A magnificent day of coastal walking with wonderful views to Raasay and Torridon. Note that much of the walk today is not on paths so you will need the ability to navigate with map and compass.
We recommend that you don't do the walk in bad weather/visibility due to the exposed nature of the path. In bad visibility the way may also be difficult to see so good map reading and compass skills are essential.
*** This route provides a diversion around the 2017 landslide on the tree-lined coastal slopes just after leaving Portree. The path is closed until the surface can be stabilised.***
The landslide diversion means that the path begins in Portree; to avoid walking on the minor road to Torvaig begin in Somerled Square, Portree and follow a path out of town to Torvaig to rejoin the route.
From Torvaig farm follow the coastline, with steep drops down to the right, on a vague grassy path to reach the trigpoint on the highest point of the coastal ridge (Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing) to be rewarded with fantastic views. Follow the coastline north towards the The Storr Lochs Dam (Loch Leatharn Dam) car park crossing moorland, all the while with views of The Old Man of Storr ahead.
Your taxi will meet you at the end of the walk either at The Storr dam car park or The Storr car park. Please see your accommodation sheet for the transfer time and place, and call the transfer partner directly within plenty of time to arrange an earlier/later time if this doesn't suit.
We recommend taking a good camera/smartphone with you on this route because the views are certainly worth capturing. The vista towards The Storr and Trotternish Ridge ahead is spectacular, as is the outlook over the cliffs and the sea on your right.
We recommend that you don't do the walk in bad weather/visibility due to the exposed nature of the path. In bad visibility the path may also be difficult to see so good map reading and compass skills are essential.
The route is pathless, boggy and rough for the final 3 km before the dam; preceeded by excellent cliff-top walking with steep ground to the right. The path descending from the cliff tops is indistinct and again is steep in places. The cliffs are exposed and there is no shelter on this walk; food and water, and warm/waterproof clothing is required.
Points of Interest
The Old Man of Storr
All along this route, looking north, you'll be able to see The Storr. It is the highest point on the Trotternish Ridge, the longest known geological landslip in Britain, which exposes the innards of an ancient landscape sculpted by volcanic activity. Below The Storr is The Sanctuary, home to the extraordinary rock pinnacles the Old Man of Storr and Needle Rock. This landscape is so unique and alien in appearance that Hollywood film director Ridley Scott used the Trotternish Ridge as a filming location for his science fiction film Prometheus.
Portree is the charming town from which you'll depart to begin the route. It is the island's capital, and with it's colourful waterfront and many cafes, shops, restaurants it is a great base from where to explore the Isle of Skye.
Food & Drink
There's a Co-op supermarket in Portree where you get a picnic lunch and snacks for the walk before setting off. There isn't anywhere to eat on this remote walk so do take enough a water for an entire day's walk. You will pass plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants on leaving Portree.
The majority of the route passes over rough ground on a very faint path. After rainfall the route can be boggy underfoot so we recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots. You may also like to use walking poles as these can help by taking some pressure off your knees on steep slopes, or help with balance when the ground underfoot is rough or slippery. The path is exposed to the elements - the weather on Skye can be variable all year so make sure you have waterproofs, warm layers and a hat, buff/scarf, and gloves with you. There are no places to eat along the way so make sure to bring a packed lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (at least 2 ltires).