- 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, canoeing, geo-caching and wildlife watching
- Learn about the great outdoors and the natural environment from our expert guides
Green Graded Family Adventure Holidays 1-3
Our 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.
These holidays 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 tailor the trips – please contact us to discuss this.
You will spend 4 nights staying at a comfortable B&B in or close to the West Highland town of Fort William. You then move east to Cairngorms National Park for your final 2 nights. If you book a 2 night extension, you will stay in a B&B close to the Highland Games that you will be attending. A warm welcome is assured in these family friendly accommodations. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms, en-suite wherever it is available. Breakfast is included each morning.
This is a self-drive trip. You can bring your own car or hire from anywhere in Scotland. If you are hiring, the best place to start from is Inverness. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland
Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.
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by Keith Muir 12/10/2013
Accommodation and Food
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by Madeleine Gaba 03/09/2013
Jane Gillies & Stef Lauer were very helpful in answering my questions & concerns prior to my trip
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
My understanding was that breakfast & lunch would be provided, so it was a bit of a surprise on our first day we paid for our lunch when our excursion started at 10 am. Otherwise the places we stayed-Glenuig Inn & Craigerne House Hotel- and restaurants we ate at were great! I appreciated that Tim made sure that reservations were made for our dinners knowing that it may be busy. He even made sure we had a lunch on our last day, which apparently was not included on our last day though our excursion was to end at 4pm
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!
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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.
by Shawn Lecuona 29/08/2013
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.
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
Everything was excellent at the Glenuig Inn (our favorite). The Craigurne Inn had a moldy shower stall and a door that would not stay shut.
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.
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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
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
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
Although the owners were very attentive the Arsaig hotel did not have any internet and the beds and pillows were very uncomfortable. In Aveimore the accommodations were much better, but laundry was pounds.
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"
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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.
Private departure only – dates of your choice. Price from £835 per adult / £735 per child
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, enjoy spectacular scenery and try activities including sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking 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.
Day 1 – Travel to Fort William
This is a self-drive itinerary so you make your way to Fort William in the West Highlands. If you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you can drive via the stunning Glencoe valley. Or, if you are starting from Inverness, you will drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Settle into your B&B accommodation and overnight.
Day 2 – The Harry Potter Steam Train
A relaxing day to recover from your journey. After breakfast, don your wizard outfits and jump aboard the Harry Potter steam train to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Sit back and enjoy the views as you cross the famous viaduct on your way west. A short stop in the fishing port of Mallaig provides the perfect break for lunch before you return to Fort William. (B)
Day 3 – Sea Kayaking to Desert Islands
Today we join some other clients to try sea kayaking on this beautiful coastline. The normal location is in the Sound of Arisaig but this may vary depending on sea conditions. The Sound of Arisaig has lots of tiny desert islands, quite possibly with hidden treasure buried somewhere! 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. Late afternoon, return to Fort William. (B)
Day 4 – Canoeing & Mountain Biking in the Great Glen
A fun multi-activity day which starts and finishes in Fort William. Meet your guide at the canal-side for a briefing on how to paddle canoes. Then we jump in and paddle north up the canal. We break at lunchtime, at which point we leave the canoes behind. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely bike ride back along the canal tow-path to Fort William, savouring the views of the north face of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. Overnight Fort William. (B)
Day 5 – East to Cairngorms National Park & Mountain Biking
You’ll enjoy a leisurely morning before driving east to the Cairngorms National Park (1 hour & 30 minutes). On the way, you may choose to stop for a short walk or perhaps visit a whisky distillery. After lunch, meet your guide for a mountain bike trip through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Rothiemurchus Estate. These forests are well-known for wildlife, which includes red deer, reindeer, ospreys, golden eagles and cute red squirrels – though it’s not always easy to spot! 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. (B)
Day 6 – Hiking & Geocaching
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. Your guide will lead you on a hike, doing some geocaching along the way – including looking for your treasure! Towards the end of the day, we’ll hopefully locate the hidden treasure and you can share the booty among yourselves. Enjoy a final night in the Cairngorms. (B,L)
Day 7 – Depart … or continue with an extension
After breakfast, you can then begin your journey home … or continue on a short extension to take in a real Highlands Games. Please download the trip dossier for extension details. (B)