Ilkley explorer tackles tour of Skye on foot by bike and kayak

National Geographic adventurer Alastair Humphreys

National Geographic adventurer Alastair Humphreys

First published in Local news

An amateur explorer from Ilkley has headed off on a five-day expedition to discover the wild and rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye.

Tim Brayshaw was one of three people hand-picked by National Geographic adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, to join him on the trek.

The group will navigate its way around the island, covering 150 miles in five days.

The adventure began with a kayak from Talisker Distillery through gentle waters to Loch Caroy on Tuesday, followed by a bike ride to near Staffin beach and a sleep under the stars.

Day two was expected to involve a 23-mile hike along the Trotternish Ridge to the bustling port of Portree, and day three will see the group sail down the Inner Sound to Kyleakin and cycling 12 miles on the picturesque road to Ord to spend the night on Ord beach.

The adventurers plan to row to abandoned Boreraig and cycle 28 miles to the Sligachan Hotel.

The final day of the expedition will see the explorers climbing to reach Cuillin Ridge, followed by a descent past Fairy Pools and through Glen Brittle Forest to the Talisker distillery, where the adventure will end with a dram of Talisker Storm.

Hundreds of applicants applied to participate in the trek.

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