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Self-Drive – Skye and The North West Highlands

  • Canoe and bike along the Caledonian Canal, an impressive 60 mile long connection between the West Coast of Scotland and the East Coast
  • Soak up the comforts of the stunningly located luxurious castles and lodges in the Scottish Highlands
  • Enjoy a range of activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking and sea kayaking with the support of our experienced guides
  • 6 nights accommodation in excellent 4-star hotels & a 5-star castle
  • Breakfast each day
  • Afternoon tea at Inverlochy Castle
  • 1 day canoeing & biking experience
  • Half day guided sea kayaking experience
  • 2 days of privately guided hikes, led by an expert Wilderness Scotland guide
  • Ferry to the Isle of Skye

At Your Own Pace

On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Scotland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle low level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready!

On the other days of the trip you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.


Our deluxe self drive holidays feature a range of 4 or 5 star country houses and hotels in locations across Scotland.

A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms. Breakfast is included each morning.

Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.

At all stages of your trip you will be able to enjoy the finest of Scottish cuisine, enjoying delicious meals prepared from superb local ingredients.

Packed lunches are not included in the trip cost, but will be available from your hotel or a local cafe/ deli.

If travelling from abroad we would recommend picking up your hire car in Inverness, for full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Trip Details

This self-drive holiday through the Scottish Highlands allows you to experience a range of activities lead by local guides while enjoying the comforts of luxury hotels.

This relaxing self-drive holiday explores the striking beauty of Skye and the North West Highlands where you will see the towering mountain ranges and a rugged coastlines.

Begin your journey in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, bike along Scotland’s most famous waterway the Caledonian Canal, sea kayak in one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes on the Scottish West Coast, explore the remarkable landscapes of the Isle of Skye and hike on some of the oldest mountains in the world in Torridon. Experience the comfort of staying in enchanting castles and Highland lodges while savouring the award-winning local food – an ideal way to indulge during your luxury adventure in Scotland.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Fort William

Make your way past Loch Ness to Fort William, arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, Inverlochy Castle – a stunningly located castle nestled between glen and loch near Ben Nevis. Overnight at 5-star Inverlochy Castle.

Day 2 – Canoe & Bike Caledonian Canal

A day of exploring Scotland’s most famous waterway. From Fort William, you’ll paddle a canoe along the calm waters of the Caledonian Canal. After a break for lunch, you’ll swap boat for bike and cycle back along a car-free tow-path to Fort William. The route on and along side the canal is a peaceful one with plenty of opportunity to spot birds, wildlife and enjoy superb views of Ben Nevis. Reward yourself with afternoon tea at Inverlochy and spend a relaxed afternoon at the hotel. Overnight at 5-star Inverlochy Castle. (B)

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking Arisaig & Travel to Skye

A short but scenic drive down the coast takes you to Arisaig. Enjoy a morning of sea kayaking with a guide in one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes on the Scottish West Coast – it’s suitable for beginners but still an enticing paddle for experts. The area is teeming with wildlife and you will experience paddling through a curious seal colony. After lunch, take the ferry to the Isle of Skye, travel north to the harbour town Portree and soak up the village atmosphere before settling into your luxury hotel built by the Macdonald clan in 1882. Overnight at the 4-star Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye. (B)

Day 4 – Guided Hike on Skye

Your Wilderness Scotland guide will meet you at your hotel and discuss options for privately guided hike. Enjoy a day of guided hiking on Skye with the opportunity of a boat trip to a remote part of the isle for a wonderful hike around a loch; or perhaps hiking along the coast to villages abandoned in the Highland Clearances many years ago. In the evening you can relax at the hotel where you can indulge in mouthwatering food or perhaps venture into Portree where you can visit the charming pubs or one of the many local eateries. Overnight at the 4-star Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye. (B)

Day 5 – Guided Hike in Torridon

Leaving Skye, drive up the west coast to the beautiful region of Torridon. On the way, you will meet with your Wilderness Scotland guide for a beautiful hike, exploring the landscapes of Skye, Applecross or Torridon. You may want to linger on Skye, enjoy a high level but easy hike in Applecross, or venture to the ancient and rugged peaks of Torridon – our guide will help you decide! No matter what hike you choose, you will be surrounded by truly spectacular views of steep terraced sides and unique geology. Overnight at the 4-star gold Torridon Hotel. (B)

Day 6 – Free Day

Enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel to finish your holiday. Many activities are available on-site, including archery, clay pigeon shooting or –  if you are feeling more adventurous – canyoning. Overnight at the 4-star gold Torridon Hotel. (B)

Day 7 – Depart

After a leisurely breakfast, depart. (B)

PLEASE NOTE ‐ The itinerary is indicative only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guides with regard weather conditions and other factors.

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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 review(s) of Self-Drive – Skye and The North West Highlands

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by Tracey Prevost 30/10/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Adam Brash 24/10/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Gotta see Scotland.

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by Shannon Brash 24/10/2018

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

The trip was amazing. The communication with the office staff was a little confusing and the shared accommodation at the Glencoe House was disappointing, especially when we got there and saw that there was in fact another available room that was not booked. But, Ken, our guide made up for any short comings and was simply fantastic. He made sure that all of our needs were met. He made the trip what it was and is truly an amazing ambassador for Scotland. We loved the scenery and loved every minute of our hiking and exploring in your beautiful country. Thank you Wilderness Scotland.

Thanks for your comments. I feel your feedback about communication is completely fair in this case. Unfortunately circumstances conspired to cause this such as your itinerary needing to change, a miscommunication about which new itinerary you wanted and then your adventure consultant being on annual leave. We have improved our internal procedures to prevent that confusion occurring again. I am glad however that you enjoyed your time with Ken so much. I always knew you would.

We were aware of your desire for a second room at Glencoe House and we were checking availability there right up to the day you arrived so I'm surprised to hear there was another suite available. Possibly they had a last minute cancellation or no show. We will follow this up with them.

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by Carl Seider 12/10/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

The trip was truly memorable and a great way to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It was a perfect mix of activities, beautiful accommodations and locations. We were happy to have an extra couple days before and after the trip to explore even further. We really liked our time in Glencoe and Laggen as well.

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Price from: £2,795

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Region: Multi-Location

Comfort: Luxury

Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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