Final Information - Colin Group - Hiking & Highlights of Scotland

4 pax for hiking & 2 pax for golfing

Monday 6th May – Sunday 12th May 2024

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 6th May - Welcome To Scotland! Meet Your Guide & Head North.

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport you will be met by your Private Guide (who will also act as your driver) and together you will head north towards the Highlands. Depending on your arrival time there are many options for gentle strolls taking in the beautiful scenery, which your guide will bring to life for you as you travel. So maybe divert to explore St Andrews, enjoy a pub lunch or take a leg stretch to discover a special beauty spot as you make your way towards the charming town of Pitlochry.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard
Room Type: 2 x Master Suite
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA 1432
Arrival Airport: EDI - Edinburgh | Arrival Time: 8:25 am

Day 1 - Guide Details - Kirsty Duncan Read More +

Name: Kirsty Duncan
Contact Number: +44 (0) 7879 549 691
Meeting Place: Edinburgh Airport Arrivals | Meeting Time: 8:25 am

Day 2 - Tuesday 7th May - Hiking The Highlands

You have the full day to explore the surrounding mountains and glens on foot with your experience hiking guide today and you will be spoilt for choice with all the possible routes. Together with your guide you will decide on an option which suits your preferred level of challenge (and energy!), and the weather. Maybe conquer a local summit for fabulous views, or enjoy a gentle atmospheric exploration to discover a waterfall or forest walk discovering stories and local insights along the way.

Celebrate the day with a gin tasting with a local expert and raise a toast to your first day in the Highlands.

Overnight: Pitlochry | Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard
Room Type: 2 x Master Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Gin Tasting Read More +

Activity: Gin Tasting
Start Location: Pitlochry | Start Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th May - Transfer West & Hike on Route

Today you head to the stunning west coast passing through some beautiful mountain passes and scenery along the way. There are a plethora of superb hiking options along the way, so discuss the best options with your guide to suit the day. Your quirky hotel is in the centre of the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, nestled at the foot of the mighty Ben Nevis and looking out over the sea Loch Linnhe.

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Garrison Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 9th May - Hiking Lochaber or Glencoe

There are many classic hiking routes in Lochaber, but today is the perfect day to head down the coast to explore legendary Glencoe. The dramatic mountains and ridges of Glencoe have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why!

Today you will explore this famous valley with your guide, there are plenty of options to suit every level of energy and challenge. After your hike settle down for a guide-led informal whisky tasting in a traditional climbers pub. Raise a toast of your favourite before your guide takes you back to your hotel.

Overnight: Fort William | The Garrison Hotel
Room Type: 2 x Garrison Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 10th May - Transfer to Inverness, 2 Pax Depart & 2 Pax play Golf

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before your guide transfers you to Inverness. Dropping 2 of your party to make their onward travel connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations. The remaining 2 pax get to enjoy a special round of golf at the top rated Castle Stuart course (now known as Cabot Highlands). Once finished a private transfer will take you to your welcoming hotel in Nairn.

Overnight: Nairn | Golf View Nairn - Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 10, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA 1471
Departure Airport: Inverness | Departure Time: 3:25 pm

Day 5 - 2 pax play Cabot Highlands Read More +

Activity: 2 pax play Cabot Highlands
| Start Time: 2:00 pm | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Booking Reference: 284578 - Colin
Phone: +44 (0)1463 796111 | Website: https://cabothighlands.com/

Right-handed Clubs & Electric Trolley Hire are included for each player.

Dress Code:
  • General Smart casual dress code (no Track suits, cargo trousers/shorts, rugby/football or similar sports tops and jeans)
  • Hats, and golf shoes must not be worn in the Clubhouse

Day 5 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Inverness Airport Taxis
Booking Reference: Jeff and Kate Colin
Pick Up Location: Cabot Highlands | Pick Up Time: 7:00 pm | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: 01463 630 247 / 07886 905 665

Day 6 - Saturday 11th May - 2 Pax Play Nairn Golf Club

Play one of the UK’s premier courses as you tee off practically from the door of your hotel and play your way around Nairn Golf Club. Enjoy a relaxed round and take time to relax and make the most of the hotel’s facilities too.

Overnight: Nairn | Golf View Nairn - Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - 2 pax play Nairn Golf Club Read More +

Activity: 2 pax play Nairn Golf Club
Start Location: Seabank Road, Nairn, IV12 4HB (5 mins walk from your hotel) | Start Time: 1:30 pm | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Booking Reference: 30834 Butterfield & Robinson
Phone: +44 (0) 1667 453 208 | Website: http://www.nairngolfclub.co.uk

Right-handed Clubs & Electric Trolley Hire are included for each player.

