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      Our Trip Grading Explained

      What's Right for You?

      Knowing which trip to choose can be tricky. That’s why all our trips are graded to make finding the right one for you easy.

      From active but relaxed holidays to real physical wilderness challenges, we have a trip to suit your needs.

      • Our trips are given an overall grade of Green, Blue or Red. Green trips are easiest and Red trips are the most challenging.
      • A nine-point scale helps to distinguish which trips in the overall grade are harder than others. E.g Blue 6 is harder than Blue 5.
      • The grade is based on a number of factors but the most important is the degree of physical challenge and the technical skill or previous experience required.

      To learn more about our trip grading and what’s right for you simply select an activity from the list below.

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      Wilderness Walking

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      Open Canoeing

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      Sea Kayaking

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      Mountain Biking

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      Road Cycling

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      Scottish Wildlife

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      Wilderness Walking

       

      Our Wilderness Walking trips vary in difficulty from straightforward low-level hiking to more challenging itineraries when you can expect to hike up a different mountain each day.

      • Our Green-graded walking trips mean shorter days with fewer ups and downs, often combining coastal walks with hikes in valleys.
      • Blue-graded trips will introduce some hikes to summits but with harder days generally followed by an easier one.
      • Red-graded, trips mean longer days on most days, with more elevation gain and steeper, rougher terrain (though not scrambling).

      All of these trips are hotel-based, meaning hot showers and the finest local hospitality to re-charge you each evening.

      Open Canoeing

      Our Open Canoeing trips vary in difficulty mainly by the level of fitness required and the comfort of accommodation, but also consider previous experience and skill level for some of the river trips. Most of our canoe trips involve wild camping, so on those trips, you need to be prepared for that. The easier graded trips reflect the fact that it is all about the canoeing but with minimal portages (moving the canoes overland) so the physical demands are lower. Our more challenging trips combine canoeing with wild country hiking, so these trips have a higher level of physical effort and often include some tough portages. Whichever trip you choose, it’s a great way to experience Scotland!

      Sea Kayaking

      Our Sea Kayak grades are based on the previous experience and skill level required, as well as the physical demands of the trip.

      • Green graded trips are designed for those new to sea kayaking or with perhaps just a little experience. These trips are accommodation-based.
      • Blue graded trips require some previous experience and a basic level of technical competence. The easier Blue-graded trips are hotel-based, the harder ones at this grade involve wild camping.
      • Our Red-graded trips are for competent sea kayakers and feature more challenging days, perhaps with exposed crossings or difficult landings. Red-graded trips will involve some wild camping with no facilities, often far from civilisation – a real adventure!

      Mountain Biking

      Our Mountain Bike grades are based on both technical ability and fitness levels required. Our least challenging trips will mean shorter days with less climbing, riding on generally straightforward trails. As trips increase in grade, you can expect more taxing climbs and more exciting singletrack descents. Our most challenging trips feature tough climbs and truly epic singletrack descents across some challenging terrain through wild backcountry. All of these trips offer the best in local accommodation for your legs to recover in luxury each evening.

      Road Cycling

       

      Our road cycling trips are graded based on the fitness level required and the overall length of the trip. Our more accessible trips mean shorter days with fewer ups and longer breaks throughout the day. Our more challenging trips will involve some long days with a fair amount of taxing climbs and sweeping descents.  Like our mountain bike trips, all of these trips include the best in local accommodation and hospitality.

      Scottish Wildlife

      Our Scottish Wildlife trips are easier graded walking trips with a focus on the beautiful and varied wild life of the Scottish Highlands.

      • Our Green-graded walking trips mean shorter days with fewer ups and downs, often combining coastal walks with hikes in valleys.
      • Blue-graded trips will introduce some hikes to summits but with harder days generally followed by an easier one.
      • Red-graded, trips mean longer days on most days, with more elevation gain and steeper, rougher terrain (though not scrambling).

      All of these trips are hotel-based, meaning hot showers and the finest local hospitality to re-charge you each evening.

      Still Have Questions? - Contact Us

      So there you have it. We hope this gives you a greater idea of what to expect and how to choose the dream trip for you. However, it may be helpful to chat to our friendly team who have experienced these trips for themselves and can answer any queries you may have.

      Feel free to contact our friendly adventure consultants and they will be able to fill in any questions you have.

      Our holidays reviewed
      in your own words

      Top notch, the whole week! Met lovely people, breathed fresh air in the most scenic settings you can imagine. We saw animals everywhere, even right outside the window of the lodge every day (deer everywhere). And wow, the food... :) I will for sure book another trip with Wilderness Scotland, I'm a super satisfied walker!

      Susanne Aaberg
      Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula
      Reviewed on 09/07/2013

      Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 3,628 reviews

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