- 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 Carl Broomhead 25/10/2018
Very straightforward on website both booking and paying
Short but great 5 days, some wonderful walks with changeable weather, usually within the space of half a day! Wasn’t much time travelling which gave plenty of time for walking. The location was superb and each walk offered something different.
Accommodation and Food
If Carlsburg did hotels...this is what it would look like. Everything was great , the rooms, the people, the food, nice touch to give us each a cookie when we checked out!
Gill was fantastic, she was very friendly, interesting and fun and looked after us all to a very high standard. Altered a couple of days around to fit in with the weather forecasts which showed her consideration for us to get the best out of each day. Thanks Gill
The Bottom Line
5th trip with WS which probably says it all. Was a lovely group with a great guide in Gill. Look forward to the next one in 2019
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Thanks as always for your great feedback. We're always delighted when people return to Scotland with us and we hope there are lots more adventures for us to enjoy together. This is why we love doing what we do!
by Angela Barry 25/10/2018
by Holly Blair 24/10/2018
I loved every part of the trip. Our guide Lorraine was amazing and our hotel if Fort Ausgustus was luxurious
Our five days hiking were so much fun. It was great that each day was such different scenery and that our guide Lorraine changed the walks as needed to suit the people in the group and the weather conditions. One of our hilarious moment was sitting in our shelter in the middle of the track for lunch on the one day it rained, looking like drowned rats but still having a good time
Accommodation and Food
I loved my trip and am planning on coming back in the spring for another one
Lorraine was amazing, so experienced and such a lovely kind person, balancing all the needs of the people in the group and adjusting walks to suit the weather conditions. She really made the trip such a wonderful experience
The Bottom Line
I loved it and I will be back
by Alan Willis 24/10/2018
Chat service was very clear.
Walks were well chosen to suit the changeable weather. The Lovat Hotel was superb, both the accommodation and the dining. Lorraine was an excellent guide and fun to be with.
Lorraine had to improvise because of the inclement weather on a couple of days in the middle of the trip. The alternatives were well chosen, but we all agreed the walk among the pylons in the rain was not up to the standard of the others.
The Bottom Line
I thought it was an excellent trip and a first rate organisation, with superb guiding. I'd like to go back some time for an islands trip.