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Wilderness Walking – Autumn Highlands

  • 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
  • Relax in one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Scotland, which is located on the shores of Loch Ness
  • 4 nights accommodation in a lovely Highland hotel
  • All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for 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.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Our accommodation for this trip is in the village of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness. This is an ideal location as it allows us easy access to excellent walks in all directions.

The hotel itself, which is a landmark Victorian building, is one of our favourite hotels in the Highlands. It is an eco-conscious hotel which has an ethos very similar to our own. Its grace and charm are complimented by natural decour and genuine, warm hospitality offered by a devoted and passionate team. All bedrooms offer home comforts and modern facilities, and combined with cosy nights by a roaring fire, this makes it the perfect base for this walking holiday.

Dinners will be taken at the hotel or in a local restaurant/pub. Packed lunches are provided each day.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £225 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip. It’s a small station so you should find the group quite easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

 

Trip Details

Explore some of the stunning glens and valleys of the Central Highlands at their most glorious time of year.

Taking in Glen Affric, the Great Glen and several others, we have created and timed this trip especially to seek out the most vibrant autumn colours.

This easy walking holiday lets you enjoy the dramatic Highland sights each day and enjoy a cosy fire and wonderful meals in the evenings. During October the mixed woodlands which fringe the glens turn bold shades of amber and gold, offering superb autumnal vistas to walk through and photograph. The roar of rutting stags fills the glens while you take in magnificent views through the crisp autumn air. This is a holiday which will delight all of your senses.

Trip Itinerary

Day One – Glen Moriston and Dundreggan

After meeting in Inverness at 10.30am, we travel to Glen Moriston and the Dundreggan estate. Here we can explore the forest and lower hills while learning more about the native forest restoration work being undertaken by Trees for Life, one of our charity partners. Afterwards it’s a short journey to our hotel in Fort Augustus. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (L,D)

Walk details: 8km, approx. 3 hours

Day Two – Laggan to Fort Augustus

We enjoy a point-to-point walk along the remote eastern shores of Loch Oich, the second of the three main lochs in the Great Glen, following the line of a former railway. At Bridge of Oich, we’ll join the Caledonian Canal footpath, which conveniently leads us directly back to our hotel! (B,L,D)

Walk details: 15km, approx. 5 hours

Day Three – Glen Tarff and General Wade’s Military Road

Today we gain some height as we follow General Wade’s Military Road towards the Corrieyairick Pass. The trail winds up towards the pass at 800m – but we won’t be climbing that far! We soon join a smaller trail, which follows the woodland along the River Tarff. The woodland gorge is a Site of Scientific Interest and is home to a number of rare plants such as Wood Cranesbill and Greater Wintergreen. (B,L,D)

Walk details: 8km, 5 hours

Day Four – Glorious Glen Affric

Today we discover the ancient woodlands and solitude of Glen Affric. There are several options for stunning walks – perhaps circumnavigating Loch Affric or following a route through the ancient forest of the great wood of Caledon to explore the flora and fauna of this wonderful glen. This is an incredibly photogenic place and we will have ample time to try and capture the scene. Final night dinner back at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Walk details: various options, approx. 4-5 hours

Day Five – Hike Above Loch Ness, return to Inverness

For our final day, we will enjoy a walk on the north side of Loch Ness through a community owned forest. An excellent trail leads uphill to moorland, passing through the woods. The community trust have added some interesting sights to our hike, including a reconstructed iron age house, a wildlife hide overlooking the loch and a reconstructed ‘shieling’ on the moor. After reaching the summit and admiring the wide ranging views we return to the van. We will aim to be back in Inverness by 4.00pm. (B,L)

Walk details: 9km, approx. 3-4 hours

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 23 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Autumn Highlands

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by Matthew Montgomery 27/11/2017

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by Kathleen O'Gorman 11/11/2017

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A number of the people on the hiking vacation I took with Wilderness Scotland were on their 3rd or 4th trip with them. I can see why! This was an outstanding experience, handled at every level by professionals, but not "professionalized." It was such fun, whatever one's level of physical endurance! I recommend Wilderness Scotland with the greatest possible enthusiasm—have already recommended them to friends—and hope to join them again for future treks!

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by Patrice Boucaud 01/11/2017

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It was a lovely walk in the woods in the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness. Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too.

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by Richard Buxton 25/10/2017

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Excellent in every respect

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