Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Northbound Start: Broadford Finish: Rubha Hunish Distance: 80 miles (129km) Total ascent: 13,074ft (3985m) Traditional northbound sections: (Over seven days) Broadford - Torrin, 12 milesTorrin - Elgol, 10 milesElgol - Sligachan, 11 milesSligachan - Portree, 12 milesPortree - Storr, 9 milesStorr - Flodigarry, 18 milesFlodigarry - Rubha Hunish, 8 miles Map from The Hiking Life … Continue reading Skye Trail: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Skye Trail, Day 4: Portree To Beinn Edra (17 miles)

I slept solidly for almost eight hours. I'd been expecting a windy night in my somewhat unsheltered pitch but my tent barely rustled at all. It was an easy straight path to rejoin the trail and the morning started on green, soft turf as I headed along the coastline. Storr was in my sights, and … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 4: Portree To Beinn Edra (17 miles)

Skye Trail, Day 3: Sligachan to Portree (12 miles)

As lovely and atmospheric as it seemed to be camped near to a waterfall, the mistakes with this were two fold; the soothing sounds of running water meant I would wake every now and then convinced I needed a wee, eventually unfold myself from my warm bag and stride outside to find that it was … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 3: Sligachan to Portree (12 miles)

Skye Trail, Day 2: Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles)

I woke up in the misty drizzle of the morning with a sense of foreboding. Anyone researching the Skye Trail knows all about the Trotternish Ridge and how strenuous is can be, but this small section of only three or four miles between Elgol and Camasunary is the absolute death trap. Hikers fall and die … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 2: Elgol to Sligachan (12 miles)

Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)

The morning light folded the mist above the mountains into shades of blue like fine, laundered gauze. I had been sitting impatiently at the window of my room in Broadford, bag at the ready, waiting for enough of the daylight to arrive to begin. September now; morning came later, and month by month the hours … Continue reading Skye Trail, Day 1: Broadford to Elgol (23 miles)

The Skye Trail: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

When the Vikings came to Skye in 795BC the native Picts and Gaels took their belongings and went inland into the great buttressed crags, steep coned mountains, and by the icy dark lochs all shrouded in mist. They concealed their herds in the twisted, warped waves of the Trotternish Ridge and waited on the black, … Continue reading The Skye Trail: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List