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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.

 

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by Matthew Montgomery 27/11/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Kathleen O'Gorman 11/11/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had trouble accessing the trip info files sent to me at one point, and when I contacted you about it, you immediately sent me the documents in a different format. That was great! Very responsive, very personal.
Trip Comments
The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Kirsty set a great tone, and her knowledge and energy were wonderful. The hikes were spectacular, and she paced them especially appropriately, given the range of endurance capabilities in the group. It never felt awkward to be stopping so others could catch up: she managed, instead, to make the pauses just as much fun as the trekking, explaining details of plants and animals along the way. Among the memories that I'll never forget: hearing her read a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns at the gravesite of the person about whom Burns had written it. (How many guides would have even stopped at the grave?!) I regretted not getting a video of that at the time and said so later. So, huddled in a cozy hut along a trail where we'd stopped for lunch, she got out the poem again and read it so I could record it, getting the beauty of the Scots language as it should be spoken to supplement the beauty of the countryside. She is outstanding and represents Wilderness Scotland wonderfully. (She was also a pro at dealing with unexpected problems with reservations, etc.)
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were great in many ways, but the Lovat Hotel needs to make it possible for guests to control the temperature in rooms (or something!). We found ourselves overheated every night, and it made it difficult to sleep. Almost everyone in the group reported the same problem, so I don't think it was peculiar to one or two of us. Not sleeping decently for several days in a row can take its toll, especially when doing so much physical activity. It was a lovely place in many regards--loved the room with fireplace, where several of us usually gathered in the evenings, very well situated in town and with regard to access to trails--so that was worth a lot, but the heat really did impact the overall experience as the days passed.
Your Guide
I'm going to copy here what I wrote about the trip in general (excellent), because it was largely because of our guide--Kirsty--that it was so wonderful. Kirsty set a great tone, and her knowledge and energy were wonderful. The hikes were spectacular, and she paced them especially appropriately, given the range of endurance capabilities in the group. It never felt awkward to be stopping so others could catch up: she managed, instead, to make the pauses just as much fun as the trekking, explaining details of plants and animals along the way. Among the memories that I'll never forget: hearing her read a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns at the gravesite of the person about whom Burns had written it. (How many guides would have even stopped at the grave?!) I regretted not getting a video of that at the time and said so later. So, huddled in a cozy hut along a trail where we'd stopped for lunch, she got out the poem again and read it so I could record it, getting the beauty of the Scots language as it should be spoken to supplement the beauty of the countryside. She is outstanding and represents Wilderness Scotland wonderfully. (She was also a pro at dealing with unexpected problems with reservations, etc.) I'd also add: the personal touch of her getting a birthday cake and candles for a fellow hiker: perfect! Give her a raise! She is outstanding in every way.
The Bottom Line
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!

by Patrice Boucaud 01/11/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
As always timely reminders and advisories were sent and questions I sent were answered promptly. Customer service was/is excellent.
Trip Comments
It is a premier travel company that provides exceptional travel experiences. The choice routes taken in a marvelous and varied country changes you in a profound way.
Accommodation and Food
The Lovat Arms is an excellent establishment. I would frequent this hotel again. The room was immaculate and the amenities first rate. The hotel restaurant provides offers a experience in the space and on the plate. Supurb service and staff.
Your Guide
Kirsty is joy personified. She embodies what is best about loving what one loves does in an environment that one thrives. She was attentive, alert, informed and poetic. What was not to love in a guide like her. :)
The Bottom Line
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.

by Richard Buxton 25/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
nothing could have been better
Trip Comments
Excellent walks
Accommodation and Food
Excellent
Your Guide
Kirsty was first class in every respect
The Bottom Line
Excellent in every respect

by Lesley Lind 25/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Walking through Glen Affric with fantastic autumn colours and great views.
Accommodation and Food
High quality accommodation and food. The Lovat Hotel was very good - especially enjoyed lounging in large comfy chairs in front of an open fire after a day's walk.
Your Guide
Kirsty was an excellent guide - so knowledgeable and professional but most importantly good fun.
The Bottom Line
This was another great trip with Wilderness Scotland. Lovely walks in a small group who got on so well together enjoying the forests in all their brilliant autumn colours.

