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    We offer the widest range of inspiring holidays, journeys and outdoor experiences in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

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    We take care of every detail so that you have the most inspiring experience possible. That means we take the worry out of finding the local hidden trails to explore, the most friendly accommodation to stay and the tasty eateries that know how to treat fresh seasonal ingredients. Don’t take our word for it though, we have over 4,000 customer reviews so you can see what other travellers thought of the trips you’re interested in booking.


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    …And when you’re done, explore the outdoor holidays in Scotland that create a lifetime of memories by choosing your favourite activity above.

    Travel Tips

    What to Wear on Your Outdoor Adventure Holiday Read More

    See below for advice on what you should wear on each of our activity holidays:


    What to Wear Summer Hiking

    Footwear: Boots vs Shoes


    Sea Kayaking & Canoeing

    What to Wear Sea Kayaking

    What to Wear Canoeing

    Footwear for Sea Kayaking & Canoeing


    Road Cycling

    What to Wear Road Cycling


    Mountain Biking

    What to Wear Mountain Biking

    Weather Read More

    Scotland is known for its ever-changing weather conditions – yes, you should prepare for rainy conditions with appropriate waterproofs for protection, but really you should prepare for all types of weather changes. Especially in Summer, you can experience rather interchangeable conditions – one moment the skies can be clear blue with the sun shining brightly, then later in the day the heavens open up to provide some refreshing rain to help you cool down and then before you know it the sun is back to accompany you for the rest of the day. So, the best advice is to take your raincoat and some suntan lotion.

    Below are some articles relating to Scottish weather and seasons:

    10 Best Weather Forecast Websites

    What is the Best Season to Hike in Scotland?

    8 Reasons to Travel in Spring

    What is a Scottish Summer Like?

    5 Reasons to Visit Scotland in Autumn


    Travelling to Scotland Read More

    See below for our guide on various travel links within the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australia and New Zealand:

    Travel to Scotland

    Solo Travel Read More

    Whether travelling solo on a group holiday or journeying on a self-guided walking adventure, we can provide you with advice about solo travel. Check out the articles below for more information:

    Travelling Solo on a Group Adventure: A Guide’s Perspective

    Solo Travel: Making New Friends on Arran, Islay and Jura

    5 Reasons to Solo Travel

    Self Guided Walking Holidays – Your Questions Answered

    5 Tips for Self Guided Walks


    Fitness Levels Read More

    Our holidays are open to people with various levels of fitness – all our trips are graded by difficulty; green trips are the easiest, while blue trips offer an intermediate challenge and red graded activities are the most challenging. Click the link below to view our guides and videos on grading for each activity holiday that we offer.

    Our Trip Grading Explained

    While our grading system caters for a range of fitness levels it is good to get your body prepared before heading on your adventure:

    How to Get Fit for a Long Distance Hike

    Getting Fit for Sea Kayaking


    Accommodation Read More

    From spending nights in grandiose castles, relaxing by a cosy fireplace in a beautiful 4-star hotel or camping lochside during one of our canoeing holidays you can be sure to have a memorable time with whichever activity holiday you choose. In castle and hotel accommodation look forward to tasting some fine locally sourced food from some of the most magical locations in Scotland. On our luxury walking holidays experience some of the greatest 5-star hotels in Scotland.

    Top 5 luxury hotels in Scotland



    Spring weather is mild, but the days are lengthening and consistently drier. The landscape is buzzing with life and colour, with flowers blooming and bustling wildlife.

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    Summer promises long days, pleasant temperatures, and festivals galore. The countryside transitions from vibrant green to breath-taking purple as the heather blooms.

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    Autumn is a time of colourful landscapes and glowing skies. Witness some of Scotland’s most exciting wildlife spectacles and taste flavours unique to our autumn months.

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    If the conditions are right, Scottish winters are the epitome of ‘winter wonderland’. Crunchy snow underneath your boots, sparkly fields, and the most beautiful night skies.

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    Further Information

    Most of our small group outdoor adventure holidays in Scotland have a maximum group size of just 8 clients. These holidays are led by fully qualified and very experienced guides, who will lead you on all of our small group trips, as well as looking after all of your requirements while you are on holiday with us.

    Our activity holidays in Scotland are not for everyone. They are not sightseeing tours of the Highlands and Islands. All of the trips involve an outdoor activity, so you will need to have the appropriate level of fitness to join any particular holiday. Even our ‘easy’ graded trips require a reasonable level of fitness.

    Furthermore, our trips venture into wilderness areas and national parks, so you need to expect the unexpected and accept that the weather and other factors sometimes mean a change of plan. This is all part of adventure travel. Please do call us if you would like to discuss any aspect of our small group holidays.

    Most of our adventure holidays in Scotland focus on one activity. We offer walking, sea kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, road cycling, sailing, photography, winter walking and family outdoor holidays.

    As well as small group holidays, we offer bespoke private group holidays and self-guided walking holidays. Please do contact us if you would like to discuss any of our holidays in Scotland or check out our sister company Wilderness Ireland for Irish activity holidays.

    Our holidays reviewed
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    I have had two holidays with Wilderness Scotland, and each of them has exceeded expectations. I have also recommended you to two people who have come on your holidays. Your trips are well organised, well structured, pack in variety, and your guides combine a rare combination of people skills and technical expertise.

    Dianne Edgar
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles
    Reviewed on 05/07/2013

    Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 4,786 reviews

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