Experience the wild beauty of the Outer Hebrides and Cairngorms National Park
To visit Scotland is to step back in time. Its rolling highlands, isolated beaches, dramatic crags, pristine lochs and brooding skies make it one of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. Our exclusive itinerary covers the best of the country’s wildest, most beautiful and most far-flung corners. You’ll traverse the Highlands and Outer Hebrides along varied terrain, enjoying a perfect balance of heart-pumping hikes, sightseeing excursions, and time to relax. Along the way, you’ll visit Cairngorms National Park, see the Callanish standing stones, pay homage to the famous Loch Ness, enjoy a tasting at a famous whisky distillery and watch a Harris Tweed weaver at work. So sip on a wee dram and watch your magical adventure unfold!
7 Days of moderate and easy hiking on a combination of good trails, and “off-trail” terrain, including mud, rocks, sand, and wet grass.
- Experience the raw wildness of the Outer Hebrides and the gorgeous, windswept terrain of Cairngorms National Park
- A photographer’s dream world—vibrantly changing colors in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the world
- Settle in at charming inns and receive an insider’s welcome (from distilleries to traditional weavers) thanks to our resident Scottish guides
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Inverness, Scotland End Location: Inverness, ScotlandDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Scotland, Welcome Briefing & Dinner
Arrive in Scotland. Meet your guide and group in Inverness, then transfer to Loch Ness. This afternoon, we’ll check into the hotel, then meet for our orientation and welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Travel to the Outer Hebrides
This morning, we’ll ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. After lunch, we’ll enjoy an easy coastal walk to see the Callanish Standing Stones, the broch and the Blackhouse Village
Day 3 : North Harris Hiking – Sron Ulladale & Huisnish
Today, we’ll explore the stunning scenery of North Harris, visiting amazing beaches and the famous cliff of Sron Ulladale. Great mountain and seaside views abound!
Day 4 : Toe Head & the Golden Road
We’ll begin with a walk at beautiful Luskintyre beach and visit a local Harris Tweed weaver. We’ll continue on to Toe Head, then complete the circuit of Harris via the “Golden Road.”
Day 5 : Travel to Loch Ness via the Isle of Skye
A late morning ferry brings us to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll explore the Trotternish Peninsula, hike at the Quiraing rock pinnacles and transfer to the southern end of Loch Ness.
Day 6 : Cairngorms: Nethy Bridge to Boat of Garten Hike
Transfer to Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms to begin a three-day hike through the Spey Valley. We’ll follow a trail through pine forests to beautiful Loch Garten, then to Loch Mallachie before reaching Boat of Garten. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy an optional whisky distillery tour!
Day 7 : Aviemore to Uath Lochans Hike
A leisurely morning to do as you’d like. By late morning, we’ll hop the steam train to Aviemore for an easy hike to Loch an Eilean. Dinner tonight in a local restaurant.
Day 8 : Hiking to the Cairngorm High Plateau
Today, we’ll climb to the high plateau of the Cairngorms for outstanding views in all directions. We’ll return to Boat of Garten for a memorable farewell dinner.
Day 9 : Transfer to Inverness, Depart
After breakfast, we’ll transfer back to Inverness for onward air or rail transfers.
(Ask about our post-trip extension to Edinburgh!)
DATES: Best time to go: June - September Departures: Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 4, 2015 Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 Sep 4 - 12, 2015
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