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Scotland’s Mountains & Wilderness

Trip Length 6 days

From $3,995

  • Experience Scotland’s diverse landscapes by hiking four of the Highlands’ most iconic landmarks: Schiehallion, Ben Vrackie, Ben Nevis and Glencoe
  • Balance moderate-to-challenging days of hiking with delicious, hearty Scottish food and a Highland whisky distillery tour
  • Explore Edinburgh—the capital of Scotland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Everything about Scotland seems to conjure romantic notions: dramatic peaks, moors swathed in heather, brooding skies, stone castles, and small villages steeped in turbulent history…not to mention world-class whisky. Like many of our guests who love Europe, they long to go, but can’t seem to make enough time for it. We’ve tried to remedy that dilemma with an express itinerary that offers the best of the Highlands, including four unforgettable hikes up some of the area’s highest peaks and most beautiful valleys. There is no better time to explore Scotland, so join us for a week of adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland’s scenic capital! Your MTS guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you north from the lowlands to the highland county of Perthshire, a drive of approximately 45 miles. Upon arriving in Perthshire, the group will take a short hike around this picturesque county, from where we’ll take in view of its lochs and mountains clad in heather. Given its central location and situation as a crossroads between the lowlands and highlands, the area has been linked to famous Scottish characters throughout history, including William Wallace, MacBeth, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots to name a few. We’ll finish the day at our stunning 19th-century manor hotel in Pitlochry for some well-deserved rest.

Pitlochry's growth from a tiny settlement to a bustling town can be traced back to a two notable visitors: General Wade in the early 1700s and Queen Victoria, who stayed at nearby Blair Castle in 1842. The arrival of the third visitor, the railway, in 1863 confirmed it as one of the premier mountain resorts in the country. Today, the attractive town is home to the Blair Atholl Distillery, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries founded in 1798, and the Pitlochry dam which was built across the River Tummel to create Loch Faskally. Associated with the dam is a "fish ladder" built to allow salmon to make their way upstream of the dam to spawn. Visitors can actually see the fish making this supreme effort at the right time of the year through glass walls in the ladder.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Atholl Palace Hotel

Day 2: The Fairy Hill of Caledonia

After breakfast, we’ll begin our climb up one of Scotland’s most iconic peaks, Schiehallion, or “Fairy Hill of Caledonia,” with its characteristically simple, pointy peak. Despite its lofty altitude of 3,553 feet, a well-maintained trail makes our summit surprisingly easy and approachable. For nature enthusiasts, the trail offers plenty to see: limestone scree, heather, moss, baeberry, dog’s mercury, wood anemone and lily of the valley. Superb views from the top shed new light on the valley and lochs below. Dinner and overnight in our manor hotel in Pitlochry.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Atholl Palace Hotel

Day 3: Ben Vrackie and Dalwhinnie Distillery

Today, we’ll climb another of Perthshire’s peaks: Ben Vrackie (2,759’). Slightly lower in elevation than that of Schiehallion but with equally impressive views, Ben Vrackie is beloved by hikers of all abilities. The shiny quartz deposits on Ben Vrackie lend it its name of “Speckled Mountain.” On a clear day, we may even be able to see all the way to Edinburgh. We’ll hike along heather moors, past lochs and rock cairns on our way to the summit. After our descent, we’ll transfer west towards our hotel in Fort William, stopping en route at Scotland’s highest whiskey distillery for a tour and tasting. Make sure to have a full stomach, sip and savor slowly, and know when to say “when.” Feel free to buy a bottle of your favorite selection as a souvenir before continuing on towards Fort William. We’ll end the day at our quaint hotel. Impeccably kept, incredibly cozy and filled with charm, the hotel will win you over upon arrival with its welcome tea and scones. It also happens to offer amazing views of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak and a restaurant that only works with delicious, organic, locally sourced produce.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Letterfinlay Lodge

Day 4: Hiking Ben Nevis – Scotland’s Highest Summit

Today is as perfect an occasion as any to channel some of the Scots’ characteristic toughness and grit as we climb Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. Starting at sea level, we’ll follow the trail for about five hours as it winds up the mountainside to a lofty summit of 4,409 feet! The views from the top are sensational and wide-ranging, from the north-facing cliffs below to the sea of mountaintops sweeping around us in every direction. The descent may take a good three hours, but fortunately, our route home takes us directly by way of a fantastic traditional pub for a well-deserved drink! Dinner and overnight in our hotel near Fort William.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Letterfinlay Lodge

