Ferguson - Exploring the Cairngorms and Glencoe

Kathy Ferguson

Thursday 6th June – Wednesday 12th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 6th June - Visit Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns

Arrive in Inverness this morning and meet your friendly Wilderness Scotland guide. Head out to visit Culloden Battlefield and its richly researched and engaging visitor centre. Learn about one of the most harrowing battles in Scottish history and walk across the rough moor where the Jacobites and the Government fought in 1746. Take the opportunity to visit Clava Cairns – a well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns and standing stones. After lunch, enjoy a beautiful short coastal walk, identifying flora and fauna with your knowledgeable guide. Arrive at your Georgian mansion accommodation and settle in for a relaxing evening.

Overnight: Nairn | Boath House
Room Type: Grand/Writing Studio
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Friday 7th June - Hiking in the Cairngorms

Today, enjoy a hike in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. At over 4500 sq km it is the largest National Park in the UK and with miles of winding rivers, make it Scotland’s most prolific whisky-making region. With your guide, choose a hike that suits you – perhaps head out onto the alpine plateau of the Cairngorms Mountain range and bag a sought-after Munro. Or choose to explore the Caledonian pine forest which is the oldest forest in Scotland and the last of the woodland that once covered the whole of the UK. Roam heather-covered glens and alongside jewel-like lochs for the perfect immersion into the ancient landscape.

Overnight: Nairn | Boath House
Room Type: Grand/Writing Studio
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Saturday 8th June - Explore the Moray Coast

Enjoy a relaxing day with your guide, exploring Brodie Castle, the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters. Take your time wandering through the halls and around the manicured grounds. Later today, enjoy a hike on the Moray Coast, and escape in the beautiful scenery as the sea air fills your lungs. Retire to Boath House for a final night before new ventures await tomorrow.

Overnight: Nairn | Boath House
Room Type: Grand/Writing Studio
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 9th June - West to Glencoe

Depart Boath House after breakfast, and make your way west towards the stunning scenery of 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! Enjoy a short hike before you settle down with a celebratory beverage in a traditional climbers pub and listen to local legends and fascinating tales of the dark past of Glencoe told by a local storyteller.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: Strathcona Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Monday 10th June - Hiking in Glencoe

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. 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 | Glencoe House
Room Type: Strathcona Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Tuesday 11th June - Morning Hike & Afternoon Wildlife Boat Trip

Explore the atmospheric Glen Nevis at the foot of the tallest mountain in Scotland this morning. Walk along the dramatic gorge to reach the secluded but impressive Steall Falls. There is a notorious wire bridge crossing the water nearby, but most people are content to admire it rather than use it! Late afternoon take a boat trip across the water, keeping on the look out for local wildlife. Seals and seabirds are almost guaranteed, but you may be lucky enough to catch a sighting of an eagle or a cheeky otter too.

Overnight: Glencoe | Glencoe House
Room Type: Strathcona Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 12th June - Transfer to Edinburgh

After leaving the beautiful surroundings of Glencoe House, you’ll journey towards the Scottish Capital of Edinburgh. You may wish to stop en route for a short hike, perhaps in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, or maybe make a stop at the grave of the famous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Finish up in Edinburgh this afternoon where your guide will depart you and you can begin your homeward journey after a magnificent week in the Scottish Highlands.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 6
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 7
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entry to Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry to Brodie Castle
  • Glencoe storyteller
  • Entry to Glencoe Visitor Centre
  • Seafari boat trip
  • 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

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