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Self Guided Holidays

Book your activity holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

Our self guided holidays allow you to experience the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands at your own pace.

We make all arrangements for you including your accommodation, route notes and maps, baggage transfers and a 24-hour support service.

Choose an adventure and hike from point to point through the stunning scenery of the Highlands following one of Scotland’s finest long distance trails. Journey from inn to inn knowing that a warm welcome awaits you and that your bags will be there waiting for you.

While you don’t need to be an expert hiker to take on a self guided holiday, you do need to be more self-reliant. To book any of these trips, you must be travelling with at least one other person. If you are travelling on your own, we hope that you will be interested in joining one of our small group guided trips.

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Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

Self Guided - Strathspey and the Cairngorms
The description of the walks was not that good.
At home I had drawn the walks on the map that you provided. But during the walks I noticed that some paths which excisted were not drawn on the map and vice versa.

If you prefer you could contact (by telephone) me so we could talk about this subject over the phone.
Hans Gordens

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: We really would appreciate some detailed feedback as to which descriptions didn't match with the maps. As we suggest in the information we provide, we hope you find it useful as a guide as things do change. It's valuable feedback from clients such as yourselves, along with our own knowledge and experience, that help us to keep our notes up to date and we would be delighted to discuss this with you in more detail.

Hans Gordens


Self Guided - West Highland Way
Highly recommend!

Sara Moss


Self Guided - West Highland Way
I have already recommended Wilderness Scotland to friends.

As far as our trip goes, we did it in 8 days. This was a mistake for us. We should have done it in 6 days. We're from Southern California, and are used to hikes that go up up very steeply (Ben Nevis steepness). The idea of doing 95 miles here in less than 8 days is crazy because of the elevation change, but nothing on the way was difficult for us, and a few of the days ended too soon.

Summary: A lot of the trip planning was based on miles per day, when it should have been miles per day + elevation change per day.

We could have tried to do smaller hikes in addition to the big hike. It was somewhat frustrating to be walking through all of these valleys, looking at these cool peaks, and not knowing how to get up them. Some more side trip options with the guide would have been great. (For example, it might have been fun to bag one of the peaks around Glen Coe.)

Lauren Tewksbury


Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 149 reviews of Self Guided

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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the choice, or if you have questions about your fitness or suitability for any of these holidays, please feel free to contact our office on +44 (0)1479 420020 or by email.

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Self Guided - The Great Glen Way

Duration: 7 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Traverse Scotland from coast to coast on a rewarding journey through deep glens and past dramatic mountain ranges
  • Take in the sweeping views across Loch Ness, perhaps catching a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster
  • Enjoy moderate hiking on good trails as you hike from village to village through this spectacular geological fault line

Price: from £645

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Self Guided - West Highland Way

Duration: 8 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 6
  • Trek the 100 miles of the West Highland Way, taking on the challenge of Scotland's most famous long distance trail
  • Experience changing scenery as you hike from the lowlands of Scotland into the heart of the West Highlands
  • We will arrange all accommodation, luggage transfer and provide you with OS maps and comprehensive route notes

Price: from £695

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Self Guided - The Speyside Way

Duration: 7 night(s)
Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Hike the Speyside Way from the sea to the Cairngorms National Park - home to some of the highest mountains in Scotland
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of hiking from point to point each day, covering over 65 miles along the trail
  • Visit some of Scotland's finest whisky distilleries, many of which are located along the route of the Speyside Way

Price: from £695

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Self Guided - The Rob Roy Way

Duration: 8 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 5
  • Follow the path once used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw
  • Experience the breathtaking views of The Rob Roy Way, taking in ancient woodlands, open moorlands and rolling hills
  • Enjoy the sense of accomplishment each day, hiking from point to point, covering 92 miles along this trail

Price: from £695

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The 5 Best Places to Camp in the Highlands

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 by John Walker


When pondering  the best places to camp in the Highlands, one person’s idyllic wild-camp could be another’s idea of Hell. So considering a few vital things can make a real difference when selecting a spot. Wilderness Guide, John Walker shares his favourite camping spots and what else to think about with his 5 Best Places […]

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West Highland Way Food Guide

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 by Meike van Krimpen

West Highland Way Food Guide

The West Highland Way is a world renowned long distance trail journeying 96 miles/151 kilometres through some of Scotland’s most inspiring landscapes. Now there is nothing like trekking 9-15 miles/15-25 kilometres a day to work up a massive appetite! That is why we have investigated the tastiest bites along the way and put them together […]

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