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Some advice on scottish hiking

Some advice on scottish hiking


Postby Doro_Nico » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:19 pm

Hello everyone !

I'm planning a trip of seven days in Scotland and I would like if you can give me some advice on what hiking I should do.
I've gone through the site and there are many possibilities that interest me. But there are so much that I can't decide ! Maybe someone can help me make a choice !

On Skye, for example, I know it is quite popular, but is there a hike you would recommend that it's not too crowded. I've been to Fairy Pools, which is a marvelous place, but I was a little baffled to see all the people present on the premises. And I would love to find a place a little out of the tourist track. :wink: :wink:

And I'm going to Glencoe and I was wondering if the Lost Valley trail is a "busy" one or not !?

Thank you for any advice or idea !!

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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby jmarkb » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:50 pm

Welcome to WH!

If you are looking for something a bit quieter on Skye, I would recommend Ben Tianavaig https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/bentianavaig.shtml

The Lost Valley can be quite busy: go early or late in the day if you want it quiet! For an alternative short walk in Glencoe, you could try the Devil's Staircase and Stob Mhic Martuin: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/scotland/highland/stob-mhic-mhartuin-via-devils-staircase?ref=sidebar-static-map or the Pap of Glencoe if you are feeling a bit more adventurous: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/papofglencoe.shtml
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby WalkWithWallace » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:32 pm

The Lost Valley in Glen Coe is a popular walk, so expect quite a few folk paricularly on the weekends.The walk to the Blackwater Resorvoir is an enjoyable walk:
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/blackwater.shtml

Or the Lairigs walk:
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/2-lairigs.shtml

The Isle of Raasay which you get to from the ferry in Sconser, Skye is worth a visit. Dun Caan is a cracking walk:
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/duncaan.shtml
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby Sgurr » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:41 pm

You could try Sgurr na Stri. If you go to Elgol and catch a boat there is less walking. If you are fit and want to have a running commentary from the boatmen, get the normal first boat, otherwise ask for the climbers boat which sets off around 8 am and this will give you plenty of time to get back for the last boat. You get wonderful views on a clear day, with the entire Cuillin ridge spread out before you, but it is less than 2000 feet. This report will give you some idea of what it is like, but unless you are very confident, it is best to get the boat back rather than take the rather exposed route to Elgol.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17031
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby allanglens » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:02 pm

Sgurr wrote:You could try Sgurr na Stri. If you go to Elgol and catch a boat there is less walking. If you are fit and want to have a running commentary from the boatmen, get the normal first boat, otherwise ask for the climbers boat which sets off around 8 am and this will give you plenty of time to get back for the last boat. You get wonderful views on a clear day, with the entire Cuillin ridge spread out before you, but it is less than 2000 feet. This report will give you some idea of what it is like, but unless you are very confident, it is best to get the boat back rather than take the rather exposed route to Elgol.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17031


I would second that re Sgurr na Stri. A couple of years ago we walked in from Sligachan - an absolute slog but great views of Marsco and the Cuillin. Then the view from the top is as spectacular in fact as it is in the photos.

On a previous trip I walked the coastal path from Camasunary back to Elgol. It's 'interesting' and there are a couple of bits where you wouldn't want to slip. So I really wouldn't fancy it when it's been wet. Walking in from Elgol would be even more spectacular, with the views of the Cuillin unfolding with every twist of the path. But it's probably not the sort of path where you want those distractions!
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby SummitStupid » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:22 pm

Sgurr Na Stri is brilliant, but also reccommend this short-ish coastal walk

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/portreecoast.shtml

though I would do it in the reverse direction, from Portree to the Storr, as you get the climbing done quickly and are then hit with surprise, superb cliff views.
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby Giant Stoneater » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:15 am

If you want a less touristy route for Skye take a trip out to Idrigill Point and Macleod's Maidens,the path can get slightly wet and boggy.
Or a walk to Boreraig and Suisnish,can be done one way or circular if you don't mind a small bit of road walking.
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby gaffr » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:09 pm

Hello,
To visit the inner sanctuary...Coruisk...take the B8083 road from Broadford to close to Kirkibost. Take the track over to Camasunary bay....bothy there to escape the biting insects and to stay overnight. Follow path around to Loch Coruisk. Possible to loop back around to the Bothy on a path. If you want a hill to ascend....South ridge of Blabheinn….usually not too many folks get around there...I guess nowadays it depends on the number coming in, to the sea loch, by boat to Loch na Cuilce.
Where do you walk in Switzerland?
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Re: Some advice on scottish hiking

Postby Doro_Nico » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:41 pm

Thank you everyone for your suggestions !!
I will examine each of them and will try to make a choice !!
So hard... so hard !!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :wink:

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