Activity Tours

Britain is a paradise for walkers. We can offer a range of guided or self-directed walks of various duration and difficulty through a number of suppliers as provided below.
 

Hike Scotland
Great Scottish Adventure
◊ Discover Travel & Tours - Edinburgh: Ghost & Ghouls tour
◊ Celtic Trails
◊ Bath & West County Walks
◊ North West Frontiers
Rob Roy Tours
◊ Scotwalk



◊  Highland Landrover Mountain Safari –
Travel high into the hills above Aberfeldy with your kilted Safari Ranger Tour, includes refreshments, whisky & shortbread. With no more than 6 passengers per Landrover this is a personal and unforgettable experience bringing you closer to nature. Duration 2 ½ hours at 09.30 and 13.30. Must be pre-booked at least 6 weeks before Safari date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIKE SCOTLAND

8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
Accommodation
2 nights Aviemore area
3 nights Ullapool area
2 nights Fort William area

Includes:
o 7 nights in hotels as per category given, in rooms with private facilities;
o Based on sharing a double room with private facilities;
o Breakfast daily, Scottish or Continental depending on hotel;
o Detailed information pack including hiking routes and maps, as well as contact details for enjoying other activities in each area, such as sea kayaking, canoeing, horse-riding;
o Service charge and VAT at 20%;
Not included: Entrances & car hire. A rental car can be reserved through us.

ITINERARY

HIGHLAND WILDERNESS
Guests on this tour will have hiking options each day with a wide range of routes available in the area. Hikes are between 2 hours and 6 hours long, from easy to moderate. On the following itinerary our recommended routes are briefly described. Full hiking notes and maps will be provided as a travel pack for booked guests.

Day 1

We assume arrival at Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport. Pick up of hire car and head directly north and to the Cairngorm National Park. Driving time approximately 3 hours. If time allows make a stop at the Hermitage by Dunkeld. Take the short walk to the stunning waterfall, which will take no more then 1 hours return.
Overnight in the Aviemore area.

Day 2

Today your self-guided hike will be in the Cairngorm area. Shorter option/ 2 hrs: To the Pass of Ryvoan and Abernethy Forest. The Pass of Ryvoan runs between Glen More near Aviemore, and Nethybridge. It climbs to 380m, passing through natural Caledonian pine woods, with good views of the Cairngorm Mountains. 2nd Shorter option/ 2 hrs: Circuit of Loch An Eilein, which translates as ’Loch of the Island’, is a beautiful loch situated in the ancient Rothiemurchus forest, famous for its ancient Scots pines. Long Option/ 6 hours/ for experienced walkers only: Start as shorter option one and continue to Ryvoan Borthy and climb the hill Meall A’Bhuachaille and from here down to Glenmore to complete the round trip. Overnight again in the Aviemore area.

Day 3

Today travel to the Far North of Scotland to the village of Ullapool. This is a scenic drive taking approximately 2 hours. En route we recommend for you to make a stop at Strathpeffer for a 7k walk to Knockfarrel. An excellent walk through forestry and then along a distinctive ridge with extensive views Park in the Blackmuir Wood Forestry car park, reached by turning off the south side of the A834 at the Contin end of Strathpeffer village. After this walk continue your travel to Ullapool. Overnight in the Ullapool area.

Day 4

Today a walk to Sandwood Bay is planned. This is one of the best hikes in Scotland which takes you to one of its best beaches. A 14km walk (round trip) takes you to a beautiful sandy beach where you can watch the huge waves crash in. Good birdlife and spectacular scenery, pure wilderness.
Overnight again in the Ullapool area.

Day 5
Today we make two shorter walks. Knockan Crag Geology Centre: The far northwest of Scotland is one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. The rocks here tell of ancient oceans, vast deserts and ice sheets. Knockan Crag is renowned internationally as one of the most important sites for understanding how the landscape of Northern Britain was formed. In the afternoon enjoy a circuit of Stac Polly, which will take roughly 2 hours. Stac Pollaidh as it is called in Gaelic is just 612m in height but offers some of the best views in Scotland. Overnight again in the Ullapool area.

Day 6

There are going to be two option travelling south today. Option 1/ 195 miles/ 5 hours driving time: This route will take you on scenic route trough remote part of the north west highlands and stunning coastal views. Travel via Gairloch to Loch Maree. Here might be time for a short nature walk at Beinn Eighe. Continue via Torridon and Loch Carron on to Eilean Donan Castle (the Highlander!) for a photo stop or short visit. From here on via Laggan to Fort William. Option 2/ 111 miles/ 3 s driving time: Travel south via Muir of Ord and on to nearby Beauly. Here is a 2.5 walk which is the River Beauly and Lovat Bridge Circuit. Continue from here via Loch Ness (make a photo stop at Urquhart Castle!) and for Augustus. Continue south to the Highland town of Fort William for overnight.

