Knight - The Great Scottish Adventure

Becky Knight

June 2025

Duration: 28 Days / 27 Nights

Itinerary at a Glance

Day by Day

Day 1 - Arrive in Oban

Make your way to the West Coast of Scotland today, and arrive in the seaside town of Oban. Settle in at your accommodation and head out to explore the local shops and cafes, or, you may wish to take the local ferry to the Isle of Kerrera to explore the island and the ruined Gylen Castle, built in 1582 (please note, the ferry is foot traffic only).

Overnight: Oban | Perle Oban Hotel and Spa
Room Type: Superior Sea View
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Kilmartin Glen

Head out today to explore the picturesque Kilmartin Glen, one of the richest sites in Europe for prehistoric remains. You may wish to head out on a local circular hike through some of the most interesting sites, passing Celtic crosses, medieval grave slabs, Bronze Age chambered cairns and standing stones. Later today, you can visit Knapdale – where beavers were reintroduced to Scotland in 2009 after a 400 year absence. Pop into the visitor centre on site to learn more about them and find evidence of their presence, from gnawed trees to footprints in the sand.

Overnight: Oban | Perle Oban Hotel and Spa
Room Type: Superior Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Corrywreckan Whirlpool

Head out on an exciting boat trip today, the Corryvreckan Wildlife Tour, which offers a great opportunity to spot various marine wildlife and birdlife such as whales, dolphins, seals, porpoise, basking sharks, common seals, Atlantic grey seals and otter. The magnificent white tailed sea eagle has a nest on this tour route and, along with golden eagle, are spotted regularly. The tour culminates in a visit to the infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan, home to the World’s Third Largest Whirlpool.

Overnight: Oban | Perle Oban Hotel and Spa
Room Type: Superior Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Isle of Mull

Today you’ll get the ferry from Oban to the beautiful Isle of Mull where you can traverse the captivating and diverse landscapes while immersing yourself in island history, culture and traditions. Take your time today to explore the island, perhaps visiting the colourful village of Tobermory in the north, or make your way south and get the ferry to the holy Isle of Iona, described as the birthplace of christianity in Scotland. Take a couple of hours to wander the island and visit the abbey before returning to Mull. Settle into your beautiful accommodation this evening and relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Overnight: Mull | Pennygate Lodge
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Staffa and Fingals Cave

Head out today to see the incredible uninhabited Isle of Staffa, along with the fascinating columns of Fingals Cave. Land on the island and spend an hour exploring. Watch an eclectic mix of seabirds take to the wing against a sea-blown sky, identifying shags, razorbills, black guillemots, fulmars and gannets. Between April and July, Staffa is also home to puffins – undoubtedly one of the most delightful and endearing coastal birds.

Overnight: Mull | Pennygate Lodge
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Glencoe and Fort William

Return to the mainland on the ferry this morning, before making your way towards Glencoe. These dramatic mountains and ridges have featured as the backdrop in many films and once you are looking up at these summits it is easy to see why. You may wish to take some time here to go to the Glencoe Visitor Centre to learn about the landscape’s haunting history. A short transfer will have you arrive in Fort William, where you can settle in and relax in your luxury castle accommodation.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Return to the Mainland & Sea Kayaking

After a relaxed breakfast this morning make your way along the stunning ‘Road to the Isles’, passing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, and arrive at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Arisaig Sound. Meet your expert sea-kayaking guide and head out into the turquoise water to explore. Sea kayak around hundreds of tiny islands, spotting seals, otters, and a host of coastal birds. The seal colony here is friendly and curious, often slipping beneath your boat only to pop up on the other side to peer at you with their big dark eyes. Once back on shore, return to Fort William for another evening in the lap of luxury.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Jacobite Steam Train

Step aboard the Jacobite Steam Train today for a magical journey to the coast in the train that featured in the Harry Potter films. Puff your way through glorious mountain scenes and over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. On arrival at the small fishing village of Mallaig, take some time to potter around the local shops, or enjoy a coffee and take in the sea views before boarding again for your return journey to Fort William. 

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Road to the Isles

Make your way to Mallaig this morning, to catch the ferry to Armadale on the south of Skye, Scotland’s most famous island. Your base for the next few nights is the capital of Skye, Portree. Take some time to explore after your arrival, perhaps heading out for a walk or to Dunvegan Castle.

Overnight: Portree | Cuillin Hills Hotel
Room Type: Premier Deluxe Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Guided Hiking - Clearance Villages

Today you’ll meet your Wilderness Scotland guide and head out to explore Skye’s breathtaking scenery. The hikes will be individually tailored, taking into account your experience, interests and the weather! One poignant option is a coastal circuit that passes through the ruins of two crofting villages which were abandoned during the Highland Clearances. Your guide will share the stories of the area and help you picture what life was like for the crofters who lived and worked on this land. Whatever option you choose, keep an eye out for wildlife. Skye is home to Scotland’s largest population of white-tailed sea eagles.

