Begin the day at the geological wonder of the Old Man of Storr, and follow the sweeping Trotternish Ridge over peak and through valleys before arriving at the Quiraing, whilst enjoying stunning views the entire way.
A spectacular day starting at the iconic Old Man of Storr, a jutting stone pinnacle that bursts from the grassy ground to tower above you, improbably tall and thin. The day finishes at the Quiraing, a similarly impressive geological feature. Traverse the Totternish Ridge's full 20 km, dipping into quietly sheltered valleys before rising back up to the exposed ridge tops. Due to the natural curve of the ridge, you can expect awe-inspiring vistas of the ridge itself, with no end of natural beauty surrounding it - it is widely considered to be one of the most scenic walks in the UK. The views, in every direction, are astounding - in the strait between Skye and the mainland, a green and luscious island, the Isle of Rassay lies.
Please be aware that this is a challenging day hike, at 24 km and with over 1500 m of ascent it is physically very difficult. The weather on the ridge is very changeable, and visibility can be poor, with some dangerous drops to your right for most of the day. You should be a competent navigator and hill climber with a good level of fitness to take on this challenge. The rewards for those who do are immense.
Set off early, the views are too spectacular to be rushed. It is rare to have such beauty in every direction and you should make the most of it.
This is a serious ridge/cliff top walk. This means there are large drops to your right-hand side for almost all of the trek and visibility may not be consistently good. Be very aware of this and use the Macs Adventures app where possible. Be sure to also bring a map and a compass.
The weather is very changeable on the ridge, and snow can come late in the year. Be sure to bring suitable clothing for all weather types.
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.
Points of interest
The Old Man of Storr
A tall and jagged rock formation, jutting brutally out of the ground and surrounded by soft grassy slopes. The Old Man of Storr is part of the Storr Peak and rock formation. The views from here, with the Old Man in the foreground and the sea, the Cuillin Ridge and the Isle of Raasay in the background are astounding.
Isle of Raasay
Birthplace of Sorley Maclean, a famous Scottish Poet this island inspired some his writing. With the Scottish coast and Appletree lying on the other side of the strait, the peaks on the mainland snowcapped into the start of spring. Rassay is Gallic for 'Land of the Roe Deer, and it is uniquely heavily forested, lush and green with a different landscape and ecosystem to Skye.
The peak of Benin Edra as an Ordnance Survey way marker on it. You will pass right over the summit, and this peak stands apart from other sections of the ridge providing the most astounding 360-degree views of Skye, the mainland and most spectacularly the rest of the ridge.
Food & Drink
There is no where to eat of drink along today's remote walk so please bring all the food and water you will require. You can buy provisoons in Portree before you leav from the Co-op.
Please bring warm and waterproof clothing including a hat and gloves. Expect all weathers on Skye as ever though and don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses. The ground is challenging so a sturdy pair of walking boots is reccomended along with walking poles to take some pressure off your knees on the ascents and descents.