Introduction to walking on Skye
The route descriptions in this section are intended to provide a rough outline and demonstrate the range of options, rather than provide a definitive guide. It is recommended that anyone keen to do a lot of walking on Skye purchase the relevant Ordinance Survey map. There are now a number to choose from. There are the 1:50,000 pink "Landranger" series (No's 23 & 32 cover most of Skye and Raasay) and the more detailed 1:25,000 orange "Explorer" series (No's 407 - 412). There are also numerous guidebooks with details of walking in this area.
The walks are split into "difficulty ratings." This is always rather subjective, one mans' Everest is another mans' gentle stroll! However the ratings take account of the following:
Easy: this route is fairly flat although it may involve some uphill walking, with an obvious track or path, it involves no tricky scrambling and can be completed in under two hours.
Moderate: this route could be steep, there may not be a path, although the route will be fairly easy to navigate. It could take up to a day to complete (eight hours.)
Difficult: This route may be on steep, rough terrain without a path and will take eight hours or more to complete. Navigation skills may be required.
Courtesy of Ella Maughan