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The Great Family Adventure – Treasure Highlands

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Location: Multi-Location

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 3

4 review(s)
  • An action-packed family adventure holiday visiting both the beautiful west coast and the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
  • Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, all suitable for beginners, including sea kayaking, mountain biking, geo-caching, wildlife watching and bushcraft.
  • Learn about the great outdoors and the natural environment from our expert guides.

Green Graded Family Adventure Holidays 1-3

Our small group family activity holidays and adventures are all graded Green. All that you require to join these group trips is enthusiasm to try out various outdoor activities and a basic level of fitness. No previous experience of any of the activities is required, as our guides are used to working with beginners and with families.

A reasonable level of fitness is useful, as you will have a couple of full days outside. However, our guides will pitch all activities at a level suitable for the group. Group sizes for these trips have a maximum of either 8 or 16 people. For trips where the group size is 16, the main activities will generally be split into two smaller groups of 8, and our guides will place families of similar age and ability in the same group.

These group trips are designed for families with children aged 8 or 9 – 15 years old (please see the recommended age in the trip dossier). However, if you have slightly younger children who are fit and active, we may be able to accommodate them on these trips – please contact us to discuss this. For families with older children, we recommend one of our trips for individual families.

You will spend 2 nights staying at a wonderfully located inn located on the shores of Loch Ailort, near Arisaig and 3 nights staying at a guest house in the Aviemore area in the Cairngorms National Park.

A warm welcome is assured in these family-friendly accommodations. Accommodation on the west coast is in spacious family bedrooms and in the guest house in the Cairngorms, accommodation is within twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities. Family rooms may also be available. Subject to availability, single rooms may available on request – early booking is recommended. Please contact us for the single supplement for this trip.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip at 10:00. It’s a small station so you will find our guide quite easily! We aim to return by 1400 on the final day. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland

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by Keith Muir 12/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Madeleine Gaba 03/09/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Jane Gillies & Stef Lauer were very helpful in answering my questions & concerns prior to my trip
Trip Comments
I totally enjoyed my excursion with Tim Francis, so my whole adventure was a high point! I enjoyed stopping to take pictures, visiting castles/ ruins, watching the steam engine train over the viaduct, kayaking on a gorgeous day, bushcrafts in the wilderness, watching the Highland games, mountain biking, relaxing in the eves and finding the treasure/hike.
Accommodation and Food
Jane Gillies & Stef Lauer were very helpful in answering my questions & concerns prior to my trip
Your Guide
Our guide,Tim Francis from the beginning of our trip was welcoming and friendly. He was professional, easy going and also kept us on schedule. He was very accommodating to everyone in our group despite the different ages. He was conscious of making sure all of us were doing okay and enjoying ourselves. He was physically fit and knowledgeable of the land. It was very nice to have our own personal guide!Thank you for a great adventure as my first time in Scotland! Wanted to mention Ben of the kayak group was professional & made sure we had a safe/ fun experience!
The Bottom Line
The Treasure Highland excursion is definitely perfect for families and groups. The concept of receiving a clue each day to find the treasure at the end was very fun for our group, especially the 9 & 16 yo children.

by Shawn Lecuona 29/08/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Customer service was always super whether by email or phone. Web site details of trip specifics was not easily found and proved to be inconsistent with actual trip, although our guide was more than willing to help to resolve issue expeditiously.
Trip Comments
Kayaking and treasure hunting were our high points. A bit less driving and bit more doing the outdoor activities in less populated areas would have caused me to rank it "excellent".
Accommodation and Food
Customer service was always super whether by email or phone. Web site details of trip specifics was not easily found and proved to be inconsistent with actual trip, although our guide was more than willing to help to resolve issue expeditiously.
Your Guide
Tim did a great job. He was aware of the different needs and different relationships of the youngest in our group as well as the oldest and those in between, which is not always the easiest. This helped everyone to enjoy the trip much more.
The Bottom Line
Identifying all kinds of sealife in the tidepools of a remote beach with friends, (old and new) and my kids.

