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A Scottish Odyssey with Brian Weirum

Trip Length 15 days

From $9,795

  • Explore the wild and windswept isles of Lewis and Harris in the postcard beautiful Outer Hebrides!
  • Hike remote beaches and abandoned villages on the iconic Isle of Skye, with views of the Old Man of Storr!
  • Hike along the Cairngorm plateau – home to five of the 6 highest peaks in the UK!
  • Enjoy a private tour of a "closed doors" whisky distillery, housed in an old water mill!

Ceud mile failte —“a hundred thousand welcomes”—is the traditional Gaelic greeting in the Scottish Highlands, land of purple heather, secluded glens, and ancient clan castles. And a warm welcome you'll receive as you explore its breathtaking wild beauty on daily hikes and rambles.  You’ll “take the high road” on a hike to the Cairngorm plateau – an arctic-like tundra that is home to 5 of the 6 highest peaks in the UK.  And you'll explore the remote and ruggedly Outer Hebrides Islands, on a journey through the isles of Harris, Lewis and Skye.  Scotland boasts a drop-dead panorama of breathtaking landscapes as well as friendly, welcoming people, and like Robert Burns, you’ll soon sing “My heart’s in the highlands, wherever I go.” And the capper? Relaxing at a pub at the end of the day with a pint of cold cider or beer! 

Throughout, you’ll be accompanied by long-time Mountain Travel Sobek Trip Leader, Brian Weirum, who is—to say the least—a most knowledgeable and entertaining companion. 

Day 1: Welcome to the Highlands!

Plan to meet up with the group at 1pm in the Highland capital of Inverness and travel to the Assynt region in the dramatic North West Highlands. On the way, we’ll stop for a short hike to the lovely Rogie Falls, where we can watch the water cascade over the rocks, and, in late summer, look out for salmon leaping. We'll then continue to our lodge near the coastal village of Lochinver. Hike: 1.25 miles,1  hour  

  • Dinner

Day 2: Assynt Coastal Hike

A local ranger from the John Muir Trust will join us today. The John Muir Trust is a charity that manages some of Scotland’s most precious areas. The ranger will bring to light the challenges faced in preserving the wild places of Scotland and discuss the practices used by the charity to manage the landscape.

After meeting with the ranger, we'll enjoy a point–to–point hike along the beautiful Assynt coastline. After a short transfer west, we'll start hiking at the site of an old grain mill. The millstone was reputedly hewn from the summit of the 2,397-feet high peak of Suilven, which dominates the views looking east. Our hike takes us towards the stunning Achmelvich Beach, passing a secret beach, just before the bay is reached. After arriving back in the village, we'll have the opportunity to visit the Highland Stoneware Pottery, watch the local artists at work, and perhaps pick up a souvenir.  Hike: 6.2 miles, 5  hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3: Across Assynt

Assynt features some of the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland. Today’s epic hike takes us on a point-to-point journey through the wilderness, finishing directly at our lodge. Our route takes us between soaring summits, the most dramatic of which is Suilven, which rises from the moors in Matterhorn–esque style. This is truly a wilderness hike of the highest standard. Hike: 11 miles, 7 – 8 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4: To the Outer Hebrides – Exploring West Lewis

We'll start the day by taking the morning ferry from the port of Ullapool to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The crossing over The Minch takes around 3 hours, and is an excellent opportunity to look out for the rich marine life that thrives here, including porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and whales. On arrival, we'll transfer to West Lewis to explore the white sands of Dhail Mhor beach, then visit two of the most important historic sites on the island; Dun Carloway Broch (an ancient stone roundhouse) and the mythical Callanish Standing Stones.  No hikes today – just beach walk at Dhail Mhor!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: North Lewis

Today we'll transfer to the wild and windy northern point of Lewis where we'll enjoy a circular clifftop hike, with views of Eoropie beach with its singing sands and the Butt of Lewis – the most northerly point of the Hebrides. Here, the full force of the North Atlantic meets the rocky coastline, often with dramatic effect. Afterwards, we'll transfer to Stornoway.  The afternoon is free to explore the harbor and perhaps the new Lews Castle museum, which is home to the famous Lewis Chessmen.  Dinner tonight is on your own, or with friends. Hike: 4 miles, 2 – 3 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 6: The Harris Mountains

