Godlis – A Scottish Adventure

September 2024

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to the Cairngorms

Arrive in Aviemore this morning, a town nestled in the northern reaches of the Cairngorms National Park, and meet your Wilderness Guide. Head out for a short hike at the picturesque Loch and Eilein. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you circumnavigate the loch, before a short transfer takes you to your cosy accommodation. Settle in and enjoy a delicious dinner tonight in this stunning Highland setting.

Overnight: Aviemore | Ravenscraig Guest House (or similar)
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Clay Pigeons and Reindeer

After a hearty Scottish breakfast, setting the tone for the day ahead, depart for Rothiemurchus Estate, where expert instructors will guide you through clay pigeon shooting against the backdrop of the Cairngorms National Park. A little later today, make the short transfer to Glenmore and join a guided hill walk with The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Retire to your cozy lodging later this afternoon, filled with memories of exhilarating activities and the natural beauty of the Highlands.

Overnight: Aviemore | Ravenscraig Guest House (or similar)
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Into the Highlands

After breakfast, head out for a short but spectacular walk. The Uath Lochans, known locally as the Paw Print Lochans, are a hive of biodiversity. Raised boardwalks wind through reedy marshlands. Look out for a glimpse of the occasional frog and the glittering wings of dragonflies as they dart over the wetlands. Climbing a short way to Farleitter Crag, this small hill offers incredible elevated views of the water, forest and surrounding Cairngorm Mountains. After your walk, spend some time at RSPB Insh Marshes which is home to curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe.

Overnight: Aviemore | Ravenscraig Guest House (or similar)
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Head West to Skye

Depart the Cairngorms National Park this morning and make your way to the iconic Isle of Skye. Make a stop en route to stretch your legs and explore Eilean Donan Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Finish your journey to Skye and arrive in the capital of Portree. If time allows, you may wish to go for a short walk or explore the shops before you settle into your accommodation and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Skye | Marmalade
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wild Loch Coruisk & The Black Cuillin Mountains

Feeling rested, 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: Skye | Marmalade
Room Type: Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Kayaking and Castles

A short ferry ride will take you back to the mainland this morning and 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, continue travel along the stunning Road to the Isles, where the luxurious Inverlochy Castle awaits.

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

Day 7 - Hiking in Glencoe

Enjoy breakfast before 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. 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: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: Large Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Exploring Edinburgh

An early departure from Fort William this morning will get you into the Scottish capital of Edinburgh around midday. Your guide will depart you here, where you can drop your luggage at your central accommodation before heading out to explore this beautiful city. Immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets of historic Old Town Edinburgh as you enjoy a private walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover the highlights of this unique capital city from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way up the ‘Royal Mile’ to the mighty ancient fortress which is Edinburgh Castle itself.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: Classic Double
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Greyfriars Bobby and Depart

After a relaxed breakfast, depending on your onward travel plans, 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. Depart Edinburgh and begin your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified Wilderness Scotland guide from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 8
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Clay Pigeon shooting
  • Cairngorm Reindeer Herd Hill Walk
  • Entrance to Insh Marshes
  • Entrance to Eilean Donan Castle
  • Bella Jane boat trip on Skye
  • Half day guided kayaking in Arisaig
  • Entrance to Glencoe Visitor Centre
  • Half day guided walking tour in Edinburgh with Blue Badge Guide
  • 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 for the main driver guide
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £7,514 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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