Day 5: Hiking Glencoe

Today we turn our sights to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and most romantic glen (aka: narrow valley). As the place where the old clans once hid their cattle before an expected raid, the “Lost Valley” offers plenty of historic insight, from the Viking raid of King Erragon of Sorra in the Dark Ages to its purchase in 1935 by the National Trust for Scotland. Your guide will share plenty of legends and lore on your short but memorable hike up into the Lost Valley, or to one of the many peaks within Glencoe.. But the fun doesn’t stop here. We’ll continue on this afternoon to yet another 4-star manor hotel in Edinburgh, a classic yet contemporary lodging located in the center of town. Tonight, we’ll gather together for one final dinner before departing tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bruntsfield Hotel

Day 6: Edinburgh – Departure

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport to connect with departure flights home.

  • Breakfast

May 28, 2017 - Jun 02, 2017

Sep 10 - 15, 2017 Special giving back trip with 10% of proceeds going to Scotland’s John Muir Trust

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,995 (2-16 members)
$500 single supplement

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Atholl Palace Hotel — Pitlochry

The Scottish Highlands, wild and rugged, have a timeless romantic quality. At their very heart, where the River Tummel flows to the Tay, sits the historic small town of Pitlochry. The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the town to the surrounding hills. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with bedroom facilities and standards which often exceed expectations and complement spacious, relaxing public areas.

Bruntsfield Hotel — Edinburgh

The Best Western Plus Bruntsfield is a town house hotel located just a short stroll from Edinburgh city center. Enjoy commanding views across Bruntsfield Links and The Meadows, casual gourmet dining in the Bisque Brasserie and Bar, and attractive rooms with comfortable beds. An excellent option for those looking to explore all Edinburgh has to offer, this is not your average Best Western!

Letterfinlay Lodge — Loch Lochy

The Letterfinlay Lodge, located in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, offers “unexpectedly superb” accommodations beside Loch Lochy. As well as boasting spectacular scenery, the lodge offers a long list of enjoyable outdoor activities including walking in the forested hills, fishing, and water sports. The cozy rooms provide the tranquil environment that you deserve after full days of exploration. The Letterfinlay is a wonderful place to unwind in the “Outdoor Capital of Scotland” and will certainly be a memorable stop during your adventure through this dramatic landscape.

  • Experience Scotland’s diverse landscapes by hiking four of the Highlands’ most iconic landmarks: Schiehallion, Ben Vrackie, Ben Nevis and Glencoe
  • Balance moderate-to-challenging days of hiking with delicious, hearty Scottish food and a Highland whisky distillery tour
  • Explore Edinburgh—the capital of Scotland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Everything about Scotland seems to conjure romantic notions: dramatic peaks, moors swathed in heather, brooding skies, stone castles, and small villages steeped in turbulent history…not to mention world-class whisky. Like many of our guests who love Europe, they long to go, but can’t seem to make enough time for it. We’ve tried to remedy that dilemma with an express itinerary that offers the best of the Highlands, including four unforgettable hikes up some of the area’s highest peaks and most beautiful valleys. There is no better time to explore Scotland, so join us for a week of adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland’s scenic capital! Your MTS guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you north from the lowlands to the highland county of Perthshire, a drive of approximately 45 miles. Upon arriving in Perthshire, the group will take a short hike around this picturesque county, from where we’ll take in view of its lochs and mountains clad in heather. Given its central location and situation as a crossroads between the lowlands and highlands, the area has been linked to famous Scottish characters throughout history, including William Wallace, MacBeth, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots to name a few. We’ll finish the day at our stunning 19th-century manor hotel in Pitlochry for some well-deserved rest.

Pitlochry's growth from a tiny settlement to a bustling town can be traced back to a two notable visitors: General Wade in the early 1700s and Queen Victoria, who stayed at nearby Blair Castle in 1842. The arrival of the third visitor, the railway, in 1863 confirmed it as one of the premier mountain resorts in the country. Today, the attractive town is home to the Blair Atholl Distillery, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries founded in 1798, and the Pitlochry dam which was built across the River Tummel to create Loch Faskally. Associated with the dam is a "fish ladder" built to allow salmon to make their way upstream of the dam to spawn. Visitors can actually see the fish making this supreme effort at the right time of the year through glass walls in the ladder.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Atholl Palace Hotel