by David Withall 19/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Gail Murden 18/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Only one small criticism. I couldn’t find the name of the hotel we were staying st anywhere in the description of the Autumn Highlands adventure. It just says ‘relax in one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Scotland.’ I had to search through customer comments from previous trips to find out it was the Lovat and then I was able to find their website and read about the place. The Lovat turned out to be fantastic so why not refer to them by name them on your website description of the holiday?
Trip Comments
Our guide Tim went to no end of trouble to find variations to walks on the the itinerary to please everyone in our group, some of whom were super fit and wanted longer challenging walks and others who wanted easier walks. Highlight of the trip for me was the fantastic guided walk around Trees for Life learning about forest restoration and the walk through the Douglas Fir woodland in Galen Affric.
Accommodation and Food
Fabulous food at the Lovat and I was lucky enough to get one of their garden rooms which was 5 stars in my book.
Your Guide
Tim was terrific. As I wrote earlier, he taylor made the walks to please everyone in the group, even going on extra walks for those who wanted more miles! He was knowledgeable about plants, the history of each area, geology, folk tales and a lot more. He made each walk more than just a walk by giving us so much information.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic trip. Everything I had hoped it would be and more. Super accommodation and food at the Lovat. Our guide had a wealth of knowledge and experience and I felt total confidence in him to handle any unforeseen situation that might arise. This is a well-run company and it was a pleasure to have traveled with them through a small part of the most beautiful area of Great Britain.

by Dahlia Hilario-McKinney 18/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website provided the appropriate details for the trip. The person who received my booking adequately responded to my questions.
Trip Comments
I enjoyed our hikes because the planned hikes were well suited to my abilities. I also liked the hotel where we stayed and the food was excellent. Ken, who was our guide, was very encouraging and very patient dealing with 8 different personalities. he tailored the hikes depending on what we want for that particular moment.
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent. The staff in Lovat is also very helpful. we needed our laundry done and they did it on the same day. I wish that they would provide an area where we can leave our muddy shoes so we do not track dirt to our rooms. Or they should have a hose where we hikers can clean up.
Your Guide
Ken is the best. He restored my faith on hiking tours again
The Bottom Line
Wonderful trip!

by Peter Coe 11/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Wilderness Scotland did an excellent job of communicating with us throughout the process of setting up and executing the trip. Jane and David were responsive in every way, helping us with suggestions regarding train travel and accommodations in Inverness as well as making sure we understood all aspects of our walking trip.
Trip Comments
Our trip far exceeded our expectations and we expected it to be great! The hikes were incredible, the fellow 6 travelers wonderful, the weather truly Scotland (sun, rain, wind) but by far the most enjoyable aspect was our tremendous guide, Tim. He did everything he could to accommodate every traveler. His knowledge of the area, history of the inhabitants, wildlife, plants, ability to weave a story and his professionalism combined to make our 5 days together incredibly memorable. We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary while on the trip and Tim went the extra mile/kilometer by getting us a card and having our fellow hikers sign their well wishes.
Every aspect of this trip was exceptional!
Accommodation and Food
We thoroughly enjoyed the Lovat in Fort Augustus. We had requested a view room if possible and we did get a nice room with a view. The hotel is charming and the restaurant food was very good. I think the sandwiches pre-made for the hikes need to have more substantial filling i.e. more turkey, egg salad, ham, etc. There was an abundance of snacks and Tim always made sure we had energy bars for the trail.
Your Guide
This was our first guided hiking trip and we are pretty convinced we had the best guide ever!!! Tim was engaging from the first minute, making everyone feel welcomed and an integral part of the group. He has that special ability to connect with each traveler using his great sense of humor and his positive approach to every aspect of the experience. He even outwitted Google which may be a first ever. We had a fairly diverse group in hiking fitness and I think everyone was satisfied with the challenges of each walk. His vast knowledge of all aspects of hiking in the Highlands educated us and helped us to appreciate the area's beauty, history and uniqueness.
The Bottom Line
We think the greatest compliment we can give Wilderness Scotland is that we are ready to take another trip and we just got back yesterday! To be able to hike the trails of the Highlands, learning about Scotland and challenging ourselves physically is our idea of a great holiday. Wilderness Scotland and its excellent guide, Tim Willis, created a hiking experience that will forever bring us great memories!

by Inga Ebert 11/10/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Only use your website to check trip details. Always inspiring. For reservation I just call your office - since you have my details already. Easy!!
Trip Comments
Super organized, very flexible, great adventure!
Accommodation and Food
Wonderful hotels, lots of hot Water, super food. Love it!
Your Guide
Tim was great, tried to cater for everyone in the Group, lots of fun and a good sport.
The Bottom Line
Had the time of my life. Loved the scenery and the variety of the landscape and all the informative stuff fed to us by our guide.

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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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Matthew Montgomery
27/11/2017

4

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!

Kathleen O'Gorman
11/11/2017

5

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