Our Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye walking tour of Scotland explores the Scottish Highlands on foot before heading for more hiking on Isle of Skye. For these walking tours in Scotland, you will need a hire car or your own car.
Our hiking in the Scottish Highlands starts by heading to Fort William; the adventure capital of Scotland where you can hike for a few days. You will have the opportunity to hike up Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak. If you didn’t want to tackle Ben Nevis, then we have various options for easier walks, so you can still enjoy hiking in the Scottish Highlands.
Afterwards, you then drive North to the Isle of Skye. This will now be your base where you can see the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Which is probably one of the most photographed Castles in Scotland. Once on Skye, you can enjoy various Skye walks while enjoying the beautiful scenery
We have many walking tours in Scotland which are self-guided. However, walking the Scottish highlands is well worth the drive to see the spectacular scenery. This self-driving tour of Scotland lets you explore at your own pace, which means you can relax and experience true Scotland.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
If you fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh airports pick up your rental car and start the scenic 3 hour drive to Fort William. Driving alongside Loch Lomond before heading over Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. Maybe stopping at Loch Leven and Glencoe (the home of the Glencoe massacre of 1692, when 38 members of the MacDonald clan were massacred). A few more miles and you shall arrive at Fort William.
Today you can have a warm-up walk up the River Nevis Valley – you will see the path which you may take tomorrow if you take the challenge up, Ben Nevis. The route today is pretty easy but you do have some stream crossings and the ground can become wet and boggy in places. You have lovely valley scenes as you eventually join up with the last sections of the West Highland Way.
At the far turning point of today’s walk, you can extend the walk by continuing to the Falls of Steall, a waterfall which apparently the 2nd highest in Scotland.
Today is the big one, a challenge even for the most experienced hikers. You shall climb the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Hiking up the valley, steep in places you eventually reach a T-junction where the climbing eases. Now a stony path you zigzag towards the top before the last gentle incline to the summit. If this walk is too difficult then let us know and we can provide a few other walk options which are of the same difficulty level as the other walks on the trip.
If Ben Nevis is too difficult or you do not have the correct clothing you can walk either Cows Hill, 6.1 miles 9.8 km, or do the Falls of Steall extension walk mentioned above.
Today a drive of around 30 minutes along the road to the Isles. This is a stunning drive passing mountains and lochs. Your walk takes you across the low hills with fabulous sea views across to the Isle of Skye. You then drop down to Peanmeanach a small remote village on a secluded bay. In bygone years the only access was by this track or boat along the Loch. Now, this truly is a ghost village. After your walk drive a little further north to Mallaig and across the ferry to Skye (last ferry 6 pm). You now have a short drive across the Skye bridge to either Kyle of Lochlash or Dornie. Dornie is where the Eilean Donan Castle is located, made famous by many a movie, one of which being a James Bond film.
Now that you have enjoyed your Highland walking, you now head to island life. A drive of around 30 minutes onto Skye and towards the Elgol peninsular. You walk climbs gently towards the Black Mountains. As you reach the summit you see the “ Surprise View “ of Camasunery bay. Walk down to the bay and have lunch in the walker’s bothy. Return the same way. When you get back to your car continue to Elgol and maybe take wildlife and sea life cruise (extra expense).
This is your last walk in this area. First, there is a short drive of around 10 minutes to the trail start which leads to the Falls of Glomach. The waterfalls drop around 120m and are Scotland’s highest waterfalls. You follow well-marked trails which take you over the mountain range to the far side to come out at the falls near its summit. You will hear the waterfalls before you see them. You return the same way back to your car. If you have time maybe you can visit Eilean Donan Castle. At the very least take out your camera and take photos of the castle in its stunning location.
Now is your time to depart the Highland’s of Scotland and return to Edinburgh or Glasgow (allow 5-6 hours). You can also continue your holiday in the beautiful and remote Scottish Highlands.
By plane to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports and then by rental car to Fort William.
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