by Lori Nasci 09/08/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website and the representative stated that all breakfast and lunch were included and that it ended at 4 on the final day. We had not planned to purchase lunch on day one and it actually ended at noon before lunch. This adversely affected both travel and budget
Trip Comments
The activities were great, but the bush skills section was weak. Suggestion; have kids build a shelter or actually teach some survival skills.
Accommodation and Food
The website and the representative stated that all breakfast and lunch were included and that it ended at 4 on the final day. We had not planned to purchase lunch on day one and it actually ended at noon before lunch. This adversely affected both travel and budget
Your Guide
She was awesome, very knowledgeable and worked very hard to make sure everyone was having a good time. She was prepared for anything. My daughter said it best, "She was lovely"
The Bottom Line
The family adventure tour offered a variety of activities in a short amount of time. This allowed us to test the activities and also keep things fresh. We thouroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Trip Details

The famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, is perhaps the classic children’s adventure story.

What a lot of people don’t know is that it was written in the Cairngorms National Park in 1881!

With this in mind, we’ve designed this spectacular new family adventure holiday, combining lots of activities, a treasure hunt, desert islands and the Cairngorms National Park, to create an adventure holiday which is sure to be a hit with all of the family. You will visit ruined castles, Loch Ness and a Highland Games and enjoy activities including sea kayaking, mountain biking and bushcraft as you explore the Scottish Highlands – a land of myths and legends.

Our guides are highly-qualifed so you can be sure that safety is a priority at all times – even though it will feel like an adventure! Wilderness Scotland holds an AALA license in recognition of our safe operating procedures. As well as being qualified to take people out into the wilds, our guides are also great with family groups – they enjoy introducing our clients to the local environment and helping them explore it.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Monster-Spotting at Loch Ness

Leaving Inverness, we make the short transfer to Loch Ness. We visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle and scan the dark waters of Loch Ness to see if Nessie, the famous monster, will pop up for a photo! We then transfer to the west coast and our first accommodation – a family-friendly inn on the Sound of Arisaig.

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking to Desert Islands

Today we try sea kayaking as we explore the stunning Sound of Arisaig, which has lots of tiny desert islands. This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as seals, otters or even dolphins. There will be plenty of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired, and we will return to the inn late afternoon.

Day 3 – Seaside Bushcraft and the Harry Potter Steam Train

After breakfast, we make our way to the beautiful beaches of Arisaig for a seaside safari and bushcraft. We’ll search for wild food and perhaps cook up some tasty foraged snacks over a small fire. After lunch, we transfer to Mallaig, where we step aboard the famous Harry Potter Steam Train (properly known as The Jacobite). We then enjoy a spectacular steam journey, crossing the famous viaduct, as we travel from Mallaig to Fort William. From Fort William, we transfer east to our next destination – Cairngorms National Park – where we settle into our accommodation and look forward to the next day.

Day 4 – Mountain Biking Safari

The Cairngorms National Park is famous for its wildlife, which includes red deer, reindeer, ospreys, golden eagles and cute red squirrels. We’ll take our mountain bikes on an off-road journey through the ancient forests, seeking out the wildlife as we ride. The trails are suitable for all abilities and pass through spectacular scenery.

Day 5 – Highland Games

Visiting a real Highland Games is a memorable experience for anyone visiting the Scottish Highlands. You’ll see the strong men competing in the ‘heavy events’ which includes tossing the caber; traditional Highland dancing; and a gathering of pipe bands – a spectacular treat for the senses! However, a number of events are open for entries so our guides will encourage everyone to get involved in the various races for spectators – great fun for all the family!

Day 6 – The Treasure!

During the week, we’ll have collected various clues in each destination – now it’s time to use them and find the treasure but there is one final challenge to overcome – geocaching! You may never have heard of geocaching but we know you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. It involves learning basic navigation skills and then using them, combined with the clues we have already gathered, to find the treasure. Once the treasure has been shared amongst the team, we make the short transfer back to Inverness to join connections for your travel home.

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Keith Muir
12/10/2013

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The Treasure Highland excursion is definitely perfect for families and groups. The concept of receiving a clue each day to find the treasure at the end was very fun for our group, especially the 9 & 16 yo children.

Madeleine Gaba
03/09/2013

5

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