Day 2: The Fairy Hill of Caledonia

After breakfast, we’ll begin our climb up one of Scotland’s most iconic peaks, Schiehallion, or “Fairy Hill of Caledonia,” with its characteristically simple, pointy peak. Despite its lofty altitude of 3,553 feet, a well-maintained trail makes our summit surprisingly easy and approachable. For nature enthusiasts, the trail offers plenty to see: limestone scree, heather, moss, baeberry, dog’s mercury, wood anemone and lily of the valley. Superb views from the top shed new light on the valley and lochs below. Dinner and overnight in our manor hotel in Pitlochry.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Atholl Palace Hotel

Day 3: Ben Vrackie and Dalwhinnie Distillery

Today, we’ll climb another of Perthshire’s peaks: Ben Vrackie (2,759’). Slightly lower in elevation than that of Schiehallion but with equally impressive views, Ben Vrackie is beloved by hikers of all abilities. The shiny quartz deposits on Ben Vrackie lend it its name of “Speckled Mountain.” On a clear day, we may even be able to see all the way to Edinburgh. We’ll hike along heather moors, past lochs and rock cairns on our way to the summit. After our descent, we’ll transfer west towards our hotel in Fort William, stopping en route at Scotland’s highest whiskey distillery for a tour and tasting. Make sure to have a full stomach, sip and savor slowly, and know when to say “when.” Feel free to buy a bottle of your favorite selection as a souvenir before continuing on towards Fort William. We’ll end the day at our quaint hotel. Impeccably kept, incredibly cozy and filled with charm, the hotel will win you over upon arrival with its welcome tea and scones. It also happens to offer amazing views of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak and a restaurant that only works with delicious, organic, locally sourced produce.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Letterfinlay Lodge

Day 4: Hiking Ben Nevis – Scotland’s Highest Summit

Today is as perfect an occasion as any to channel some of the Scots’ characteristic toughness and grit as we climb Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. Starting at sea level, we’ll follow the trail for about five hours as it winds up the mountainside to a lofty summit of 4,409 feet! The views from the top are sensational and wide-ranging, from the north-facing cliffs below to the sea of mountaintops sweeping around us in every direction. The descent may take a good three hours, but fortunately, our route home takes us directly by way of a fantastic traditional pub for a well-deserved drink! Dinner and overnight in our hotel near Fort William.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Letterfinlay Lodge

Day 5: Hiking Glencoe

Today we turn our sights to Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and most romantic glen (aka: narrow valley). As the place where the old clans once hid their cattle before an expected raid, the “Lost Valley” offers plenty of historic insight, from the Viking raid of King Erragon of Sorra in the Dark Ages to its purchase in 1935 by the National Trust for Scotland. Your guide will share plenty of legends and lore on your short but memorable hike up into the Lost Valley, or to one of the many peaks within Glencoe.. But the fun doesn’t stop here. We’ll continue on this afternoon to yet another 4-star manor hotel in Edinburgh, a classic yet contemporary lodging located in the center of town. Tonight, we’ll gather together for one final dinner before departing tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bruntsfield Hotel

Day 6: Edinburgh – Departure

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport to connect with departure flights home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Atholl Palace Hotel — Pitlochry

The Scottish Highlands, wild and rugged, have a timeless romantic quality. At their very heart, where the River Tummel flows to the Tay, sits the historic small town of Pitlochry. The Atholl Palace Hotel, the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendour, stands overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the town to the surrounding hills. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with bedroom facilities and standards which often exceed expectations and complement spacious, relaxing public areas.

Bruntsfield Hotel — Edinburgh

The Best Western Plus Bruntsfield is a town house hotel located just a short stroll from Edinburgh city center. Enjoy commanding views across Bruntsfield Links and The Meadows, casual gourmet dining in the Bisque Brasserie and Bar, and attractive rooms with comfortable beds. An excellent option for those looking to explore all Edinburgh has to offer, this is not your average Best Western!

Letterfinlay Lodge — Loch Lochy

The Letterfinlay Lodge, located in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, offers “unexpectedly superb” accommodations beside Loch Lochy. As well as boasting spectacular scenery, the lodge offers a long list of enjoyable outdoor activities including walking in the forested hills, fishing, and water sports. The cozy rooms provide the tranquil environment that you deserve after full days of exploration. The Letterfinlay is a wonderful place to unwind in the “Outdoor Capital of Scotland” and will certainly be a memorable stop during your adventure through this dramatic landscape.

Dates and Pricing

May 28, 2017 - Jun 02, 2017

Sep 10 - 15, 2017 Special giving back trip with 10% of proceeds going to Scotland’s John Muir Trust

pricing

2017 Prices
$3,995 (2-16 members)
$500 single supplement

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 6 days

From $3,995

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