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The Isle of Skye: A Walker's Guide (Cicerone Guides) [Paperback]

Terry Marsh
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7 April 2009 Cicerone Guides
Guidebook to walks and scrambles on the Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, just off the northwest Scottish mainland visits all corners of the island as well as the renowned Cuillin. Updated using digital mapping and GPS technology, and taking account of changes brought about by recent forestry work, it includes demanding days as tough as anything in Britain in wonderfully isolated situations over high mountains and strange pinnacles, past lonely lochans, along cliffs and through forests. Skye has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery of Scotland's many islands - a place of whose surface man has barely scratched, with almost supernatural charisma. Covered here are 87 walks and scrambles in Sleat and South-East Skye, Strath, Minginish, Duirinish, Waternish and Trotternish with a selection of routes for all abilities, from novice walker to experienced scrambler. Each route description highlights local historical and geological points of interest along the routes and is illustrated with OS mapping and colour photographs.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (7 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852845600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852845605
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Terry Marsh is a freelance writer and photographer specialising in the outdoors and travel, mainly in the UK, Ireland, France, Madeira and the Azores. He is author, or revision author, of more than 100 books including walkers' guidebooks to the Lake District, Snowdonia, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Mull, the West Highland Way, the Dales Way and the Coast-to-Coast walk, along with travel guides to Madeira, the Azores and Essential England.

He lives in Lancashire with his wife, Vivienne. His latest books are 'Great Mountain Days in the Pennines' (which won the OWPG Award for Excellence 2013), 'Snowdonia Pathfinder Guide', 'The Isle of Mull', 'Geocaching in the UK' and 'Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia'. He has recently completed a new guide to the Severn Way, due out in 2014, and he is currently working on a new Pathfinder Guide to North Wales.

You can find more information about Terry Marsh from his website He is also developing a website to France - - which sits alongside his iPhone/Android app, France Discovered.

He holds a PhD in Historical Geography and a Master of Arts (with Distinction), both from Lancaster University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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About the Author

A writer and photographer since 1978, Terry Marsh specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He is the author of over 45 books, including the award-winning Cicerone guides to the Northern Coast to Coast Walk, The Dales Way, Walking on the Isle of Man and The West Highland Way.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and interesting too 2 Sep 2010
An excellent pocket guide, loads of walks, to suit all grades of experience and ability well described with suitable pictures and small excerpts of the appropriate OS maps included. I like the author's breezy style and having tried out a couple of the walks as described, they are accurate if perhaps a bit over stated as regards some of the problems encountered, but better this than underestimating risk. The author doesn't give estimated times to do the walk, just distance on the map and total ascent allowing the walker to estimate their own timescales. My one quibble is that there is no map of the island as a whole, identifying the individual starting places. Instead the book is split into geographical sections which equate to a map at the front, so the assumption is that you have a copy of the relevant OS maps (Harvey's map of the Cuillin is better but the OS for the rest of the island is excellent), which, if you are walking in Skye, is essential in any case. There are also short sections on the history, geology and flora and fauna of the island to make this an essential buy for anyone intending to visit the island and get out of their car.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 18 May 2012
By Hannah
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I bought this book for a week-long holiday in Skye. We wanted to go walking and scrambling, but we hadn't been to Skye before, and this book also offered a lot of sight-seeing information. Many of the locations visited on the walks are well described and there are sections of history and geography that enable appreciation of the place.

Some of the walks are very short (~ 1 mile) - these are perfect for driving around the island, getting to know the place, and getting out of the car every now and then to go and see something.

There are also much longer walks that take half a day or a full day, and everthing in between.

As a scrambling guide, it's probably not my first choice because many of the scrambles on Skye are considered to be too difficult for the scope of the book, which is fair enough because it's primarily a walking book. However, the scrambling route descriptions or indications in the book certainly proved useful, especially the descriptions of the walks to reach the scrambles. We had other scrambling books with us, but I think we would have managed ok with this book alone.

We found the book to be easy to use and informative, and to have good routes, like all Cicerone guides. I recommend it to anyone visiting Skye.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Isle of Skye - Cicerone 2 Oct 2009
This book covers everything an experienced walker needs to find their way around Skye it was particularly useful in finding a walkers route up to the Sgurr Dearg ridge in the Cuillins.

A Compact book with a great deal of Info.

Very Satisfied.
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Many visitors Skye don't look past the Cuillin as far as the walking is concerned and this can be a daunting prospect! This handy sized book reveals a wealth of opportunities and suggestions for everything from short coastal walks taking in some of the most fantastic sights, through to accessible routes onto the Cuillin for walkers rather than mountaineers. For those planning a short or first visit to the Island, this book points in the direction of the very best that Skye has to offer. For those who already know Skye, this guide reveals some lesser known walks which open up some quiet corners of the island where you get to experience a sense of remoteness and solitude away from the regular visitors hotspots.
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