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The Scottish Highlands-- a vast land of raw beauty and rugged mountains, unspoiled wilderness and majestic scenery. 

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And off-shore lie the Hebrides, a myriad of magical islands rugged landscapes that  slide unhurriedly into the Atlantic.

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The Great Glen Way

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$1,350 - 8 Nights / 9 Days / 7 Days Walking

Discovering the impressive castles on the route, including Uruhart Castle and Ardverikie Castle.

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Climbing the challenging highland section of the West Highland Way..

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Our Scotland guided walking holidays bring you up close and in touch with landscapes, nature, wildlife and people.

We design versatile and authentic hiking tours so you can relax in the comfort of a well-planned and interesting journey. You’ll feel safe in the hands of our qualified and experienced local guides who love showing you their homeland, its wild places, its history and its cultural treasures. Enjoy the personal and flexible ambience of our small group tours (no more than 8) for a balanced mix of outdoor adventure, peaceful relaxation and friendly company of mainly solo travellers while hiking in the Highlands.

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Exploring Scotland Off The Beaten Track

Scotland is blessed with a  huge variety of different landscapes, from the mountainous, pine forested Cairngorms to white sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast, from rugged Highland peaks to remote Hebridean islands such as Mull and Iona and the famous Outer Hebrides. 

Choose one of our guided small group walking holidays or a taster one day hiking tour . There are  hiking holidays specifically for women and our brand new Sailing and Walking trip . Can’t see exactly what you want? Get in touch to plan your own customised Scottish walking holiday with your personal private hiking guide.

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The Mythical Western Isles – A Women’s Tour To The Outer Hebrides

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Sailing and Walking Holiday – The Isle of Skye and the Small Isles

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Scotland Hiking Tours

Scotland hiking tours offer access to diverse landscapes, from the rugged Highlands to serene lochs and coastal paths. Rich cultural experiences, hearty cuisine, and well-marked trails make hiking tours in Scotland the perfect blend of adventure and immersion. Explore ancient castles, majestic vistas, and delve into the local Scottish way of life on these unforgettable Scotland hiking tours.

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Great Glen Way Walking Tour

Opened in April 2002, this long-distance walking trail travels right through the very heart of Scotland. From Fort William to Inverness, you’ll discover the highlights that make this area such a magnet for walkers. Pass by the foot of Ben Nevis (1344m), the highest mountain in the UK. Follow undulating forest tracks along the shores of Loch Ness and walk through a mixture of farmland, exposed high moorlands and woodland as you make your way to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Along the route you will also encounter the forts and castles scattered along the way that lay witness to Scotland’s turbulent past, from the Iron Age to the Jacobite Rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie who was finally defeated at the Battle of Culloden.

Scottish Walking & Whisky Tour

What is more Scottish than whisky and walking the beautiful countryside. This self-guided tour allows you to visit and tour some of the best distilleries in all of Scotland, while also walking the local countryside, gaining an appreciation for the environment these whiskies are from. And not trip to Scotland is complete without touring Islay and their famous and distinctive malts.

Self-guided 8-day West Highland Way Trek

This tour follows most of the 92-mile national long distance trail of the same name through the southwestern part of the Scottish Highlands. It is claimed by some to be the most popular long distance trail in the British Isles. Starting at the village of Drymen just outside Glasgow, it includes Loch Lomond, valley routes through the mountains round Crianlarich and open heather moorland across the Rannoch Moor wilderness area. It passes close to sombre Glencoe, famed for its massacre of the MacDonald Clan, and finishes at Fort William near the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest peak, which can be readily ascended by experienced clients if they choose to spend an extra day).

West Highland Way and Ben Nevis Walking Tour

The West Highland Way is one of the premier walks in all the UK. This self-guided walking tour along the West Highland Way allows you to walk through some of Scotland’s best scenery.

North Highland Way, Orkney and Cape Wrath

The North Highland Way is a beautiful walking tour that takes you to the top of the Scottish Mainland. This self-guided walking tour allows you to enjoy the great walking in this remote part of Scotland.

John Muir Way Walking Tour

Opened in 2014, this long distance walking trail honours Sir John Muir, the famous conservationist whose legacy includes the Sierra Club and Yosemite National Park in the USA. It forms a Scottish Coast to Coast from Helensburgh in the west, through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (the first one in Scotland) to finish in his birthplace of Dunbar.

Glencoe and the Highlands Walking Tour

Join this Guided Walking Tour in the Scottish Highlands and experience some of the best scenery in all of Scotland.

West Highland Way Walking Tour

Scotland’s West Highland Way is one of the premier long-distance paths in all of Europe. Combining stunning highland views, charming villages and friendly locals, the West Highland Way is a perfect way to discover some of the best of Scotland.