After breakfast, we'll transfer south to the Isle of Harris, which is connected by a causeway to Lewis. On the way, we'll stop for what may be the toughest hike of the trip – an ascent of Clisham, the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides at 2,620-feet. It’s a challenging yet rewarding hike with steep and rugged terrain throughout, but the views from the top will deliver a well deserved reward. Later in the afternoon we'll continue on to the village of Tarbert where we stay for the night. Hike: 3.75 miles, 2,066-feet of elevation gain, rough ground throughout, approximately 5 – 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: South Harris and the Golden Road

Today we'll walk on the ‘machair’ of Harris, the Gaelic name for the coastal hinterland, known for being a carpet of grasses and wild flowers. We'll climb Toe Head (1,197'), high above beach of Traigh Scarasta, from where St. Kilda can sometimes be seen jutting out of the Atlantic horizon. We'll then have completed a circuit of southern Harris when we transfer back north via the ’Golden Road,' stopping at the 15th Century Rodel Church and a Harris Tweed weaver’s along the way.  Dinner tonight is on your own or with friends.  Hike: 4.3 miles, 3 – 4 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 8: North Harris Mountains and Sea

Today we transfer to the north west of Harris where we'll begin our hike from the stunning sands of Huisnish. The first section of the hike follows the beautiful coastline before turning inland and ascending the broad ridge walk of Huiseabhal Mor, giving us amazing views out over an array of tiny islands – on a clear day, even St. Kilda can been seen from here. Our route loops around taking us back to our starting point at Huisnish.  Hike: 8 miles, 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Over the Sea to Skye

Today we have another ferry journey, crossing from Harris to the northern end of the Isle of Skye. Depending on the ferry schedule, we might have time for an afternoon hike on Skye, perhaps to cliffs of Neist Point and its dramatically situated lighthouse, which is perched on the most western point of Skye. Hike: 2.5 miles, 2 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Skye’s Abandoned Villages

Today we'll enjoy a full day of coastal hiking with a sad history attached. Our route takes us along a beautiful stretch of remote coastline in southern Skye. Along the way, we'll pass through the ruins of two villages abandoned many years ago during the brutal 19th Century Highland Clearances. The peaceful coastline today is a stark contrast to its darker past. Hike: 10 miles, 5 – 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11: The Isle of Raasay

Located just off the coast of Sconsor, the Isle of Raasay is a real hidden gem. A short ferry ride takes us firmly off the beaten track. Unlikely as it may seem, our hike today will explore Raasay's heritage of ironstone mining. The route takes in surprising features including a track known as the ‘Burma Road’ that passes a former railway line! Despite its industrial past, Raasay today will delight us with its small island charm and solitude. After our hike, a ferry whisks us back across the channel to our hotel. Hike: 6.2 miles, 4 – 5 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Onward to the Cairngorms National Park

We'll leave the Isle of Skye today via the Skye Bridge. Our first stop is the iconic Eilean Donan castle, sitting proudly on its own island on Loch Duich. After a tour of the castle we continue east to the Cairngorms National Park, stopping at a local inn for a light lunch on the way. Arriving in the Cairngorms, we enjoy very special private tour of a ‘closed door’ whisky distillery, housed in an old water mill surrounded by tranquil gardens.  No hiking today. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 13: The Northern Corries of the Cairngorms

Today's challenging hike takes us up on to the Cairngorm plateau – an arctic-like tundra which is home to 5 of the 6 highest peaks in the UK. Our route starts at a trailhead 1,968-feet above sea-level, giving us a good boost at the start of the day! But there is still a long way to go. We'll traverse under the ‘Northern Corries’ before following a broad, easy angled ridge up to the high plateau. Now 3,608-feet above sea-level, we'll hike above the cliffs of the corries to the summit of Cairn Gorm at 4,083-feet. From here, the views are wild and outstanding. Hike: 6.8 miles, 2,624-feet elevation gain, 6 – 7 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 14: Edinburgh – Scotland’s Historic Capital

After a relaxed breakfast, we'll transfer south the historic capital city of Edinburgh. Our afternoon is free to shop or explore Edinburgh’s many sights on foot before reconvening in the evening for our farewell dinner together. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15: Departure

After breakfast, we'll transfer as a group to the Edinburgh Airport for departure flights home.

