NEW EDITION AUGUST 2016
Walks Isle of Skye – Author: Paul Williams
Re walked by Richard Hallewell & Becky Coope
It is always a pleasure when the Skye rewalk comes around, and our visit in May was particularly enjoyable – not least because the sun chose to shine every day (which is not invariably the case on Skye!).
The walking was terrific, as usual, but a number of changes were needed for the book. Most of these were small details (upgraded paths, changes to signposts, stiles changed to gates, and general adjustments to descriptions), but some of them were more fundamental, to reflect more profound alterations on the ground (notably on the route at Ramasaig & Lorgill, which has been changed into a shorter circuit). A couple of routes have been removed and replaced. Two of the new routes – the short walk out to the lighthouse on Neist Point (see centre left) and a loop passing Fairy Pools and the foot of the Cuillins – are amongst the most popular walks on Skye. For some reason we had not included them in previous editions, but this has now been rectified. In addition, we have added the splendid circuit passing Torran (bottom left) and Fladda at the north end of Raasay. This is reached via the famous ‘Calum’s Road’ – the tortuous single-track road built by crofter Calum MacLeod, which is worth the trip all on its own.
In general, the walks were in good condition, and Skye remains what it has always been: one of the finest walking areas in Britain (when the sun shines!).
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