Hiking in Scotland – 12 Days
September 25, 2018
Double: $4,195, Single: $4,695
(If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.)
Kilts, bagpipes, single malts, highland battles, lochs, and legendary monsters. Absorb the symbols of Scotland and go afield, tramping Scotland’s bonny trails. With three levels of adventure (easy, medium, or difficult), you can stroll about or storm the highlands! Five days of hiking combined with spectacular sightseeing, this tour offers the best of both worlds!
Pitlochry’s trails weave through moorland to the Falls of Bruar. At Culloden Moor, site of the bloody battle between Jacobite clansmen and the British army, you will stand where 1,200 Highlanders (bearing Lochaber axes, and pitchforks) lost their lives in 1746. Sombre Clava Cairns is a 4,000-year-old cemetery surrounded by a ring of sacred standing stones. Legendary Loch Ness overflows with mythical tales of sea monsters, history, and gorgeous views. The Loch contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined! You’ll sail through Scotland’s Great Glen and visit the crumbling bones of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.
The dramatic Scottish landscape rolls out green for miles, calling you to hike the highlands! For five days, explore glens, streams, and lochs. You’ll walk along ancient “coffin routes,” through meadows and wooded gorges, past giant boulders and castle ruins. You’ll climb steep gullies and ridges, over wire bridges, and higher still to the weightless air of Scotland’s magnificent peaks.
Glencoe means “Valley of Weeping,” which aptly describes the beauty of Scotland’s grandest and most famous Glen. It is dominated by three massive spurs, known as the Three Sisters, and enclosed by the steep Aonach Eagach ridge.
The first written mention of this romantic valley is the Glencoe Massacre when, in 1692, the resident MacDonalds became victims of government clan suppression. Hike to Signal Rock, where the MacDonalds once gathered or, for a bigger challenge, climb from Kinlochleven over the Devil’s Staircase or ascend the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian – the highest peak in Argyll!
Tired and happy after a good day of hiking, we’ll retire down the way from Glencoe at the Alltshellach Country House Hotel.
Fill your soul and your camera with five days of Glencoe’s glacial valleys, deep gorges, crashing waterfalls, and highland climbs that end near the clouds.
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• 5 days of guided hiking in the Glencoe area
• Falkirk Wheel
• Balmoral Castle
• Glenfarclas Distillery tour and tasting
• Culloden Moor
• Clava Cairns
• Kinloss Abbey
• Loch Ness cruise by Jacobite
• Urquhart Castle
• Nevis Gorge, Lairigmore and Kinlochleven
• Lismore and Ballachulish
• Ardgour, Strontain and Garbh Bheinn
• The Mamores and Kinlochleven
What to Bring
• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Pitlochry: Athol Palace Hotel (1 night)
Inverness: Palace Hotel (2 nights)
Onich: Alltshellach Country House Hotel (7 nights)
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