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    Low Carbon Travel

    Choose Responsible Adventure

    Travel allows us to visit beautiful wild places and connect with different cultures around the world. It also has the power to make a positive or negative impact, depending on our choices. Now, more than ever before, there is a desire to travel sustainably, to engage in low carbon travel, and in doing so, to protect the communities, destinations and landscapes we love.

    At times this can feel challenging – balancing the need for adventure with our desire to minimalise our environmental impact. And yet, opting for low carbon travel is possible. As travellers, we can travel more sustainably by making well-informed choices, flying less, staying longer, and making our journeys count once we arrive. Travelling with Wilderness Scotland means choosing to travel with a company fully committed to world-class sustainable travel.

    Travel Without Compromise

    We believe it is possible to travel responsibly without compromise. Our itineraries are designed to minimalise their carbon footprint, support local communities and protect the wild places we visit. We manage this while also delivering world-class holidays with our guests staying in lovely, independent accommodations and being accompanied by experienced and highly qualified outdoor guides. With a 98% client satisfaction rate, you can read our reviews here.

    Research shows that our consumer markets’ daily average carbon footprint is 30KgCO₂e. With none of our lowest carbon tours going above 20KgCO₂e a day, embarking on a wilderness adventure means you have a lower carbon impact whilst travelling with Wilderness Scotland than in your day-to-day life.

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    Lowest Carbon Impact Holidays

    Two people sea kayaking

    Sea Kayaking – The Summer Isles

    Duration: 6 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 9.8kg
    Region: North West Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Wilderness Camping

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    This six-day kayaking holiday to Scotland’s northwest is a proper immersion into the wilderness. Leaving motorised transport and modern conveniences behind, paddle out into this remarkable coastal landscape rich with fascinating marine wildlife. Island hopping by kayak and camping in hidden bays and on secluded beaches with stunning views every night means minimal carbon impact. Meals are locally sourced and predominantly vegetarian.

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    Low carbon travel - The spey descent

    Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent

    Duration: 4 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 10.9kg
    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Wilderness Camping

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    Escape the day-to-day on this classic Scottish river expedition trip. Over four days, descend the famous River Spey, passing by pine forests, heather-covered hills and Scotland’s most celebrated whisky region. With two expert guides leading the way, admire the changing landscapes and spend your nights camping and cooking under the stars. Canoeing past small Highland towns gives us plenty of opportunities to get local food and drink to enjoy.

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    Responsible tourism - Bloodstone Hill, a day trip from Knoydart by small boat.

    Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

    Duration: 8 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 13kg
    Region: West Highlands including Knoydart
    Accommodation:
    Classic

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    The Knoydart Peninsula is our flagship walking tour and the epitome of low carbon travel. After a boat transfer, you’re settled into this isolated corner of wilderness unconnected from Britain’s road network for eight days. Daily exploration will be from the cosy bunkhouse that will be your base, or you’ll make short trips across the water to the surrounding islands. A known treat on this holiday is the high standard of food, all prepared fresh and from locally sourced ingredients.

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    Responsible tourism - Two people foraging on Mull's coast

    Walking – Mull & Iona in Winter

    Duration: 5 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 13.7kg
    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Accommodation:
    Classic

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    Discover the southwest of the Isle of Mull on this five-day walking holiday. Venturing out each day from a cosy island guest house, visit the remarkable Iona Abbey, a short boat transfer across the water, as well as the cliffs, coasts, and caves of Mull, all while keeping your eyes peeled for the local wildlife. Driving distances each day are short, with a focus on exploring on foot. All meals are prepared at your guesthouse, including packed lunches, and are sourced as freshly and locally as possible.

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    Responsible tourism - Sea kayaks lined up on a beach on Loch Maree

    Sea Kayaking – The Introduction Course

    Duration: 5 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 15.7kg
    Region: North West Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Basic

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    Based from a cosy Highland bunkhouse, our Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course is a great low carbon holiday for people wanting to try out kayaking and immerse themselves in the Scottish Highlands. Paddling in nearby lochs under the expert tutelage of two guides, you’ll learn the kayaking basics as well as more about the local flora, fauna and history. Most meals are prepared at the bunkhouse, with some opportunities to visit local restaurants and cafes.

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    Responsible tourism - two people canoeing on a loch in assynt.

    Open Canoeing – The North West Highlands

    Duration: 7 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 16.9kg
    Region: North West Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Wilderness Camping

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    This wilderness trip takes in one of Scotland’s most pristine natural areas. Journey into a remote region of lochs and mountains by canoe, spending most nights camping lochside with two nights in cosy Highland guesthouses in the middle and at the end of the trip. This trip uses two bases in the northwest Highlands, with a short transfer in between. On camping days, we explore nearby by boat or foot and return to the same campsite each night.

