In what may seem like an empty wilderness to the first-time visitor, life is rich and abundant in Scotland, the largest wilderness area remaining in the U.K. and in Europe. Storm-wrapped mountains, verdant stone-walled hills, unspoiled sand beaches, highlands bathed in northern light, wild and vast wind-swept lochs, fuschia heather on a balmy afternoon…..this is Scotland, the world’s undiscovered secret. Dramatic, wild, and curiously unknown, it is also the home of a fiercely independent people, the Scots.
For AdventureWomen’s fifth trip to this fascinating destination and our 2014 Walking Holiday in Scotland, we have gathered the perfect combination of activities: hiking and exploring the diverse landscapes of Scotland (some of which are accessible only by water); enjoying the company of a knowledgeable, Scottish naturalist-guide; experiencing first-hand the history and culture of the self-reliant Scots; and even tasting the “water of life,” Scotland’s term for their finest whiskey!
Our walking holiday hikes take us on an exploration of three of Scotland’s distinct regions: Central Perthshire, the Western Highlands, and the Inner Hebrides Islands. By walking through such a variety of regions in Scotland, we are able to savor the diverse Scottish landscape, history, and culture in a way that few trips can offer. This combination of locations provides an irresistible mix of highlands and lowlands, rugged seascapes and tranquil lochs, mountain passes and gentle glens. We’ll walk the moors ablaze with purple heather and cross island-studded sea lochs by steamboat; visit mystical ruined castles and travel to the legendary Isle of Mull. We’ll see rhododendrons in bloom, visit splendid gardens, and watch Border Collies in action, rounding up sheep strewn over distant hillsides.
Our accommodations in Scotland are in charming and delightful hotels located in picturesque settings. Scottish meals throughout the trip are traditional and wonderful, especially the fresh seafood on the west coast, dining on salmon, fresh from the river Tay, and include hearty Scottish food and breakfasts that will delight and amaze you!
Join AdventureWomen on this glorious east to west traverse of the Best of Scotland!
- Explore three of Scotland's distinct regions: Central Perthshire, the Western Highlands, and the Inner Hebrides islands.
- Hike up the Birks of Aberfeldy, lined by the silver birch trees celebrated by Robert Burns in his poem/love song, “The Birks of Aberfeldy.”
- Ferry to Mull, “isle of the cool high bends" and stay in Tobermory, the most picturesque fishing village on the island.
- Take a cliff-top walk to the castle of Dunstaffnage, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland.
- Travel by boat to the Isle of Eigg, known as the jewel in the Hebridean crown for its outstanding beauty.
- Stay in three charming, historic, and lovely Scottish hotels, set in stunning locations and with wonderful dining rooms.
- Enjoy camaraderie and share experiences with other AdventureWomen participants during this delightful, custom-designed walking holiday in Scotland.
What You'll See and Do!Boat Travel, Cultural Exploration, Hiking, Natural History, Photography, Sightseeing, Walking, Whiskey Tasting, Wildlife Safari
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Natural History
- Wildlife Safari