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The Small Isles cluster off the Sound of Arisaig, floating on the horizon and suggesting a fantasy land of wilderness and history.
During this self-drive tour, you will stay in Fort William, enjoying splendid hiking with your Wilderness Scotland Guide before journeying west to the enchanting Isle of Eigg. Here you will hike and spend a night before moving on the stunning Arisaig House back on the mainland for the remainder of your trip. You will enjoy the finest Highland cooking from fresh local ingredients and be able to relax and explore at your own pace when not with your guide.
The Sound of Arisaig is a Marine Special Area of Conservation, and during your trip, you will be able to look out for dolphins, porpoises and even whales. On land, you have the chance to encounter red deer, eagles and otters. Later in the week, you will take to the waves for a guided sea kayaking experience to gain a new perspective.
Start date: This trip can be taken on any dates you choose. However, due to the ferry timetables, it cannot start on a Monday.
You will make your way by car to Fort William, journeying across the famous Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe if coming from the South. From the North you will pass Loch Ness and the famous Urquhart Castle. On arrival in Fort William you can settle in to your welcoming accommodation near the town centre, explore the town and enjoy dinner. Overnight Fort William.
This morning you will meet your Wilderness Scotland Guide who will take you for a hike in the local area. The West Highlands are a classic area for hiking and whatever your level of fitness your guide will be able to offer you a rewarding day, whether you would like to take to the mountains or hike in the glens. Overnight Fort William. (B)
Today you will journey West along the famous Road to the Isles, passing through the mountains to the seaside village of Arisaig. There you will meet your guide again by the jetty and together take the ferry to the Isle of Eigg. Eigg is a truly magical island offering extraordinary variety and history, and your guide will show you the best of the island before departing on the afternoon ferry leaving you to spend a night on the magical island. Overnight Eigg. (B)
This morning you will be able to explore the island some more, perhaps hiking to one of the beaches or exploring the amazing caves. In the afternoon you take the ferry back to the mainland (keeping an eye out for dolphins) and then drive the short distance to Arisaig House. This luxury B&B is set in its own grounds of private gardens and native woodland above a stunning cove and beach, and is the perfect base to explore the local area. Overnight Arisaig House. (B)
Enjoy a free day today. Your information pack will contain details of hikes in the local area that you can undertake, such as a hike beside Loch Morar or even a day trip to the Knoydart Peninsula. Alternatively you can relax at your accommodation and just soak in the atmosphere. Overnight Arisaig House. (B)
After breakfast, you’ll join a local sea kayak guide (along with some other clients) to explore the wonderful Sound of Arisaig skerries by sea kayak. These sheltered waters are perfect for kayaking whether its your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, as they are home to a seal colony, otters and porpoises. Your expert guide will ensure you get the most of this experience, offering some coaching while drawing your attention to the amazing natural elements around you. Note that the location for the sea kayaking trip is subject to weather and may change. (B)
On your final morning you may like to take a last stroll around the grounds before making your way through the hills back to Fort William, and from there on to your next destination. (B)
In Fort William you will be based at The Lime Tree – an excellent small hotel located close to the town centre, with an enviable reputation for cooking. On the Isle of Eigg you will stay at the delightful Kildonan Farm House, a guesthouse run by your host, Marie. She will make you feel right at home in her special corner of the world. Your final accommodation is the splendid Arisaig House, a historic luxury B&B in 19 acres of private grounds.
Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.
At all stages of your trip you will be able to enjoy the finest of Scottish cuisine, enjoying delicious meals prepared from superb local ingredients.
Packed lunches are not included in the trip cost, but will be available from your hotel or a local cafe/ deli.
Rachael is a true gem and we regularly receive feedback thanking her for designing inspiring itineraries and for being such a pleasure to chat to. In many cases the people Rachael designs tailor made trips for, actually become friends and she’s had more than one invite to far off lands as a result. Rachael believes in only the highest levels of customer experience and service and the Argyll and the Isles trip she created uncovers some surprising hidden gems of this less explored corner of Scotland.
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At Your Own Pace
On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Wilderness Scotland hiking guide for several days, who will be able to suggest and lead you on a range of hikes from gentle low level rambles to challenging days visiting remote summits. Just let them know what type of hike you would like to do and they will be ready!
On the other days of the trip you will self guided and can explore at whatever pace you feel comfortable.
Rated 4.73 out of 5 based on 15 review(s) of Self-Drive – Arisaig and the Small Isles
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Reviewed on 06/08/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Chantal was great!
This was our first time to Scotland. We loved it all! Our favorite part of the trip was visiting the Isle of Eigg. We had a great hike with our guide, Dave and we LOVED our short stay at Kildonan House. The hospitality and food was top notch! We didn't want to leave!
The Lovat in Ft Augustus was great. Friendly hosts and the food was great. Kildonan House was our favorite accommodation, by far. The Old Library in Arisaig was just ok. Very dated and a bit musty. Food was good, though. The Lochilort Inn was average.
Dave and his dog, Monty, were wonderful!! He shared a lot of highland history and information about native plants with us. We were impressed with how he could walk down treacherous slopes with his hands behind his back!! Great guy, great dog!
Wonderful experience! Our favorite family vacation to date! We would definitely book another vacation with Wilderness Scotland.
Reviewed on 16/09/2017
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
I'm not sure if we ever got an invoice/confirmation of trip summary after placing the order, but I was sent the invoice for the balance when I requested this, and this may have just got lost in my inbox
All the accommodation was interesting and the hosts very welcoming. Loved the guided walks going to places we might not have thought of and trying new activity with all the kit provided (sea Kayaking)
Loved all the Hotels/B&Bs we stayed at - great locations and service at all three
Don was a very considerate guide with interesting information about locations and conducted walks at our pace.
Well organised trip which gave us new experiences we wouldn't have done on our own and showcased some of the highlights of the the Fort William area of Scotland
Reviewed on 28/06/2015
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
I did not have too much contact most was done through my friend.
the lodgings were wonderful. The walking directions were chancy at first, but we got the hang of it
Arasaig Hotel was delightful. The best part of the trip was Kildonnan. Food there was outstanding
i never saw a guide
Scotland was fantastic, the arrangements were very good