Self-Drive - Ben Nevis & The West

Tara, Adrian, Makena & Téa

Tuesday 9th July – Friday 12th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights


Based around Fort William and the Road to the Isles, you’ll make the most of your time here by mixing guided activities led by fully qualified experts with your own self-guided exploration. As well as keeping you safe and sharing special, local spots your guides will interpret the landscape through the flora, fauna, history and culture, enhancing your experience. You will also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the wilds of western Scotland with your family.



  • Discover the breath-taking beauty of Scotland's West Coast.
  • Experience the clear waters and wildlife of Arisaig as you kayak through the skerries.
  • Board the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a scenic journey, passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Tuesday 9th July - Travel to Fort William

Make your way to Fort William today. If you are coming from the south you can journey across Rannoch Moor and through dark and brooding Glencoe. If coming from the northeast you travel down Loch Ness and past the famous Urquhart Castle. Either way, you’ll enjoy wonderful scenery and places to stop and stretch your legs. On arrival at your accommodation, there is time to settle before exploring the area and enjoy a hearty dinner tonight ahead of the next day’s adventure.

Overnight: Fort William | Myrtle Bank Guest House

Day 2 - Wednesday 10th July - Guided Hiking in Fort William & Glencoe

At 1,345 metres high (4413ft), Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain. The objective today is the summit. As there are a few different routes, Mungo will help determine the best fit for your family depending on your experience and the weather. Starting from just about sea level this iconic mountain is a big day but the views from the top and the sense of achievement having climbed it is worth the challenge. If Ben Nevis isn’t right for you, there are many other incredible hikes in the area, from remote and challenging peaks to more relaxed options, each offering something special. Whatever you do today you’ll enjoy a well-deserved dinner this evening.

Overnight: Fort William | Myrtle Bank Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guide Details - Mungo Ross Read More +

Name: Mungo Ross
Contact Number: +44(0)7887 617 572
Meeting Place: Myrtlebank Guest House | Meeting Time: 09:00

Day 3 - Thursday 11th July - Sea Kayaking in Arisaig

This morning you’ll travel to Arisaig to meet your guide for a day of sea kayaking. The water here is sheltered and incredibly clear which makes it one of the best places in Scotland to kayak. With the tutelage of your expert guide, you’ll spend the day exploring the coastline and rocky skerries, home to a variety of wildlife including a seal colony. Taking care not to disturb them we’ll watch as they lounge on the rocks. They are curious and will often slip into the water, popping up beside you to get a closer look. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a deserted island where you can often see eagles soaring across the sky. Continue your explorations of the coastline this afternoon against the backdrop of the small isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck and the Isle of Skye. Return to your accommodation this evening with fantastic memories and the salty taste of the sea on your skin.

Overnight: Fort William | Myrtle Bank Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Sea Kayaking Read More +

Activity: Sea Kayaking
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking: Rockhopper Sea Kayaking
Start Location: The Arisaig Hotel, Main Road, Arisaig, PH39 4NH | Start Time: 09:30
Phone: +44(0)7739 837 344 | Website:

Your sea kayaking guide will meet you in the car park at the Arisaig Hotel. Here, you’ll get suited and booted before heading out and launching the kayaks for a wonderful day on the water. In addition to the items mentioned in the attached kit list, please bring a suitable pair of shoes for the kayaking. This can be an old pair of trainers you don’t mind getting wet, neoprene shoes or sandals or a pair of wellington boots.

Day 4 - Friday 12th July - The Jacobite Steam Train & Depart

Ready your wands this morning as you step aboard the Jacobite Steam Train for a magical journey to the coast in the train that is featured in the Harry Potter films. Puff your way through glorious mountain scenes and over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, hopefully with no flying cars though! On arrival at Mallaig, spend some time wandering around the quirky little seaport and grab some freshly caught lunch before hopping on board for the return journey to Fort William. From here, begin your onward journey home. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Jacobite Steam Train Read More +

Activity: Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train: West Coast Railways
Start Location: Tom-na-Faire, Station Square, Fort William PH33 6TQ | Start Time: 10:15
Booking Reference: JAC-277253
Phone: 0845 128 4681 | Website:

Please present the digital tickets found in the ‘important additional information’ section of this document.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast each day
  • 1 day of guided hiking with a qualified and experienced Wilderness Scotland Guide
  • 1 day of guided sea kayaking plus equipment hire, led by a qualified and experienced Wilderness Scotland Guide
  • Jacobite Steam Train tickets
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Detailed trip itinerary
  • Pre-trip care and 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
Important Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness Scotland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 866 740 3890

Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7766 794 640

Emergency Services


Important Additional Information Read More
  • Walking Kit List - PDF: View Now
  • General Scotland Information - PDF: View Now
  • Jacobite Steam train Tickets - PDF: View Now
Terms & Conditions Read More

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Get in Touch


Myrtle Bank Guest House

Achintore Road | Fort William |
PH33 6RQ | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1397 702 034

Meet Your Guide

Mungo Ross

Contact Number: +44(0)7887 617 572

Having had the most extraordinary good fortune and privilege to travel on adventures and lead expeditions to all seven continents, allowing me to become more familiar with the Khumbu Valley in Nepal than the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms, I am still as passionate as ever to share my enthusiasm for my home country, Scotland.

Whether travelling on skis or snowboard; by kayak, canoe, raft, boat or windsurfer; shod in rock-shoes or snow-shoes or equipped with ice axe and crampons – whether out on my own, with friends, or leading and teaching others, I am still often not able to tell the difference between days of work or play.

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