Scotland Western Isles Hiking Discover wild and beautiful Scotland, a land of glimmering lochs, sweeping valleys, and dramatic cliffs on this perfect Highlands and Islands hiking experience. Head for a hike through the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, home to red deer and osprey. At Cairngorms National Park, look out for Scotland's only free-ranging herd of reindeer. Visit Loch Ness, famed for the mythical Nessie, then it's off to the Hebrides for hikes on the Isles. Wrap up your magical Scottish journey with a stop at the 5,000-year-old Callanish Standing Stones.
Explore the spectacular Cairngorms, visit Loch Ness and see the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle
Hike the magnificent Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides
Enjoy warm Scottish hospitality, go whisky tasting, learn about Harris tweed, and rest up in charming hotels
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Day 1 Visit the Tomatin Whisky Distillery & Journey to the Cairngorms 1.5-hour private van transfer 1.5 hours/2.5 miles hiking Arrive in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands and take a mid-morning transfer to the Tomatin Whisky Distillery, for a tour and a whisky tasting. Have lunch in a café in the village of Carrbridge before a leg-stretching hike at the Loch Garten Nature Reserve, looking out for ospreys and smaller birds found in the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest. A short transfer then leads to the lively village of Aviemore, home for the next three nights. Get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner tonight. Accommodation: Cairngorm Hotel (L, D)
Day 2 Explore Cairngorms National Park 4–5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,310' elevation gain Today hike to an often-overlooked summit in Cairngorms National Park which offers incredible views for less effort than you might imagine. From the trailhead, cross a bridge over a bubbling burn and then climb up onto the lower plateau, where you may encounter Scotland's only herd of reindeer. Follow a good trail which cuts across the heather-clad slopes before a short climb leads to a summit with superb views of some of the highest peaks in Scotland. Accommodation: Cairngorm Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 3 Hike to the Cairngorm High Plateau 4–5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,950' elevation gain After a hearty breakfast, venture out to tackle the Cairngorm high plateau. Home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland, the rolling plateau is split by several deep valleys where the results of the last Ice Age are very visible. Starting from a high elevation trailhead, there is still a further 1,950 feet of elevation gain before reaching the high plateau. Once gained, hike through a sea of mountain tops with outstanding views in all directions. Return to the hotel, with time to relax before dinner. Dinner tonight is on your own in town.
Day 4 Journey to the Isle of Skye 3.5-hour private van transfer 2–3 hours/5 miles hiking with 490' elevation gain Head west today to the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. En route, take a brief stop to enjoy the views over Loch Ness and another to visit the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, dating from the 13th century. Arriving on Skye in the early afternoon, take a short hike in the iconic Glen Sligachan, a deep glacial valley which separates the Red Cuillins from the craggier Black Cuillins. After the hike, have a pint of ale in a mountaineers' inn before arriving at the hotel. Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree (B, L, D)
Day 5 Hike the Isle of Skye 4–5 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,300' elevation gain Explore the magnificent Isle of Skye on one of many hikes available on the island. Depending on the weather and the group's mood, the guide selects the best route to take today. A great option is an ascent of the Storr — a craggy peak which gives impressive views of the famous 'Old Man of Storr' rock spire, as well as wide-ranging panoramas across the island and across the sea to the mainland. Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree (B, L, D)
Day 6 Discover the Quiraing & Ride to the Outer Hebrides 1.5-hour private van transfer & 1.5-hour ferry ride 2–3 hours/3 miles hiking with 650' elevation gain Today head north onto the resplendent Trotternish Peninsula, to enjoy a short hike amidst the otherworldly pinnacles, spires and cliffs of the Quiraing. Then jump on a ferry across the Minch to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Check into the hotel, located in the sleepy village of Tarbert, before enjoying dinner this evening. Accommodation: Hotel Hebrides (B, L, D)
Day 7 Enjoy Views from Toe Head & Explore the Golden Road 1.5-hour private bus transfer 4–5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 1,300' elevation gain Begin today with a lovely walk along beautiful Luskintyre beach. Continue south to Toe Head, a wonderful wee peak with unbeatable coastal views from its summit (1,300'). Then complete a circuit of Harris by traveling back north via the 'Golden Road' on the east coast, a picturesque road with dazzling views at every turn. Accommodation: Hotel Hebrides (B, L, D)
Day 8 Venture to the Isle of Lewis & Visit the Callanish Standing Stones 2-hour private van transfer & 2.5-hour ferry ride 1 hour/1 mile hiking with 200' elevation gain Head north to the Isle of Lewis, to take in the Callanish Standing Stones which date back to 2,900 B.C. Then continue to explore the west coast of Lewis, visiting historic sites and enjoying a short but astounding coastal hike from a blackhouse village. Afterwards, continue to the town of Stornoway, and from there catch the late afternoon ferry back to the mainland. A short transfer takes you to the hotel, located in a sleepy Highland village. Accommodation: Coul House Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 9 Tackle a Final Summit & Return to Inverness 40 minute private van transfer 2–3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with approximately 820' elevation gain After breakfast, set out for one last hike. It's a short but rewarding walk up a superb little hill called Knockfarrel. At the summit, see a vitrified fort which dates back to the Iron Age (around 100 B.C.) and take in the expansive views which stretch across the Highlands in every direction — a fine place to reflect upon the journey. Then descend back to the trailhead and make the short transfer to Inverness, where the trip ends at 1pm. Accommodation: Coul House Hotel (B)
Today's Aviemore has all the services expected of the main town serving a large area: plus the unexpected theater, swimming pool, dry ski slope, and go-karting track. The town has a railway station on the main Perth to Inverness line, and for enthusiasts and visitors, steam trains of the Strathspey Railway run a regular service on a restored branch line from Aviemore and Broomhill to Boat of Garten. The main reason for Aviemore's toureism lies in the Cairn Gorm Ski Area, eight miles into the mountains that form the south east skyline for the town. The Cairn Gorm ski area has recently seen major developments with the building of the Cairn Gorm Mountain Railway, a replacement for the old chairlifts that promises over time to bring about improvements to the mountain's environment to parallel those taking place in Aviemore itself. Aviemore also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, many in recently facelifted and refreshed shops.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye in northwestern Scotland, the largest of the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. The capital of the island is Portree. A popular tourist resort, Skye is also home to the Dunvegan Castle, which was erected during the 9th century. Dunvegan Castle is said to be the oldest inhabited castle in Northern Scotland, having been occupied by the Chiefs of MacLeod continuously, for over seven centuries and still today remaining the Ancestral home of the present chief, John MacLeod of MacLeod, the 29th of the line, and his family. Breathtaking in every respect, the Castle should not be missed. Maybe while at the Castle you’ll learn the secret of the precious Fairy Flag.
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