Crosby - A Highland Adventure

Monday 19th August – Thursday 29th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 5
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Overview

On a bespoke, thoughtfully crafted trip, enjoy a wonderful summer adventure in Scotland. From the glittering waters and misty mountains of the Isle of Skye to the wild rugged landscape of the north, enjoy exploring beautiful and diverse landscapes. Hike along stunning trails that ribbon their way through brilliant purple heather, take a boat trip out to a remote loch and spend time sea kayaking in the turquoise waters of the West Coast. Along the way, look out for the secretive Scottish wildlife, spotting roe deer, red squirrels and golden eagles. As the golden evening light spills across the misty moors, settle into hand-picked accommodation carefully chosen for their delicious food and traditional charm. On a trip designed just for you, enjoy discovering the bewitching beauty of Scotland.

Highlights

  • Take a boat trip out to the wild Loch Coruisk, one of the more remote lochs in Scotland.
  • Paddle in the clear, turquoise waters of the West Coast, spotting dolphins, seals and golden eagles.
  • Discover the wild beauty and loch strewn landscape of Assynt.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 19th August - Welcome to Edinburgh

Arrive in the architecturally stunning city of Edinburgh today and settle into your lovely accommodation. 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. This evening, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Overnight: Edinburgh

Day 2 - Tuesday 20th August - Exploring Edinburgh

After breakfast, head out for a day spent exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. Full of history, the capital is very accessible by foot. Wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to visit the architecturally stunning St Giles Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle. Pick up a coffee and a pastry from one of the wee artisan shops, dipping into local galleries, cheesemongers and bookshops. If you fancy an afternoon with a twist, head to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums, which holds one of the largest collections of surgical pathology in the world. This evening enjoy dinner under the twinkling lights of the city.

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Wednesday 21st August - Travel to Glencoe

Collect your hire car this morning and set off towards the West Coast. On the way, pause for a leg stretch in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, perhaps hiking up the iconic hill that Sir Walter Scott claimed offered the finest views in all of Scotland. Continue through the beautiful scenery, arriving in the arresting, brooding beauty of the iconic Glencoe Glen. Settle into your lovely accommodation and enjoy a glass or two looking out over the brooding Rannoch Moor.

Overnight: Glencoe
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Thursday 22nd August - Hiking in Glencoe - Guided

Enjoy breakfast before meeting your guide and heading out to explore Glencoe. The spectacular Glencoe, carved out centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, offers some wild and scenic hiking. One great option is to hike along a narrow rowan-hung gorge until you reach the Lost Valley. This enclosed meadow – high, green, and hidden by precipitous tors, is said to be where the Macdonald clan used to conceal their rustled cattle. After your hike, surrounded by jagged peaks that shift in and out of mountain mist, visit the Glencoe Center to learn about the landscape’s haunting history.

Overnight: Glencoe
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Friday 23rd August - Sea Kayaking and Arrive on Skye

Today, leave Glencoe behind and head for the stunning Isle of Skye. Along the way, stop to enjoy some sea-kayaking in the turquoise waters of Arisaig. Led by an expert guide, paddle out from a sheltered bay to explore hundreds of tiny islands, spotting seals, otters, and a myriad of coastal birds. Later this afternoon, catch the small white ferry across to the ‘Misty Isle’ and continue to the bustling, colourful town of Portree, which looks out across the Sound of Raasay.

Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Saturday 24th August - Exploring the Misty Isle - Guided

This morning, meet an expert guide and head out to explore the dramatic landscape of the Quiraing on the northern peninsula of Skye. As you walk, admire the stark rock formations that rise from the rugged ground like the great ruined battlements. Chat with your guide about the geology and history of the area, enjoying the incredible sweeping views of the islands, mountains and sun-clipped shores that stretch in every direction. This afternoon, visit Dunvegan Castle, a Hebridean fortress which has been home to the same family for over 800 years. Learn about the family ancestry and stroll around the formal gardens, perhaps pausing for a home bake and cup of tea, before returning to your hotel to relax.

Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Sunday 25th August - Wild Loch Coruisk & The Black Cuillin Mountains - Guided

After breakfast, head south with your guide, arriving in Elgol – a tiny hamlet scattered along the western cliffs of the Strathaird peninsula. From a small jetty, board the charming Bella Jane and sail over Loch Scavaig into the very heart of the Black Cuillin. As the lovely first mate provides some fascinating history about the surrounding islands, look for sleepy seals lounging on the warm rocks. Upon reaching the shore, leave the boat to explore Loch Coruisk, also known as the Cauldron of the Waters, a deep dark loch that stretches like a shadow below the impressive volcanic peaks. Choose to walk around the loch or climb the rugged mountain of Sgurr na Stri – which is considered by many to offer one of the wildest and most spectacular views in Scotland.

Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Monday 26th August - Travel to the Achiltibuie

Leaving the Isle of Skye this morning, cross the Skye Bridge and begin driving north through the Highlands. Along the way, you’ll pass Kyle of Lochalsh and Ullapool, perhaps stopping for a mid morning pick me up. A detour to Corrieshalloch Gorge offers a view of the Falls of Measach and is worth a visit. The final stretch to Achiltibuie, with views of Stac Pollaidh is beautiful. Settle into your hotel this afternoon, and enjoy some hearty food with views stretching out over the Summer Isles.

Overnight: Achiltibuie
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Tuesday 27th August - Exploring Assynt

Today is a free day for you to explore at your own pace. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Assynt and the Summer Isles and perhaps begin with an early hike up Stac Pollaidh for panoramic views of the rugged landscape. You may wish to head north to Lochinver for a famous pie from the Lochinver Larder and enjoy a scenic walk to the Old Man of Stoer, a dramatic sea stack. End your day with a tranquil walk along the beaches of Achiltibuie, soaking in the serene sunset.

Overnight: Achiltibuie
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Wednesday 28th August - Travel to Inverness

Leaving the coast behind you, travel from Achiltibuie towards the Highland capital of Inverness. Approaching Inverness, the landscape softens, transitioning into a bustling cityscape. Depending on your time of arrival, conclude the day with a tranquil stroll along the River Ness, perhaps nipping into one of the many pubs and beer gardens to enjoy a glass of something special to celebrate a wonderful adventure.

Overnight: Inverness
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Thursday 29th August - Return to Edinburgh & Depart

Bid farewell to Inverness and begin your journey back to Edinburgh. Perhaps stop for a wander in Pitlochry along the way, skirt the River Tummel and enjoy a warm scone at a local bakery. Also, you could detour to the House of Bruar, exploring country clothing, sampling local delicacies, and picking up a few Scottish gifts. The nearby waterfall added to the charm. arriving in Edinburgh this afternoon, hand back your hire car and continue your onward travel.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 11
  • Breakfast each day
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide on Days 4, 5, 6, & 7
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sea Kayaking in Arisaig
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Car hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £4,235 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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