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    Low carbon travel - a road cyclist coming round a corner in a lush green setting

    Road Cycling – Scotland’s National Parks

    Duration: 7 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 16.9kg
    Region: Perthshire and Southern Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Classic

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    Cycling between Scotland’s two national parks is a delight, with this seven-day trip offering beautiful landscapes, smooth and quiet roads, charming villages, and plentiful cafes and pubs. Motorised transport has been reduced to short transfers with a focus on exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms National Parks by bike on various circular and point-to-point routes. This trip includes plenty of opportunities to shop and eat locally, with a stop at a Highland chocolatier and time to explore the small villages we pass.

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    Low carbon travel - man biking towards the camera with the Scottish Highlands as a backdrop.

    Mountain Biking – Bike Across Scotland

    Duration: 6 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 17kg
    Region: Multi-Location
    Accommodation:
    Classic

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    This six-day trip is perfect for beginner to intermediate riders looking for a challenge and to develop their biking skills. The first two days consist of warm-up rides in the Cairngorms and the Nevis Range on the west coast. Then over three days, you’ll bike across Scotland, from Fort William on Scotland’s Atlantic Coast to Inverness on the Moray Firth. Along the way, you’ll explore Highland villages, visit ancient castles and go monster-spotting on Loch Ness. Staying at traditional accommodations, you’ll enjoy the best of Highland hospitality.

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    Responsible tourism - a group of women wild swimming in the Cairngorms

    Wilderness Retreat – The Scottish Highlands

    Duration: 7 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 17.1kg
    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Classic

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    The wilds of the Cairngorm National Park await you on this unique women’s only wilderness retreat. Based in a bright and airy Highland lodge that sits on an estate focussed on rewilding and specialises in fresh, locally sourced seasonal food, experience the magic of Scotland with like-minded women. Day activities include yoga, wild swimming, navigation skills, hiking and learning about the local flora and fauna, all at the lodge or a short distance away.

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    respoonsible tourism - 3 people walking the west highland way

    Walking – The West Highland Way

    Duration: 8 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 18.5kg
    Region: West Highlands including Knoydart
    Accommodation:
    Classic

    Difficulty:

    This is Scotland’s most iconic long distance trek and our only guided point-to-point walking tour, with the only motorised element being the local luggage transfers. Starting and finishing at a train station, you’re walking 95 miles (152km) across the West Highlands from Milngavie to Fort William. Along the way, you’ll pass through some of Scotland’s most beautiful areas, including Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe.

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    Private Travel - Low Carbon Adventure

    Hiking amongst flowers on a mountain ridge

    Low Carbon Adventure – Scottish Highlands

    Duration: 5 days
    Daily Carbon Footprint: 13 kg
    Region: Cairngorms and Central Highlands
    Accommodation:
    Classic
    Difficulty: At Your Own Pace

    This unique adventure through the majestic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands combines a traditional walking trip with low carbon travel. With all aspects of a wilderness trip, journey amongst the peaks and forests of the Cairngorms National Park armed with the knowledge that your trip is making a minimal negative impact on the environment. From scrumptious sustainable culinary experiences to getting down in the dirt to try your hand at rewilding, wildlife conservation, tree-planting and conservation efforts, this trip offers a glimpse at the future of travelling sustainably. Stay in a variety of accommodations from a rustic mountain bunkhouse to a 4 star hotel – all chosen for their sustainability efforts and travel in a luxury EV, exploring the wild Highlands by e-bike, train and foot.

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    Informed Choice


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    While all our human-powered adventures have, by their very nature, a low carbon footprint, some make less impact than others. By implementing a carbon-labelling scheme in 2021, we have been able to measure the carbon output of each and every trip. This allows our trip designers to see where there is space for improvement and also enables our travellers to make an informed decision when choosing their holiday.

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    Fly Less


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    When considering how to minimalise our independent carbon footprints, one of the first things that springs to mind is to reduce how much we fly. Instead of taking multiple flights annually, it is better to take a single flight and combine destinations once on the ground. Rather than exploring by car – choose to walk, cycle, sail or take public transport. Slow travel is often sustainable travel. Instead of visiting Scotland in the spring and somewhere else in the autumn, why not combine your Scottish holiday with a trip to England, Ireland and Wales too?

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    Explore Conscientiously


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    Instead of multiple whistle-stop tours, choose to immerse yourself entirely in a destination and stay longer in one place. Not only will you gain a deeper understanding of a region, but you’ll also have the opportunity to support local communities. On a Wilderness holiday, we keep as many elements of our trips as local as possible, working with the best in the business while maintaining a low carbon footprint.

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