- Hike in two of the Highland’s most beautiful regions, experiencing contrasting landscapes
- Enjoy an exciting day speeding between rarely-visited islands on a privately-chartered zodiac
- Relax as you stay in two of the very best hotels in the Scottish Highlands
- 6 nights accommodation luxury small hotels
- All meals during the trip, from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7 (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 Perth
- Privately chartered RIB / zodiac excursion
- Guided whisky tasting session at the hotel
- Storyteller at Glencoe
Blue Graded Walking Holidays
Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.
15th Jun - 21st Jun 2019
Tim WillisChocolate-mad Tim is also a risk around Weetabix. Read his guide bio here.
6th Jul - 12th Jul 2019
Andrew DaviesMeet Andrew who has been out roaming the mountains since a very young age.
17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2019
Ken KeithKen saw the light and left the bright lights behind for a Highland existence. Read more here.
7th Sep - 13th Sep 2019
Lorraine McCallNot happy with just walking up all the Munros, Lorraine walked and kayaked to reach them.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
On this trip we use two luxury Highland hotels – spending 3 nights in Highland Perthshire and then 3 nights in Glencoe. In Perthshire, we stay in a 10-bedroom hotel with a renowned restuarant. The hotel is a historic and charming building, which has been lovingly refurbished to create a stylish yet traditional country house feel.
In Glencoe, we stay in a magnificent country house. Each of its 9 suites offer very spacious rooms with expansive views of the mountains or sea. With a fabulous location in Glencoe and warm hospitality, it’s one of our favourite places to stay in Scotland.
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 £1,125 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the entrance of Perth Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. Perth is easily accessible by train, being about 1 hour by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
We aim to have you back at Perth by 4pm on the last day. For full details on how to get to Perth, please see our website: Recommended Travel.
If you’re looking to combine wilderness with a touch of luxury and superb hiking, this is the trip for you.
We’ll hike in the wonderful regions of Highland Perthshire and also Glencoe, which offer contrasting landscapes of great beauty. Our hikes will take in valleys, wild moorlands and a few summits too, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the wilderness.
When not out hiking, we will be enjoying stays at two of the best hotels in the Highlands. After a few days at a 4-star Highland hotel in Perthshire, we enjoy a 5-star finish in Glencoe at a wonderful mansion house. As we stay in deluxe hotels on this trip, we’ll ensure that there is enough down time to enjoy the hotels, making this a truly relaxing wilderness break.
Day 1 – Into Highland Perthshire
Meeting in Perth, a short transfer takes us to a historic library for the trip welcome. After lunch, we head to Killin at the west end of Loch Tay for the first hike of the trip – a short but steep ascent of a peak which offers outstanding views across Loch Tay. Back in the glen, it’s a short transfer to our comfortable Highland hotel. (L, D)
Walk details: 5km, 450m ascent, approx 2 hrs
Day 2 – Hiking Glen Lyon
Glen Lyon is often cited as being one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. It is flanked by steep sided hills which offer wonderful walking on their grassy summits. Our guide will choose a suitable hike on the day – which could be an easy walk along the valley floor, or perhaps a hike to one of the easier summits, such as Cam Chreag or Stuchd an Lochain. That evening, we enjoy a whisky-tasting session at the hotel before dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: up to 10km, 750m ascent, approx 6 hrs
Day 3 – The Fairy Hill of Caledonia
On our final day in Perthshire, we’ll aim to climb the iconic hill of Schiehallion – which translates as the Fairy Hill of Caledonia. An excellent trail snakes up the whaleback mountain to its lofty summit at 1,083m, which rewards us with expansive views across the Highlands. Back at the hotel, enjoy a pint of Schiehallion ale or perhaps a local whisky to celebrate! (B, L, D)
Walk details: 10km, 750m ascent, approx 6 hrs
Day 4 – A Maritime Adventure
After breakfast, we transfer west to the coast where we jump on board a privately chartered RIB (zodiac) for a memorable journey to Glencoe on the sea. We won’t take a direct route – instead, we’ll visit some islands along the way, such as Lismore or Mull, stepping ashore to explore rarely-visited beaches and coves. We then speed up Loch Linnhe, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as porpoises or dolphins, before arriving in Loch Leven and transferring a short distance to our fantastic hotel, which boasts a commanding location on the hillside. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 4km, minimal ascent, approx 2 hrs
