A Scottish Adventure

Kimberly Good and Friend

Autumn 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to Edinburgh

Arrive in the architecturally stunning city of Edinburgh today and settle into your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to head out and explore the winding alleys and narrow 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 | Ceilidh-Donia
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Exploring Edinburgh

After breakfast, head out for a day spent exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. 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. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, perhaps enjoy spending some time wandering around Greyfriars Kirkyard and weave through the headstones searching for the inspiration behind many of JK Rowling’s characters, such as Tom Riddell, McGonigall, and Sirius Black.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Ceilidh-Donia
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 3 - West to Glencoe

Meet your friendly Wilderness Scotland guide at your accommodation this morning, before hitting the road and heading west towards Glencoe. You may wish to stop off en route for a short hike, or perhaps to visit Stirling Castle. Arriving in the Glen, take a moment to soak in the grandeur of the surrounding mountains before settling into your accommodation. If time allows you may wish to visit the Glencoe Center to learn about the landscape’s haunting history before settling in.

Overnight: Glencoe | Kingshouse Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - 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. After your hike 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 | Kingshouse Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Journey to Skye

Depart Glencoe this morning and start your journey to the enchanting Isle of Skye via the Mallaig ferry. The crossing offers breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and distant islands. Upon reaching Skye, check into the charming hotel in the capital of Portree, ideally situated for exploring the island’s wonders. If time allows you may wish to go on a short hike before reaching your accommodation, or simply take some time to wander around the local shops and cafes.

Overnight: Portree | Bosville Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - 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: Portree | Bosville Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Exploring the Misty Isle

This morning head out with your guide 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 of a long-forgotten war. 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, all the while admiring the stunning views.

Overnight: Portree | Bosville Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Arriving in Ullapool

Bid farewell to Skye and journey to the picturesque village of Ullapool. Before reaching your destination, your guide makes a special stop to view the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. This historic landmark sits majestically on a small tidal island where three lochs meet, offering a perfect photo opportunity against the backdrop of the dramatic Highlands. Continuing your journey, you’re treated to breathtaking views of the rugged Highland scenery, with its towering peaks and tranquil lochs. Arriving in Ullapool, settle in at your charming guesthouse, overlooking the picturesque harbour. Unwind with a stroll along the waterfront, soaking in the serene atmosphere and panoramic sea views

Overnight: Ullapool | Harbour House
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Orkney Awaits

Your journey to Orkney today takes you along the stunning North West coast of Scotland. Enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way, as you drive part of the famous North Coast 500 route from Ullapool to Gills Bay, where you’ll board the ferry. Reach Orkney in the late afternoon, where you’ll visit the Italian Chapel, two Nissen huts converted into a place of worship by prisoners of war. Continue on to your hotel which is situated nearby to the major archaeological sites which add to the intrigue to these islands.

Overnight: Orkney | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - The Wonders of Orkney

Today, enjoy visits to some of Orkneys most fascinating sites, including the Stone Age village of Skara Brae, discovered in 1850 after a storm cleared away the sand dunes that were covering it, as well as the historic Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe. If time allows, you may wish to go for a short coastal hike at Stromness before returning to Kirkwall.

Overnight: Orkney | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - The Old Man of Hoy

A short drive along the edge of Scapa Flow takes us to Houton where we catch the ferry to the island of Hoy. Here we walk to the famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack and some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs before returning to Rackwick Bay.

Overnight: Orkney | Lynnfield Hotel
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - South to Inverness

After breakfast, we will return to the mainland and Inverness, via the rugged coastal scenery of the Northern tip of Scotland. Following the East coast, we will arrive in Inverness in the later afternoon or early evening. Check into your accommodation before perhaps exploring some of the city centre or Ness River on foot.

Overnight: Inverness | The Coo's Guest House
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Exploring Inverness

Spend most of the day exploring Inverness, with highlights including a visit to Cawdor Castle and a stroll through the atmospheric Clava Cairns. Later, transfer to the luxurious Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar, where you’ll be enchanted by the hotel’s unique charm and character.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms Hotel
Room Type: Nature and Poetry Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Crathes Castle and Surrounds

Discover the enchanting landscapes surrounding Braemar, with a visit to the picturesque Crathes Castle and its stunning gardens. Learn more about the historic building, built by the Burnett’s of Leys and owned by the family for nearly 400 years. Return to Fife Arms Hotel for an evening of relaxation and fine dining.

Overnight: Braemar | Fife Arms Hotel
Room Type: Nature and Poetry Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 15 - Return to Edinburgh

Depart Braemar after a relaxing breakfast, and make your way back to Edinburgh. Once you are at your accommodation, your guide will bid you farewell after what has been a spectacular tour of some of the best Scotland has to offer. Settle in for a relaxing evening, perhaps toasting to a fantastic trip with a dram of Scottish whisky.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Ceilidh-Donia
Room Type: Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 - Depart

Enjoy one final Scottish breakfast before beginning your homeward journey.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 16
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 15
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 15 including ferry travel
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Glencoe Storyteller
  • Entrance to Glencoe Visitor Centre
  • Bella Jane boat trip on Skye
  • Entrance to Italian Chapel, Skara Brae, Maeshowe on Orkney
  • Entrance to Dunvegan Castle and grounds
  • Entrance to Cawdor Castle and grounds
  • Entrance to Crathes Castle and grounds
  • 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
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 25% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £10,395 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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