CLUB DRESS CODE

Consistent with the rules and expectations of our members, we have a contemporary dress code which seeks to balance golfing tradition with up-to-date requirements. We want members, guests, and visitors to enjoy their time at Nairn and therefore request that everyone respects the following dress code and maintains an appropriate standard of dress at all times.

On The Courses and Practice Area

Recognised golfing attire is required, including golf shoes.Blue denim jeans, track suits, cargo trousers/shorts and similar clothing are not permitted.

In the Clubhouse

Smart casual dress is required within the Clubhouse. This includes smart denim jeans. Modern casual shoes (including training shoes) are permitted. Track suits, cargo trousers/shorts, rugby/football or similar sports tops, hats, and golf shoes must not be worn in the Clubhouse. Waterproofs and golf shoes are permitted in the Back Bar area only, outside of the changing rooms and players exits to the course.

All clothing must be clean, neat, and tidy and not faded, distressed, ripped, or soiled

Day 7 - Sunday 12th May - Depart

A private transfer will take you to Inverness Airport to catch your onwards flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Inverness Airport Taxis
Booking Reference: Jeff and Kate Colin
Pick Up Location: Golf View Nairn Hotel Reception | Pick Up Time: 9:00 am | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: 01463 630 247 / 07886 905 665

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • Accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above, for 4 pax for 4 nights and 2 pax for an additional 2 nights
  • Some meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced hiking guide in Scotland from Day 1 to Day 5 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Private Transfer from Cabot Highlands to Golf View Nairn Hotel for 2 pax on Day 5
  • Airport Transfer to Inverness Airport for 2 pax on Day 7
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Green Fee, Club & Electric Trolley Hire for 2 Pax at Cabot Highlands & Nairn Golf Club
  • T-Shirt Drop Moment – FOC
  • £20 Per Person Per Guided Day Hosting & Enhancement Budget for the 4 Full Guided Days
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Caddy Fees and Gratuities (to be paid in cash on the day)
  • Gratuities for your main driver guide
Notes Read More

Notes On Weather & Flexibility

Weather – May in Scotland can be a very wide range of weather, and very changeable. Suitable clothing and footwear is essential, as well as a flexible attitude. Plans may have to be changed to accommodate Mother Nature, and your guide will have back-up plans that they will discuss with you if required.

 

Essential Packing List

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes are not suitable for any hiking in Scotland)
  • Day pack 20-30 litre for carrying water and extra layers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm layers
  • Warm hat, gloves and a neck gaiter
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Smart casual attire for dinners

Note: If you would like us to provide trekking poles for your use then please just let us know and we will ensure these are available for you.

 

Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness Scotland):  +44 (0)1479 420 020, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7766 794 640 (urgent calls only)
Emergency services:  999 or 112
NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

Pricing Read More

The NET price for this itinerary, based on clients rooming on a twin-share basis is:

  • £2,654 GBP per person for Hiking Section (based on 4 pax, Day 1-5)
  • £1,170 GBP per person for Golfing Section (based on 2 pax, Day 5-7)
  • Please note that this includes a £12 per person conservation contribution, see below for more info.

Conservation Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

Click here for more information.

Important Additional Information Read More
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Terms & Conditions Read More

Please see our booking terms here.


Accommodation

Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard

27 West Moulin Road | Pitlochry | Highland Perthshire |
PH16 5EF | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 1796 472123
Web: craigmhorlodge.co.uk

The Garrison Hotel

High Street | Fort William | Inverness-shire |
PH33 6EE | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 1397 602 021
Web: thegarrisonhotel.co.uk

Golf View Nairn - Hotel & Spa

The Seafront, 63 Seabank Road | Nairn | Inverness-shire |
IV12 4HD | Scotland
Phone: +44 1667 452 301
Web: crerarhotels.com/golf-view-hotel-spa


Meet Your Guide

Kirsty Duncan

Contact Number: +44 (0) 7879 549 691

Me In Three – Cheery | Optimistic | Daft

After many years in the hospitality industry, I became a Senior Event Coordinator for a large hotel and leisure resort in Perthshire where I coordinated a huge variety of conferences, weddings and special occasions.  On the year of my 30th birthday, I decided to take some time out of work to chill out for a few months and so I bought myself a little camper van.  In the summer of 2014, me and my trusty Turbo Alick spent over 3 months exploring the stunning landscapes of the North West Coast, Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

Place to Play

It has to be Glenshee which was on my doorstep growing up.  My family still live in the area so I love going home to enjoy Glenshee’s mountains, peaceful glens, lochs, forest tracks and of course the ski centre.  Gleann Taitneach in particular has been one of my favourite places to go ever since I was a little girl when we used to go swimming in the ‘secret’ pools.

Not a lot of people know this

I used to be really shy (apparently not so much anymore!)