- Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Northern Highlands on a series of gentle hikes.
- Experience how the landscapes changes as we hike on the east coast before traversing Scotland to discover the rugged west coast and mountains.
- Relax as you stay in two beautifully located hotels the Scottish Highlands
- 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels
- Most meals during the trip, from dinner on the night of arrival to lunch on the day of departure (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
- Dolphin-spotting boat trip
Green Graded Walking Holidays
Green graded walking holidays are suitable for 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.
25th Aug - 31st Aug 2018
Alan SmithAsk adventurer Alan about his stint as a stunt co-ordinator!
11th May - 17th May 2019
Gordon AndersonHailing from Skye and growing up in Inverness, Gordon has a rich Scottish heritage.
20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019
Iain PowellEnglish born but proud to call himself Scottish, Iain enjoys introducing others to the best the Highlands have to offer.
24th Aug - 30th Aug 2019
Gill McMillanWalking through the woods with Gill may result in some on the side badger watching, but that's no problem - she'll make it up to you with her expert guidance, enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 3 nights in Strathpeffer and 3 nights in Lochinver. Accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms, with en-suite facilities.
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.
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 require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £300 is charged if a single room is available – please see booking form terms and conditions.
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 1pm on Day 1 of your trip. It’s a small station so you should find the group and guide easily! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.
Hike along gorgeous coastlines; discover forests and waterfalls; drink in mountain panoramas and connect with culture and wildlife on this all inclusive itinerary.
This walking trip is perfect for those wishing to enjoy excellent hiking, encounter the wildlife and experience the best of Highland culture.
The Northern Highlands contain an extraordinary variety of landscapes, wildlife and history for so ‘small’ an area. From the rolling forests, glens and comparatively gentle shores of Easter Ross to the rugged and ancient mountain-scapes of wild Sutherland. Since times long forgotten the people of these lands have lived lives close to the landscape – shaping it and being shaped in return.
Based from our beautiful hotels you will set out each day with your wonderful guide to enjoy this fascinating tapestry of wilderness and history. We will hike to roaring waterfalls, white sand beaches and seek out Dolphins in the waters of the Moray Firth. At all times we will be well catered for with hearty meals made from delicious local ingredients and opportunities to enjoy local music, arts and crafts.
Day One – Rogie Falls and View Rock
After meeting in Inverness we will head to our first hike at the lovely Rogie Falls, enjoying a circular route through Caledonian forest and with loch views and vistas of the local area. Afterwards we arrive and settle in to our hotel, enjoying a welcome dinner in the evening. (D)
Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hrs
Day Two – Dolphins and Devils
This morning we go east to the coast and join a boat trip to spot the local pod of dolphins in the Moray Firth. Afterwards we enjoy an afternoon hike on the coast. Along the way we will pass through the villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, discovering some rich and gruesome local history! (B, L)
Walk details: 8km, approx 3-4 hours walking
Day Three – The Touchstone Maze & Knock Farril
Today’s hike begins in forest and heads up to a recently built stone circle. We then continue on to an impressive ridge and viewpoint, finding the remains of an original Iron Age fort at the summit which enjoys wonderful views. (B, L)
Walk details: 7km, approx 3 hours walking
Day Four – West to Assynt and Coigach
Today we journey to the West Coast, stopping to explore the extraordinary chasm of Corrieshalloch Gorge. Lunch will be taken at cafe in the famous fishing town of Ullapool. Afterwards we will choose from a range of options for a local hike offering views of the amazing highland wilderness that make this area a magnet for lovers of the outdoors. We then continue on to our hotel enjoying spectacular views all the way, and from the windows of our beautiful accommodation near Lochinver. (B, L)
Walk details: 6km, approx 2.5 hours walking
Day Five – The Old Mill & Achmelvich Beach
We enjoy a point-to-point hike along the beautiful Assynt coastline today. Starting from an old grain mill we head for the beautiful sands of Achmelvich beach, your guide pointing out the secrets of the landscape along the way. Then we walk along a quiet roads and good trails through the wild country back to Lochinver where we can explore the village and visit a famous local craft shop. (B, L)
Walk details: 10km, approx 5 hours walking
Day Six – Inverkirkaig Falls & Achiltibuie
Today we take a short drive along the coastal road to our start point. From here we follow the lovely river Kirkaig through forest. All the way we enjoy improving views of the astonishing peak of Suilven and the iconic mountains of Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor. Our objective is the tremendous Falls of Kirkaig where the river plunges with a roar into a deep ravine. Afterwards we will drive south again to the crofting township of Achiltibuie where we enjoy views over the Summer Isles, craft shops and a drink in the bar. A wonderful place to round off a great trip. We return to our hotel for a celebratory dinner. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8km, approx 4 hours walking
Day 7 – Hiking to Little Assynt
On the way back to Inverness there is time for one last short hike. Exploring ‘Little Assynt’ with a hidden loch and vistas of the mountains and wilds, it’s the perfect place to thank the landscape for the new memories we will be leaving with. Afterwards we will again have lunch in Ullapool before saying goodbye in Inverness. (B, L)
Walk details: 5km, approx 2 hours walking
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.
