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      Skye and The North West Highlands

      9 review(s)

      Duration: 6 night(s) From £2,995

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      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Region: Multi-Location
      Trip Type: Self Drive
      Comfort: Luxury
      Deposit From N/A £748.75
      Difficulty: Your Own Pace

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      Trip Details

      This relaxing self-driving holiday through the Scottish Highlands allows you to experience a range of activities lead by local guides while enjoying the comforts of luxury hotels. Tour the striking beauty of the Isle of Skye and the North West Highlands where you will see the towering mountain ranges and rugged coastlines.

      Begin your self-drive tour in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, canoe along Scotland’s most famous waterway the Caledonian Canal, sea kayak in one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes on the Scottish West Coast, explore the remarkable landscapes of the Isle of Skye and hike on some of the oldest mountains in the world in Torridon. Experience the comfort of staying in enchanting castles and Highland lodges while savouring the award-winning local food – an ideal way to indulge during your luxury adventure in Scotland.

      Trip Highlights

      • Canoe along the Caledonian Canal, an impressive 60 mile long connection between the West Coast of Scotland and the East Coast.
      • Soak up the comforts of the stunningly located luxurious castles and lodges in the Scottish Highlands.
      • Enjoy a range of activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking and sea kayaking with the support of our experienced guides.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Travel to Fort William

      Make your way past Loch Ness to Fort William, arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, Inverlochy Castle – a stunningly located castle nestled between glen and loch near Ben Nevis. Overnight at 5-star Inverlochy Castle.

      Day 2 – Canoe on Caledonian Canal

      A day of exploring Scotland’s most famous waterway. From Fort William, you’ll paddle a canoe along the calm waters of the Caledonian Canal. After a break for lunch in Gairlochy, you’ll be privately transferred back to Neptune’s Staircase. The route on the canal is a peaceful one with plenty of opportunity to spot birds, wildlife and enjoy superb views of Ben Nevis. Reward yourself with afternoon tea at Inverlochy and spend a relaxed afternoon at the hotel. Overnight at 5-star Inverlochy Castle. (B)

      Day 3 – Sea Kayaking Arisaig & Travel to Skye

      A short but scenic drive down the coast takes you to Arisaig. Enjoy a morning of sea kayaking with a guide in one of the most beautiful coastal landscapes on the Scottish West Coast – it’s suitable for beginners but still an enticing paddle for experts. The area is teeming with wildlife and you will experience paddling through a curious seal colony. After lunch, take the ferry to the Isle of Skye, travel north to the harbour town Portree and soak up the village atmosphere before settling into your luxury hotel built by the Macdonald clan in 1882. Overnight at the 4-star Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye. (B)

      Day 4 – Guided Hike on Skye

      Your Wilderness Scotland guide will meet you at your hotel and discuss options for privately guided hike. Enjoy a day of guided hiking on Skye with the opportunity of a boat trip to a remote part of the isle for a wonderful hike around a loch; or perhaps hiking along the coast to villages abandoned in the Highland Clearances many years ago. In the evening you can relax at the hotel where you can indulge in mouthwatering food or perhaps venture into Portree where you can visit the charming pubs or one of the many local eateries. Overnight at the 4-star Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye. (B)

      Day 5 – Guided Hike in Torridon

      Leaving Skye, drive up the west coast to the beautiful region of Torridon. On the way, you will meet with your Wilderness Scotland guide for a beautiful hike, exploring the landscapes of Skye, Applecross or Torridon. You may want to linger on Skye, enjoy a high level but easy hike in Applecross, or venture to the ancient and rugged peaks of Torridon – our guide will help you decide! No matter what hike you choose, you will be surrounded by truly spectacular views of steep terraced sides and unique geology. Overnight at the 4-star gold Torridon Hotel. (B)

      Day 6 – Free Day

      Enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel to finish your holiday. Many activities are available on-site, including archery, clay pigeon shooting or –  if you are feeling more adventurous – canyoning. Overnight at the 4-star gold Torridon Hotel. (B)

      Day 7 – Depart

      After a leisurely breakfast, depart. (B)

      PLEASE NOTE ‐ The itinerary is indicative only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guides with regard weather conditions and other factors.

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      Our deluxe self drive holidays feature a range of 4 or 5 star country houses and hotels in locations across Scotland.

      A warm welcome is assured and you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service in these. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms. Breakfast is included each morning.

      Please note that alternative accommodations may be offered when you book if availability at any of these is limited.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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.

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      Price from: £2,995
      Duration: 6 night(s)

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      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

      Trip Reviews

      Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 review(s) of Self-Drive – Skye and The North West Highlands



      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


      Tracey Prevost

      Reviewed on 30/10/2018

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 15/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line


      Adam Brash

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 15/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Gotta see Scotland.


      Shannon Brash

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 15/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      The trip was amazing. The communication with the office staff was a little confusing and the shared accommodation at the Glencoe House was disappointing, especially when we got there and saw that there was in fact another available room that was not booked. But, Ken, our guide made up for any short comings and was simply fantastic. He made sure that all of our needs were met. He made the trip what it was and is truly an amazing ambassador for Scotland. We loved the scenery and loved every minute of our hiking and exploring in your beautiful country. Thank you Wilderness Scotland. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thanks for your comments. I feel your feedback about communication is completely fair in this case. Unfortunately circumstances conspired to cause this such as your itinerary needing to change, a miscommunication about which new itinerary you wanted and then your adventure consultant being on annual leave. We have improved our internal procedures to prevent that confusion occurring again. I am glad however that you enjoyed your time with Ken so much. I always knew you would. We were aware of your desire for a second room at Glencoe House and we were checking availability there right up to the day you arrived so I'm surprised to hear there was another suite available. Possibly they had a last minute cancellation or no show. We will follow this up with them.

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