Highlands & Islands - Scotland

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAYS

 

Scotland - West Highland Way & Skye

grade moderate guided walking jura+

7 nights - £825 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking on West Highland Way, 3 days exploring Skye with choice of walks

A great mix of multi-day trekking along the best parts of the West Highland Way, one of the UK's premium trails and day walks on the stunningly beautiful and rugged Isle of Skye. See full walking holiday details

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Scotland - West Highland Way & Wild West Coast

grade moderate guided walking jura+

7 nights - £830 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking on West Highlands Way, 3 days exploring Scotland's rugged west coast with choice of walks

A great mix of multi-day trekking along the best parts of the West Highland Way, one of the UK's premium trails and day walks on the amazing west coast including the remote Knoydart peninsula known as Britain's last wilderness and the rugged Isle of Skye. See full details of this independent walking holiday

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Highlands, Islands & North West Coast

Our two independent walking holidays in the highlands & islands are a great mix of multi-day trekking along the West Highland Way, one of the UK's best trails and day walks on the stunningly beautiful and rugged Isle of Skye &/or on the remote and wild west coast of Scotland

West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a long distance route which runs 95 miles through the Scottish Highlands. Despite crossing the highlands of Scotland, the West Highland Way is a relatively straight forward route which stays at low altitudes. Our walking holidays join the West Highland Way at the Bridge of Orchy, where the highland scenery really begins to show its true savage beauty. You'll cross the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor, a remote and desolate part of the trail with little sign of life, except for fellow walkers. Rannoch Moor totals about 50 square miles (130 km²) of boggy moorland and is also notable for its wildlife, particularly famous for the sole British location for the Rannoch rush, named after the moor. 

At Glen Coe the scenery changes once more to dramatic mountain terrain, dominated by the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor which stands as a sentry to this stunning glen. Shaped by the action of glaciers, Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland with dramatic summits which offer some wonderful walking and climbing. Glen Coe is also the site of a tragic massacre when 38 of the Donald Clan were killed by the English.

From Glen Coe your walking trail climbs the Devils Staircase, a 259m ascent to the highest point on the West Highland Way (548m) with great views over the peaks of Glen Coe, with Ben Nevis visible to the North over the Mamores. The trail then descends back to sea level at Kinlochleven. The path runs along the mountainside with spectacular views over the Mamores and miles of open wilderness stretching away to the East. After a final climb your route descends to Glen Nevis and Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, at 1344m, the highest mountain in the UK. This bulky mountain has huge mountain cliffs of 700m rising from above Glen Nevis and the normal walkers ascent path rises from close to sea level making it a long ascent. It is possible to book an extra day at Fort William, to try the ascension of the UK's highest mountain. For those that attain the summit, the reward in good weather are views that stretch for nearly 200km. Mountain walking experience advisable.

Fort William is the largest town in the western highlands and is an important outdoor tourist centre with Ben Nevis and Glen Coe nearby. The town lies at the southern end of the Great Glen on the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and its abundant wildlife. The coastline of Skye is a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a mountainous centre dominated by the rugged and wild Cuillin mountains. The Cuillins are without doubt some of the most dramatic and challenging mountain terrain in Scotland On our independent walking holiday based at Broadford on Skye, you'll explore the southern headlands, mountains and bays of Skye. Areas such as Strathaird have dramatic coastlines close to the Cuillin mountains which form a beautiful backdrop. There are also a number of small crofting communities. The amazingly beautiful Loch Coruisk surrounded by imposing mountains will take your breath away.

Our wild west coast walking holiday is based for three days at Mallaig. Founded in 1840, Mallaig is the main commercial fishing port on the West Coast of Scotland and is a busy local centre which thrives on summer tourism. The West Highland rail line terminates at Mallaig and it has ferry services to nearby islands and inaccessible peninsulas.

One such peninsula is the Knoydart Peninsula, which is referred to as "Britain's last wilderness" due to its harsh terrain and remoteness. It is only accessible by boat, or by a 16-mile (26 km) walk through rough country. Your walking holiday explores this beautiful and wild coastal region with stunning mountain scenery, where you can enjoy a pint in the remotest pub in mainland Britain. Loch Morar is the fifth largest lake in Scotland and is the deepest. You'll have the chance to enjoy its dramatic northern shores as you make your way to Loch Nevis with ever changing landscapes.

 

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