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      Walking Holidays Scotland

      Our travellers consistently rate our tours as the best walking holidays in Scotland. We offer walking and hiking tours giving you the freedom to explore Scotland on foot. Our tours visit iconic scenery like The West Highland Way, Skye, Glencoe and The Speyside Way.

      Whichever holiday you choose, you’ll experience a variety of hikes, discovering the profound beauty of Scotland.

      1,609 review(s)

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      Book your walking holiday with Europe's No.1 Adventure Travel Company

      Across Spring, Summer and Autumn, we run over 100 departure dates, across a mix of grades. So you’re sure to find the ideal walking in Scotland trip. Visit: AITO’s independent reviews of our trips.

      We base all our walking packages in small hotels, guest houses or Highland lodges. A combination of hill walks, coastal walks and valley hikes are available across the tours. Our grading system allows you to choose a holiday to match your fitness.

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      Quality Assured

      To ensure a high level of comfort and friendly service, we check the accommodation you stay in. It is generally 3-4 star as standard and offers a high level of comfort and friendly service. Our luxury walking holidays also feature stays at 5 star hotels.

      Many of our tours are all inclusive walking holidays. You will enjoy daily walks and hikes, led by our expert guides through some absolute stunning walking trails and you’ll only carry with you what you need for the day.

      Our group tours are ideal for single or solo travellers as you get the chance to join like-minded people, you can also book any of our holidays on a private basis, only for your group of closest friends, family or colleagues.

      You can expect to enjoy walking in Scotland by exploring a variety of exhilarating routes during an epic adventure exploring the country’s most beautiful landscapes,  diverse wildlife and rich history.

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      Walking tours are available in the following locations:

      Luxury Walking Holidays Read More

      Do you prefer 5 Star accommodation in private lodges and hotels? If so, our Luxury Walking tours might be more suitable. Their remote locations allow us to explore parts of Scotland that many rarely see.

      Explore our luxury walking tours

      Trip Grading Explained Read More
      Green Graded: Difficulty 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. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

      Blue Graded: Difficulty 4-6

      Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

      Red Graded: Difficulty 7-9

      Red graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers used to more challenging routes and rough terrain. The terrain will be varied but include rough hill tracks, boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops. There may be ridge walks or short non-technical scrambling so a good head for heights is useful. Daily distances will be 15 – 20km a day and often include an ascent of a major peak up to 3000ft / 900m high. Daily hikes are available in the itinerary.

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      Guided

      Booking a guided walking holiday with Wilderness Scotland means booking a trip with the most experienced guides in the business. Our guides don’t just simply take you from A to B. They are ambassadors for Scotland and are passionate about sharing their in-depth knowledge of the nature, geology, history and culture of the country, truly immersing you in your surroundings.

      They’ll bring the landscape to life through tales of local myths and legends. While their expert knowledge of the flora and fauna will make you feel more connected nature than ever as you journey through the Highlands of Scotland.

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      Self Guided

      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.

      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.

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      Our Walking Holidays

      19 Wilderness Walking Trips with 1598 Reviews

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      • Hiking up to the summit of the highest peak on the island
      • Immersing in heritage and history of this fantastic island
      • Enjoy some beautiful coastal scenery and views across to Ireland
      • Soak up the wilderness away from the crowds
      Next Available Trip:
      27th March | 10th April
      Region:
      West Highlands including Knoydart
      Duration:
      4 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4
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      • Enjoy some of the finest hiking in Northern England with an expert guide.
      • Learn the fascinating history of the area from Medieval Britain to the Romantic poets of Wordsworth and Coleridge.
      • Walk through changing scenery from dramatic fells of the Lakes to the rolling green hills of the Dales, discovering how the land is used to this day.
      • Stay in a mix of traditional accommodation and enjoy fresh produce including a traditional cream tea.
      Next Available Trip:
      30th May | 13th June
      Region:
      England
      Duration:
      12 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6

      The West Highland Way

      136 review(s)
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      • Take on the challenge of Scotland's most famous and one of the world's greatest long distance trails - the West Highland Way.
      • Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.
      • With the knowledge and experience of an expert guide, learn about the area's history and legends, as well as the flora and fauna along the route.
      Next Available Trip:
      14th September | 28th September
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      7 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6

      The Orkney Islands

      219 review(s)
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      • Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs on the walking holiday of a lifetime.
      • Experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Orkneys in the company of our knowledgeable guides.
      • Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation in a historic guest house.
      Next Available Trip:
      22nd August | 12th September
      Region:
      Orkney and Shetland Isles
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 2

      Isle of Skye

      120 review(s)
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      • Explore the spectacular Isle of Skye through a number of beautiful hikes, taking in the rich scenery and fascinating history of the island.
      • Take a boat trip into the heart of the Cuillin mountains for one of the best hikes of any walking holiday in Scotland.
      • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected hotels, set in beautiful water- side locations.
      Next Available Trip:
      29th August | 26th September
      Region:
      Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3
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      • Hike on ancient whisky smugglers' trails and visit Scotland's first licensed whisky distillery.
      • Discover the majesty of the deep glens, clear rivers and wild lochs on expertly guided walks.
      • Enjoy the huge variety of wildlife to be found in the Cairngorms National Park.
      Next Available Trip:
      19th September | 24th October
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3

      Wilds of Assynt

      145 review(s)
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      • Enjoy guided hikes up iconic Scottish mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh.
      • Discover some of the best coastal walking in Scotland including the Old Man of Stoer.
      • Relax and look for marine wildlife on a cruise around the Summer Isles.
      Next Available Trip:
      1st August | 26th September
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6

