Venture deep into the heart of Scotland on this active women-only adventure, featuring historic cities, remote glens, and highland trails. Feel the stories of the past come alive in UNESCO-listed Edinburgh, historic palaces, and dramatic castles. Experience adrenaline thrills on gorge walks and mountain hikes, including the mythical Devil's Staircase and Ben Vrackie. Plus, delight in the serenity of stand-up paddleboarding and coastal kayaking. Spend your evenings sampling some of the best Scottish fare as you relax and enjoy the sociable culture of Scotland's welcoming towns.
Get your mountain high on hikes in dramatic Glencoe and Highland Perthshire
Explore the nooks of historic Edinburgh, dine on local fare, and sip award-winning gin
Step back in time as you discover Mary Queen of Scots' favorite Renaissance palace
Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland's breathtaking capital! Meet your guides early this afternoon for a trip overview, then head out to explore the historic streets of Edinburgh. Enjoy a late-afternoon gin tasting before a relaxed welcome dinner with your guides and group.
Go back in time today on a visit to Falkland Palace, a striking Renaissance palace — said to be a favorite of Mary Queen of Scots. As well as being home to one of Britain's oldest tennis courts, scenes from the hit show Outlander were filmed in the cellar apothecary here! After touring the palace and gardens, make a short transfer to Loch Leven you'll take a short boat ride to the island-fortress of Lochleven Castle, where Mary was imprisoned from 1567-68. From here, venture north-west into the Highlands to reach our base for the next three nights, the rugged and wild valley of Glencoe.
Wake up in one of the most impressive valleys of Scotland - Glencoe. Hike in the midst of the striking Three Sisters, a series of three truncated spurs which dominate the view. Between two of these ridges lies the 'Lost Valley', where in times past clansmen used to hide their cattle to protect them from raiders. Head back to the Kingshouse Hotel tonight.
The west coast of Scotland is blessed with beautiful coastline, with towering mountains rising up from the shoreline. There are plentiful sheltered bays with lots of wildlife, such as seals, otters, porpoises and lots of birdlife too. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned paddler, this region will enchant you from the first paddle stroke. Your efforts will be rewarded with a drink in an historic inn, where you'll hear tales of legend and mystery told by a local storyteller.
The West Highland Way is the most famous long distance trekking route in Scotland, and the hike over the pass known as the Devil's Staircase is the more famous, and notorious, stage of the trek. Starting from the hotel, hike into Glencoe to the foot of the pass. The ascent is steep with some switchbacks but very steady going with a constant gradient all the way. At the top of the pass (1,794'), be wowed by wonderful views of Glencoe and Loch Leven. Descending into the next valley, follow a trail to the small village of Kinlochleven, from where you'll transfer to Pitlochry.
Today is all about fun on the water with a chance to try stand-up paddleboarding. Learn from instructors before heading out to explore the scenic loch , which has an interesting wee island on it, as well as a reconstructed 'crannog.' After lunch, ramp up the fun with a guided clamber through a local gorge (wetsuits provided!), If you're game, you can finish with a 26-foot jump off a waterfall into the pool below. Supportive guides will give you the confidence to do it, or to just watch if you prefer.
On your last day in the Scottish Highlands, head out into mountains to finish on a natural high. There are many great options for hiking in this region and your guide will decide on the best route depending on the weather and the ambition of the group. One great option would be a hike up to the peak of Ben Vrackie (2,762'), where sweeping 360-degree views await. Tonight, reminisce about your adventures over a wine and Scottish cheese tasting. Raise a toast to your final night in Scotland - you have earned it!
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and then transfer back to Edinburgh Airport for your homeward-bound flight. Call us for post-trip extension ideas in Scotland, England and Ireland!
MT Sobek has been operating in the Scottish Highlands for decades, working closely with expert local guides.
This unique women-only adventure is perfect for those who want to combine an immersive cultural experience with days on the trail in Scotland's wilderness.
Enjoy a flexible range of activity options depending on your skill level, from gentle walks to intensive peak bagging.
Guided hikes through Scotland's rolling highlands, touring ancient landmarks, and relaxing at delightful inns.
Charming hotels in scenic locales, all with heaps of character and excellent dining.
Weather in Scotland and in the Highlands is constantly changing. Be prepared for rain, wind and sun. It is often cool and wet.
You will be met by your guide at the Edinburgh airport upon your arrival. The group will then transfer a short distance to the hotel.
Our scheduled departures of this trip are for women only. We are happy to schedule private departures of this itinerary to all of our guests, or recommend similar trips that we offer.
You will need hiking boots with ankle support and lug soles for the hiking days on this trip. Medium weight and waterproof would be ideal. For the other days, comfortable walking shoes are best.
Yes. This is a good trip for your hiking poles.
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"Scotland is a beautiful country with very friendly people. Our guides were knowledgeable and enjoyable to be with."
MT Sobek Guest
"We thoroughly enjoyed our Scotland trip with MT Sobek. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the areas we visited. The people and the landscapes were wonderful!"
MT Sobek Guest