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    Wilderness Walking

    Autumn Highlands

    113 reviews

    Next Trip: 25th - 29th Sep 2024 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

    From: £1,475 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Deluxe
    Max Group Size: 8
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    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.
    • Relax in one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Scotland, located on the shores of Loch Ness

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Hike above Loch Ness

    After meeting in Inverness, we will enjoy a walk on the north side of Loch Ness through a community-owned forest. An excellent trail leads uphill through the woods and the community trust has 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 descend and take a short journey to our hotel in Fort Augustus. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (L, D)

    Walk details: 9km/6 miles | approx. 3-4 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)

    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)

    Walk details: 8km/5 miles | approx. 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 – Glen Moriston and Dundreggan

    For our final day, 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. We will aim to be back in Inverness by late afternoon. (B, L)

    Walk details: 8km/5 miles | approx. 3 hours

    Wilderness Walking
    Autumn Highlands

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    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 the natural decor 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 £385 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 Read More

    Breakfast and lunch are provided each day along with dinner on your first and last evening. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in a lovely Highland hotel
    • Meals as indicated in itinerary (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
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    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.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:00 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. On the final day you will be returned to Inverness Railway Station by 16:00.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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

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

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    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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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 113 reviews of Wilderness Walking – Autumn Highlands


    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.


    Debbie Sellers

    Reviewed on 18/11/2023

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 28/10/2023
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    This was a lovely trip timed to perfection to catch the stunning autumn colours of the Highlands. I'd highly recommend it.


    Annelies Verreth

    Reviewed on 18/11/2023

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: Belgium
    Trip Date: 07/11/2023
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    This was my second trip with Wilderness Scotland and it probably won't be the last one. Very well organised, amazing guide, beautiful walks/hikes in stunning landscapes, nice accommodation, good food. Everything you could wish for and more !


    Meredith Lepper

    Reviewed on 17/11/2023

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 07/11/2023
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Wilderness Scotland exceeded our expectations in every way. We are thrilled to have found you and hope to take another trip with you in the future,

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