: (ZZ-HK-WS01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_hiking_scotland_hebrides.aspx

Introduction
Coast Scotland
Join us on this adventure to some of the wildest bounds of Scotland - the inspiring islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis. Stand atop rugged peaks looking down upon perfect white sand beaches skirting the coast and across to the many smaller isles which dot the horizon. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the rich tapestry of island life, history and geology. They can also help you spot wildlife, which may include golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, whales and dolphins, as well helping you identify the rich flora of the islands found in the famous coastal ‘machairs’ or flower meadows. With charming accommodation and delicious food, this special trip provides a memorable insight into these wild and beautiful islands.

Highlights
• Visit one of the most spectacular regions of Europe, indulging in the wild scenery and rich history of the Hebrides
• Experience the rich ornithology of Lewis, spy red deer and golden eagles on Harris, and seek out otters on Skye
• Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected guest houses, set in magnificent coastal locations

Accomodation

Accommodations
This itinerary will have you spend 2 nights on Skye followed by 4 nights on the Isle of of Harris. Both location offer rooms with private bathroom and free Wi-Fi.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 2: Hotel in Uig
Night 3, 4, 5 & 6: Hotel in Tarbert 

Uig Hotel - Uig
The Uig Hotel is an old coaching Inn dating back to 1831. The Hotel has 9 warm and comfortable bedrooms, many with sea views. The Uig Hotel prides itself on its quality homecooked food and they work hard to source as much local produce as they can. The restaurant and bar both overlook the bay and you can sit in our sun lounge and taste the local Isle of Skye ales, Misty Isle gin or one of a range of Talisker single malts.

Harris Hotel - Tarbert
The Harris Hotel is a well established hotel that has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. The family who runs the hotel pride themselves on traditional hospitality, great food and a relaxing atmosphere.  Located in the village of Tarbert, the main ferry port on Harris, the village is small but a busy hub for visitors and locals alike travelling to and from the Isle of Skye and beyond.
Laundry service is available for an extra fee.

Single & Triple occupancy
Triple occupancy is not possible on this trip.
A maximum of 2 single rooms are available on this trip, the single supplement is subject to availability.
Due to their remote locations, there are not always any other options nearby. Single travelers are welcome to join these trips but must be prepared to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex.



Meals
All meals are included except for dinners on day 2, 4 and 5.

Lunches are usually eaten on the trail and dinners and breakfast are provided at the accommodations.
The meals usually consist of traditional Scottish/British food including fresh seafood and other local produce.

Special diets and dietary restrictions
Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for - simply let us know at the time of booking.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Travel to Skye, Afternoon Walk in Glen Sligachan
Meeting in Inverness, we travel past Loch Ness and the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail before arriving on the Isle of Skye. We spend our first afternoon enjoying a wonderful walk in Glen Sligachan beneath the mighty peaks of the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin, which flank either side of the glen. Returning to our vehicle we transfer to our accommodation overlooking Uig Bay.
Distance: approx.8km / approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Uig


Day 2: Quirang & the Old Man of Storr
After enjoying breakfast with views out across the sea, we set out to explore the stark and unusual landscapes of the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on foot. We will also visit Kilt Rock and the charming village of Staffin on this relaxing day.
Distance: approx.8km / approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Uig


Day 3: Travel to the Isle of Harris
After breakfast, we enjoy a short coastal walk before taking the afternoon ferry from Skye to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, looking out for seabirds and dolphins on the 90 minute crossing. Arriving on Harris, we visit the wonderful beaches of Luskentyre and Seileboist before heading to our accommodation in time to freshen up before dinner.
Distance: approx.6km / approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Tarbert


Day 4: Glens & Beaches of North Harris
North Harris is one of the most spectacular areas of the Outer Hebrides. We will spend the day exploring the glens and beaches, perhaps visiting the white sands of Huisinis or hiking into the glens to see the massive cliffs of Sron Uladal. A wonderful day whichever route we choose!
Distance: approx.12km / approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Tarbert


Day 5: The Machair of Harris & the Golden Road
Today we walk on the ‘machair’ of Harris, the Gaelic name for the coastal hinterland which in summer is a carpet of wild flowers. We climb Toe Head (365m), high above beach of Traigh Scarasta, from where St. Kilda can be sometimes be seen jutting out of the Atlantic horizon. We then complete a circuit of southern Harris as we drive back north via the ’Golden Road’, stopping at 15th century Rodel Church and other places along the way.
Distance: approx.6km / approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Tarbert


