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 ragged 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.

So lean in close. 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.

This isn’t the you of home. This is a you whose muscles have a newly pleasant ache, and your mind a new stillness. 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. And you smile in 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 ragged 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.

So lean in close. 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.

This isn’t the you of home. This is a you whose muscles have a newly pleasant ache, and your mind a new stillness. 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. And you smile in 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.

 

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, 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.

 

The picturesque fishing village of Plockton sits on the shores of Loch Carron. Enjoy the calmness of being out on the quiet waters in your sea kayak while watching out for passing seals, developing your paddling skills at the same time.

After exploring the shoreline by sea kayak in the morning and a relaxed lunch you will get to know the local area by foot on the coastal paths around Plockton in the afternoon.

  • Hike Details: 3.75 miles, 2-3 hours, 180m ascent. Good path, muddy in places

 

You will make the short transfer to the Isle Skye and head to one of the glens to the north of the infamous Black Cuillin mountains. Explore the lower level paths with the craggy mountain peaks and the views to the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides as your dramatic backdrop.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, up to 10 miles, 6 hours, 300m ascent. A good path through the glen, rough and boggy in places.

 

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 neighboring 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.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, up to 12 miles, 7 hours, 540m ascent. Narrow hill paths, some steep sections, some slippery rocks, rough and boggy in places.

 

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 an 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, head to Fort William, the outdoor capital of Scotland.

  • Hike Details: Flexible, up to 4.5 miles, 3-4 hours, 122 m ascent. Boggy and rough path, rough and rocky slopes in places, may involve a river crossing over stepping stones.

 

The Small Isles are quaint islands with sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and grassy farmland. Arriving in one of the small harbors by ferry, you can often see the cattle herd sunbathing on the beach at low tide, enjoying the perks of island life. These relatively unspoiled islands are a peaceful and quiet getaway helped by the fact that cars are not allowed to be brought over on many of the ferries. You will enjoy a day hike on one of the Small Isles and hopefully, have time to relax with a cup of tea and slice of cake before returning to the mainland.

  •  Hike Details: Flexible, up to 5 miles, 3-4 hours, 403 m ascent with steep sections. One hike option will require some mild scrambling near the top.

 

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: 11 miles, 7-9 hours, 1352m 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: 2.25 miles, 1.5-2 hours, 220m ascent. Clear path but very rough and rocky with steep drops in some places.

 

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 midday.

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