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    About Wilderness Scotland

    100% Financial Protection
    3500+ Traveller Reviews
    Sustainability Commitment
    Multi Award-Winning

    Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company

    We specialise in offering an inspiring range of guided and customised adventure holidays, in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

    We are now a team of 30+ adventure travel experts in the office and a guiding team of over 50 qualified and experienced guides. Our team know how to create enriching adventure holidays and know the wild places of Scotland better than anyone.

    We learnt many lessons on that first trip, which was driven by an overwhelming enthusiasm and passion for sharing one of Scotland’s finest undiscovered regions. The most important lesson of all was that each and every trip – no matter how polished the arrangements – should carry the same unwavering commitment to delivering a truly amazing and memorable experience of Scotland’s wild places.

    Over the past decade, many things have changed but this commitment remains a constant. In many ways, it is greater now than it was then, motivated daily by compelling stories of how our clients have had fantastic and, at times, transformative travel experiences.

    We feel very fortunate to live and work in an amazing part of the world. We look forward with the same excitement as we did on that very first Wilderness Walking trip in Knoydart, to welcoming you here and sharing our passion, knowledge and experience of one of the last great wild areas of Europe.

    The Trophy Cabinet

    When our business began we didn’t really give much thought to scooping gongs and attending award dinners. For sure they are fun, but the real enjoyment comes in finding out that people like what we do and, in a world busier than ever, appreciate the value of doing things a bit differently and striving for the very best customer service possible.

    But it’s always worth celebrating our achievements and our dedicated office and guiding team have been fortunate to scoop over 20 major industry awards.

    1. The only Tour Operator to receive a Great Places to Work “Best Workplaces of 2018” in the small business category.
    2. Winner of the “Best Workplace for Women 2018” category.
    3. Listed 16th worldwide (1st in Europe) in National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s list of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’
    4. Winning the World’s Leading Green Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards in both 2007 and 2014
    5. Receiving a Green Tourism Gold Award by the GTBS – the world’s most credible Sustainable Tourism Programme
    6. Achieving recognition twice in the World Responsible Tourism Awards
    7. Becoming the first Scottish company to gain AITO’s 5-star award for Responsible Tourism
    8. Named in the Guardian Ethical Travel Awards: Best UK Tour Operator
    9. Winning the Scottish Tourism Business of the Year after 3 years of operation
    10. Having our Outer Hebrides & Skye Walking trip and Scottish Sea Kayak Trail feature in National Geographic Traveller Magazine’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime.

    Our Assurance and your Financial Protection

    Wilderness Scotland is a trading name of Wilderness Scotland Ltd who is a fully bonded tour operator with ABTOT, under their Financial Protection Scheme and you can see proof of our membership here.

    Booking direct with us, either online or over the phone means your booking was made in the UK and we have opted to protect both your money and your holiday.

    This means that you can book and travel with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you are 100% financially protected.
    Conditions apply.

    We are also a member of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators. AITO vet their members on the basis of Quality, Expertise and Customer Protection. They also host independent reviews of our tours. View our profile on the AITO website.

    Wilderness Scotland also voluntarily nominates itself to the Health and Safety Executive for their Adventure Activities Licencing Authority (AALA). This means that our equipment and practices are subject to an annual inspection by “senior inspectors who are all highly qualified and experienced outdoor professionals.  They have worked in the sector for many years before joining AALS and all still participate actively in adventure activities.” View details of our AALA licence on the HSE website here.

    Our service is defined by passion, knowledge and attention to detail. We believe that there is no substitute for experience and in booking with Wilderness Scotland you can be sure that you are joining a holiday that has been exhaustively researched and personally assessed for its style and quality.

    We work tirelessly to be awarded and maintain the following awards which demonstrate our commitment to customers and also the communities and landscapes in which we operate.

    Our holidays reviewed
    in your own words

    A bucket list trip with amazing scenery, along with a decent amount of challenging but doable cycling. We had a fantastic time.

    Jon Mitchell
    Self Guided+ Cycling - North Coast 500
    Reviewed on 18/07/2021

    Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 6,958 reviews

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