Day 6: Circuit of Scalpay
This tiny island is located off the east coast of Harris and is now connected to Harris by a bridge, which opened in 1997, with the first person to cross being 103-year old Mrs Kirsty Morrison. We’ll enjoy a circumnavigation of the island, exploring its wonderful coastline and visiting the remote lighthouse at Rubh an Eorna.
Distance: approx.10km / approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Tarbert


Day 7: Callanish Standing Stones; & Return to Inverness
After breakfast, we journey north to Lewis, where we visit the 5000 year old Callanish Standing Stones, which date back to 3000BC. Set high on a moor with a backdrop of sea and mountains, this is a moving experience for many and a wonderful place to end this island odyssey. Leaving the stones behind, we continue to Stornoway where we take the ferry back to the mainland and transfer back to Inverness.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

PLEASE NOTE - The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors.

This walking holiday is suitable for active travelers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.


Rates and Dates for Hebrids and Skye

Rates include:

Accommodation, Most meals, All transport throughout the trip (starting and finishing in Inverness), All private boat and ferry transfers & Services of an experienced walking guide and driver throughout your trip.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionGBP ~US$
    A
    20217 day trip£1860$2455
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.32
Minimum Deposit: ~$30.00 per person

Rates Note:

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. Please note that on this trip there are no single rooms available.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. Please note that on this trip there are no single rooms available.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionGBP~US$
2021 Transfer from Inverness train station at 10:30 am on day one £ 0 $0
2021 Single supplement (if requested, pending availability) £ 345 $455

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 04/17 - 04/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2021 05/01 - 05/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2021 05/15 - 05/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2021 06/12 - 06/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Expired
A 2021 07/03 - 07/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 08/14 - 08/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 09/04 - 09/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/02 - 10/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/16 - 10/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Transport to and from the holiday start/end point, Some meals (dinners on day 2, 4 and 5) & Incidental personal expenditure e.g. alcoholic drinks, laundry, etc.

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Outer Hebrides and Skye Walk (ZZ-HK-WS01):

With Scottish Government guidance changing on the 15th of July to allow tourism businesses to reopen, we opted for a gentle, considerate and respectful route to our own opening.
We're delighted to have reopened our doors to bookings and give you confidence that we're running both private tours and small group holidays across the UK, with all the responsible measures you'd expect to see in place.
We’re Good to Go is the industry standard that has been created across all 4 nations in the UK to show that we as a business have followed the government and industry guidelines, have an updated risk assessment in place and have the processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

This page outlines the main changes we are making. During your trip, your guide will ensure that everyone understands the procedures, which are generally simple-to-follow rules which you are most likely living by already.
Our updated operating procedures have been guided by advice from the Scottish and UK Governments, as well as guidance from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Wild Scotland (the trade association for activity and nature-based operators in Scotland). We’ve also been involved in action groups at national and local level, ensuring that a full range of measures have been considered and implemented.
Furthermore, we have reached out to our local contacts across Scotland to ensure that the local communities are happy for us to visit and explore their beautiful landscapes. They are ready to welcome you and so are we.

Traveller Responsibility:
1. We request that all travellers bring a minimum of 2 reusable masks so you can wash one each evening and leave the other to dry.
2. That clients declare to us if they have had Covid or Covid like symptoms.
3. That client’s self-health check and declare to the guide as soon as possible if they do feel any Covid symptoms. It would be beneficial if you would bring a thermometer to keep track of your temperature.
4. That you do not travel if you feel unwell or are symptomatic before the trip.
5. That you agree in good grace to follow all guidelines and procedures set out by our guide and any suppliers we use.

You will need to wear a mask while travelling in our vehicles and in other locations specified by Government regulations (e.g. – shops).
There may be occasions when you need to put a mask on briefly – for example, if your guide is assisting you with some equipment.
But you will not need a mask during the day’s activities so you can hike breathing in the fresh Highland air and enjoying unencumbered views.

As you can imagine, each accommodation, restaurants and cafes will have slightly different arrangements in place to ensure it is operating safely. Your guide will explain to you the arrangements at each accommodation before you arrive.
One change you will notice if you’ve travelled with us before is that we will not all eat together at one group table. Instead, groups will be split into smaller tables to ensure we allow for social distancing.
We will continue to provide snacks throughout the trip to keep you fuelled! However, these will be individually allocated rather than being from a shared basket.

Our client’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us and with that in mind you will see below the steps that we are taking to protect you and mitigate the risk of contracting & spreading Coronavirus / COVID-19 while you are travelling on our tours.