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National Parks of the UK Walking Tour

What better way to explore walking in the UK then this guided walking tour, that takes in walking trails in four of the best National Parks in the UK.

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Where to go trekking in scotland.

There are plenty of options if you want to go trekking in Scotland, from hiking through the dramatic landscapes of the Cairngorms to trekking the iconic West Highland Way. Other adventures will take you trekking in the Isle of Skye, hiking in the Trossachs, or exploring the remote Orkney Islands. The possibilities are endless!

Why is Scotland great for trekking?

Scotland is a great trekking destination due to its diverse landscapes, iconic routes like the West Highland Way , and rich cultural heritage. From the rugged Highlands to charming villages, the well-maintained trails and friendly locals make trekking in Scotland an accessible adventure for all travelers.

When to trek in Scotland

When to trek in Scotland depends on your preference for weather and crowds. Optimal trekking times are late spring (May-June) and early autumn (Sept-Oct) for mild weather and fewer visitors. Summer offers longer daylight hours but can be busier, while winter provides solitude but requires careful planning for weather conditions.

Top 5 Treks in Scotland

  • West Highland Way : Traverse through the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, starting from Milngavie near Drymen and ending in Fort William.
  • Isle of Skye Trail : Explore the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye, trekking through iconic landmarks like the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.
  • Great Glen Way : Follow the path along the Great Glen Fault, journeying from Fort William to Inverness, passing by Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.
  • Cairngorms National Park trails : Discover the vast wilderness of the Cairngorms, trekking through ancient forests, alongside sparkling lochs, and beneath towering peaks.
  • Rob Roy Way : Trace the footsteps of the legendary Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, wandering through the Trossachs and the southern Highlands.

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What to pack when trekking in scotland.

When trekking in Scotland, it's essential to pack appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, including waterproof layers, sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, a map and compass or GPS device, a first aid kit, snacks, and plenty of water.

Are luggage transfers available on treks in Scotland?

Yes, luggage transfer services are available on certain long-distance trails in Scotland, such as the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way, allowing hikers to trek with lighter day packs while their main luggage is transported between accommodations.

How long do I need to trek in Scotland?

The duration of your trek in Scotland depends on the specific trail and your hiking pace. For example, the West Highland Way typically takes around 7-8 days to complete, while shorter trails like the Isle of Skye Trail may only require 4-5 days.

Are there family-friendly treks in Scotland?

Yes, there are several family-friendly treks in Scotland suitable for hikers of all ages, such as the Great Glen Way, Speyside Way, and sections of the West Highland Way. These trails offer manageable distances, gentle terrain, and amenities suitable for families.

What are the accommodations when trekking in Scotland?

Accommodation options when trekking in Scotland vary depending on the trail and location. Options include campsites, bothies, hostels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and hotels, providing choices for different preferences and budgets.

Can I do a self-guided trek in Scotland?

Yes, self-guided trekking is a popular option in Scotland, with well-marked trails and guidebooks available for navigation. Hikers can plan their own routes, book accommodations, and explore at their own pace, enjoying the freedom and flexibility of independent travel.

Can I do a guided trek in Scotland?

Yes, guided trekking tours are also available in Scotland, providing hikers with the expertise of local guides who lead group or private tours along popular trails. Guided tours offer insights into the landscape, wildlife, and culture of Scotland, making for a memorable hiking experience.

What permits or permissions are required for trekking in Scotland?

Permits or permissions may be necessary for certain areas or activities, such as wild camping or accessing private land. It's essential to check local regulations and obtain any required permits before embarking on your trek.

How should I prepare for midges or other insects while trekking in Scotland?

Midges, small biting insects, can be prevalent in certain areas of Scotland during the summer months. Packing insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers, and camping in breezy areas can help deter midges and make your trek more enjoyable.

Are there any cultural or historical sites along the trekking routes in Scotland?

Many trekking routes in Scotland pass by or through cultural and historical sites, such as ancient castles, ruins, standing stones, and historic villages. Exploring these sites adds depth to your trekking experience and allows you to learn about Scotland's rich heritage.

What emergency services are available along the trekking routes in Scotland?

While Scotland's remote areas offer stunning landscapes, it's essential to be prepared for emergencies. Familiarize yourself with emergency contact numbers, know the location of nearby medical facilities, and consider carrying a personal locator beacon or satellite phone for remote areas.

How should I minimize my environmental impact while trekking in Scotland?

Responsible trekking practices help preserve Scotland's natural beauty for future generations. Leave no trace principles, such as packing out all waste, staying on designated trails, and respecting wildlife and vegetation, are essential for minimizing environmental impact while trekking.

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    Rich cultural experiences, hearty cuisine, and well-marked trails make hiking tours in Scotland the perfect blend of adventure and immersion. Explore ancient castles, majestic vistas, and delve into the local Scottish way of life on these unforgettable Scotland hiking tours.