- 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
- An evening boat cruise as described above
- Route notes and maps, allowing you to explore the region at your own pace
7th Aug - 13th Aug 2017
Craig McDonaldCraig's love of history and discovering the footsteps of his clan is what has drawn to his ancestral homelands.
Our luxury self-drive holidays feature a range of castles and 4 or 5 star hotels in locations across Scotland, each have their own character and you will be exceptionally well looked after in each of them where you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service.
Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. They pride themselves in locally sourced produce wherever possible and the food during your holiday in Scotland will be one of the highlights.
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.
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by Lenni Rodrigues 09/05/2016
Accommodation and Food
All accommodations were excellent, except customer service at The Bosville was lacking.
Tim Willis was an incredible guide, super friendly, knowledgeable and just an all around great guy.
The Bottom Line
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.
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. In the evening, enjoy a pre-dinner cruise with canapés and wine on Loch Torridon, a magnificent and vast sea loch, before returning to the hotel for dinner. 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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