Guided Walking Holidays with Wilderness Scotland
Led by expert walking guides, Wilderness Scotland Guided Walking Holidays offers all grades of walking from easy accessible trails through to more challenging terrain. The one thing you can be sure of is the outstanding beauty you’ll see.
We keep small group sizes and trip dates are regular throughout the year. Whichever trip you choose you are sure to be spoiled by a range of inspiring coastal, hill and glen walks through some of Scotland's most spectacular landscapes.
The best in the business – our expert walking guides are committed to providing you with the best possible holiday experience of Scotland and a trip to remember. Our guides our fountains of local and natural knowledge, so be sure to ask lots of questions! They will bring Scotland’s dramatic history and diverse culture to life and will also point out interesting flora and fauna along the way.
Where Do Our Trips Start From?
Most of our guided group departures leave and return to railway stations as we encourage our clients to book rail travel where possible and travel in a sustainable way.
Our Guided Walking Trips...
Joining a guided walking trip is simple, have a look below to see some of the trips that we offer, alternatively visit our website!
Inner Hebrides and the West Coast
- Outer Hebrides and Skye : Venture to the Outer Hebrides and the mysterious Isle of Skye for some of the best hiking and coastal views in Scotland.
- Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay : These islands are often overlooked by those drawn to the larger Hebridean islands, but the curious traveller is only a ferry ride away from being rewarded with scenic hikes, wild Atlantic vistas and the opportunity to spot some amazing wildlife such as dolphins, golden eagles and whales.
- High Points of the Outer Hebrides : The hills of the Outer Hebrides punch well above the weight that their diminutive height would otherwise suggest. These remote and heather-clad hills are full of character. They offer the keen hill enthusiast wild and rocky vistas and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as golden eagles and red deer roaming free.
The North West Highlands
- Argyll and the Isles : Get the best of the Inner Hebrides visiting the beautiful Scottish Argyll Peninsula on this 7 day walking tour. The hikes will link prehistoric sites, nature reserves, whisky distilleries and the 3rd largest natural whirlpool in the world.
- The Isle of Skye : Be whisked away by our experienced and knowledgeable guide to experience Skye's raw beauty for yourself whilst staying in lovely country house hotels.
- Knoydart Peninsula : Knoydart is best accessed by boat and from our base at a remote wilderness lodge we make full use of the sea, with day trips to Skye and the Small Isles, as well as to the far corners of the Knoydart peninsula.
- Arran: Scotland in Miniature: Blessed with dramatic mountain peaks, gorgeous beaches and a wealth of cultural treasures, Arran is often referred to as a “mini Scotland” and you don’t have to look too hard to see why.
Orkney & Shetland
Wilds of Assynt : Witness some of Scotland's most rugged and wild vistas. This walking tour is set in a landscape so unique that it was the first area in the UK to be designated a UNESCO Geopark.
High Points of Torridon & Wester Ross : Immerse yourself amongst the true wilderness of the North West Highlands - a land of magnificent mountains, sweeping glens and silvery lochs.
- Orkney Isles : Join the tour on an unforgettable journey to this remote and ancient archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries due north of the Scottish mainland. The islands offer long days and colourful night skies, and are home to a wealth of sea life and sea birds, not forgetting the remarkable flora of the islands.
- Shetland : Discover Shetland's flora and fauna on our unique wildlife aimed tour to this little-visited archipelago of more than a 100 exposed islands lying far to the north. Gain a fascinating insight into the unique history and natural world of Shetland as you explore the varied landscapes of these isles on day walks to their wildest and most dramatic locations.
Self Guided Long Distance Treks
- West Highland Way : This famous route travels along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, past dramatic Glencoe and over the high pass of the Devil’s Staircase before finishing in Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Each evening you’ll arrive at our hand-picked accommodation where your luggage will be waiting for you.
- Cairngorms and Royal Deeside : Take a trip to an area named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Greatest Places on Earth. There are delights at every turn including the majestic Royal Deeside, where the Queen has her Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle and Strathspey where the high plateau rises above the charming villages.
- Autumn Highlands : Treat yourself to a spectacular autumn exploring some of the stunning glens and valleys of the Central Highlands including Glen Affric and The Great Glen. Based from an excellent hotel on the shores of Loch Ness, you will experience Scotland’s autumn colours at their best.
- Glencoe and the Highlands : If you love your luxury as much as hiking in the hills, this is the trip for you. After a few days at a 4-star Highland hotel in Perthshire, you will enjoy a 5-star finish in Glencoe at a wonderful mansion house. The regions of Highland Perthshire and Glencoe offer contrasting landscapes of great beauty and are fantastic for hiking with great opportunities for spotting wildlife.
- High Points of the Cairngorms National Park : High-level trailheads and a network of good paths mean that accessing the high summits of Cairngorms National Park is more achievable than they may first appear. Based at a private wilderness lodge in beautiful Glen Feshie, we’ll explore the northern and western side of this huge National Park.
- Wilderness Retreat : The wilds of the Cairngorm National Park await you on this unique women’s only wilderness retreat. Based in a bright and airy Highland lodge that specialises in fresh, locally sourced seasonal food, you’ll get the chance to experience the magic of Scotland with like-minded women. Over the course of a week, you’ll enjoy exploring the varied landscape, learn and practice new wilderness skills, and challenge yourself in a friendly and supportive environment.
Explore Scotland at your own pace by going on a self guided walking holiday. Taking on the challenge of one of Scotland’s long distance trails is a great way to explore the regions you’ll pass through. Time slows down to allow you to see much more in the way of wildlife and pause to capture the dramatic views. Walk the West Highland Way and pass through some of Scotland’s iconic scenery. We have a West Highland Way: Essential Guide to help you plan. Follow the same path once used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw on the Rob Roy Way or hike your way from the sea to the Cairngorms National Park, stopping by Scotland's finest distilleries, on the Speyside Way.
We can also run private walking holidays - contact us to discuss your ideas and let us design the perfect itinerary for you, regardless of what standard of hiker you are.
It's Not Just Walking at Wilderness Scotland!
As well as walking trips, Wilderness Scotland runs sea kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, sailing, road cycling, wildlife and photography holidays. We also offer a range of family multi-activity holidays and self-driving itineraries, as well as a bespoke holiday service. Please see our website for full details of our trips and services.
Our Green Ethos
We are firmly committed to responsible tourism and all of our tours reflect that commitment. Our holidays are purposefully designed to provide a visitor experience that maximises the positive benefits of tourism while minimising any negative impacts. We are staunch advocates of the Leave No Trace principles, in which our guides are fully trained. On all of our activities, our guides will ensure that the impact on the environment, wildlife and local community is minimised. During your trip, our guides will teach you how to do this so that the knowledge is spread on your travels in Scotland and further afield. Our guides are ambassadors for Scotland's wild places and are passionate about sharing their knowledge.
It's not just on trips that we promote sustainable processes! We operate our holidays out of a carbon-neutral headquarters which is powered by renewable energy. We reduce, reuse and recycle, using environmentally friendly products from local suppliers where possible. In addition, our office car park hosts two public EV charging stations, and we subsidise staff usage. We encourage car-sharing and compete monthly for the most environmentally friendly commute! Lastly, we are committed to contributing annually to a nature-based charity that promotes conservation in Scotland. Check out our Sustainability Page for more info.