We often get asked by our Guests about good routes to walk and if we can recommend any good Guide books to help them plan their walks. We’ve picked some that we use ourselves.
There’s a wide selection of Guide Books about Skye, ranging from the describing a short simple amble to the most detailed route descriptions intended and indeed required for traversing the Cuillin Ridge. If you intend on doing some walking or exploring more than the major tourist honey posts, to get the most from your trip to the Isle of Skye, some pre-planning using these guides will pay dividends.
Isle of Skye: 40 Coast and Country Walks
This compact book has foldable cover flaps which is great for finding the right page when you’re walking a route. Some real hidden gems in here. We often use this book if we’re looking for a new route to explore.
Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse
Not for the inexperienced or foolhardy! The Author Adrian Trendall lives in Glenbrittle on Skye and offers Professional Mountain Guiding. Check out his website here and his All Things Cuillin Facebook Group, an invaluable resource for anyone visiting Skye’s Cuillin Mountains. His Guide to the Cuillin Ridge Traverse is meticulous in detail. We have 2 copies!
Walking The Skye Trail
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 18 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.
Walks – The Isle of Skye (including Raasay)
This is a great value little book. It may not have the slick production of some of the other Guides but it’s cheap enough to not bother too much if it gets soggy on your Walk! There’s 31 routes decribed and these range from short strolls to longer hikes.
Who doesn’t love a good map? The Go To selection for most people wanting to explore the area are the OS 1:50000 Landranger Series. For those who want a lot more details, the OS 1:25000 Explorer Range is the best choice. Both of these types of Map come with a digital downloadable version for your smart device. For the most detailed coverage, the range of Harvey Maps are hard to beat. They’re specially designed for off road travel and are made from durable water resistant /waterproof materials.
OK Landranger 23 – North Skye
Experience the wild, remote magnificence of the Isle of Skye, from beautiful Portree, the island’s largest town, to the jagged 53-foot pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr. Discover Dunvegan and the castle seat of Clan Mcleod or take a boat to the stunning Ascrib Islands to see seals, puffins and even sea eagles.
- Visit the iconic lighthouse at Neist Point for spectacular views of Skye’s most dramatic stretch of coastline and glimpses of orca whales and dolphins
- Explore the Totternish Peninsula with its Fairy Glen and the spectacular basaltic rock formations of the Quiraing and Totternish Ridge
- Walk, hike and cycle among the sublime Skye scenery on the Duirinish, Waternish and Trotternish peninsulas
OS Landranger 32 – South Skye & Cuillin Hills
Experience the iconic, jagged ridge of the Black Cuillin, the UK’s most challenging mountain range containing 11 Munros, and the gentler, rounded Red Cuillin, beloved of hillwalkers. Discover some of the Isle of Skye’s most remote and extraordinary scenery, from Bla Bheinn – often called Britain’s most beautiful peak – rising above Loch Slapin on the Strathaird Peninsula to the Aird of Sleat and its views of mountainous Rum.
- Visit the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle and glimpse otters and red deer as you descend to peaceful Loch Eynort
- Explore Broadford, Skye’s second largest settlement and the villages of Elgol, Drynoch and Tarskavaig
- Walk, hike, climb and cycle among the sublime Skye scenery of the Cuillin Hulls, Loch Harport and the isles of Raasay, Scalpay and Rum
The Harvey series of Long Distance Route maps now have the same the advanced technology used in the creation of their best-selling British Mountain Maps. They are tough, durable, light and 100% waterproof virtually indestructible in normal use. They are light to carry and compact with the routes clearly marked. They also contains general information, useful telephone numbers and a full key.
The Skye Trail is a challenging unofficial route through the island which is specifically aimed at experienced hillwalkers. The route follows much of the amazing Trotternish Ridge and passes beneath the peaks and pinnacles of the Cuillin, which are considered to be the finest mountains in Britain. There are also remarkable coastal cliffs, steep trails, high drops and haunting ruins of deserted villages destroyed in the highland clearances.
You have various choices of different routes through tough terrain or easier walking with spectacular mountain views and coastal scenery. It is not waymarked making this map an essential piece of your equipment.