Day 5 – Wilderness and a Waterfall
We’ll start our hike in the small town of Kinlochleven where will climb out of the village, and follow a good trail through the forest, you’ll soon be able to hear the thunder of falling water. The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is hugely impressive falling at times almost 50 feet. We’ll continue on our hike as the path comes out of the woods and eventually reaches a remote loch, surrounded by mountains and wild moorlands. On the return, we’ll enjoy stunning views down the length of Loch Leven to the Pap of Glencoe. In the evening, a storyteller shares tales of the Glencoe’s dark history before dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 13km, 350m ascent, approx 5 hrs
Day 6 – Hiking Glencoe
There are countless superb hikes in Glencoe. The rugged mountains offer superb, though challenging, hiking. However, some of the best views in Glencoe are from a lower, easier, yet rarely climbed peak – and that will be our target today. Following a faint trail, we hike up the flanks of the open hillside. The views open up quickly as we gain height. Reaching the summit, the views are simply sensational, as we gaze directly across the valley at the north face of Buachaille Etive Mor, the most iconic sight in Glencoe. Afterwards, we’ll stop in at a well-known mountaineer’s pub to toast the end of the trip before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 11km, 650m ascent, approx 5 hrs
Day 7 – Rob Roy’s Grave and Creag an Tuirc
We leave Glencoe and transfer south to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Here, we’ll stop at the tiny churchyard in Balquhidder and visit the grave of Rob Roy MacGregor. There will be time for a short hike to Creag an Tuirc – a great viewpoint and the perfect place to reflect on a special week. The summit is marked with a large cairn and offers incredible views down the length of Loch Voil. A short transfer takes us back to Perth, arriving late afternoon. (B, L)
Walk details: 3km, 150m ascent, approx 1.5 hrs
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by Annabel Ward 02/08/2018
Trip highlight was our guide, mike. Mike had an amazing way of navigating our group across the highlands, he made it fun, informative and most of all enjoyable! Plus we can’t forget to mention his super powers!
Accommodation and Food
Glencoe hotel was particularly special
As I said mike was an amazing guide and would be the reason I would book with this company again. His knowledge of Scotland was extensive and his ability to lead a group was exceptional. He was a fantastic guide with super powers!!
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by Robert Reicher 23/07/2018
Accommodation and Food
Our hotels were truly outstanding.
The itinerary and the scenery speak for themselves. It was our guide, Mike Brian, who made the trip truly extraordinary. Our group varied widely in ability and personalities. Mike was able to connect with each of us individually and bring us together as a group. Mike's greatest assets, though, are his enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment of the natural wonders of Scotland. Mike's joy was contagious and made the week truly special (in a good sense). We even began to suspect that he had special powers where the weather was concerned. Somehow, even on the rare cloudy day, the sun came through when we were on the hilltops.
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The trip exceeded my expectations on every level. This was my first time traveling with Wilderness Scotland and I was a bit wary. Everything about our trip was first class. It was the most enjoyable vacation I have had in several years.
by Charlie Keenan 23/07/2018
Our guide, Mike Brian really had a fine grasp of every detail of the trip and paid particular attention to my safety. The adjective I would use to describe every aspect of the trip is " superlative."
I've been on a lot of climbs ,treks,and hiking trips. As a guide Mike Brian stands at the top of my list with perhaps two others.
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An excellent experience in a wonderful country!
by Laura Spadone 17/07/2018
Bridget Brown's comments during my initial phone-call persuaded me that your organization is excellent.
The venues and the guide were excellent. I think there was too much time spent driving around and too much time spent on eating meals.
Accommodation and Food
The Fortingall Hotel was wonderful and comfortable. I felt that the Glen Coe hotel was too luxurious.
Mike Brian was an excellent guide. His care and enthusiasm never wavered. He made an extra effort to find pools in streams where we could go swimming.
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Thank you for a fine trip. It appears that you care deeply about your mission.