Explore the Trotternish Ridge

Skye’s most popular attraction seems a strange location for a wilderness walk, but that’s because we don’t do the tourist route. We start our hike in the remote village of Peinaha, where we have a long uphill walk to reach the Trotternish Ridge. Once at the top, all the efforts become worthwhile as the most amazing and rarely seen views span out from all directions. The most impressive of these is the first major peak we reach – the Hill of the Red Fox. Standing here makes you feel like you are on top of the world, with dramatic vertical cliffs plunging down towards hidden lochs of black water.

As we head further along the ridge, we traverse several smaller but not insignificant peaks, the most demanding of which is Hartaval at 668 metres. From here, Storr looms large in the foreground, but rather than head for its summit, we skirt around its northern flanks to seek out the best view of the Old Man and the Sanctuary – the iconic rocks which so many come to see. Rather than mingle with the crowds at the base of the rocks, we admire a viewpoint used only by professional photographers and artists, and one you will never forget.

From here we make our way downhill along the main tourist path the car park where our minibus will be waiting to take you back to Portree.

  • Meeting/drop off point – Portree
  • Start of hiking route – Peinaha
  • End of hiking route – Storr car park
  • Length of hike – 10 miles (16 km)
  • Duration of hike – 8 hours
  • Total vertical ascent – 800m
  • Terrain – mostly on uneven firm ground. Boggy in places.
  • Wildlife sightings – High possibility of white tailed and golden eagles.

Bits You Need to Know…

  • Good quality, well worn waterproof walking boots are essential, with thick natural fibre hiking socks to prevent blisters. Waterproof clothing is strongly advised, as there is no shelter from passing showers on the ridge. Suncream is also recommended, and you are welcome to bring walking poles if these help you.
  • This route is not suitable for sufferers of vertigo of those uncomfortable with exposure.
  • The weather will play an enormous part in the enjoyment of this walk, so we may move the scheduled day by 24 hours in the event of poor weather being forecast on the scheduled day. High winds, low cloud and persistent rain will not allow you to enjoy this exposed ridge walk, so please be understanding if we suggest a change in the plan – it is for everyone’s benefit.
  • The entire ridge has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and conservation of the area is paramount. It is important that you respect this and leave no evidence of your presence. Don’t collect anything along the way as a souvenir, and don’t leave anything behind such as litter or cigarette butts.
  • A deposit of £50 per person is requested once we confirm your trip. In the event of a trip being cancelled due to poor weather or low turnout (less than 4 people), a full refund will be issued. The maximum group size is usually 6.
  • There is good mobile reception coverage along most of this walk, so you will be able to call friends or family with updates on your progress and estimated time of completion.
  • For anyone interested in photography, this trip offers the perfect opportunity to see some very impressive and seldom seen viewpoints.