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Luxury Walking – Glencoe and the Highlands

  • 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 Inverness
  • Privately chartered RIB / zodiac excursion
  • Guided whisky tasting session at the hotel
  • Storyteller at Glencoe

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Our Blue grade walking trips involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Accommodation

This itinerary is based across two luxury hotels, allowing us to explore two different locations throughout the course of the week. We spend 3 nights in Highland Perthshire and then 3 nights in Glencoe. In Perthshire, we stay in a 10-bedroom 4-star 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 5-star country house. Each of its 9 suites offer very spacious rooms with 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.

Food is of paramount importance when enjoying the wilds of Scotland and throughout the journey varied local produce will be served up in hearty and imaginative meals. Seafood is a speciality with beef, lamb and venison also popular and of course, any special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Single Room Supplement

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 £700 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.

If you are happy to share but we are unable to partner you with another traveller, so that you end up in a single room, we will ask you to pay a reduced Single Supplement of £350.

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.

Customer Kudos

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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by Susie Hamm 12/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very personal, loved the choice of hotels and the boat trip with the hike on the island was a good change
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere Tim provided
The Bottom Line
Loved it

by Michelle Hollaway 11/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Racheal was very kind in answering most small and simple questions that I may have had before departure.
Trip Comments
Tim went above and beyond to make sure that each day was cracking! Our accommodations were fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed both hotels. Each were exquisite in their own ways, and I would book them again! Each day of our hiking, our guide was patient with the multiple personalities that existed and made sure to accommodate each individually as needed. On days when most wanted the afternoon to rest, he took the rest of us for alternate hiking. I will definitely use your company again!
Accommodation and Food
The food was plentiful. The Fortingall Hotel was fantastic, and I highly recommend their Cullen Skink!
Your Guide
A cracking Joe he was! Tim is an individual full of life and it shows in his enthusiasm about the outdoors. He has a great expertise in the ability to assess individuals and their needs and then to accommodate those needs.
The Bottom Line
This is a fantastic trip to enjoy in the beauty and ruggedness of Scotland and then relax in luxury at some fantastic hotels.

by Heather Nairn 23/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would be helpful if WS offered assistance booking pre-night and post-night hotels and trains from Edinburg to Perth, as for those coming from outside the country it's a lot of extra research and preparation time to find where to be, how to get there, etc.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback. We can’t actually book extra hotel nights or trains for you as we are not a travel agency but if you ever need any help or advice we have lists of recommend accommodation we can send you and are happy to chat through the options for trains and pass on the website details.
Trip Comments
The hikes were wonderful! Can't say enough good things about the beauty of the country and the guide's knowledge to get us to the top of the mountain and historical information!
Accommodation and Food
Glencoe House was AMAZING...
Your Guide
Tim was fun, pushed us a bit, (which was great) very knowledgeable and obviously loves and knows his country!
The Bottom Line
Wonderful vacation, I couldn't have asked for a better hiking trip!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip. Hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon!

by Marsha Certain 22/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Markus Reinhard 27/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Internet site and trip documents contained a lot of helpful and clear info. The number of pre-trip (info) mails was just right for me, in a friendly tone and also included helpful info.
Trip Comments
My trip highlights were:
- cool, harmonious group. All 7 of us got along well and had many interesting discussions as well as laughs.
- well organized, professionally guided tour during which we saw a few different regions / landscapes. We hiked and saw beautiful glens, hills and coasts.
- Will was a great, knowledgeable guide for all of us. He shared a lot of interesting info and was more a friend at the end of the tour.
Accommodation and Food
Both the Fortingall and Glencoe House hotels were overall very good in terms of food and accommodation. Specific commments:
A) I found the food served in the Fortingall restaurant tasted mostly great and was of better quality than the also tasty food in the Glencoe house.
B) Concerning the rooms, the suite in the Glencoe House was fantastic with the building and decoration being very unique and peculiar.
Your Guide
Will was a great, knowledgeable guide for all of us. He shared a lot of interesting info and was more a friend at the end of the tour. Found the right mix of flexibility and guidance for our rather diverse, yet harmonious group.
The Bottom Line

by Daniela Wiethaeuper 25/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All my e-mails were promptly answered and people were always very nice.
Trip Comments
Loved it! Group was fun, the guide was the best. He was very attentive and fun. I will comeback to participate in all their trips!
Accommodation and Food
We were in a luxury travel. Food and accommodation were superb. Hotels were near the mountains and out of urban places, which was great.
Your Guide
Our guide, Will was fun, attentive and his knowledge in geography was a plus. We were sad to say goodbye. In the last day we had Steve, a very nice too.
The Bottom Line
It is one of those experiences that you have to do at least once in a lifetime

by Talia Bravo 20/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything was perfect! Our guide, Will, was espectacular!
Trip Comments
Amazing Guide. We have a very good luck with the group on the tour. I know that this was luck and does not depende on WS, but it will be great if you guys can do something to bring other groups the opportunity to have a great group too.
Accommodation and Food
You are doing very well. I went on the Luxury Tour and accommodation spectacular and Food were spectacular.
Your Guide
Will was amazing and very patience. He always was trying to make everyone in the group happy. He was geographer, so he knows a lot and was always trying to teach us something new. I dont have anything to tell him to improve, just keep being himself.
The Bottom Line
My experience on WS was amazing. We have this spectacular guide called Will that was always trying to make everyone in the group very happy. Even though I went on the tour by myself, I never felt alone because of the amazing group that was on the tour. We enjoy a lot of experiences, from hiking an Munro to staying in a amazing 5star hotel in Glencoe. I recommend this tour 100% to everyone who wants to experience The Highlands and Scotland´s landscapes during the day, and rest and eat in beautiful places during night. cheers!

by Marypat Friedman 19/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Day by day itinerary with approximate miles to be walked.
Trip Comments
We all enjoyed our guide Will. He was knowledgable and proud of his country He was interested in making the trip pleasant for all and he accomplished that.
Accommodation and Food
Fortiingall and Glencoe House were both amazing.
Your Guide
Great attitude and kindness toward all of us. Very fun and informed. High marks for showing us a beautiful country.
The Bottom Line
We highly recommend this experience. Already have recommended to friends in the states. Please indicate if laundry service available so won't pack too much. With wet weather extra clothing brought that wasn't necessary. If I had known about laundry I would have packed less. Great group of people on our trip and accommodations were outstanding.

by Margaret Hanson 18/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very quick, on topic response to questions.
Trip Comments
Challenging hiking, beautiful scenery, friendly helpful people at every turn.
Accommodation and Food
Was very pleased with the accommodations and food. I'm an American, so I like mayonnaise on my sandwiches, but that is my only complaint about our packed lunches.
Your Guide
Will did a great job in taking care of people with different skill levels. I think we all felt good about our progress.
The Bottom Line
Will be joining you again.

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Trip Details

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.

Trip Itinerary

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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12/09/2016

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This is a fantastic trip to enjoy in the beauty and ruggedness of Scotland and then relax in luxury at some fantastic hotels.

Michelle Hollaway
11/09/2016

5

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