The Isle of Skye is a fantastic place to visit if you're looking a real outdoor adventure then you need to take a look at going to the Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye is commonly referred to as the "the garden of the Skye" given that forest covered mountains drop quickly and sharply down to the ocean. The Isle of Skye is not only home to some of the best walking in the UK, but also to some fantastic resturants, hotels and beaches with rocky shorelines meaning that if the weather plays it's part then you have a lot of fun.
When visiting Skye, most people expect the usual high-octane adventures that come with the Misty Isle but sometimes what we need isn’t an epic, adrenaline-filled adventure. As people come to learn after some time, factors like weather, company or even energy levels can dictate a much gentler approach to walking.
This particular walk is perfect for when you’ve had time to clear steep hills and are now more interested in an easy stroll and rich outdoor experience. If you carry some luxuries in the pack you might persuade a newcomer to try the great outdoors.
Our journey started late after we returned from Harris. Having spent a week there, we drove down through the south of the island in the fertile headland, commonly referred to as the Garden of Skye. After the Armadale ferry stop, we left the car and went on to meet the day as that golden hour led to a beautiful coating of honeyed light that is so unique to the western isles.
As the day went on and the shadows started to lengthen and the well-defined track rose and fell, giving us a tantalizing glimpse of the sea every now and then- and even across to Knoydart.
Beginners shouldn’t find this too challenging; but the descents might prove a bit too exciting what with all the large, loose rocks, so it makes sense to wear good walking boots or at least a shoe that will cover you (we saw a family in willies there on our first morning.)
A short distance from there we followed the path toward Camas Daraich, and just below us a rather small settlement nestled in a valley that hosts new holiday homes, a number of ramshackle vehicles and the odd croft. Straight ahead lay the cove, but the sun was now hanging low and the weather had changed, and the shore was chilly in the shadows.
Finally, crossing the stream, we turned a corner and found one of the most amazing and wildest campsites I’ve ever walked into. We had continued on over an eroded bank on one side of the bay, but by this time our thoughts were on making camp and making some hot food. Afterwards we descended onto the slippery steps of the beach. When you get to the point where the peninsula narrows and on one side of the beach on the east almost meets the rocks.
We pitched on short grasses right on the salt water pools that dot the ground, but there were other options places to pitch further on as long as you’re comfortable in the rocky wonderland. Also, this camp offered the best shelter from the sea breeze and the tons of easy cool rocks make it an interesting place for kids to explore.
One advantage of taking such short walks is the luxury of packing the right food and any additional material that can be of use. After the walk, the wild camp and the views, the next thing was to pick out bags and head on home.
If travelling up North is not your thing, maybe you could look at a walk around Carneddau Plateau in Snowdonia or Yes Tor in Devon.
The UK Walks are some of the best walks across the UK that any one can do with limited resources. You dont need to have specailist equipment or even be very fit. You must, however, want to be outside in the countryside.