  • Breakfast

Sep 08 - 22, 2018 A special one time only adventure!

pricing

2018 Prices
$9,795 (8-16 members)
$1,300 single supplement

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  • Explore the wild and windswept isles of Lewis and Harris in the postcard beautiful Outer Hebrides!
  • Hike remote beaches and abandoned villages on the iconic Isle of Skye, with views of the Old Man of Storr!
  • Hike along the Cairngorm plateau – home to five of the 6 highest peaks in the UK!
  • Enjoy a private tour of a "closed doors" whisky distillery, housed in an old water mill!

Ceud mile failte —“a hundred thousand welcomes”—is the traditional Gaelic greeting in the Scottish Highlands, land of purple heather, secluded glens, and ancient clan castles. And a warm welcome you'll receive as you explore its breathtaking wild beauty on daily hikes and rambles.  You’ll “take the high road” on a hike to the Cairngorm plateau – an arctic-like tundra that is home to 5 of the 6 highest peaks in the UK.  And you'll explore the remote and ruggedly Outer Hebrides Islands, on a journey through the isles of Harris, Lewis and Skye.  Scotland boasts a drop-dead panorama of breathtaking landscapes as well as friendly, welcoming people, and like Robert Burns, you’ll soon sing “My heart’s in the highlands, wherever I go.” And the capper? Relaxing at a pub at the end of the day with a pint of cold cider or beer! 

Throughout, you’ll be accompanied by long-time Mountain Travel Sobek Trip Leader, Brian Weirum, who is—to say the least—a most knowledgeable and entertaining companion. 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Highlands!

Plan to meet up with the group at 1pm in the Highland capital of Inverness and travel to the Assynt region in the dramatic North West Highlands. On the way, we’ll stop for a short hike to the lovely Rogie Falls, where we can watch the water cascade over the rocks, and, in late summer, look out for salmon leaping. We'll then continue to our lodge near the coastal village of Lochinver. Hike: 1.25 miles,1  hour  

  • Dinner

Day 2: Assynt Coastal Hike

A local ranger from the John Muir Trust will join us today. The John Muir Trust is a charity that manages some of Scotland’s most precious areas. The ranger will bring to light the challenges faced in preserving the wild places of Scotland and discuss the practices used by the charity to manage the landscape.

After meeting with the ranger, we'll enjoy a point–to–point hike along the beautiful Assynt coastline. After a short transfer west, we'll start hiking at the site of an old grain mill. The millstone was reputedly hewn from the summit of the 2,397-feet high peak of Suilven, which dominates the views looking east. Our hike takes us towards the stunning Achmelvich Beach, passing a secret beach, just before the bay is reached. After arriving back in the village, we'll have the opportunity to visit the Highland Stoneware Pottery, watch the local artists at work, and perhaps pick up a souvenir.  Hike: 6.2 miles, 5  hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3: Across Assynt

Assynt features some of the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland. Today’s epic hike takes us on a point-to-point journey through the wilderness, finishing directly at our lodge. Our route takes us between soaring summits, the most dramatic of which is Suilven, which rises from the moors in Matterhorn–esque style. This is truly a wilderness hike of the highest standard. Hike: 11 miles, 7 – 8 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4: To the Outer Hebrides – Exploring West Lewis

We'll start the day by taking the morning ferry from the port of Ullapool to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The crossing over The Minch takes around 3 hours, and is an excellent opportunity to look out for the rich marine life that thrives here, including porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and whales. On arrival, we'll transfer to West Lewis to explore the white sands of Dhail Mhor beach, then visit two of the most important historic sites on the island; Dun Carloway Broch (an ancient stone roundhouse) and the mythical Callanish Standing Stones.  No hikes today – just beach walk at Dhail Mhor!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: North Lewis

Today we'll transfer to the wild and windy northern point of Lewis where we'll enjoy a circular clifftop hike, with views of Eoropie beach with its singing sands and the Butt of Lewis – the most northerly point of the Hebrides. Here, the full force of the North Atlantic meets the rocky coastline, often with dramatic effect. Afterwards, we'll transfer to Stornoway.  The afternoon is free to explore the harbor and perhaps the new Lews Castle museum, which is home to the famous Lewis Chessmen.  Dinner tonight is on your own, or with friends. Hike: 4 miles, 2 – 3 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 6: The Harris Mountains

