Highlands Hiking Adventure

About the Experience

The Scottish Highlands fire up the imagination with images of misty mountains and lush green glens, ancient castles and mysterious sea creatures, picturesque isles and rugged beaches.

Plockton. Old man of Storr. Black Cuillin. The names of these places roll around in your mouth like you are summoning old ghosts. As you hike and paddle your way into the dramatic and majestic scenery it’s as though you’ve been pulled into a watercolour. A cool mist hugs your skin, daring you to give in to the rugged beauty and endless skies. This is a place to put down your phone. Your camera even… for Scotland wants to tell you a story, and it wants you to pay attention.

Let yourself awaken to a day of stretching and moving your body over the rocks of the towering Ben Nevis Mountain. Glide your kayak through the glassy stillness of Loch Carron, and whisper your secrets to a passing seal. This is a time for castles and folklore. For sampling seafood pulled fresh from the dark blue water.

You move through the Highlands as a quiet, curious warrior with a brave heart, taking in the staggering peaks and pinnacles of this darkly beautiful land. You smile, knowing that you will bring it all back with you: every glimpse of this ancient, dramatic place. Every touch of hand to stone. For you are now a part of the story.

 

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Highlands Hiking Adventure

About the Experience

The Scottish Highlands fire up the imagination with images of misty mountains and lush green glens, ancient castles and mysterious sea creatures, picturesque isles and rugged beaches.

Plockton. Old man of Storr. Black Cuillin. The names of these places roll around in your mouth like you are summoning old ghosts. As you hike and paddle your way into the dramatic and majestic scenery it’s as though you’ve been pulled into a watercolour. A cool mist hugs your skin, daring you to give in to the rugged beauty and endless skies. This is a place to put down your phone. Your camera even… for Scotland wants to tell you a story, and it wants you to pay attention.

Let yourself awaken to a day of stretching and moving your body over the rocks of the towering Ben Nevis Mountain. Glide your kayak through the glassy stillness of Loch Carron, and whisper your secrets to a passing seal. This is a time for castles and folklore. For sampling seafood pulled fresh from the dark blue water.

You move through the Highlands as a quiet, curious warrior with a brave heart, taking in the staggering peaks and pinnacles of this darkly beautiful land. You smile, knowing that you will bring it all back with you: every glimpse of this ancient, dramatic place. Every touch of hand to stone. For you are now a part of the story.

 

DAY ONE: EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

You will meet your guide and Wild Women group in Inverness mid-morning, heading south to Loch Ness for a high-speed zodiac boat ride. The skipper will stop at various places of interest to impart local knowledge along the way. After the exhilarating boat trip, enjoy lunch at a local cafe and then make way for your first base, the coastal village of Plockton. En route, you will stop in the iconic and instantly recognizable Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most popular attractions in Scotland.

  • Mileage: Approximately 120 km (74.56 mi)

 

DAY TWO: LOCHS AND SEA

The picturesque fishing village of Plockton sits on the shores of Loch Carron. Today, your hike takes you inland to visit two freshwater lochs and your group may choose to incorporate a summit of Cam a Bhealaich Mhoir at 343 metres above sea level which will offer great views across the Loch Carron. On your return loop, your group can pass Duncraig Castle and you will finish your hike along the coastline with views of the harbour village of Plockton.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, 9 – 14 km (6 – 9 miles), 3.5 – 5 hours, 435 m ascent. Good paths, muddy and rough in places

 

DAY THREE: CAULDRON OF WATERS

A boat from Elgol will take you into the hidden Loch Coruisk whose Gaelic name Coire Uisg means “Cauldron of Waters”. This narrow freshwater loch sits at the foot of the Black Cuillin and is only accessible by boat or a 13 km (8-mile) hike. The boat trip itself is a fantastic opportunity for wildlife spotting as it is common to see porpoises, seals, minke whales and basking sharks in this area. Once you land at Loch Coruisk, you will walk around the shores of this magical place and take in the atmosphere of what has been described as “the wildest scene in the Highlands”.

In the late afternoon, we settle into our new accommodation on the northwest of the island.

