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Scottish Highlands Hiking Tour

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Price $2300 7 Days
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Scottish Highlands Hiking Tour

$2300 per person

Epic views are found in abundance in the Highlands of Scotland. No wonder it’s been featured in countless Hollywood movies as the backdrop, including “Harry Potter”, “Braveheart”, “Rob Roy” and “Skyfall”. We’ll base ourselves in Fort William, known as the outdoor capital of the UK, and set out on iconic day hikes, absorbing all the wild beauty, spectacular scenery, history & legend that the Scottish Highlands offers during this 7-day adventure, May 5-11, 2024.

7 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Your city
  • Dress Code
    Casual and Comfortable for Hiking.
  • Included
    Accommondation
    Breakfast
    Dinner
    Tours (see tour details)
  • Not Included
    International and internal flights
    Lunch
    Tips
    Travel insurance
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Day One – May 5
Welcome to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. This former industrial town is now an art and tech hub and features remarkable architecture. We’ll check into our accommodations and dive into the energetic dining and nightlife scene with a welcome dinner and drinks. Overnight in Glasgow. (D)
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Day Two – May 6
This morning we’ll take the 4-hour train journey to Fort Williams where we’ll stay for 4 nights as our base for our hikes. Considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world, the West Highland Line leaves Glasgow behind and delves deep into the wild west coast. We’ll travel through a daunting landscape of mountains, steep-sided lochs, and heather moors. Keep an eye out for red deer, silhouetted on a skyline or half-hidden in the heather. We’ll pass some of the smallest, remotest stations on the network – a few buildings, and nothing more for miles around. And you’ll be glad you have come by train, passing through country where no roads were ever built. Once we check in to our hotel in Fort William we’ll do a warm-up hike - The Old Fort and Inverlochy Castle route. This straightforward walk from the center of Fort William heads along the riverside to reach the romantic ruins of Inverlochy Castle. The return runs by the railway and then through a suburb. Hiking = 2.7 miles. Overnight in Fort William. (B)
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Day Three – May 7
Today we hike a section on Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail -The West Highland Way. From The Kingshouse in Glencoe, we set out and eventually get some great views of the famous ‘weeping glen’ and site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. Then we zigzag up the “Devil’s Staircase” to the highpoint of the West Highland Way at 1,800 ft., which gives stunning views towards Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the United Kingdom; as well as Loch Leven, the largest expanse of shallow open water in Britain. From here we wind our way down into the small idyllic town of Kinlochleven, marking the end of an epic day in the Highlands. Hiking = 9 miles / Elevation Gain 1,000 ft. / Elevation Loss 1,900. Overnight in Fort William. (B)
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Day Four – May 8
Today we hike a section of The Great Glen Way long-distance trail from Alltsigh to Drumnadrochit, with views of the mysterious Loch Ness (keep your eyes out for “Nessie”). We’ll pass through forestry and varied woodland and a high moorland area before descending into Drumnadrochit, where if we have time, we can visit The Loch Ness Monster Museum and/or Urquhart Castle. Hiking = 10 miles / 800 ft. elevation gain. Overnight in Fort William. (B)
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Day Five – May 9
Today we’ll hike the Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail. We’ll keep our eyes out for the Jacobite Steam Train, a.k.a. “The Hogwarts Express” that passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct twice daily. At 1,246 ft. high, the viaduct is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland and started service in 1898. If there’s time, we can visit the Glenfinnan Monument. The 60 ft. monument sits at the head of the Loch Shiel. It commemorates the Jacobite Rising of 1745, which began here when Prince Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie') raised his standard on the shores of the Loch. There is an option to climb to the top of the monument. Hiking= 3 miles / 400 ft. elevation gain
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Day Six – May 10
Today is one of the best short hikes in Scotland – Steall Gorge and Waterfall. We’ll hike/ walk through the dramatic and beautiful Nevis Gorge to the crowning glory – Steall Falls, which cascades 350 ft. down a rockface. If you’re feeling adventurous, continue on and cross the river on the notorious wire-bridge using the top two wires for handholds and balancing the feet on the lower wire. (Optional) We’ll then check-out of our hotel in Fort William and begin our journey south back to Glasgow. This evening we’ll have our farewell dinner and reflect on the incredible experience we’ve had hiking in the Scottish Highlands. Hiking = 3.5 miles / 626 elevation gain. (B) (D) Overnight in Glasgow.
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Day Seven – May 11
After breakfast, depending on our flight times back home, we can explore the vibrant city of Glasgow on foot before we make our way to Glasgow airport. End of tour. (B)
Cost: $2,300 per person double occupancy

Single Supplement: $500

Payment: $500 deposit due February 15, 2024 - remaining balance due April 5, 2024

Cancel Policy: 100% refund from time of payment to 60 days prior to start date of tour. 80% refund from 59 days prior to start date of tour to 30 days prior to start date of tour. 50% refund from 29 days prior to the start of the tour to 1 day prior to the start of the tour. No refund once the tour starts.

Included:
  • Six nights double occupancy accommodations (single supplement available)
  • All ground transportation during the trip, starting and ending in Glasgow, including trains, vans, buses.
  • Six breakfasts and two dinners
  • All park and attractions entrance fees listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for historical and natural sites to the places stated in the itinerary
Not Included:
  • Flights to and from Glasgow
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
Other:
  • Itinerary / hikes subject to change
  • Group size limited to 10 people
  • Packing list to follow
Contact:
  • Email: Jack@ActiveWorldJourneys.com
  • Call: 310-562-5629