  • Capacity in our vehicles has been limited to 5 travellers.
  • We request that you wear your face mask while in our vehicles at all times.
  • While vehicles are moving we’ll ensure that the windows are open to increase fresh airflow and circulation.
  • Each vehicle will be thoroughly sanitised at start and end of the trip.
  • Your vehicle will be provided with hand sanitiser and tissues.
  • We will dispose of any rubbish bag with tissues at the end of every day.
  • We use the sanitizing spray to wipe down van surfaces daily.

DOs:

  • Notify your guide if you are feeling unwell at the earliest opportunity.
  • Meet and greet your guide and other participants with the namaste gesture.
  • Avoid unnecessary personal contact (hugs, kisses, high-fives etc.) and passing around of objects.
  • Please make the effort not to touch your face and follow the personal hygiene recommendations.
  • Wash your hands properly and often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
  • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are not well.
  • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.

DON’Ts:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles.
  • Do not pass your phone or camera to others.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Inverness
Airport: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness
Transfer: From Glasgow or Endinburgh to Inverness by train (not included).

Climate:
                                                Stornoway area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

45

45

47

50

54

58

61

61

58

54

48

46

Average Low Temperature (°F)

36

35

37

39

43

48

51

51

48

44

39

36

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

7

8

10

12

14

16

16

14

12

9

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

3

4

6

9

10

10

9

7

4

2

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

19

15

17

13

11

11

12

12

15

18

19

18

Source: NOAA


Seasons
When the sun shines in Scotland, it is the best place in the world to be! And although the Scottish climate is renowned for its variability, it is not nearly as rainy as you may think. Even if you get caught in the rain, you will see waterfalls and rivers come to life, and the mountains take on an atmospheric appearance which can be very dramatic.

Spring
During spring and early summer, meadows of wild flowers bring an abundance of colors to the landscape and it is a great time to experience Scotland’s rich wildlife and birdlife. May and June are the driest and sunniest months and a recommended time to visit Scotland. The northerly latitude also means that Scotland enjoys 4 hours more daylight than London, with the most northerly regions barely getting dark during the weeks around midsummer.

Summer
July & August are the warmest months. This is a popular time to visit Scotland but our trips are based in genuine wilderness areas far from the crowds. Scotland’s famous purple heather is at its best in late August.

Autumn
Late summer brings generally settled weather as we pass into September and October. Autumnal colors begin to emerge with birch and rowan trees throwing up particularly bright colors which complement the reddish hue of the hillsides, roamed by well-camouflaged red deer.

What To Bring:
The following lists are designed to help your preparation and packing for your trip. The list is not exhaustive and, given the range of personal references, does not include all clothing that you will be required for general use, evening wear etc.

Recommended Personal Equipment
Having suitable equipment and clothing will help make your trip even more enjoyable, especially if the weather is less than perfect at any time. 
We recommend the following clothing and personal items for our Wilderness Walking holidays:
- Fully waterproof jacket such as ME Kongur Jacket*
- Waterproof trousers such as ME GTX Pant
- Leg Gaiters such as ME Glacier Gaiter
- Waterproof hill-walking boots with good ankle support, such as Scarpa ZG 65 GTX
- Small "day" rucksack (25-35 litre) such as the ME Dru
- Rucksack liner/large plastic bag for keeping items dry
- Fleece jacket such as ME Velocity Jacket
- Lightweight Trousers such as ME Approach Zip-Off Pant
- Shorts (or bring ‘zip-off’ trousers)
- Base layers such as ME Momentum T-shirt
- Warm hat & Gloves
- Thick Socks such as those by Thorlo
- Water bottle and /or Thermos flask
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Comfortable clothes for evening wear
- Personal washkit (towels are supplied)
- Any personal medicines

Optional extras:
- Camera (plus spare film / memory card and batteries)
- Binoculars
- Insect repellent
- Ordnance Survey maps 13, 14 & 23

Group Equipment 
We will provide all necessary group equipment including first aid kit and group shelter.

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
The following is a list of recommended items. Although most of these items are generally available along the route, it is always more convenient to have a ready supply. This is particularly relevant to any specialist medication.
- Antiseptic cream
- Plasters, bandages, adhesive tape, zinc oxide tape
- Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
- Anti-inflammatory drugs e.g. Ibuprofen
- Analgesics e.g. Aspirin
- Anti-diaorrheal drugs: e.g. Imodium
- Antihistamines
- Re-Hydration salts or solution e.g. Dioralyte
- Throat lozenges & Dextrose glucose tablets
- Water purification tablets
- Insect Repellent
- Contact lenses and glasses (if appropriate)
We recognise that sometimes it is difficult to decide exactly what to bring and what will be most suitable. We are, of course, pleased to advise based on our experience so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries at all.