You’ll be dropped off by taxi transfer at Kilmarie, from here follow a well-defined track up and over a gentle, rounded ridge to gain spectacular views down onto Loch Coruisk and across to the Cuillin Ridge. Descend to pass by the sandy beach at Camasunary Bay where you may be tempted to take a short detour to dip your toes in the sea on a warm day. Follow the river north passing the Corbetts of Blaven and Marsco on your right and tranquil lochs on your left.
Please note: After heavy and prolonged rainfall the water level at the two main river crossings will likely be high. If you decide to go ahead with the walk walking poles are recommended to help with your balance when fording the river if the stepping stones are covered.
After heavy and prolonged rainfall the water level at the two main river crossings will likely be high. If you decide to go ahead with the walk walking poles are recommended to help with your balance when fording the river if the stepping stones are covered.
The route follows a good track from Kilmarie down to Camasunary Bay followed by a short boggy section for ~200m before joining a narrow gravelly path that will take you all the way to Sligachan with just some short areas across grassy or muddy terrain. After rain there will be plenty of small streams crossing the path and 2 larger river crossings which can usually be made with relative ease using some large stones to step on.
The path is rocky and occasionally crosses areas of exposed bedrock – take care as these can be slippery when wet.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Camasunary Bay Bothy
The route passes near Camasunary Bothy, the small stone cottage to the left-hand side of the track. Bothies are simple shelters from the elements where anyone who's out and about in the area can overnight instead of camping or bivvying; they often contain sleeping platforms and a fireplace.
Blah Bhein (or Blaven)
Blah Bhein stands at an imposing 990m, a towering citadel of stone that sits opposite the Cuillin Ridge. You will walk around the base of the mountain as you pass through the valley between Blah Bhein and the Cuillin Ridge. The mountain is quite magnificent by any standard, and one of the finest peaks on the Isle of Skye.
The ridge is an attraction for climbers and mountaineers from all over the world with 12 kilometres of uninterrupted ridgeline, to traverse it is a right of passage for many adventurers. The scramble includes 3000 metres of ascent, 18 peaks and 12 Munroes - it is not for the faint-hearted and requires extremely good levels of fitness as well as mountaineering skills.
Opposite Bla Bhein, to your left, you will pass underneath the Cuillin ridge. Once you reach the Sligachan Hotel you will have an even more magnificent view of this jagged spine of rocks that juts out of the ground.
Food & Drink
There are no places to stop en route today and nowhere to get food in Kilmarie before starting the walk. We recommend that you order a packed lunch from your accommodation the night before, or pop to the supermarket in Broadford the evening before to get provisions for a packed lunch. You'll be able to get dinner at the Sligachan Hotel if you're overnighting here, or if you're staying in Portree after a transfer there are plenty of eateries to choose from. If staying in Portree make sure to book a day or two ahead of time as this is a popular spot in the summer months and it can be very busy.
This a full day's walking through rugged and remote terrain. Make sure to bring plenty of food and water for the day along with comfortable walking boots, walking poles, rain gear and warm layers.
Please see the complete recommended kit list in your information pack.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.