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Skye Trail or Cape Wrath or ? late June early July

We are considering hiking the Skye Trail around the last week of June/first week of July. We hear that Skye is very crowded but is the trail also crowded? Would we be better served doing part of the Cape Wrath Trail? We are experienced hikers and we have 6-7 days to hike, though we are in the country for about 16 days and there is flexibility. We like rugged terrain- beautiful places--fewer people- fishing would be great too but we would need to rent gear. When we travel we like to see remote, off-the-beaten-track places. Right now the rough plan is Glasgow -Skye-maybe Harris-maybe hit Ben Nevis-Edinburgh. We look forward to your suggestions! 

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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @dcfma
    Although Skye is a very busy place in summer, the Skye trail seems to avoid more touristy places apart from the Old Man of Storr and the main towns (Portree, Broadford). I don't think it would be too busy most of the time - but you need to be very experienced at map reading as the trail is unofficial and not signposted. Please find the official website here. If you need accommodation, please remember to book in advance. I visited Skye in September a year ago, and although busy, I really enjoyed my time there. 
    With the popularity of the tourist route North Coast 500Cape Wrath Trail might not be totally quiet either. It is much longer but as you quite rightly say you can do it in stages.
    The choice is yours really and I'm sure you would enjoy both equally as the scenery is spectacular for both routes. 
    Harris is a great place too and will be much less busy than Skye. You might find Ben Nevis is too popular for your liking...
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