A Scottish Escape

Deborah, Kathleen, Sharon, Danelle and Lynn

Thursday 12th September – Saturday 21st September 2024

Number of Travellers: 6
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Overview

Join us on a bespoke trip that takes you into the heart of the Highlands. Hike along stunning trails that weave through brilliant purple heather below ancient Caledonian pines. Meander along the shores of hidden lochans, looking out for roe deer and golden eagles. Enjoy the wild beauty of the slate-blue Cairngorm mountains and the boundless lonely moors which stretch below iridescent skies. Visit the stunning Isle of Skye and the silver sands of Arisaig. With Jeremy discover the beauty of Scotland’s unique landscape – visiting standing stones and battlefields, taking a boat trip to Loch Coruisk, and exploring Glencoe’s remote, rugged beauty. As the sun sinks below the horizon and the sky grows thick with stars, settle into hand-picked accommodation carefully chosen for their relaxed luxury and traditional charm. On a trip designed just for you, enjoy the enchanting beauty of Scotland.

Highlights

  • Take a boat trip out to the wild Loch Coruisk, one of the more remote lochs in Scotland.
  • Spend time hiking in the beautiful landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park.
  • Enjoy exploring the Highlands with Jeremy who will share his knowledge take care of all the details every step of the way.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 12th September - 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 | The Roseate Hotel

Day 2 - Friday 13th September - Exploring Edinburgh

After a leisurely breakfast, head out the door to spend the day exploring the city. Enjoy an engaging and informative walking tour, immersing yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the Royal Mile to the ancient fortress of Edinburgh Castle. After lunch explore the Castle including the battle ramparts, tiny cathedral and Scotland’s Crown jewels. Enjoy dinning this evening in one of Edinburgh’s many restaurants.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Roseate Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 14th September - Travel to the Highlands

Jeremy will pick you up this morning, and you will begin your adventure north into the heart of the Highlands. Enjoy the beautiful drive, which takes you through the pretty region of Perthshire and the rugged western folds of the Cairngorms National Park. Along the way, stop at Straloch Lodge and head into the heather-cloaked hills for a fabulous wild picnic in a private, hidden hut. Continue north, ribboning between the Monalith Mountains before arriving in the small traditional village of Kingussie and settling into your cosy hotel.

Overnight: Cairngorms National Park | The Seelies
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 15th September - Exploring the Cairngorms

After breakfast, join Jeremy and head out for a lovely walk. The Uath Lochans (known locally as the Paw Print Lochans) are a hive of biodiversity where raised boardwalks wind through reedy marshlands. Look out for birds, frogs and the glittering wings of dragonflies as they dart over the wetlands. Ascend Farleitter Crag a small hill which offers incredible elevated views of the water, pinewoods and surrounding mountains. After lunch, visit Cairn Distillery. Enjoy a tour and tasting, learning more about Scotland’s most famous tipple.

Overnight: Cairngorms National Park | The Seelies
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Monday 16th September - Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns

Head north this morning to the Isle of Skye. Along the way, visit Culloden Battlefield and its richly researched and engaging visitor centre. Learn about one of the most important battles in Scottish history and walk across the rough moor where the Jacobites and the Government fought in 1746. There’s also the opportunity to see Clava Cairns – a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones. Enjoy lunch and take in the stunning views of Loch Ness. Continue west, crossing the arching bridge to Skye and settling into your welcoming accommodation.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | The Bosville Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Tuesday 17th September - A Boat Trip to Loch Coruisk

This morning travel with Jeremy and arrive 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. On the way look out for dolphins and porpoises as well as the sleek seals that make this area their home. Upon reaching the shore, leave the boat to explore Loch Coruisk, 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. Later explore the quirky town of Portree and it’s many shops and galleries.

Overnight: Isle of Skye | The Bosville Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 18th September - Silver Sands of Arisiag

As the soft morning light recedes across the waves, hop on a small white ferry back to the mainland. Come ashore in Mallaig, a busy fishing port nestled below heathery hills. A short drive will take you to the silver sands of Morar, a collection of powdery white beaches peppered along the coastline. Enjoy a stunning walk, keeping an eye out for coastal birds and enjoying views across the crystal clear water to the horizon beyond. After your walk, head south stopping in Glenfinnan to view the monument and viaduct, perhaps catching a glimpse of the passing train then continue along the shores of Loch Linnhe to the Isle of Eriska – a small tidal island tethered to the mainland by a slim wooden bridge and the location of your castle hotel.

Overnight: Isle of Eriska | Isle of Eriska Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 19th September - Hiking in Glencoe

After breakfast, ribbon your way inland to explore Glencoe. This spectacular, iconic glen – carved centuries ago by glaciers and volcanic eruptions – offers some wild and scenic hiking. One great option today 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 hide their rustled cattle. Chat with Jeremy about Glencoe’s history, and after your hike, surrounded by jagged peaks that shift in and out of mountain mist, visit the nearby Visitor Center to learn more about the landscape’s haunting past. Return the evening to your castle hotel for a final Highland dinner.

Overnight: Isle of Eriska | Isle of Eriska Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 20th September - Doune Castle and Return to Edinburgh

This morning, leave the Highlands behind and enjoy the scenic drive from Glencoe to Edinburgh, passing through the stunning Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Along the way, stop to visit Doune Castle – a 14th-century courtyard castle which is one of the best-preserved Medieval castles in Scotland. Fans of the show Outlander will recognise it as Castle Leoch. With a striking gatehouse and a labyrinth of rooms connected by narrow doorways, it’s a brilliant and evocative place to explore. Arrive back in Edinburgh, where Jeremy will leave you. This evening, enjoy a ghost tour down into the vaults of accent Edinburgh, a fun way to end your adventure.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Roseate Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Saturday 21st September - Greyfriars Bobby and Depart

After breakfast either transfer straight to the airport. Or, if there is time, spend the morning visiting some of the city’s lovely shops and pottering through Princes Street Gardens. Visit the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a well-loved Skye terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died on 14 January 1872. After lunch, transfer to Edinburgh Airport and begin your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 10
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 9
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 9
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour 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
  • Gratuities
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £4,730 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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