- Travellers with Existing Bookings Read More
We are running trips and just as we have been throughout the pandemic, we are open and are taking bookings for 2021 & 2022 dates. We will keep this page updated as government guidance is updated.
Please be aware that we are working to Government guidelines, as well as with local suppliers, and as such things are subject to change at short notice. Due to the changing nature of the guidelines any trips we run over the course of 2021 may well look different to trips run in the past, however, all inclusions will still be a part of the trip and therefore any changes do not equate to a “significant change” as defined by the package tour regulations.
In the event of government advice changing so that we are not allowed to run tours; if you are currently booked on a trip we are allowing postponement to a future trip up to 35 days before the trip starts. However, if you have to cancel your place on the trip after this deadline, then it will not be possible to postpone your place and your trip payments will be forfeited.
In some cases, we may be in touch with you to say the trip cannot be confirmed until closer to travel time. If this is the case then you have the option of staying on the trip until we can confirm if the trip is running, or postponing your trip to a future date.
As with any travel we strongly recommend that you have trip/travel insurance. This should cover any last-minute trip cancellation as well as any travel undertaken to get to and from the trip.
Throughout 2021, the UK and Scottish governments have advised that lockdown restrictions could be reinstated if necessary. If this is the case we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss these changes and your options.
- New Bookings Read More
If you are interested in a trip with us in 2021 or any date in the future, we would be delighted to have you join us.
Whether you are looking at a small group trip or a private adventure (perfect for your bubble) our friendly team is available to chat through the options.
Please note that any new booking will only be accepted on the provision that if the trip is unable to go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions the trip will be suspended. Trip payments will be held indefinitely and can be put towards any Wilderness Scotland or Wilderness Ireland trip in the future.
- Must Read - Traveller Responsibility Read More
1. The safety of everyone on the trip is our top priority and as such we are encouraging every traveller to take a Covid lateral flow test at least 72 hours before travel and then again mid-week while on the trip. Tests can be ordered free of charge and in advance to your home from this link.
2. We ask that you bring a least 1 test with you on your trip for the mid-week test but we will also have some available for use.
3. On any trips that involve ferry crossings to islands, it is recommended that you take a test on the day of travel to the Islands prior to departing.
4. Our guides will be following the same testing procedure but will in fact be taking two tests before trip departure to confirm negative results before travel. They will also be receiving vaccines in line with eligibility guidelines.
5. By joining the trip you agree to make us aware if you test positive for Covid at any point before or while you are on the trip.
6. We request that all travellers bring a minimum of 2 reusable masks so you can wash one each evening and leave the other to dry.
7. That clients declare to us if they have had Covid or Covid like symptoms.
8. That client’s self-health check and declare to the guide as soon as possible if they do feel any Covid symptoms. It would be beneficial if you would bring a thermometer to keep track of your temperature.
9. That you do not travel if you feel unwell or are symptomatic before the trip.
10. That you agree in good grace to follow all guidelines and procedures set out by your Wilderness Scotland guide and any suppliers we use.
- Current Situation in the UK Read More
To stay informed, we recommend you visit the UK Government website as well as the Scottish Government site where they are updating the situation regularly.
We find this webpage which tracks Scottish COVID-19 data daily hugely useful to understand what the incidence of the virus is in the regions in which we live and also run our trips in.
ABTA, of which we are members and provide our customers with 100% financial security; provide a broad set of Q & A that is useful for all, including inbound travellers from international locations.
Finally, we recommend reading the WHO situation reports, which are updated daily and provide an ‘in numbers’ view of the virus.
- Travel Advisories and Inbound Health Measures Read More
If you are travelling from outside the UK then you must review the contents of this section of the Scottish Government guidance before considering travel to Scotland.
Travel advice for travellers visiting the UK from common locations.
United States | Canada | Australia
We recommend you check your own government advice with regards travel to the UK and Scotland.
- Pre-Trip Lateral Flow Tests Read More
The safety of everyone on the trip is our top priority and as such we are encouraging every traveller to take a Covid lateral flow test at least 72 hours before travel and then again mid-week while on the trip.
Tests can be ordered free of charge and in advance to your home from the official website below.
We ask that you bring a minimum of 2 tests with you on your trip for the mid-week test but we will also have some available for use.
On any trips that involve ferry crossings to islands, it is recommended that you take a test on the day of travel to the Islands prior to departing.
Please do bring a test with you to take on arrival if you can. Our guides will be following the same testing procedure but will in fact be taking tests prior to departure to confirm a negative test. They will also be receiving vaccines in line with eligibility guidelines.
By joining the trip you agree to make us aware if you test positive for Covid at any point before or while you are on the trip.
- Pre-Trip Information Read More
Please take extra care to read through any pre-trip information you are sent, paying particular attention to the Covid-19 details and requirements, such as pre-trip Covid testing requirements, bringing your own face masks, and being aware of any rules which apply in Scotland which may be different to rules where you live.
We would like to draw your attention to the third section on this page named “Must Read – Traveller Responsibility” where you will find important details to prepare for you ahead of and during your visit.
Please also check with your airline/train company about any specific requirements they may have in place for your journey to Scotland.
We genuinely sweat the details so that you can rest at ease knowing that you’re in safe hands and there’ll be no unwanted surprises. If you’re informed then you’ll be able to raise any questions with us ahead of your trip; which of course we’ll be delighted to help with.
- NHS Scotland - Test and Protect App Read More
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.
If you would like to download this app then please do so here.
- Will it still feel like I am on holiday? Read More
It will feel a bit different to your last holiday. But spending time in nature is healthy for the body and for the soul.
The info on this page and that we’ll send to you pre-trip is so that you know what to expect, feel confident.
Standing on top of a hill or cresting a climb on your bike will feel as amazing as it always has. As you soak in the views and relish the feeling of personal achievement, it will feel like a holiday!
And one thing is for sure – many of us need a break after the past few months. So come and enjoy the space, freedom, wild landscapes and fresh air which Scotland is famous for.
- Will I need to wear a mask? Read More
You will need to wear a mask while travelling in our vehicles and in other locations specified by Government regulations (e.g. – shops).
There may be occasions when you need to put a mask on briefly – for example, if your guide is assisting you with some equipment.
But you will not need a mask during the day’s activities – so you can hike, cycle or paddle breathing in the fresh Highland air and enjoying unencumbered views.
- Will we be socially distancing while on a trip? Read More
As of the 9th of August, there are no social distancing regulations indoors or outdoors in Scotland. However, we do feel this is still best practice when it is within reason to do so. Please respect your fellow traveller’s preferences when it comes to this as well.
- Can I bring my own car instead of travelling in your vehicle? Read More
Where it is practical to do so, you are welcome to use your own vehicle throughout the trip.
There will be no reduction in price as we will still be operating our vehicle on the trip. Trips which involve ferry crossings may be more challenging to arrange due to limited capacity on some ferries.
If you are planning to bring your own vehicle, you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
- Will the locals be welcoming? Read More
We’ve run trips in Scotland for 20 years, so are extremely well-connected in communities across the country.
While there will always be some who disagree, the overwhelming feeling, and our own experience, is that communities across Scotland are really looking forward to welcoming visitors once again.
- Insurance Read More
As always it is important that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do.
It is also worth checking the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary.
The Association of British Insurers has a Q & A that is more relevant for travellers from the UK but raises useful questions to put to your own insurer.