• NEW: Hiking Wild Scotland

    Experience the wild beauty of the Outer Hebrides and Cairngorms National Park

    Scotland’s rugged beauty is unparalleled. With its steep, rolling highlands, brooding skies, rocky isolated beaches, dramatic crags, and pristine lochs, it’s no surprise that this country has cultivated such proud and spirited folk heroes as William Wallace, Rob Roy, and Mary Queen of Scots! Our adventure traverses the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides along moderate terrain, providing a perfect balance of heart-pumping hikes, sightseeing excursions, and a little time for relaxation.

    best times to go: June - September

    departures: 3 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,695 see detailed pricing

    UK & The Far North

    Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

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!

Activities

7 Days of moderate and easy hiking on a combination of good trails, and “off-trail” terrain, including mud, rocks, sand, and wet grass.
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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, Scotland

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    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.

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    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

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    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!

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!)
     

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DATES: Best time to go: June - September Departures: Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 4, 2015 Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 Sep 4 - 12, 2015

PRICING:

2015 Prices
$4,695 (5-16 members)
$700 single supplement

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Easy

Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

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Jun 26, 2015 - Jul 4, 2015 Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 Sep 4 - 12, 2015
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