      Autumn Highlands

      48 review(s)
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      • See Scotland painted in golden hues as you enjoy the autumn colours of the Highlands.
      • Enjoy low level hikes as you explore the beautiful glens of the Central Highlands.
      • An all inclusive walking tour where we take care of you from start to finish.
      Next Available Trip:
      3rd October | 10th October
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      4 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3

      Outer Hebrides & Skye

      205 review(s)
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      • Visit one of the most diverse and spectacular regions of Europe, indulging in the wild scenery and rich history of the islands.
      • Experience the rich ornithology of Lewis, spy red deer and golden eagles on Harris, and seek out otters on Skye.
      • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected guest houses, set in magnificent locations on the coast.
      Next Available Trip:
      8th August | 22nd August
      Region:
      Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 2
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      • Hike among the wildest scenery in Scotland based from an exclusive and luxurious Highland lodge.
      • Enjoy the leadership and insights of our expert guide as you explore one of the quietest areas of the Highlands.
      • Superb food and drink, created from wonderful local ingredients. All included in the cost and freshly prepared for us by the in-house chef.
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4

      Argyll & the Isles

      94 review(s)
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      • Explore the beautiful Argyll Peninsula, visiting some of our favourite islands which hug its western coastline, spending the last three nights at a lovely hotel on the whisky island of Islay.
      • Take a privately chartered boat to the wild island of Jura, detouring to view the turbulent waters of the famous Correyvreckan Whirlpool.
      • Stay in two welcoming small hotels, each with a tranquil setting, with wonderful meals providing the perfect end to each day.
      Next Available Trip:
      24th April | 8th May
      Region:
      Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 3
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      • Enjoy some of the finest hiking in Northern England with an expert guide.
      • Discover the fabulous contrast from the Northumberland coastline to the rolling green hills and beautiful valleys of the Lake District.
      • Step into history as you visit ancient settlements and unique castles.
      • Walk over the tidal causeway to explore the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne.
      Next Available Trip:
      5th September | 26th September
      Region:
      England
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4
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      • Explore the high reaches and hidden corners of the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains
      • Hike on good trails across the high tundra, looking out for rare wildlife as you walk
      • Enjoy the warm hospitality of our private lodge, with all meals included
      Next Available Trip:
      3rd October | 15th May
      Region:
      Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 6
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      • Hike in two of the Highland's most beautiful regions, experiencing contrasting landscapes.
      • Enjoy an exciting day speeding between rarely-visited islands on a privately-chartered zodiac.
      • Soak in the quiet of the wilderness on our favourite peaks away from the crowds.
      Next Available Trip:
      12th September | 17th April
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 4
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      • Visit seven islands on a spectacular journey through the southern Outer Hebrides, indulging in the wild scenery and rich history of the islands.
      • Journey to the abandoned island of Mingulay on a privately chartered boat, relishing its wild beauty and abundant wildlife while learning about the hardships of life there.
      • Enjoy exceptional Highland hospitality at our carefully selected guest houses, set in magnificent coastal locations.
      Next Available Trip:
      29th August | 24th April
      Region:
      Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Green Grade 2

      The Knoydart Peninsula

      202 review(s)
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      • This is one of the finest walking tours in Scotland. Boat access allows you to explore the most remote mountains in the UK.
      • Visit the wonderful Small Isles for day walks with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities on both land and sea.
      • Enjoy the unparalleled wilderness of the rough bounds of Knoydart and experience the wildlife that thrives there.
      • Sample some of the finest cuisine in Scotland while staying in a unique lodge which can only be accessed by boat on this all inclusive walking holiday.
      Next Available Trip:
      1st May | 19th June
      Region:
      West Highlands including Knoydart
      Duration:
      7 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5
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      • Immerse yourself amongst the true wilderness of the North West Highlands - a land of magnificent mountains, sweeping glens and silvery lochs.
      • Enjoy superb hiking, ascending both classic and rarely climbed peaks with panoramic views.
      • Discover the Highland culture - warm hospitality, and living life close to the land.
      Next Available Trip:
      29th May | 26th June
      Region:
      North West Highlands
      Duration:
      6 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Red Grade 7
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      • Enjoy hiking off path on wild hikes among the Hebridean hills, surrounded by sea and sky. A jewel in the crown of Scotland walking tours.
      • Witness stunning vistas of the Hebridean Islands with their unique mix of green hills, white sand beaches and blue waters.
      • Relax in comfort at our all inclusive, private wilderness lodge, located on the shoreline.
      Next Available Trip:
      1st May | 8th May
      Region:
      Outer Hebrides and St Kilda
      Duration:
      7 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5
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      • Enjoy some of the finest hiking in Britain on this tour of National Parks in Scotland and England.
      • Discover the amazing contrast of landscapes from the majestic mountains of the Highlands to the rolling Dales of Yorkshire.
      • Try the various Scottish and English delicacies such as whisky in the Highlands, cream tea in Yorkshire and Kendal Mint Cake in the Lakes.
      Next Available Trip:
      20th September | 18th April
      Region:
      Multi-Location
      Duration:
      9 night(s)
      Difficulty:
      Blue Grade 5

      Our holidays reviewed in your own words...

      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.

      JL

      Joseph Leissle

      Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 05/05/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We will be back for another trip!

      RS

      Rebecca Steinmetz

      Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 31/08/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We just loved every day of the tour.....just be prepared for any weather conditions and Wilderness Scotland will take care of the rest! We have booked another walking tour with your sister company, Wilderness Ireland, for 2020. Needless to say, we are so excited for this one too and feel very comfortable to just let you handle all the minute details again!

      SD

      Sheila Dickson

      Wilderness Walking - Autumn Highlands

      Age: 70 - 80
      Trip Date: 05/11/2019
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

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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.

      - David Russell

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      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.

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