Olympia - Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye

September 2025

Number of Travellers: 20
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Overview

This carefully crafted itinerary takes travellers to some famous and iconic Scottish landscapes, enjoying great hikes in each location. Each day as they hike, they’ll discover the history, heritage and incredible scenery of Scotland.

Highlights

  • Visit the Isle of Skye, exploring its mountains and coastline
  • Discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands on a guided hikes, led by a local expert
  • Relax in carefully selected hotels, enjoying the famous Highland hospitality in each destination

Day by Day

Day 1 - Edinburgh to Inverness

Your guides will meet you at Edinburgh airport and transfer you into the city centre for a tour. We start by stretching our legs on a walk up Calton Hill. From the top, which is marked by a collection of historical monuments, you can see many of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks, including Arthur’s Seat, the Firth of Forth and the Royal Mile as it climbs its way to the castle. After, we enjoy a tour of the Edinburgh Castle before we board the coach for the transfer into the Highlands and our hotel in the city of Inverness.

Hike details: easy, approx 1 hour

Overnight: Inverness
Meals Included: Lunch
Walk Details: 2 km / 1 miles | 50 m / 164 ft elevation gain | Approx: 1 hrs

Day 2 - Visit Culloden Battlefield and Hike at Loch Ness

We start the day with a 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 hike next to Loch Ness, reaching the summit of a hill with great views … maybe you will spot the monster! Enjoy a free evening to explore Inverness.

Hike: 4-5 hours, quite challenging, 550m elevation gain, 9km

Overnight: Inverness
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 9 km / 6 miles | 550 m / 1,804 ft elevation gain | Approx: 4 hrs 30 mins

Day 3 - Over the Sea to Skye

In the morning, we enjoy a hike north of Inverness, climbing a hill to reach a fantastic viewpoint. We then transfer west, stopping at a whisky distillery for a tour with tasting. We then continue west to Skye, enjoying fabulous scenery all the way. After settling into the hotel in Portree, enjoy a free evening to explore the town.

Hike: 3 hours, moderate, 300m elevation gain, 6km

Overnight: Portree, Skye
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 6 km / 4 miles | 300 m / 984 ft elevation gain | Approx: 3 hrs

Day 4 - The Black Cuillin Mountains of Skye

We explore the south of Skye today with a fantastic hike offering views of the Black Cuillin and Red Cuillin mountains. This is the heart of Skye and there are many fabulous hikes in the valleys to choose from.

Hike: 5 hours, moderate, 300m elevation gain, 15km

Overnight: Portree, Skye
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Walk Details: 15 km / 9 miles | 300 m / 984 ft elevation gain | Approx: 5 hrs

Day 5 - 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, we enjoy another short hike, out to the headland at Brother’s Point, near Staffin. Afterwards, we transfer south, leaving Skye and making our way to the pretty Highland town of Pitlochry, arriving in time to enjoy a memorable final night’s dinner together.

Hike 1: 2.5 hours, moderate, 6km, 150m elevation gain

Hike 2: 2 hours, moderate, 4km, 350m elevation gain

Overnight: Pitlochry
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles | 400 m / 1,312 ft elevation gain | Approx: 4 hrs

Day 6 - Final Hike and Return to Edinburgh

Leaving Pitlochry, we stop at the Hermitage for a final Highland hike, enjoying gentle walk through the leafy woodland. Pass Ossian’s Hall, where you can look out over the cascading waterfalls of the River Braan. Depending on how you feel, there is an option for a shorter or longer walk, both traversing the stunning countryside. Enjoy some free time in the nearby town of Dunkeld, before we transfer 90 minutes south to Edinburgh Airport, where the tour ends.

Hike: 1.5 hours, easy, 5km, 50m elevation gain

Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | 50 m / 164 ft elevation gain | Approx: 1 hrs 30 mins

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • A free place for the Olympia Tour Leader, in a single occupancy room
  • 5 nights accommodation, based on twin-share rooms
  • Breakfast and lunch most days
  • A celebratory evening meal on Day 5
  • The services of a qualified and experienced local guides from Day 1 to Day 6 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private coach with a dedicated driver
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Day 1 – Edinburgh Castle visit with local guide
    • Day 2 – Visit to Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns
    • Day 3 – Whisky distillery tour with tasting
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 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 your guides or the coach driver
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations are subject to availability but would be held when the itinerary and pricing is agreed
Arrival & Departure Read More

Your guide will meet you at Edinburgh Airport at 8:00 am on the first day of your trip.

You will be returned to Edinburgh Aiport at 3:00 pm on the final day of your trip.

Pricing Read More

The nett price of this trip would range from £2,075pp to £2,275pp, based on a group size of 16-20 travellers (plus 1 Olympia leader)

Terms & Conditions Read More

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