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    The Great Family Adventure
    Treasure Highlands

    15 review(s)

    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From £1,215

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    Trip Type: Family
    Accommodation: Classic
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    The famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, is perhaps the classic children’s adventure story.

    What a lot of people don’t know is that it was written in the Cairngorms National Park in 1881!

    With this in mind, we’ve designed this spectacular family adventure holiday, combining lots of activities, a treasure hunt, desert islands and the Cairngorms National Park, to create an adventure holiday which is sure to be a hit with all of the family. You will visit ruined castles, enjoy spectacular scenery and try activities including sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking as you explore the Scottish Highlands – a land of myths and legends.

    Our guides are highly-qualified so you can be sure that safety is a priority at all times – even though it will feel like an adventure! As well as being qualified to take people out into the wilds, our guides are also great with family groups – they enjoy introducing our clients to the local environment and helping them explore it.

    Trip Highlights

    • An action-packed family adventure holiday visiting both the beautiful west coast and the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
    • Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, all suitable for beginners, including sea kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, geo-caching and wildlife watching.
    • Learn about the great outdoors and the natural environment from our expert guides.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Travel to Fort William

    This is a self-drive itinerary so you make your way to Fort William in the West Highlands. If you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you can drive via the stunning Glencoe valley. Or, if you are starting from Inverness, you will drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Settle into your B&B accommodation and overnight.

    Day 2 – The Harry Potter Steam Train

    A relaxing day to recover from your journey. After breakfast jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train – widely known as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter movies, to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Sit back and enjoy the views as you cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct on your way west. A short stop in the fishing port of Mallaig provides the perfect break for lunch before you return to Fort William. (B)

    Day 3 – Sea Kayaking to Desert Islands

    Today we take to the water to try sea kayaking on this beautiful coastline. The normal location is in the Sound of Arisaig but this may vary depending on sea conditions. The Sound of Arisaig has lots of tiny desert islands, quite possibly with hidden treasure buried somewhere! This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as seals, otters or even dolphins. There will be plenty of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired. Late afternoon, return to Fort William. (B)

    Day 4 – Canoeing in the Great Glen

    A fun day which starts and finishes near Fort William. First head to Neptune’s Staircase – the impressive series of 8 canal lock-gates where the Caledonian Canal meets the shore of Loch Eil. Here you collect your canoe equipment and start with a canal-side briefing on how to paddle canoes. Then jump in and paddle north up the canal, enjoying the easy paddling on the calm canal waters and the beautiful views of the  hills, including the north face of Ben Nevis – the highest peak in Scotland. On reaching Gairlochy you’ll be collected and transferred back to the start point. Fort William. (B)

    Day 5 – East to Cairngorms National Park & Mountain Biking

    You’ll enjoy a leisurely morning before driving east to the Cairngorms National Park (1 hour & 30 minutes). On the way, you may choose to stop for a short walk or perhaps visit a whisky distillery. After lunch, meet your guide for a mountain bike trip through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Rothiemurchus Estate. These forests are well-known for wildlife, which includes red deer, reindeer, ospreys, golden eagles and cute red squirrels – though it’s not always easy to spot! We’ll take our mountain bikes on an off-road journey through the ancient forests, seeking out the wildlife as we ride. The trails are suitable for all abilities and pass through spectacular scenery. (B)

    Day 6 – Hiking & Geocaching

    During the week, we’ll have collected various clues in each destination – now it’s time to use them and find the treasure but there is one final challenge to overcome – geocaching! You may never have heard of geocaching but we know you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. It involves learning basic navigation skills and then using them, combined with the clues we have already gathered, to find the treasure. Your guide will lead you on a hike, doing some geocaching along the way – including looking for your treasure! Towards the end of the day, we’ll hopefully locate the hidden treasure and you can share the booty among yourselves. Enjoy a final night in the Cairngorms. (B,L)

    Day 7 – Depart … or continue with an extension

    After breakfast, you can then begin your journey home … or continue on a short extension to take in a real Highlands Games. Please download the trip dossier and contact us for more details. (B)

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    Price from: £1,215
    Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights

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    Accommodation Read More

    You will spend 4 nights staying at a comfortable B&B in or close to the West Highland town of Fort William. You then move east to Cairngorms National Park for your final 2 nights. If you book a 2 night extension, you will stay in a B&B close to the Highland Games that you will be attending. A warm welcome is assured in these family friendly accommodations. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms, en-suite wherever it is available. Breakfast is included each morning.

    Meals Read More

    Breakfast is included on this family adventure and will be provided at your accommodation.
    Lunch on day 6 is also provided.

    All other lunches and snacks will be readily available in local shops and deli’s.

    You may choose to dine each evening in your hotel or at local restaurants.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation B&Bs.
    • Breakfast each day.
    • Lunch on Day 6.
    • Day 2: Return travel on the Harry Potter steam train.
    • Day 3: A day of guided sea kayaking, inc all hire equipment.
    • Day 4: Canoeing and biking trip, plus all equipment hire.
    • Day 5: Half day of mountain biking, including bike hire.
    • Day 6: Full day of privately guided hiking and geocaching.
    Travel Read More

    This is a self drive adventure with guided activities along the way. Your itinerary begins in Fort William and finishes in the Cairngorms

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Stevie Christie

    As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a specialty. In his spare time Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure film makers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His experience of living in the Cairngorms National Park for many years has helped design this exciting family trip.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

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    Our family activity holidays and adventures are all graded Green. All that you require to join these group trips is enthusiasm to try out various outdoor activities and a basic level of fitness. No previous experience of any of the activities is required, as our guides are used to working with beginners and with families.

    A reasonable level of fitness is useful, as you will have a couple of full days outside. However, our guides will pitch all activities at a level suitable for the group.

    These holidays are designed for families with children aged 8 or 9 – 15 years old (please see the recommended age in the trip dossier). However, if you have slightly younger children who are fit and active, we may be able to tailor the trips – please contact us to discuss this.

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 15 review(s) of The Great Family Adventure – Treasure Highlands


    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Parshav Shah

    Reviewed on 13/09/2021

    Age: 0 - 10
    Country: UK
    Trip Date: 26/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

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    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.


    Corrie Worner-Phillips

    Reviewed on 07/08/2021

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 25/07/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Marta Duran Delmas

    Reviewed on 31/08/2018

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