Overnight: Portree | Cuillin Hills Hotel
Room Type: Premier Deluxe Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Guided Biking - Loch Coruisk and Black Cuillin

With a sharp amphitheatre of summits rising straight from the shoreline above mysterious deep grey waters, Loch Coruisk deserves its reputation as Scotland’s most dramatic loch. You’ll meet your guide today at a tiny harbour before crossing Loch Scavaig to the remote southern edge of the Cuillin. There is a good chance to spot wildlife, including porpoises and dolphins as well as the seal colonies that occupy the skerries at the mouth of the loch. Once dropped off in this lonely and wild spot, you can choose to circumnavigate the Loch navigating through the erratic boulders left behind by glaciers or, for a more challenging option, hike up a nearby peak for some of the most incredible views on Skye.

Overnight: Portree | Cuillin Hills Hotel
Room Type: Premier Deluxe Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Self Guided Explorations

A free day for you to explore at your own pace. The Quiraing is one of Skye’s most fascinating landscapes. There are several walking routes which bear testament to the island’s unique geology or visit one of the other natural features for which Skye is so rightly famous, including the Old Man of Storr and the very popular Fairy Pools. Or, if you didn’t go earlier in your visit, head to the north-west of the island and visit the impressive Dunvegan Castle and gardens.

Overnight: Portree | Cuillin Hills Hotel
Room Type: Premier Deluxe Sea View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Torridon Awaits

Depart Skye today and head over the Skye Bridge. Make your way to Torridon where you will spend the next two nights. You may wish to make a slight detour en route to visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic and striking sights in all of Scotland, taking your time to appreciate the unique beauty of this remote and historical place. After your arrival, soak up the spectacular beauty of the area; the rugged mountains, the scenic loch and diverse wildlife.

Overnight: Torridon | The Torridon Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Guided Hiking in Torridon and Applecross

After breakfast, meet your Wilderness Scotland guide to discuss options for today’s walk in the Torridon or Applecross area. Your guide will help you select a suitable hike, choosing from coastal or mountain walks, and keeping in mind the weather and your experience. Applecross is a sleepy and idyllic part of the Highlands, surrounded by stunning mountain and coastal scenery. Torridon has a different character altogether, being surrounded by bold, towering peaks, separated by spectacular glens with a real sense of wilderness.

Overnight: Torridon | The Torridon Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 15 - Morning walk, then head North

Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning to discuss the day. Another hike lies ahead and there are many great options to choose from – your guide will suggest the best route. This could include a circuit of the shapely peak of Stac Pollaidh; or exploring the coastline and sandy beaches of Gairloch. After your walk, make your way towards the small village of Lochinver, your stop for the next two nights.

Overnight: Lochinver | Inver Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 - Self Guided Explorations

You have a free day today to explore at your own pace – you could enjoy a short hike on your own, explore Lochinver village, or simply relax at the hotel. A visit to Lochinver Larder is a must for one of their famous pies. If you are keen to walk, great options include a walk to Stoer lighthouse and the Old Man of Stoer (a sea stack); or a coastal beach walk to the gorgeous Achmelvich beach. A fantastic option for today is to take the Handa Island ferry across to the island to explore. Handa Island is home to over 200,000 seabirds such as guillemot, and razorbills, and upwards of 250 pairs of puffins breed here. May, June and July are the perfect time of year to see the the puffins, along with other marine life such as minke whales, dolphins and if you’re lucky, even orca. 
The ferry cannot be booked in advance as it is very small, so simply arrive and pay on the day (last ferry outwards to the island departs at 2pm, and the ferry does not run on Sundays)

Overnight: Lochinver | Inver Lodge Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17 - Cape Wrath

This morning may want to visit Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the Scottish mainland. It’s not easy to reach and your journey there will involve crossing by boat over the Kyle of Durness you will be met on the other side and then driven across the moors to reach the wild and lonely Cape Wrath lighthouse. You will have an hour to explore the area, taking in the dramatic coastline, looking for passing whales, or simply enjoying a refreshment in what is surely Scotland’s most remote coffee shop. To take the ferry simply pay on arrival at Keoldale. Alternatively, if you’d prefer, you can continue on eastwards to Forss. On your way, you can explore some of Scotland’s finest beaches such as the sand dunes at Durness and Balnakeil. Finish the day in Tongue and check into your incredible accommodation.

Overnight: Tongue | Lundies House
Room Type: Gwendolyn, Isla or Shona
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 18 - Dunnet Head and John O'Groats

Today is a free day to explore the most northerly points in the Scottish mainland. You’ll want to visit Dunnet Head, officially the furthest north point of the British mainland. Enjoy the stunning sea cliffs and a diverse range of birds including puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, shags and cormorants. John O’Groats is the most northerly settlement on the British mainland and is fun to visit. There is a great cliff-top walk at nearby Duncansby Head. A great way to appreciate the wild coastal scenery is a boat trip. This can take in Duncansby Head and its sea stacks, the Isle of Stroma and the Swilkie whirlpool – Viking legend would have you believe this is where the salt for the oceans is churned.

