- 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 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.
2nd Oct - 6th Oct 2019
James OrpwoodFrom a background in fisheries science, James bring a wealth of outdoor knowledge to every trip he leads.
9th Oct - 13th Oct 2019
Ben WalkerBen Walker may hail from the Lake District but he can be found all over the world leading trips!
16th Oct - 20th Oct 2019
Tim FrancisA passionate biker and hill-walker, Tim is a former business development manager who spent 4 years working in South America...
23rd Oct - 27th Oct 2019
Kirsty ChuchlaJoin the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
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.
On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
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.
Explore some of the stunning glens and valleys of the Central Highlands at their most glorious time of year.
Taking in incredible locations such as Glen Affric and the Great Glen, 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.
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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by Nicola Gardner 17/10/2018
I booked sometime before my holiday but was kept informed of any details I needed to know nearing my holiday.
Each day was good walking views and general knowledge of the area from our Wilderness guide.
Accommodation and Food
The Hotel and staff were excellant and very friendly. I would have preferred a single room but will remember for next time!
Lorraine was an excellant and informative Guide. She made us all feel very relaxed and welcome. She was fun to be with and I felt totally safe in her knowledge of the mountains and weather conditions etc. I am tempted to go on one of her trips to Orkney!
The Bottom Line
I had a wonderful 5 days and will be booking a longer trip as soon as possible!
by Jennifer Punt 11/10/2018
The frquency of emails was perfect - every note was important and reminders were perfectly timed. They were full of content, easy to read and PDFs were beautifully designed.
Just fabulous - we had two wonderful guides (Lorraine and Will) who were calming and skilled. We loved the Trees for Life visit - Doug was impressively knowledgeable and welcoming. The trip prepared is for the hiking we did later - I felt far more informed about eco and human history.
Will’s willingness to find a more interesting route back on our third day was much appreciated and the trek down the hillside in the bracken was a distinct highlight. He was imperturbable but caring, adventuresome, but protective. I enjoyed his comfort with the terrain and his genuine appreciation of his countryside.
The trip to Glen Africa was mesmerizing - the scenery glorious.
Our last trip included a visit to a cafe in the woods - yet another highlight.
I enjoyed the weather - sun, wind, rain - the companunpf fellow hikers (among the friendliest of all hiking companions), the food (original and tasty), the lodging, the guides. This is the third hiking trip we have been on - and hands down the very best.
Accommodation and Food
Beautiful and homey - very comfortable rooms and fabulous food.
See previous note. They were simply superb. They both stepped in at the last minute and were marvelous. Friendly, calm, knowledgeable, they engendered confidence and brought both skill and humor to marvelous hikes. Great personalities, both.
The Bottom Line
The best trip we have been on - we really have nothing negative to offer. We would do this again without hesitation.
by Gordon MacRae 10/10/2018
Will Snow and Lorraine McCall were the best! Great skills and very warm and encouraging personalities. Overall the group was likely the best ever - even in the face of pretty stiff competition - and the walks and scenery were simply magnificent.
Accommodations and meals exceptional; walks, history and scenery terrific.
The Bottom Line
Can’t wait for my next trip!
by Megan Macrae 10/10/2018
My trip was memorable for so many reasons. The absolutely stunning locations Lorraine and Will took us to, the quality of the accommodations and food, and the memories I made with my dad as we walked through the Highlands. Both Lorraine and Will are kind and passionate people who shared their love for the outdoors with us, and I'm so glad I had the chance to meet and spend time with both of them.
My biggest takeaway were the interactions we had with the Scots we met along the way who shared their passion for the land and their dedication to preserving and reforesting it. Coming from a country that doesn't always value the land we are so lucky to have been born on, I found it so inspiring to meet people who are spending their lives restoring the native forests.
I can't wait for my next Wilderness Scotland trip!
Accommodation and Food
The Lovat was gorgeous, absolute luxury after a long day of hiking! The food was amazing. I loved coming home to it every day.
Lorraine was with us on our first day, and I found her to be warm, bubbly and compassionate. Will joined us for our remaining days, and I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and sense of adventure. He's always smiling and because of that so are we! I would love to go on another adventure with both Lorraine and Will.
PS - on our last couple of days we were joined by a prospective guide, Leoni (sp?), who was also friendly, fun and a keen outdoor enthusiast. I'd be happy to join one of her tours in the future too! Keep up the amazing work in hiring your guides, they are exemplary people and represent your company beautifully.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland is the best way to experience the gorgeous landscape and people of Scotland. The guides are awesome people who want to ensure you have the best possible experience, the accommodations and food are top notch, and the locations are stunningly beautiful and will live in my memory forever. I can't thank Wilderness Scotland enough for the amazing experience I had on my trip.