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    Get under the skin of Scotland

    Discover some of the Insider experiences we love to create for our guests on our Tailor Made and Private departure tours.

    We produced a short film series called Insider’s Scotland which explore some of our favourite places and people across the Highlands and Islands. These short films give an insight into how and why we like to help our guests get under the skin of Scotland…

    We offer two private travel options at Wilderness Scotland:

    Tailor Made Holidays – This style of holiday means that you dream up the most incredible travel experiences and we work with you to make these dreams come true. It’s the local knowledge, that you’ll see in these short films, that we weave into your itinerary. The result is a meaningful and memorable holiday that’s personalised just for you.

    Private Departures – We offer the widest range of adventure holidays in Scotland. To travel privately just choose the itinerary you love most from our range, then choose the dates that suit you. It means that you and your private group can enjoy your holiday at the pace that suits you, have that inbuilt flexibility and you’re able to add the personal touches that you’d like for celebrating special occasions.

    Episode 1 - Foodie Culture on Skye

    For the first episode in our new Insider video series we travelled to the beautiful Isle of Skye. One of Scotland’s most popular tourism spots in the summer months, the Isle of Skye is also home to a rich culture of incredible local produce and exquisite foodie experiences. We met local characters such as michelin-starred chefs, foraging experts, local fishermen and deerhunters who all share a passion for their island and the quality of food they can give to visitors.

    Episode 2 - Voices of Edinburgh

    Episode 2 in our Insider’s video series involved a different take on Scotland’s mesmerising capital city of Edinburgh. It feels like a lot of Edinburgh’s visitors experience a side of the city that sits at the very front of collective consciousness, such as the fairytale castle, winding cobbled streets and alleys and a smorgasbord of tartan-fied hospitality. So in this video we wanted to connect to a side of Edinburgh that not everyone stumbles across. We meet a local tour guide whose passion for Edinburgh’s bloody and rich history brings its buildings and sights to life. We meet a kiltmaker whose passion for bringing Scotland’s national dress into the 21st century has reached customers all over the world. We also meet the concierge at Edinburgh’s most prestigious and iconic hotel, the Balmoral, which sits at the very heart of this amazing city.

    Episode 3 - The Wilderness Guide

    Our guiding team live and breathe Scotland! Many might think that leading a group to Scotland’s most beautiful places would be the most simple job in the world. In the third episode of our Insider’s video series we spend some time with one of Wilderness Scotland’s senior guiding team.  Learn from Tim Willis how he approaches guiding across the Highlands and Islands.

    Episode 4 - Wood Carver "Wooden Tom"

    In this episode, escape to the Cairngorms where we meet Wooden Tom, an Aviemore-based wood carver. Learn more about Tom’s ways of living off the land and the secrets of woodworking as Tom welcomes you to his natural amphitheatre.

    Episode 5 - Travel Writer & Cook Ghillie Basan

    Ghillie Basan is an award-winning cook and author living in a very wild spot in the Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands.  Growing up in Africa and travelling widely in younger years has given Ghillie’s cooking a taste of the exotic, combined with the best in local Scottish ingredients. Ghillie has written over 40 books and now cooks at events and workshops hosted in her own wilderness retreat here in the Cairngorms.

    Episode 6 - Marine Adventures in Scotland

    Here we meet Shane Wasik, a marine biologist, adventurer, and expert in Scottish marine wildlife experiences. Scotland, including its islands, has a coast which is over 10,000 kilometres long and home to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in the world. The wild coastline is dotted with pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Along our varied shores, you will find an abundance of fascinating marine wildlife, both in the water and out.

    Episode 7 - A Hebridean Odyssey

    Join us on an adventure out to the islands on Scotland’s west coast. Immerse yourself for a moment in the wild scenery of lonely islands and endless skies, of white sand beaches and rugged cliffs. Imagine the spray of the sea on your face and the breeze in your hair aboard a private RIB (Zodiac). A day out on the boat will be rewarded in style. Dine on freshly caught fish and taste the local brews, before bunking down in your exclusive and luxurious island campsite. Scotland’s west coast is known for its epic marine and seabird life, and you’ll have a high chance to get up close to dolphins, spot puffins, and meet the local seals. Finish your journey with a sumptuous stay at Glenapp Castle, and enjoy the comforts of the plush period interiors, dedicated staff, and fine dining.

    Our holidays reviewed
    in your own words

    Wilderness Scotland provided a world class walking vacation. It was a wonderful combination of location and attention to details. Remember the Orkneys have been populated since neolithic times. There was a reason! It is a land of incredible beauty. However a trip is not just about the location. Wilderness Scotland handled all the travel details without flaw. We were met on time, made all of our travel connections and had our many special requests all graciously honoured.

    Janet Cogswell
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
    Reviewed on 10/08/2014

    Rated 4.87 out of 5 based on 4,452 reviews

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