Day 7
Today’s walk will be either Ben Nevis or Glen Nevis and the Steall Falls. A hike up Scotland’s highest and most famous mountain. If the weather is clear, there are amazing views from the summit across the whole of Scotland. For a more gentle day, a hike in Glen Nevis to view the Steal Falls is a very worthy alternative. Overnight in the Fort William area.

Day 8

Drive south from Fort William through the famous Valley of Glen Coe. Depending on flight times there may be time for a short hike here before continuing to the airport.


 

 

GREAT SCOTTISH ADVENTURE
 
8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
Accommodation
2 nights Perthshire
1 night Aviemore area
2 nights Inverness area
2 night Loch Lomond/ Trossachs area

Includes:
o 7 nights in hotels as per category given, in rooms with private facilities;
o Based on sharing a double room with private facilities;
o Breakfast daily, Scottish or Continental depending on hotel;
o Activities:
• Canyoning
• Kayaking
• Cruise Loch Ness,
• Hiking Glen Affric 
• Hiking Loch Lomond area
•all activities are subject to availability at time of booking;
o Service charge and VAT at 20%; Not included: Entrances & car hire. A rental car can be reserved through us.

ITINERARY
 

Day 1
We assume arrival at Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport in the early afternoon. Pick up your hire car at the airport terminal and begin your journey through Scotland. Overnight in Perthshire.

Day 2
Today, you will do a spot of Canyoning - following a natural water course down a hillside of a private estate, providing a great adventure experience! It is fully supervised by experienced instructors and all specialist equipment is provided. During the descent you will scramble down gorges, slide on natural water flumes, and jump into deep, clear rock pools. Some sections will involve the use of harnesses and rope lowers on waterfalls. In the afternoon, you may choose to relax at the Kenmore Inn or visit one of the many attractions in the area, such as the Scottish Crannog Centre or Aberfeldy Distillery. Rabbie’s Top Tip: If you feel like something sweet after all the activities during the day, why not visit Cocoa Mountain in Auchterarder! Overnight in Perthshire. (The experience lasts about 3 hrs)

Day 3

This morning continue your journey north, heading to the Cairgorm National Park. At the foot of this impressive mountain range you will find Loch Morlich where you will do a kayaking tour on the loch, taking in this wonderful scenery. Afterwards you can take the 8 minute ride on the Cairngorm Funicular, the country’s highest and fastest mountain railway. Once at the top, enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. Overnight Cairngorms/ Aviemore area. (the experience lasts about 3 hrs)

Day 4

Depart from the Cairngorm National Park and head towards Inverness. Park the car at Tomnahurich Bridge on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, to board the Jacobite Queen vessel for the Jacobite Reflection Cruise. This is a three hour cruise sailing along the canal into Loch Ness and past the ruins of Urqhart castle. Watch out for the famous Loch Ness monster! Departure time for this cruise would be 10.00am or 2 pm. Return back at Tomnahurich Bridge and on to the hotel in the Inverness/ Loch Ness area. Rabbie’s Top Tip: Before leaving Aviemore you might want to do a Cairngorm Mountain walk. The Walk at the Top starts at 10.20 every day with a maximum of 10 pax and an experienced guide. The experience lasts about 2.5 hrs.
(For more information see cairngormmountain.co.uk)

Day 5

This morning travel on the A831 to Cannich. At Cannich turn off on the Glen Affric road (single track with passing places). You will pass the car park for the ‘Dog Falls Walk’ before reaching the Loch Affric Car Park, where you will leave the car to begin the Loch Affric Circular, (round trip 16km, approx time required for the walk is 5.5 hrs). Return to previous night hotel.

Day 6
Head from the Loch Ness area today towards Fort William and on to Glen Coe. This is an eerie location is the site of the tragic massacre of the clan MacDonald in 1692. The beautiful scenery can be enjoyed by doing some shorter walks. The NTS visitor centre here is also worth a visit. Travel through Crianlarich on to Loch Lomond, spend some time in the conservation village of Luss. On to Loch Lomond/ Trossachs area for overnight. Rabbie’s Top Tip: If in Glencoe around lunch time, pay a visit to the Clachaig Inn (www.clachaig.com). In their cosy bar with log fires you can try local delicacies such as their Haggis Taster. Made by Macsween of Edinburgh to an old family recipe, and served with a creamy onion and Drambuie sauce.

Day 7

Loch Lomond offers great hiking opportunities. Today you can choose one of the popular routes: Conic Hill (grade 2 for difficulty) or Ben Lomond (more challenging). Moderate - This walk will take in Ben Lomond which is 974metres and a distance of 11km. The walking time is 4-6 hours. The walk will take you up over the Ptarmigan Ridge and down a stunning tourist path. The views over from Ben Lomond are spectacular and allow you to see over Loch Lomond and the Southern Highlands. Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s Munros. A Munro is an old Scottish measurement for any hill which is over 3000ft.  Easy - This walk will take in the Conic Hill which is 358 metres and a distance of 10.5 km. The walking time is 4 hours. The scenery is stunning and you will be able to see the bottom end of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. Overnight as previous night.

Day 8
This morning drive to the airport where you will return the hire car and catch your flight home.

 

 

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