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      Wilderness Walking
      Autumn Highlands

      32 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 2nd Oct | 9th Oct Duration: 4 night(s)

      From £1,165 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Location: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Deluxe

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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 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.

      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.

      Trip Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – 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/ 5 miles | approx. 3 hours

      Day 2 – 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/ 9 miles | approx. 5 hours

      Day 3 – 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 miles | 5 hours

      Day 4 – 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 5 – 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/ 6 miles | approx. 3-4 hours

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      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 complemented by natural du00e9cor 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.

      SINGLE ROOMS
      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £225 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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.

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      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      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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      The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver throughout.

      All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness.

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      2nd Oct - 6th Oct 2019 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,165 Book Now
      9th Oct - 13th Oct 2019 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,165 Book Now
      16th Oct - 20th Oct 2019 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,165 Book Now
      23rd Oct - 27th Oct 2019 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,165 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      Speak to an Expert

      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a specialty. Stevie regularly visits the locations on this tour and knows exactly when to schedule these trip dates to ensure you see the most spectacular autumn colours.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 32 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – Autumn Highlands

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      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.

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      Carl Broomhead

      Reviewed on 25/10/2018

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 17/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 5

      The Bottom Line

      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 TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE 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!

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      Angela Barry

      Reviewed on 25/10/2018

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: England
      Trip Date: 17/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

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      Holly Blair

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 10/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I loved it and I will be back

      AW

      Alan Willis

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 80 - 90
      Trip Date: 10/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      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.

      GC

      Gill Combes

      Reviewed on 23/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United Kingdom
      Trip Date: 10/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      An excellent trip and I will be booking another trip in future.

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

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