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    Highlights of the Highlands

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    Next Trip: 26th - 4th Sep 2024 Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

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    Trip Type: Luxury & Deluxe
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    Join us on a unique, fully guided walking trip through the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

    Visit the magical Isle of Skye, hike among Glencoe’s glacier-scoured peaks and wind your way through the aromatic pinewoods and boundless silvery moors of the Cairngorms National Park. With your experienced Wilderness guide, explore ancient battlefields, visit captivating castles and immerse yourself in stunning landscapes rich in history, culture and folklore. As evening light fades across iridescent skies, relax in hand-picked accommodation that has been carefully selected for its relaxed luxury and delicious seasonal food.

    Experience the very best of Scotland’s irresistible beauty on an adventure showcasing the Highlights of the Highlands.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy a boat trip to the remote shores of Loch Coruisk on the ethereal Isle of Skye.
    • Hike in the stunning regions of Glencoe and the Cairngorms National Park.
    • Stay in beautiful accommodations renowned for their stunning locations, warm hospitality and attentive staff.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond National Park

    Meet your guide in Edinburgh this morning and head northwest to the small city of Stirling. Enjoy a coffee at a lovely cafe before exploring Stirling Castle, an impressive medieval fortress atop a steep crag. After lunch, continue your adventure west, travelling into the lush, green folds of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Arrive in the peaceful hamlet of Balquhidder and enjoy a short walk up to a stunning viewpoint (once the ancient rallying point of Clan MacLaren). Later, arrive at your boutique, lochside hotel and take some time to settle in before dinner. (L, D)

    Walk details: 2.5 km/1.5 miles | 125 m/400 ft of ascent | approx. 1 hour

    Day 2 – Loch Etive and the Isle of Eriska

    As the soft morning sunshine slips across the water, lace up your boots and head out for a beautiful circular walk with your guide. Stroll along the banks of the River Awe and enjoy the stunning views across Loch Etive to the rugged silhouette of Ben Starav beyond. Feeling refreshed after your ramble, enjoy a scenic drive west to the Isle of Eriska – a small tidal island tethered to the mainland by a slim wooden bridge. Take some time to explore the island on foot before heading inside the magnificent Isle of Eriska Hotel to put your feet up and relax. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10 km/6 miles | 125 m/400 ft of ascent | approx. 4 hours

    Day 3 – Exploring Glencoe

    After a leisurely breakfast, ribbon your way north into the spectacular Glencoe Glen. Carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, the dark, brooding summits of the moor-clad mountains press imposingly against an ever-changing sky. Visit the thoughtful and engaging visitor centre, learning about the landscape’s captivating but haunting history. Join your guide for a spectacular walk, keeping an eye out for red deer and golden eagles. Return to Eriska Hotel this afternoon and enjoy swimming a length or two in the pool before heading out for dinner at a lovely local restaurant. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 7 km/4.5 miles | 130 m/425 ft ft of ascent | approx. 3 hours

    Day 4 – West Coast Boat Trip

    Today, join an experienced, well-seasoned skipper for a private boat trip. From the Isle of Eriska zoom out onto the smooth water to explore the powdery beaches and untamed islands of this wild part of Scotland. Come ashore for lunch at Nc’Nean distillery and enjoy a whisky tour. Discover unusual yeast, curious stills and a small team passionate about their pioneering organic scotch. This afternoon, catch the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye and wind your way north to your hotel which is tucked just outside the colourful town of Portree. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – Hiking on the Isle of Skye

    This morning, zip up your backpack and head out to explore the dramatic landscape of the Quiraing. Chat with your guide about the geology and history of the area as you walk among the dark, stark spires that rise from the heathery ground like great ruined battlements. With no need to rush, take your time and enjoy stopping to capture the incredible views of rolling waves, ragged mountains and rocky islands. Later this afternoon, have a potter around Portree – pop into some artisanal shops and admire the pretty harbour-side houses. A free evening tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants. (B, L)

    Walk details: 8 km/5 miles | up to 390 m/1,280 ft of ascent | approx. 4 hours

    Day 6 – Cauldron of the Waters

    After breakfast overlooking the tranquil bay, head south to Elgol, a tiny hamlet scattered along the western cliffs of the Strathaird peninsula. From a small jetty, board the charming Bella Jane and sail over Loch Scavaig into the very heart of the Black Cuillin Mountains. Upon reaching the shore, leave the boat to explore Loch Coruisk. Also known as the Cauldron of the Waters, this dark loch stretches like a shadow below impressive volcanic peaks. This evening, return to Portree and enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of wine with another fabulous view. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 7 km/4 miles | 122m/400ft of ascent | approx. 4 hours

    Day 7 – Eilean Donan Castle and Dundreggan Rewilding Centre

    Travel back to the mainland this morning and visit Eilean Donan Castle, an iconic fortress perched upon a tidal island at the intersection of three sea lochs. Continue your journey through the striking landscape, arriving at Dundreggan Rewilding Centre to enjoy lunch. Afterwards, join an expert guide to visit their specialist tree nursery and learn about the centre’s important biodiversity. Transfer to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and enjoy the sweeping views across Loch Ness before arriving at your quiet hotel, a short walk from the city centre. (B, L)

