Isle of Skye

"An unforgettable experience in magnificent surroundings. Great days out and each filled with adventure."

Adam, Hampshire

Skye weeks are held on the east coast of The Isle of Skye in the Kylerhea-Kinloch area. Kylerhea is a small village that overlooks Kyle Rhea, a strait that separates Skye from the mainland. This hidden corner of the island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, is rich in culture and history and offers spectacular scenery, including great views of the Cuillin mountains.


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We work with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) on their Kinloch Hills Native Woodland Restoration Project. This is a 7,400-hectare site where FCS is working to restore native woodland, heath and bog. Our eventual aim is to link this forest with that around Kylerhea, to create an unbroken band of native woodland. Volunteer tasks include planting native broadleaves (in the spring), removal of non-native species, ecological survey work and fence removal. Some of the work sites are remote and require long walks over rough terrain, so a good level of fitness is necessary.

We have exclusive use of the cosy Flora MacDonald's Hostel , which stands in magnificent surroundings at Kilmore in the southern end of the Isle of Skye. Facilities include two dorms, a well-equipped kitchen, lounge area and drying room. The hostel is approximately half an hour's drive from the work site at Kinloch Hills, however some tasks may require a longer drive.

Sleeping bag not required.

One of the most popular activities on Skye weeks is visiting the famous otter sanctuary at Eilean Ban , which we generally do one evening after finishing work. The area is brilliant for just relaxing in a beautiful setting, with the accommodation only a five minute walk from the sea. Some volunteers take the ferry over to Mallaig or, if you enjoy hiking, the magnificent Cuillins are only a stone's throw away. Another popular place to visit is the Rubha Phoil Forest Garden, Eco Camping and Permaculture Centre at Armadale pier.

Please note that the day off is also a day off for the leaders of the week. The minibus may sometimes be available for use as a group but you may need to rely on local transport to reach some of these locations.

We often see the magnificent white-tailed sea eagle on Skye weeks, as well as golden eagles. A variety of coastal bird species are regularly seen, including cormorants, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes and fulmars. Seals abound along the coastline, as well as otters.

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