After breakfast, we'll transfer south to the Isle of Harris, which is connected by a causeway to Lewis. On the way, we'll stop for what may be the toughest hike of the trip – an ascent of Clisham, the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides at 2,620-feet. It’s a challenging yet rewarding hike with steep and rugged terrain throughout, but the views from the top will deliver a well deserved reward. Later in the afternoon we'll continue on to the village of Tarbert where we stay for the night. Hike: 3.75 miles, 2,066-feet of elevation gain, rough ground throughout, approximately 5 – 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: South Harris and the Golden Road

Today we'll walk on the ‘machair’ of Harris, the Gaelic name for the coastal hinterland, known for being a carpet of grasses and wild flowers. We'll climb Toe Head (1,197'), high above beach of Traigh Scarasta, from where St. Kilda can sometimes be seen jutting out of the Atlantic horizon. We'll then have completed a circuit of southern Harris when we transfer back north via the ’Golden Road,' stopping at the 15th Century Rodel Church and a Harris Tweed weaver’s along the way.  Dinner tonight is on your own or with friends.  Hike: 4.3 miles, 3 – 4 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 8: North Harris Mountains and Sea

Today we transfer to the north west of Harris where we'll begin our hike from the stunning sands of Huisnish. The first section of the hike follows the beautiful coastline before turning inland and ascending the broad ridge walk of Huiseabhal Mor, giving us amazing views out over an array of tiny islands – on a clear day, even St. Kilda can been seen from here. Our route loops around taking us back to our starting point at Huisnish.  Hike: 8 miles, 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Over the Sea to Skye

Today we have another ferry journey, crossing from Harris to the northern end of the Isle of Skye. Depending on the ferry schedule, we might have time for an afternoon hike on Skye, perhaps to cliffs of Neist Point and its dramatically situated lighthouse, which is perched on the most western point of Skye. Hike: 2.5 miles, 2 hours

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Skye’s Abandoned Villages

Today we'll enjoy a full day of coastal hiking with a sad history attached. Our route takes us along a beautiful stretch of remote coastline in southern Skye. Along the way, we'll pass through the ruins of two villages abandoned many years ago during the brutal 19th Century Highland Clearances. The peaceful coastline today is a stark contrast to its darker past. Hike: 10 miles, 5 – 6 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11: The Isle of Raasay

Located just off the coast of Sconsor, the Isle of Raasay is a real hidden gem. A short ferry ride takes us firmly off the beaten track. Unlikely as it may seem, our hike today will explore Raasay's heritage of ironstone mining. The route takes in surprising features including a track known as the ‘Burma Road’ that passes a former railway line! Despite its industrial past, Raasay today will delight us with its small island charm and solitude. After our hike, a ferry whisks us back across the channel to our hotel. Hike: 6.2 miles, 4 – 5 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Onward to the Cairngorms National Park

We'll leave the Isle of Skye today via the Skye Bridge. Our first stop is the iconic Eilean Donan castle, sitting proudly on its own island on Loch Duich. After a tour of the castle we continue east to the Cairngorms National Park, stopping at a local inn for a light lunch on the way. Arriving in the Cairngorms, we enjoy very special private tour of a ‘closed door’ whisky distillery, housed in an old water mill surrounded by tranquil gardens.  No hiking today. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 13: The Northern Corries of the Cairngorms

Today's challenging hike takes us up on to the Cairngorm plateau – an arctic-like tundra which is home to 5 of the 6 highest peaks in the UK. Our route starts at a trailhead 1,968-feet above sea-level, giving us a good boost at the start of the day! But there is still a long way to go. We'll traverse under the ‘Northern Corries’ before following a broad, easy angled ridge up to the high plateau. Now 3,608-feet above sea-level, we'll hike above the cliffs of the corries to the summit of Cairn Gorm at 4,083-feet. From here, the views are wild and outstanding. Hike: 6.8 miles, 2,624-feet elevation gain, 6 – 7 hours 

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Day 14: Edinburgh – Scotland’s Historic Capital

After a relaxed breakfast, we'll transfer south the historic capital city of Edinburgh. Our afternoon is free to shop or explore Edinburgh’s many sights on foot before reconvening in the evening for our farewell dinner together. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15: Departure

After breakfast, we'll transfer as a group to the Edinburgh Airport for departure flights home.

  • Breakfast
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Dates and Pricing

Sep 08 - 22, 2018 A special one time only adventure!

pricing

2018 Prices
$9,795 (8-16 members)
$1,300 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate to Strenuous
Trip Length 15 days

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