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    Glencoe and the Highlands

    73 reviews

    Next Trip: 6th - 12th Jul 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
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    If you’re looking to enjoy superb hiking in some of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, then this is the trip for you.

    We start by exploring Highland Perthshire – a land of heather-clad hills, long glens and beautiful forests. After hiking in the glens and to the tops, we transfer west via a boat trip up the coast to Glencoe. This is an incredible region for hiking and is our base for the last few days of the trip, allowing us to explore spectacular trails with amazing views. Along the way, you’ll hear about the history that shaped this country.

    Trip Highlights

    • 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.
    • Soak in the quiet of the wilderness on our favourite peaks away from the crowds.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Into Highland Perthshire

    Meeting in Perth, a short journey takes us to a historical library for a tour and a look at the rare books in its diverse collection. After lunch, we’ll transfer to Aberfeldy through the narrow and scenic Sma Glen. We’ll take an afternoon walk where Robert Burns penned his poem, ‘Birks of Aberfeldy.’ Stone steps take you up into a narrowing gorge, passing tumbling waterfalls as you rise, followed by beautiful views over the crags. Late afternoon, we’ll head over to our comfortable Highland Hotel for a relaxing evening.

    Walk details: 4 km/2.5 miles | 200 m/650 ft of ascent | approx. 2 hours

    Day 2 – Hiking Glen Lyon

    Glen Lyon is one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland, flanked by steep sided hills and filled with native woodland. Our guide will choose a suitable hike on the day – which could be a winding walk along the valley floor, or perhaps a hike to one of the easier summits. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 10 km/6 miles | 750 m/2,460 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours

    Day 3 – The Fairy Hill of Caledonia

    On our final day in Perthshire, we’ll aim to climb the iconic hill of Schiehallion – 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: 10 km/6 miles | 750 m/2,460 ft of ascent | approx. 6 hours

    Day 4 – A Maritime Adventure

    After breakfast, we transfer west to Oban, 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, stepping ashore to explore empty beaches and coves. We then speed up Loch Linnhe, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as seals, porpoises or dolphins, before arriving in Loch Leven and transferring a short distance to our iconic hotel. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 4 km/2 miles | minimal elevation gain | approx. 2 hours

    Day 5 – Wilderness and a Waterfall

    We start from the village of Kinlochleven where will climb on 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 impressive falling 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. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 13 km/8 miles | 350 m/1,150 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours

    Day 6 – Hiking Glencoe

    Some of the best views in Glencoe are from a rarely climbed peak 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 have our final dinner together and toast to the end of the trip. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 11 km/7 miles | 650 m/2,130 ft of ascent | approx. 5 hours

    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: 3 km/2 miles | 150 m/490 ft of ascent | approx. 1.5 hours

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    Glencoe and the Highlands

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    On this trip, we use two 4* 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 restaurant. 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 an iconic hotel with lots of great stories in its past. With a fabulous location giving spectacular views and warm hospitality, staying here is a special experience.

    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 £750 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

    All meals during the trip, from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7 are included.

    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. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in welcoming 4* 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
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded 4-6

    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.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the entrance of Perth Railway Station at 10:00am 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 in Perth by 4:00pm on the final day. For full details on how to get to Perth, please see our website: Recommended Travel.

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

    Other Read More
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
    • Privately chartered RIB / zodiac excursion
    • Guided whisky tasting session at the hotel

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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

    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.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 73 reviews of Wilderness Walking – Glencoe and the 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.


    Denise Kitagawa

    Reviewed on 12/06/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Canada
    Trip Date: 25/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    So grateful to have an experience and confident driver to navigate Scotland's single track roads. We also appreciated the special touches - the visit to the first library in England, the whiskey tasting experience, and the harper/storyteller.


    Marye Hefty

    Reviewed on 23/05/2024

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 04/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I have 200 family members/acquaintances who are active. I can think of only two I would recommend this trip to--my cousin who is climbing the highest peak in each state for fun and a lady who mountain climbs. The first hikes in our series are too challenging for anyone over 50 who has had a previous injury (like an ankle or knee surgery) or is aware of the consequences of falling/tripping on uneven ground. Everything about your trip was stellar, but if you find you are not getting referrals, this is why--your rating system needs to be much better. Devils Staircase is a good hike--this level is fine. For example, you can offer trips with our first few hikes with advertisements like--do you enjoy mountain climbing? Do you enjoy running on scree? Do you enjoy challenges? Then, we have the experience for you! However, this is not a level 3 of 9. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Hi Marye, thank you so much for your feedback on your recent trip, we are thrilled to hear you had a great time overall and enjoyed your guide, the scenery, accommodations, food etc. Thank you for your feedback regarding the grading of the trip. We work very hard to ensure that we advertise and communicate the grading and difficulty of each trip to our customers, alongside gathering information from them to ensure they're a good fit for the trip they're booking. This particular itinerary is graded a Blue 4, which is part of our intermediate graded itineraries. We do state that you will not always be on a path, and you can expect daily ascents of up to 3000ft on terrain that can be rough and boggy underfoot, including boulder fields and mountain tops. It sounds like it may not have been the best fit for you on this occasion, but if you do join us again we would be more than happy to have more of a chat through grading for potential options.


    Melanie Babel

    Reviewed on 15/05/2024

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: France
    Trip Date: 04/05/2024
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    My trip with Wilderness Scotland was an incredible experience! The variety of hikes and activities was fantastic, the food and accommodations were excellent, and our guide's extensive knowledge of Scotland made for engaging conversations. I highly recommend it!

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