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.