Overnight: Tongue | Lundies House
Room Type: Gwendolyn, Isla or Shona
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 - Isle of Orkney

Make your way to the ferry, and travel to the Orkney Isles. After your arrival, you may wish to visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. Continue on to your accommodation which is situated in Kirkwall, nearby to the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue to these islands.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20 - Self Guided Exploration

A full day of self guided exploration on Orkney. There are so many places to choose from, including the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it. Visit the nearby historic Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe. If you fancy, you can visit the Highland Park distillery in Kirkwall for a tour and tipple.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 - The Isle of Hoy

Today is another free day to explore as you wish. One option is to get a ferry to the island of Hoy. You may choose to head to the famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack and some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs or make a visit to Rackwick Bay.

Overnight: Orkney | The Storehouse
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22 - Journey to Inverness

Begin your journey back to the mainland this morning on the ferry. Once back on shore, make your way to Inverness passing the stunning white sand beach on Sinclair Bay. Along the way you may want to pay a visit to the Glenmorangie distillery – ensure you have a designated driver! Once at Inverness, there are various options for the afternoon – perhaps visit Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns, a bronze age burial chamber, or take a boat cruise on Loch Ness.

Overnight: Inverness | Rocpool Reserve
Room Type: Decadent Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 23 - The Cairngorms National Park

Make your way a short distance south, into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK. Your destination is the Strathspey valley, where you can visit the ruins of Ruthven Barracks (an impressive fortification built after the 1715 Jacobite uprising) before exploring Insh marshes which is home to curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe. Continue through silver birch groves, over an old stone bridge and through the tang of ancient pine forests to arrive at a lovingly restored farmhouse which will be your base for the next three nights.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Alder
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 24 - Guided Hiking in the Cairngorms

The Cairngorm mountain range boasts five out of six of the highest peaks in the UK as well as miles of awe-inspiring native Caledonian pine forests, tumbling rivers and magical lochs. There are numerous fantastic hikes to choose from and along with your guide, you’ll decide what suits best. You could challenge yourself to “bag a Munro” (climb a mountain over 3,000ft/914.4m), which is easier than you may think if you head up Cairn Gorm from the ski road, marvelling at the stunning views of the spectacular Northern Corries. Ben Macdui is the second highest peak in the UK, and within reach, if you are an experienced hillwalker. For those preferring low level walks there are many delights to discover, including a fine short walk round one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, complete with a ruined island castle.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Alder
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 25 - Canoeing the Lochs

Meet your guide on the shores of a beautiful loch surrounded by native forest. Under the expert tuition of your guide, you’ll practise different strokes and get comfortable before venturing out to explore the water and shoreline. Canoeing provides you with a unique opportunity to view this wild, mountainous corner of Scotland from a different perspective as well as the chance to spot wildlife. After your morning paddling adventure, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the national park at your own pace. Options include an open-air museum, a Highland safari park, or sites of historical interest.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Room Type: Alder
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 26 - Eastern Cairngorms and Aberdeenshire

Today you will explore a different side of the National Park. Take your time to travel towards Braemar, where your luxury accommodation awaits. Stop en route to explore some of the highland villages such as Tomintoul or Ballater.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Nature and Poetry Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 27 - Balmoral Castle and Estate

This morning, you may wish to head out to the beautiful Balmoral Estate. A Highland residence of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852. Visit Balmoral Castle and wander through the exquisite gardens. If time allows, you may fancy going for a mellow circular walk nearby. Later today, why not enjoy a tour and tasting at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which was issued with a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1848.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Nature and Poetry Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 28 - South to Edinburgh

Leave the Cairngorms behind and travel south today, arriving in the architecturally stunning city of Edinburgh. Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to head out and explore the winding alleys and cobblestone streets. Full of history, the capital is very accessible by foot. Wander up the Royal Mile, visiting St Giles’ Cathedral (which has been a working church for over 900 years) and Edinburgh Castle, which offers sweeping views over the city. Your arrival in Edinburgh brings your wonderful adventure around Scotland to a close. Enjoy dinner tonight and reflect on the past few weeks exploring some of the best Scotland has to offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 27
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide on days 10, 11, 14, 15, 24 and 25
  • Return ferry transport to/from Mull for you and your vehicle
  • Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale for you and your vehicle
  • Return ferry to/from Orkney for you and your vehicle
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Corrywreckan Wildlife boat trip on day 3
  • Staffa and Fingals Cave boat trip on day 5
  • Guided sea kayaking on day 7
  • First class return journey on the Jacobite Steam Train on day 8
  • Loch Coruisk boat trip on day 11
  • Canoes and specialist equipment for day 25
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Car hire
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £16,185 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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