Self Guided Walking & Biking Holidays : Wilderness Scotland
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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 offer both self guided walking and self guided cycling trips. We make all arrangements for you including your accommodation, route notes and maps, baggage transfers and a 24-hour support service.

Choose from:

– Point to point hiking or cycling trips, followed recognised long distance trails (baggage transfer is always provided!)

– Trips where you drive or take trains and ferries between hotels. These trips often include some locally guided activities in each location.

While you don’t need to be an expert hiker or biker 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.

Trip Reviews

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 - Highland Castle Experience

Susan Lowrie


Self Guided - West Highland Way
My only other issue was that my friend attempted to join us and tried to make arrangements through Wilderness Scotland but not only was the person not super responsive (my friend had to keep calling when she heard nothing), but then my friend was told that it was not possible to arrange. Fortunately, she found another company to do the arrangements.

Julie Wartell


Self-Guided - Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Ardnamurchan

Margaret Booth


Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 159 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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6 review(s)

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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Self Guided - Arisaig and the Small Isles

Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: Your Own Pace
  • Hike to the summit of An Sgurr on Eigg - just 393m high but offering one of the best viewpoints in all of Scotland
  • Visit the fascinating and eccentric castle on the Isle of Rum, and look out for red deer on this National Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy coastal walks around Arisaig, exploring its wonderful beaches and sand dunes
  • Experience the freedom of a holiday without a car, travelling around Scotland using trains and ferries

Price: from £575

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Self Guided - Bike Across Scotland: The Great Glen Trail

Duration: 5 night(s)
Location: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 2
  • Self guided mountain biking from Fort William to Inverness through the Scottish Highlands.
  • Enjoy the sights, sounds and various activities along the Great Glen
  • Explore Highland villages, visit ancient castles and even try your hand at monster spotting on Loch Ness
  • A great option for beginner to intermediate riders and for families too

Price: from £695

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Favourite Five Cafes on the North Coast 500

Posted on Oct 05, 2015 by Zoe Newsam

Favourite Five Cafes on the North Coast 500

I like a good cup of coffee wherever I roam.  Wilderness Guide, Zoe Newsam is lucky enough to sample the best in coffee culture all over the Highlands. Here she shares her Favourite Five Cafes on the North Coast 500 route. The North Coast 500 is a new scenic route of Scotland’s most rugged and beautiful coastline. Much […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Scotland in Autumn

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 by Mary Lawless

Top 5 reasons to visit Scotland in Autumn

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Scotland, the landscapes are ablaze with autumnal colours, the skies have a wonderful purple and orange glow and the wildlife is thriving with activity. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Scotland in autumn. Wildlife Autumn Foliage Seasonal Produce No Midges Less Tourists Autumn Days […]

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