I emailed asking for the addresses of the accommodations so I could add them into the US STEP program with the State Dept and the office team sent them pronto.
My husband emailed asking about outfitters in the UK in case his luggage was lost and he needed to replace items for hiking. Again the office team sent over suggestions pronto. We were both grateful to have this info as it was my luggage that was lost when I arrived 3 weeks prior to our Wilderness Scotland walking tour and I needed to purchase boots, trekking poles, socks, and clothes for the whole trip as I was hiking in other parts of Scotland before our Wilderness Walking in Highlands and Glencoe. The folks at TISO were great and even gave me a 15% discount! Thanks for recommending them.
My husband enjoyed Kenmore Hill hiking to see Loch Tay which was a good introduction to the hikes for the rest of the week. This hike was varied with some of the trail in the woods, some in the open, with views as far as the eye could see and Schiehallion across the glen where we would hike the next day.
I enjoyed the day we hiked the Devil's Staircase on the West Highland Way and found the ascent to be fine compared with other hikes we have done in the Great Smokey Mountains. The views from the remaining part of the trail where we could see Loch Leven and Kinlochleven among the many mountain views. The trail was a great footpath that slowly descended into the nine miles or so.
Accommodation & Food
We enjoyed both the Fortingall Hotel and the Kingshouse Hotel. Fortingall was top-notch service. Gabby was very accommodating of our needs. He was a delight to meet and especially great with an evening whisky tasting for our group. The Kingshouse Hotel was a very cool place in the middle of Glencoe. With it being a larger hotel, the service was not as special, but still fine.
In both hotels the beds were firm, which we like, but we both felt the pillows at each place could be firmer. Some pillow options in each hotel would be a good idea.
Tim Willis was superb. He was very good at sharing details of each day's itinerary and carefully reminded the group of risks and hazards and how to prevent them from happening. He even let us know what to do if anything happened to him. That built group trust. He did a good job keeping the group together when abilities differed. He checked on each hiker's well-being throughout the week. He told funny stories and was engaging as well as professional. We particularly appreciated his adapting after dinner one evening to let the group visit a church which was on the way back to the hotel. We also enjoyed the Innerreffary Library and could have spent a whole day there! Tim arranged for a local storyteller/harpist to treat us one evening about Glencoe's history and that was a real delight.
The Bottom Line
Our experience with Wilderness Scotland was top flight in adventure, comfort, ease, and enjoyment. From the initial contact to the final road trip, the whole package was thoroughly designed and implemented for the best experience. Their office staff promptly and completely responded to our communications and questions prior to the trip. The week of Wilderness Walking in the Highlands and Glencoe was packed with wonderful hiking and our experienced guide made good decisions based on the weather and the group's needs. Despite regular rain and fog we enjoyed every minute. We ate incredibly well every day. We shared stories with one another in the group. We laughed a lot. And we slept soundly in the very nice accommodations selected by Wilderness Scotland. All in all, we look forward to another adventure with Wilderness Scotland and highly recommend them for the best outdoor adventure specialists!