Journeys 2018

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Date

Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th June

Nights

7

Cost

£965 for single occupancy, discounted to £885 for a shared room.

Description

Enjoy the long daylight hours to explore the Trotternish peninsula, and the lingering twilights in a very comfortable house with its own garden by the seashore, at Staffin, near the northernmost tip of the Isle of Skye. An excursion will be offered each day, including some challenging walks with steep slopes, but if you prefer at any time to stay and enjoy the peace and comfort of the delightful house, its garden and the beach, you can. Our hosts at Columba 1400 will make us very welcome and at ease. On the beach at Staffin you might even find some dinosaur footprints!

Walks and Excursions

If the weather is fine, we can walk sections of the path along the ridgetop which is the backbone of Trotternish, including the Old Man of Storr at the southern end, the curious rock formation of the Quiraing, which is very near to our accommodation, and the northernmost summit of the ridge, where, on a clear day, you can see the Outer Hebrides to the west, the mountains of the Scottish mainland to the east, and the open Atlantic to the north: it's open ocean as far as the polar ice cap, but you can't see that far!

If there is low cloud, we can enjoy some fine walks nearer to sea level, such as the stroll out to Rubha Hunish, the northernmost tip of Skye. Will the herd of fine Highland cattle still be grazing there? We can visit Flora MaDonald's burial place and the adjacent folk museum. Another pleasant stroll is along the track of the old mineral railway up to Loch Cuithir, a lonely tarn nestling beneath the mountains. Or we can go in search of the Fairy Glen; although the fairies may hide it from us in the mist! We might also venture slightly further, perhaps into the Waternish peninsular, to see the remains of Trumpan Church, scene of a terrible massacre during one of the clan wars, and on to the deserted village of Unish and Waternish Point.
(Walks are graded short-medium in length with moderate-challenging terrain)

Accommodation

Seven nights at Quairaing Lodge, close to the beach at Staffin. We shall be fully catered, with a self-service breakfast in the house, a packed lunch to take with us, and an evening meal in the restaurant at Columba 1400 at the end of each day.

Getting there

Please arrive at Inverness railway station by 1 p.m. on June 23rd. Onward transport to Skye will be by minibus. We will return you to Inverness by 2pm on the 30th.

Contact

Stephen Evemy (+44 (0)2380 332940 or +44 (0)7498 571648) and Paddy Allen