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Self Guided Walking Holidays

Our Self Guided walking holidays allow you to explore the magnificence of Scotland at your own pace.

We package each tour so that accommodation, route notes, maps, baggage transfer and 24 hour support is taken care of. Choose an iconic self guided walking route, like the West Highland Way or Rob Roy Way, and hike from point to point through the stunning scenery of the Highlands following one of Scotland's finest long distance trails.

Our Self Guided walking holidays allow you to explore the magnificence of Scotland at your own pace.

We package each tour so that accommodation, route notes, maps, baggage transfer and 24 hour support is taken care of. Choose an iconic self guided walking route, like the West Highland Way or Rob Roy Way, and hike from point to point through the stunning scenery of the Highlands following one of Scotland's finest long distance trails.

Book your self guided walking holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company - Wilderness Scotland

On each of our self guided walking holidays you’ll experience the magnificent scenery of Scotland at your own pace.

Self guided walking holidays offer the perfect combination of immersion in the lush Scottish landscape, hiking at your own pace and the freedom to explore anything of interest along the way, without the feeling that you’re holding anyone else up. 

On a Wilderness Scotland self guided tour you might be walking on your own but you’ve got the support of 24 hour assistance from the office team, plus the route notes, maps and luggage transfer that we arrange in advance for you.

Journey from inn to inn, or hotel to hotel knowing that a warm welcome awaits you and that your bags will be there waiting for you. Long distance walking trails like the world renowned and iconic West Highland Way and Rob Roy Way are particular favourites for self guided walkers.

You certainly don’t need to be an expert hiker to take on a self guided holiday, however you do need to be more self-reliant. To book any of these trips, you must be travelling with at least one other person. If you are travelling on your own, we hope that you will be interested in joining one of our small group guided walking holidays.

Trip Reviews

Customer Kudos

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.

Self Guided - West Highland Way
The trip took us through a lovely part of Scotland. In parts, some trail maintenance seems badly needed. Conditions were cool and wet for much of our walk. Doing the rather rocky trails with full packs in wet conditions would have been difficult. I'm doing something about reforrestration, as it's hard to walk through some of the valleys without thinking of how they would have looked with a full growth of trees. Your service was effective, and largely invisible, which mean as a compliment.

Tony de Jong
24/08/2018

4

Self Guided - The Great Glen Way
We are hoping to return for more! (We only wish you did this in more countries.)

Andrew Dreitcer
01/05/2014

5

Self Guided - The Great Glen Way

Roland Luescher
02/07/2015

5

Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 326 reviews of Self Guided

5 star 272

4 star 46

3 star 6

2 star 1

1 star 0

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Self Guided - The Rob Roy Way

Duration: 8 night(s)
Region: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 5
  • Follow the path once used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw
  • Experience the breathtaking views of The Rob Roy Way, taking in ancient woodlands, open moorlands and rolling hills
  • Enjoy the sense of accomplishment each day, hiking from point to point, covering 92 miles along this trail
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195 review(s)

Self Guided - West Highland Way

Duration: 8 night(s)
Region: West Highlands including Knoydart    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 6
  • Trek the 95 miles of the West Highland Way, taking on the challenge of Scotland's most famous long distance trail
  • You pick the dates that suit you - we make all the arrangements required
  • We will arrange all accommodation, luggage transfer and provide you with OS maps and comprehensive route notes
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15 review(s)

Self Guided - The Speyside Way

Duration: 7 night(s)
Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Hike the Speyside Way from the sea to the Cairngorms National Park - home to some of the highest mountains in Scotland
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of hiking from point to point each day, covering over 65 miles along the trail
  • Visit some of Scotland's finest whisky distilleries, many of which are located along the route of the Speyside Way
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74 review(s)

Self Guided - The Great Glen Way

Duration: 7 night(s)
Region: Multi-Location    
Comfort: Classic
Difficulty: 4
  • Traverse Scotland from coast to coast on a rewarding journey through deep glens and past dramatic mountain ranges
  • Take in the sweeping views across Loch Ness, perhaps catching a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster
  • Enjoy moderate hiking on good trails as you hike from village to village through this spectacular geological fault line
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Outstanding Customer Service

Self Guided Walking Holidays

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As a 5 Star tour operator this is how we see customer service.

For example, we can’t say we will get back to you within 3 hours because sometimes we won’t and we can’t say we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, because that’s just wishy washy and everyone says that.

Great customer service isn’t tangible.

It’s tone of voice, and relationship building.

And going that wee bit further to make someone’s day and it can’t be quantified.

It’s how we make you feel…

and we feel that it’s the following things that go towards making the difference between a holiday, and an amazing, memorable experience.

Our Network
We have fantastic relationships and in many cases personal friendships with our trusted team of suppliers.
A Growing Team
Our team of 35 travel professionals in the office and over 60+ expert guides mean we're small enough to care about every detail but big enough to deal with any curveballs, meaning your holiday experience will be seamless.
We Know Scotland
Being outdoors people, we have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to Scotland's wild places. We've been there and can recommend locations and activities from our own experience.

Our holidays reviewed in your words

We appreciated the luggage transfers and the hotel planning. The pre-trip info from Wilderness Scotland was good. Julie made us dinner reservations which I appreciated. The route info was good too; but we could have gotten that from anybody. We might have liked a check-in during the trip via email.

Lissa Martin Sesek
Self Guided - The Rob Roy Way

Customer Rating: 4

Great trip but average service from WS. No complaints.

Hugh Hamilton
Self Guided - The Great Glen Way

Customer Rating: 4

Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 326 reviews of Self Guided

by Dave Carpenter 24/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

I would not hesitate to recommend Wilderness Scotland to anyone planning a trip to Scotland. In fact, I already have!

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by Fred Klein 23/06/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Wonderful way to see and experience the countryside of Scotland. Also RR trail is relatively untraveled compared with super highway West Highland way where ability to acquire accommodations is a rate limiting step to doing that hike.

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by Michael Fraser 09/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

A wonderful experience.

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self guided walking holidays Self Guided Walking Holidays – Your Questions Answered

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by David Russell

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Guest Post: The Unexpected Charms of B&Bs on the West Highland Way

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 by Wilderness

The Unexpected Charms of Scottish B&Bs: An American Perspective A guest article from American hiker and writer, Brandi Willis Schreiber On a narrow rail line about 60 miles from Glasgow, I pressed my nose against the glass and watched the silvery River Clyde open into the wide waters of Gare Loch. Somewhere down the line was […]

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