We often get enquiries that start with a question such as: I am a total beginner and I’d like to do something to enjoy the landscape of Skye without taking on too much, what would you recommend?

I love these types of enquiries. Skye has so much to offer in the way of beautiful landscapes that leave a lasting impression. But a lot of the terrain, particularly in the Cuillin, can be challenging and can leave some people feeling like they can’t take part in the enjoyment of it.

Our focus has always been helping people to take on a challenge at the right level for them, and tailoring what we offer to engage with people of all ages, fitness and skill levels.

One of my all-time favourite walks for this type of client is Ben Tiannavaig. Situated very close to Portree and standing at 413m tall, this little mountain commands views to rival that of many mountains in Scotland. From the summit on a clear day, you get a feast for the senses in every direction. With the Cuillin to the south, the Western Isles north and west, Portree directly north and the Old Man of Storr beyond that and Raasay and the sea to the east, there really is so much to take in! In addition to the beautiful panoramas, we have often seen sea eagles, seals, dolphins and even sea otters on this adventure.

The real beauty of this hill is how accessible it is! Ben Tiannavaig’s convenient location and the relaxed nature of the ascent make it an unmissable experience for those looking for a grand but unintimidating adventure.

The summit can normally be reached within 1.5-2 hours and often the whole walk can be done as a half day adventure. Despite its accessibility, this mini mountain gives the feel of a grand excursion – leaving you a sense of pride in your achievement and engagement with the stunning landscapes that make up this beautiful part of the world.

Mountain Training Association

It is important that our guides are both appropriately qualified and experienced to ensure you remain safe while out exploring.