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by Cornelia Shonkwiler 08/08/2018
Customer service was very responsive -- answering questions right away. It seemed like my reservation mattered.
Small group was great. Feeling of a family traveling together. There was much room to express what we liked and wanted to do. We were not hurried from one place to another, but traveled slowly and leisurely. Just what I hoped it would be.
Accommodation and Food
Fabulous -- much beyond my expectation. First elegant Coul House with fine dining, then Glencanispe Lodge. Both very different and wonderful, each in its own way. I couldn't have asked for better accommodations.
Our guide Ken was very responsive to the members of the group, giving us choices what to do and where to go. He was friendly and considerate of someone like me who sometimes lagged behind. It was great to walk with someone who knows the area intimately. He seemed to know everything, plants, trees, birds, geology, history, mountains and their names. I think he did very well.
The Bottom Line
Excellent in every regard! This trip was one of the best I have ever taken.
by Maureen C Miller 03/08/2018
Prompt and clear responses to emails
The varied topography, scenery, and wildlife of our "Great Wild North" trip offered a good introduction to walking in Scotland. Our guide, Ken Keith, was excellent as was the food.
Accommodation and Food
Coul House, our first accommodation, was excellent in every way -- a really magical place with fantastic people. Glencansip Lodge was very good rather than excellent. I liked the lounge and "honesty bar" and the breakfasts were super. Our room also had a great view. Dinner, however, was mediocre and the rooms are only aspirationally "luxury": they get some elements, but others are 2nd-hand-store-chic.
Ken Keith was fantastic. He was quite attuned to the varying needs of the group and particularly kind and considerate to the one somewhat older member of the group. He was also extremely knowledgeable and chose excellent walks.
The Bottom Line
The "Great Wild North" tour is a fabulous introduction to walking in Scotland with a great mix of forest walks, western highland hikes, views, and waterfalls.
by Jennifer Mirdamadi 26/05/2018
Would have said excellent if it were not for the little slip-up of sending an out-of date dossier with confirmation email that incorrectly said all dinners were included! Otherwise very prompt and efficient.
Highlight was revisiting Sutherland after 45 years absence!
Accommodation and Food
Both very high standard. I could not believe I was actually going to stay in Glencanisp Lodge with view of my favourite mountain.
Paul was brilliant. I could not fault him.
The Bottom Line
Great trip but I would have preferred it more of it (preferably all!) was in Sutherland. I think the title of the trip gives a false impression of the focus of it, though obviously I had realised before booking that first half was in the East.
by David Johnaon 25/05/2018
Paul was especially helpful with his knowledge of the local history, geology and plantlife. His sense of humor always helps!
Accommodation and Food
Coul House and Glencanisp Lodge were excellent!
Paul was very good! We all enjoyed his knowledge. He was able to tailor the hikes to our abilities.
The Bottom Line
I would highly recommend the hiking trips for people who are not familiar with Scotland (as were my wife and I). We intend to return to the Highlands and western Islands for more hiking! Scotland is a great country and we enjoyed seeing the pastoral farms as both us grew up on farms in Iowa USA.