Great routes for a winter walking break in Skye

If you are planning a winter walking break in Skye then we have some great ideas for walking routes that are just right for shorter days.  Our self catering holiday cottage, Springbank Cottage, website has details of several low and high level walking routes that you might like to try if you haven’t been to Elgol and this part of south Skye before.

The route to Sgurr na Stri via Camasunary is always a delight and we especially enjoy the Kylerhea Hills, notably for the ptarmigan on Ben Aslak in winter time.

Sgurr na Stri (no snow right side) and main Cuillin ridge beyond – all within walking distance of Springbank (partially obscured in right centre)

The coastal path from Elgol to Camasunary and on to Loch Coruisk is a challenging low level walk in winter but there options to keep things manageable, such as doing some fossil hunting at Glen Scaladal, or making use of the hill track at Strathaird.

You don’t have to tackle the high tops of the Cuillins to enjoy some great days out.  The wildlife can be exceptional in winter time with red deer coming a lot lower to feed and hungry raptors, including golden eagles, quartering the lower ground looking for food.

Winter-time can be great for beachcombing as all the west facing beaches are open to the full force of the mighty Atlantic in winter and all kinds of interesting things get washed up. Who knows what you might find.

And, at the end of the day, we’ve got full drying and airing facilities to get your kit ready to go again the next day.  The house has a log burning stove (with all fuel provided) to keep you warm in the evenings.

Our environmental activities room is equipped with lots of resources such as maps, guides, equipment for fossil hunting, binoculars and a telescope for bird watching.  You’ll certainly get more out of a stay on Skye at Springbank Cottage!

Snow covered Red Cuillins at Torrin near Elgol

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