May 15 - 22
May 22 - 29
September 04 - 11
September 11 - 18
Price: US $2800 (CAD$ 2900)
Single supplement: US $300 (CAD$ 350)
Group size: Minimum 3 guests, max. 8 guests
The Scottish Highlands are famous throughout the world as an area rich in stunning scenery, traditional culture and ancient history. Lochs, rivers, glens, mountains, ridges, crags and the sea all combine with unique wildlife and natural history to give to it’s devotees a highland landscape second to none. This week-long holiday is an exploration of the best the Highlands have to offer. We start in the Spey Valley in the Cairngorms National Park, famous for its pine forests, salmon fishing, whiskey, grouse moors, osprey and high arctic plateau.
Then we head north past the capital city of Inverness and across to the beautiful west coast to travel and climb through some of Scotland’s finest glens – Torridon, Kintail, Nevis and Glencoe. In each area are superb mountain walks or alternative coastal and valley treks, castles, crafts and local history to explore. Our accommodation during the week will be in country hotels and inns chosen to reflect the area, serving traditional local Highland fare and hospitality.
Day 1: Arrival. We meet you in the evening in the Highland village of Newtonmore to brief you on the days ahead. Newtonmore has found world wide fame as the location for the popular BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen". We enjoy a welcome meal of local highland produce at a restaurant in the village. Overnight Newtonmore.
Day 2: Cairngorms. We venture onto the Cairngorm plateau for a fine walk round the northern coires; or bowls, of Cairngorm mountain itself with the possibility of climbing Ben MacDui, Scotland’s second highest summit. This mountain range has many national and international designations which recognize its unique arctic environment. Alternatively we can do a low level walk in the lochans and pine forests of Rothiemurchus Forest from Loch an Eilean to Glen More. We then head north to the capital city of the Highlands, Inverness. Ascent 2000-2500 ft. Overnight in Inverness.
Day 3: Torridon. We begin with a drive north, before crossing to the beautiful and wild west coast. From here we can climb the mountain of Ben Damph with views to the sea and the other stunning peaks of the Torridon mountain range. Or alternatively we can do an atmospheric coastal trek along the Diabeg peninsula. The mountains here rise up straight from the sea and it is a coastline, which has inspired artists for generations. Ascent 2800ft. Overnight Torridon.
Day 4: Glen Shiel. We head off on a scenic drive past the world famous Eilean Donan Castle, featured in many movies, and enter Glen Shiel. This is one of those areas where you can just feel the past, where cattle herds made their way to market, where the Clans fought battles and where Spanish soldiers made a last stand on a peak in the Glen. Today we aim to take the stalkers path, (stalkers are those who hunt the red deer on the estates) and climb onto the ridge and the summit of Maol Chinn-dearg. Alternatively we can do a coastal walk in and visit the world famous Eilean Donan Castle. Ascent 3000 ft. Overnight Glen Shiel.
Day 5: Glen Nevis. This morning we leave Glen Sheil and head for Fort William on the west coast aiming to climb in the Mamores. However, if the weather is good we could consider the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. Alternatively we do "The Best Short Walk in Scotland" up Glen Nevis to the Steal waterfall. We plan to continue driving a short way south to cross the sea loch by ferry to the tiny community of Ardgour, beautifully situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe. Ascent 3000-4000ft. Overnight Ardgour.
Day 6: Glencoe. You can not visit Scotland without taking in the historic Glencoe, past scene of clan feuds, battles, and murders. This steep sided Glen was the scene of one of the blackest days in Scots history when the Campbell Clan murdered their hosts the MacDonald's. But don’t let that put you off – its stunningly beautiful and well worth the visit. We have a wide choice of hikes here all providing stunning scenery and views. Then we stay head south, aiming to stay at a famous ancient Inn near Loch Lomond. Ascent 3000-3800ft. Overnight Inveranan.
Day 7: Loch Lomond. We continue south with the aim of climbing one of the peaks above the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. This will probably be a rocky mountain with a dramatic skyline called The Cobbler. We then continue down the side of Loch Lomond to Glasgow to our hotel. Ascent 2600 ft. Overnight in Glasgow.
Day 8: Departure - Today is departure day.
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