  • Hike Details:
    • Option 1 – Glen Sligachan Hike: Flexible, up to 10 miles, 6 hours, 300m ascent. Good path through the glen, rough and boggy in places
    • Option 2 – Boreraig and Suisnish: 10.25 miles, 5-6 hours. 350m ascent. Mostly clear paths, tracks and minor roads. boggy and wet underfoot in some places.
  • Mileage: Approximately 90 km (Skye to Fort William)

 

DAY FOUR: HIGHLIGHTS OF SKYE

With full flexibility today, your guides will gauge the interests and wishes of the group then plan a great hike of one or two of Skye’s classic routes, including The Old Man of Storr or Quirang. Alternatively, you can take a short ferry to the neighbouring island of Raasay to summit the island’s flat-topped peak of Dun Caan and enjoy lower level walks taking in the pockets of woodland and ruined villages of Hallaig and Screapadal which were abandoned during the highland clearances.

You will have free time in the evening to explore the town of Portree, where there may be an opportunity to see some traditional live music in a local pub.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, up to 18 km ( 11 miles), 7 hours, and up to 540 m ascent.
    • Option 1 – Old Man of Storr Hike: 2.75 miles (4.5km), 1.5-2 hours, 288m ascent. Clear hill paths, steep and rocky higher up
    • Option 2 – The Quirang Hike: 4.5 miles (7.25km), 3-5 hours, 340m ascent. Narrow paths with steep sections and some slippy rocks. Some steep sections
    • Option 3 – Isle of Raasay, Dun Caan Hike: 11.25 miles (18km), 5-7 hours, 540m ascent. Boggy path, steep in some places
    • Option 4 – Isle of Raasay, Hallaig Clearance Village Hike: 9.75 miles (15.5km), 5-6 hours, 484m ascent. Mixture of minor roads, track, paths and pathless moorland

 

DAY FIVE: BLACK CUILLIN

This morning we hike in one of the glens to the north of the infamous Black Cuillin mountains. Rather than joining the seasoned climbers traversing the ridge, we will stick to the lower level paths with the craggy mountain peaks and the views to the Small Isles and Outer Hebrides as our dramatic backdrop.

In the late afternoon, we leave the island behind us and journey to Fort William, which has become known as the outdoor capital of Scotland.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, up to 16 km (10 miles), 6 hours, 360 m ascent. Good path through the glen, rough and boggy in places.
  • Mileage: Approximately 200 km (55.92 mi)

 

DAY SIX: HIKING BEN OR GLEN NEVIS

Today, you have the option to trek to the summit or take the low road. Those of you feeling fresh and adventurous will ascend Scotland’s highest and most famous mountains – Ben Nevis. Rising to 4,409 feet and starting from almost sea level, this one is not for the faint-hearted. The alternative hike for today will be the low level but equally as impressive Glen Nevis and the Steall Falls. The rugged beauty of this glen has been captured in many films including the Harry Potter movies and Braveheart, so this majestic trek will not disappoint.

  • Ben Nevis Hike: 18 km (11 miles), 7 – 9 hours, 1352 m ascent. Steep path throughout, rough and rocky near the top, often snow-covered on the higher areas with some patches remaining in summer months.
  • Glen Nevis Hike: 3.5 km (2.25 miles), 1.5 – 2 hours, 220 m ascent. Clear path but very rough and rocky with steep drops in some places

 

DAY SEVEN: SEA KAYAKING IN THE ARISAIG SKERRIES

Taking to the water today, we have a morning of guided sea kayaking in the beautiful Sound of Arisaig, this sheltered sound is dotted with delightful coves, rock sherries and pristine sandy beaches to discover. There is also a resident colony of curious seals who we will float through silently.

After lunch, we can either have a relaxed afternoon exploring the white sandy beaches of the Morar coastline on foot, looking out for fascinating rock formations and seaside creatures. Alternatively, we can hike out to the abandoned village of Peanmeanach with its bothy (hiker’s hut) and beach with wonderful views of the Small Isles.

This evening, we enjoy making our way to a local pub to sample a dram or 2 of Scotch whisky, the perfect way to end the trip and celebrate new friendships.

  • Peanmeanach Village and Beach Hike: 11 km (7 miles), 3 – 4 hours, 386 metres ascent. Clear path, rough and wet in some places.

 

DAY EIGHT: INVERNESS DEPARTURE

Today, will bring your Highlands Hiking Adventure to a close. After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred back to your starting point of Inverness around 12:30 PM.

  • Mileage: Approximately 105 km (65 miles)

 

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