    Walk details: 5 km/3 miles miles | 100 m/330 ft of ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 8 – Culloden Battlefield and the Cairngorms National Park

    After breakfast begin your adventure south into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Along the way, visit Culloden Battlefield and its richly researched and engaging visitor centre. Learn about one of the most harrowing battles in Scottish history and walk across the rough moor where the Jacobites and the Government fought in 1746. Arrive after lunch in the picturesque village of Braemar and enjoy a scenic short hike. Relax this evening in the Fife Arms, a 19th-century hotel which combines Scottish heritage, craftsmanship and culture, alongside world-class contemporary art. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 5 km/3 miles | 90 m/300 ft of ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 9 – Exploring Royal Balmoral

    Spend the morning exploring the beautiful countryside that surrounds Balmoral Castle. Wind your way through the tangy pine forest and out onto the open hillside to a number of historical cairns erected by the Royal Family. With breathtaking views and the opportunity to see Balmoral from up high, it’s a true cracker of a walk. This afternoon, visit a local castle and learn how it’s weathered many years of Highland history. In the golden afternoon light, return to your hotel and sink into a sofa, enjoying an aperitif before dinner. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 9.5 km/6 miles | 300 m/980 ft of ascent | approx. 3 – 4 hours

    Day 10 – Scone Palace and Depart

    On your last day, enjoy a morning at Scone Palace – an impressive red sandstone house which holds over 1000 years of history within its walls. Family home to the Earls of Mansfield and the ancient crowning place of Scottish Kings, it’s a brilliant place to explore. After lunch, enjoy a walk with your guide. Gradually meander up a sloping hillside to an old folly, from which long views over a patchwork of fields makes for a beautiful group photograph. Depart from Scone and travel back to Edinburgh, arriving in the capital at 5:00 pm where your trip will conclude. (B, L)

    Walk details: 4 km/2.5 miles | 200 m/660 ft of ascent | approx. 2 hours

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    On this trip, we stay in five luxurious hotels showcasing the highlights of Highland hospitality.

    We stay one night in Monachyle Mhor, a boutique lochside hotel with an award-winning restaurant.

    From there, we move to the west coast to stay at Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa for two nights. It’s a beautiful hotel and spa resort on its own private island, connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

    We then move up to the Isle of Skye for three nights and stay in the luxurious Cuillin Hills Hotel, set within fifteen acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay.

    From Skye, we travel over to the highland capital of Inverness for one night at Ness Walk Hotel. Its riverside location offers peace and quiet, but it’s a short walk into the bustling city centre.

    For our final two nights, we stay at the Fife Arms in Braemar. This 19th century hotel has been lovingly reimagined and restored, bringing together Scottish heritage, craftmanship and culture alongside world-class contemporary art. Each room is individually designed to pay homage to a local place, person or event.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £2050 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    On this trip, all meals are included, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 10, except for dinner on day 5 and day 7. Included dinners are three courses as standard.

    Days 5 and 7 will be free evenings. Your guide will recommend options for dinner and will help you make any necessary reservations, and then they’ll take the evening off.

    Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness Scotland trips, and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 9 nights accommodation in welcoming, luxurious hotels.
    • All meals during the trip, except for dinner on day 5 and day 7, including trail snacks (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness Scotland Guide throughout.
    • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Edinburgh.
    • All activities and entry fees mentioned in the itinerary.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green-graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails, but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8 – 10km / 5 – 6 miles, but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Edinburgh Gateway Railway and Tram station at 9:30am on Day 1 of your trip. Please meet at the drop off/pick up point outside the front entrance.

    The trip will conclude at Edinburgh Gateway Railway and Tram station at 5:00pm on the final day of the trip.

    Edinburgh Gateway Station has both rail and tram links from central Edinburgh:

    By rail: It is a 10 min train journey from Edinburgh Waverley or Edinburgh Haymarket with no changes.

    By tram: It is a 30 min journey on the tram route heading west from the city centre towards the airport.

    By taxi: It will take approximately 30 mins from the city centre.

    Please get in touch with us if you need any further advice.

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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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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Walking Holidays

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 reviews of Luxury Walking – Highlights of the Highlands

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    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.

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    Jordan Weiss

    Reviewed on 25/05/2024

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 06/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Excellent trip. The distillery was not great. But boat ride was good.Would have been nice to have a scotch tasting, say at one of the hotels. I an sure Diageo would host one for you gratis if you asked as we are their target demographic and they do this in theUSA…

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    Laura Falk

    Reviewed on 22/05/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 06/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I have already started recommending Wilderness Scotland to others :)

    CW

    Carol Weiss

    Reviewed on 19/05/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 06/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Our 10 day Wilderness Scotland trip was fabulous. The trip was extremely well planned so that we had a mix of hiking and history/culture and we never felt we spent too much time driving. The accommodations and food were outstanding as was our tour guide. Limiting the trip to 8 guests enhanced the experience as well. I would highly recommend our trip for those looking to get a great feel of Scotland's history and terrain.

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