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    With 80+ packaged tours and the option to customise any trip, we offer the widest range of inspiring adventure holidays, journeys and active experiences in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

    Choose from travel themes and activities like walking, wildlife and winter trips, or cycling, sailing and sea kayaking.

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    Book your Adventure Holiday with Wilderness Scotland

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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 4,500 customer reviews so you can see what other travellers thought of the trips you’re interested in booking.

     

    Tours by Month

    TripDatePriceAvailabilityBook
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay21st May - 27th May 2022£1,8354 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye28th May - 3rd Jun 2022£1,9652 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast4th Jun - 10th Jun 2022£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside11th Jun - 17th Jun 2022£1,6351 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles18th Jun - 24th Jun 2022£1,835Trip Full
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay18th Jun - 24th Jun 2022£1,8352 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona25th Jun - 1st Jul 2022£2,0852 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way27th Jun - 4th Jul 2022£1,8257 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022£1,8352 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022£1,6351 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022£1,4953 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way11th Jul - 18th Jul 2022£1,8954 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2022£1,9653 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way25th Jul - 1st Aug 2022£1,7955 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - Wild Highland Trail30th Jul - 5th Aug 2022£1,7955 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way8th Aug - 15th Aug 2022£1,7956 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course13th Aug - 17th Aug 2022£8951 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside20th Aug - 26th Aug 2022£1,6352 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way22nd Aug - 29th Aug 2022£1,8253 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye27th Aug - 2nd Sep 2022£1,8854 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast3rd Sep - 9th Sep 2022£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - Wild Highland Trail17th Sep - 23rd Sep 2022£1,7958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK25th Sep - 4th Oct 2022£2,5852 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye8th Oct - 14th Oct 2022£1,965Trip Full
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside8th Oct - 14th Oct 2022£1,5954 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye22nd Oct - 28th Oct 2022£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye18th Mar - 24th Mar 2023£1,7858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye25th Mar - 31st Mar 2023£1,8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye1st Apr - 7th Apr 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay1st Apr - 7th Apr 2023£1,7858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023£1,9358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye15th Apr - 21st Apr 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles15th Apr - 21st Apr 2023£1,7858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK16th Apr - 25th Apr 2023£2,5858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way17th Apr - 24th Apr 2023£1,79516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£2,0857 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£1,5958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course29th Apr - 3rd May 2023£8758 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way1st May - 8th May 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast13th May - 19th May 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside13th May - 19th May 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles13th May - 19th May 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona13th May - 19th May 2023£2,0858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course13th May - 17th May 2023£8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye13th May - 19th May 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK14th May - 23rd May 2023£2,6354 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way15th May - 22nd May 2023£1,82515 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye20th May - 26th May 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands27th May - 2nd Jun 2023£1,4958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay27th May - 2nd Jun 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles27th May - 2nd Jun 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way29th May - 5th Jun 2023£1,82512 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye3rd Jun - 9th Jun 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona10th Jun - 16th Jun 2023£2,0858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye10th Jun - 16th Jun 2023£1,9655 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside10th Jun - 16th Jun 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way12th Jun - 19th Jun 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023£1,8351 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023£1,8856 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course24th Jun - 28th Jun 2023£8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - Wild Highland Trail24th Jun - 30th Jun 2023£1,8558 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona24th Jun - 30th Jun 2023£2,0858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay24th Jun - 30th Jun 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK25th Jun - 4th Jul 2023£2,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way26th Jun - 3rd Jul 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona1st Jul - 7th Jul 2023£2,0858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside8th Jul - 14th Jul 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye8th Jul - 14th Jul 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way10th Jul - 17th Jul 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course15th Jul - 19th Jul 2023£8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye15th Jul - 21st Jul 2023£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2023£1,4958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way24th Jul - 31st Jul 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye29th Jul - 4th Aug 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside29th Jul - 4th Aug 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - Wild Highland Trail5th Aug - 11th Aug 2023£1,8558 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way7th Aug - 14th Aug 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye12th Aug - 18th Aug 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course12th Aug - 16th Aug 2023£8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK13th Aug - 22nd Aug 2023£2,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye19th Aug - 25th Aug 2023£1,9656 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way21st Aug - 28th Aug 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay26th Aug - 1st Sep 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside26th Aug - 1st Sep 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way4th Sep - 11th Sep 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye9th Sep - 15th Sep 2023£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course9th Sep - 13th Sep 2023£8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands9th Sep - 15th Sep 2023£1,4958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023£1,8857 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Coast to Coast16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK17th Sep - 26th Sep 2023£2,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way18th Sep - 25th Sep 2023£1,82516 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye23rd Sep - 29th Sep 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside23rd Sep - 29th Sep 2023£1,6358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye30th Sep - 6th Oct 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye7th Oct - 13th Oct 2023£1,9657 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye14th Oct - 20th Oct 2023£1,8858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye21st Oct - 27th Oct 2023£1,9658 place(s) leftBook Now

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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:

    Walking

    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

     

    How Many People Join Our Holidays? Read More

    In the broad our range of small-group, fixed-date tours run with a maximum of 8 people. We find that, along with an expert guide, this is an ideal number to ensure that the group is intimate and has an opportunity to create some strong bonds across a week-long adventure.

    Of course, there are some exceptions to the rule and a small number of tours run with extended capacity, such as the West Highland Way and also our Photography tours.

    Our Private Departures and Custom Tours, by their nature can be customised to your own requirements and therefore the size of the group is entirely dependent on who you’d like to travel with.

    How Many Guides Will Lead Our Tour? Read More

    For the vast majority of our tours you will have the service of one of our expert guides on a 1:8 ratio.

    Our guides are highly trained, not only in the activity they are guiding but also in many other aspects that make up an incredible adventure travel experience. Those include, landscape interpretation, history and storytelling, the night sky, gaelic in the landscape and of course in the high level of service we provide.

    On the water for our sea kayaking and canoeing trips that ratio drops to 1 guide for every 4 travellers and for our West Highland Way tours (where we have a larger group size) we add an extra guide when the group size reaches 11.

    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

     

    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
    in your own words

    This was a fantastic holiday for us and the whole family hugely enjoyed our time in Scotland. Both the boys said it was one of their best trips and they would love to do it again and spend more time in Scotland. So we will definitely be looking into doing some more travels to Scotland some time! And I know where to come as Wilderness did a great job in sorting everything out for us including restaurant bookings - it was a brilliant, responsive and tailored service and just the perfect travel solution when we all needed a holiday and had little time to look into things ourselves.

    Parshav Shah
    Family Adventure - Treasure Highlands
    Reviewed on 13/09/2021

    Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 4,997 reviews

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