Skye Trail Route

This is our suggested Skye Trail route. Click on Itineraries and Prices for various route options.

Day 1: Travel to the small village of Flodigarry, near the northern tip of the Isle of Skye. Once home of the famous Flora MacDonald, who settled here after she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie in his famous escape across the island.

Day 2: Rubha Hunish to Flodigarry (7.5 miles / 11.5 km) 
Travel by local bus up to the remote Rubha Hunish headland, the northernmost point of the Isle of Skye, to begin your walk southwards. Quiet farmland and exhilarating clifftop walking characterise this short walking day, as you make your way back to Flodigarry for a second night.

Day 3: Flodigarry to The Storr (17.5 miles / 28.5 km)
Certainly the most challenging day of the Skye Trail, but infinitely rewarding. Begin with a walk from Flodigarry up to the famous Quiraing on the Trotternish Ridge, an alien-like landscape of rock pinnacles and cliffs. Once on the Trotternish Ridge, the Skye Trail continues southwards for a full traverse, over pathless and undulating ground, with fantastic views from high points to surrounding isles and the mainland. Finally, reaching the much-visited Old Man of Storr, where a taxi will take you to your accommodation in Portree.

Day 4: The Storr to Portree
 (8.5 miles / 14 km)
A taxi will drop you back at The Storr this morning, for a comparatively short day. You will follow mostly cliff tops round the coast, with good views over to the Isle of Raasay. Finish along the shore line by turning into Portree bay, ending with a second night in the village of Portree.

Day 5: Portree to Sligachan (12 miles / 19 km)
Walk through the crofting community of The Braes on your way round to Loch Sligachan - a winding lane making it’s way through fine scenery. Upon reaching Loch Sligachan, the trail follows the shoreline inland towards the historic Sligachan Hotel, framed by the magnificent Cuillin mountains which dominate the view. Soak up some of the mountaineering history at The Sligachan Hotel, the base for many of the pioneering first ascents of the Cuillin in the 19th century.

Day 6: Sligachan to Elgol
 (11.5 miles / 18 km)
A gloriously scenic day along Glen Sligachan, squeezed between the ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ Cuillin mountains which line either side. Here you can feel a million miles from civilisation. Reaching Camasunary Bay on the South side of the island, you will follow more shoreline down to the village of Elgol, where the views back to the Cuillin are arguably the most spectacular in the British Isles.

Day 7: Elgol to Torrin
 (10.5 miles / 16.5 km)
A mixed day of paths and roads, passing through a number of small settlements along one of the more sheltered of Skye’s coastlines. This makes it one of the greenest, where wildlife is more abundant. Peaks on the mainland also come into view here. One of these small settlements, Torrin, is your end point for the day. 

Day 8: Torrin to Broadford
 (12.5 miles / 20 km) 
Your final day on the Skye Trail is away from roads, visiting the ruins of the villages of Suisnish and Boreraig - victims of the Highland Clearances, part of Skye’s darker history. The course of an old mining railway takes you on a final stretch to the village of Broadford, the end point of the Skye Trail.

Day 9: Onward travel 
Travel homewards from Broadford. Transport links are straightforward here, being on the main bus route to Inverness and Glasgow, and only a 15 minute taxi ride to Kyle of Lochalsh railway station on the mainland