This guidebook describes the challenging 80-mile (128km) Skye Trail, a week-long trek across the magical Isle of Skye, the largest island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. As yet unwaymarked, the route demands navigational skill, fitness and self-reliance and is therefore suitable for experienced backpackers and mountain walkers. The trail is presented in 7 stages of between 7 (11.5km) and 173/4 miles (28.5km), plus an alternative stage to include an ascent of Bla Bheinn. Alongside detailed route description, 1:50,000 OS mapping and stunning photography, the guide provides a wealth of information about Skye’s rich history, culture, literature, geology, wildlife and plants, as well as practical advice such as when to go, what to take and where to stay. From the headland of Rubha Hunish, through Portree to Broadford, the Skye Trail provides the walker with a tour of Skye’s most iconic landforms – including the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin – as well as of its turbulent history, from Iron Age forts to the ruins of Clearance villages.
Helen and Paul Webster have lived in the Scottish Highlands since 2005 and co-founded Walkhighlands in 2007, a free online guide and forum for walkers in Scotland. They are passionate about the need to conserve wild land while developing local tourism at the same time. Helen and Paul have co-authored 11 walking books.