Parts of the route follow the cliff tops, particularly the first 5 km - be very careful of the drop and do not go to close to the edge. If you are on the shoreline, be aware of the tide.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with pebbly beaches and muddy or rocky grassland. Ensure you have suitable footwear and be cautious with your footing.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Braes battle and monument
In 1882 local crofting tenants facing eviction from the land withheld rent and released sheep onto a forbidden area on the shores of Ben Lee. Sent to evict them, the Sheriff Officer from Portree was met by an angry mob, who forced him to burn the eviction notices. Subsequently, 50 Glasgow policemen, sent to quell the rebellion, faced 100 men, women and children, armed with sticks and stones. Small fines were imposed in court, but it was clear that law and order could only be enforced with military assistance. After the Battle of the Braes, the unrest spread to Glendale, Skye. The rebellion led to the Napier Commission and ultimately the Crofters Act of 1886, which brought security of tenure and the right to hand a croft on to their heirs. The Battle of the Braes is celebrated by a monument and a folk song.
Marked by its distinctive multi-coloured houses, painted so sailors could identify their home from afar, Portree harbour is incredibly picturesque. Portree harbour has a sheltered deep water anchorage which provides good shelter from all winds, so is a haven in stormy weathers for all those on the water. The harbour is also home to a flourishing fishing fleet and a busy salmon farming industry.
Aros is a popular visitor attraction and community cultural centre offering exhibition, cinema, live music, comedy, dance, drama, theatre, galleries and workshops. Situated just outside Portree, it also has a family-friendly restaurant, gift shop and children’s play areas.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere along the route to get food and water so make sure you request a packed lunch from your accommodation in Slgachan in advance and take enough water for the walk ahead to Portree. Once arriving in Portree there are plenty of cafes, shops and restuarants to seek refreshments and a packed lunch for the next day. Portree can be busy during the summer months so we reccomend booking dinner ahead of time.
The ground can be uneven, be sure to wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support and waterproofing. As ever make sure you are prepared for all weather carrying warm, and waterproof clothing along with layers.
There are a number of stream crossings, walking poles can make these crossing easier and safer. They also come in handy when crossing uneven ground or making steep descents.