Wilderness Scotland is a 5 Star, award-winning adventure travel and ecotourism company specialising in walking holidays in the Highlands and Islands.
Guided Walking Holidays
Led by expert walking guides, Wilderness Scotland Guided Walking Holidays offers all grades of walking from easy through to more challenging terrain. The one thing you can be sure of is the areas of outstanding beauty you’ll see.
They have a maximum group size of 8 clients and trip dates are regular throughout the year. Whichever trip you choose you are sure to be spoiled by a range of inspiring coastal walks, hill walks and walks through some of Scotland’s glens while your guide brings Scotland’s bloody history and diverse culture to life and points out plant and animal life on the way.
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.
Outer Hebrides and Skye: Venture to the Outer Hebrides for some of the best hiking and coastal views on our two guided walking tours. Outer Hebrides and Skye will take you to some of the most diverse and spectacular regions of Europe where you can immerse yourself in the wild scenery, rich history and unique culture of the islands.
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Uists, Barra and Mingulay: Go even more remote and isolated by going on a walking tour to the uncrowded southern islands, Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay. These islands are often overlooked by those drawn to the larger islands of Lewis and Harris to the north, 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.
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Argyll & The Isles: Get the best of the Inner Hebrides on our tour to Argyll and the Isles, visiting the beautiful Scottish Argyll Peninsula on this 7 day walking tour. Explore Kerrera, Gigha, Jura, Islay and the 3rd largest natural whirlpool in the world as we explore some of the islands that hug Argyll's western coastline. The hikes will link prehistoric sites, nature reserves and whisky distilleries, all set against the backdrop of green hills and the rolling Atlantic.
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The Isle of Skye: Be whisked away by our experienced and knowledgeable guide to experience the Isle of Skye's raw beauty for yourself whilst staying in lovely country house hotels. Admire the jagged and supernatural landscape of the Quiraing or the intriguing basalt columns of Kilt Rock. Get charmed by island life with visits to the colourful town of Portree and the rural village of Staffin, which sits in the shadow of the famous Old Man of Storr. Learn about the turbulent past of the island as we visit the Clearance Villages and take a boat to a remote and wild loch which sits at the edge of Cuillins to go exploring.
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The Knoydart Peninsula: Breathe in the fresh sea air as you access some of the finest walking routes in Scotland via boat on your way to the 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. We enjoy tremendous linear walks over mountain passes and fantastic walks on islands such as Skye, Rum & Eigg, notable for their distinctive landscapes, wildlife and history.
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The Wilds of Assynt: The Wilds of Assynt provides 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. Although many of the hills which we may climb on this trip are below 3000 feet, it is certainly one of the most spectacular mountain areas in the Scottish Highlands.
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Cape Wrath and the North West Highlands: The Cape Wrath and the North West Highlands holiday will take you to an intriguing and captivating corner of Scotland, sculpted by the forces of nature and the historical influence of the Highland Clearances. This trip is perfect for those wishing to explore the truly remote wilderness areas of the Highlands.
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Applecross and Torridon: Outside of the summer season we offer a dramatic and scenic walking tour of the wild glens, primordial lochs and rugged peaks in Applecross and Torridon. Applecross a sleepy, idyllic part of the Highlands, surrounded by stunning mountain and coastal scenery. Torridon has a different character overall, surrounded by bold, towering peaks, separated by spectacular glens.
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Sutherland - the Great Wild North: From the rolling forests, glens and gentle shores of Easter Ross to the rugged and ancient mountain-scapes of wild Sutherland - enjoy excellent hiking, encounters with wildlife and the best of Highland culture on our Great Wild North itinerary. You will visit roaring waterfalls, white sand beaches and seek out dolphins in the Moray Firth. At all times you will be well catered for with hearty meals made from delicious Scottish ingredients. With a focus on Highland culture, experience stunningly located Highland hotels and plenty of opportunities to take in local music, arts and crafts.
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High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross: Explore the magnificent mountains of Torridon and Wester Ross in the North West Highlands. Nourish mind and body as you hike up iconic and rarely-climbed peaks, sharing extraordinary moments from glorious views to close encounters with wildlife such as red deer, golden eagles and osprey. At the end of each day return to our welcoming hotels to enjoy hearty Highland cooking and a peaceful night.
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The Orkney Isles: Go to one of Scotland's most remote locations when visiting the Orkney Isles on this easy walking holiday. 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.
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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. Here, you will experience the incredible wealth of birdlife, marine life and wild flowers.
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The 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. No need to carry everything with you on this trek of the West Highland Way! All you’ll need to think about is putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the breathtaking vistas on one of the world’s greatest long distance trails.
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Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside: Take a trip to an area named by National Geographic as one of the 50 Greatest Places on Earth on our Cairngorms and Royal Deeside tour. Hiking in the CNP is a special experience not to be missed! 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. Fully guided, this trip is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best easy walks in the Cairngorms National Park surrounded by fantastic scenery, wilderness and rich history and heritage. There is a huge variety on this trip as we hike on ancient whisky smugglers trails, visit Scotland's first licensed whisky distillery, explore a 13th century Highland Castle and a wildlife reserve.
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The Autumn Highlands: You can also treat yourself to a spectacular autumn on our Autumn Highlands holiday. Explore 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 as you hike in Glen Affric, the Great Glen and other nearby valleys on this easy-graded walking holiday. The mixed woodlands which fringe the glens turn bold shades of red, amber and golden, offering superb vistas for photography as well as an enchanting environment for exploring on foot. With the roar of rutting stags filling the glens, magnificent views through the crisp autumn air and wonderful meals back at the hotel, this is an itinerary which will delight all of the senses.
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Glencoe and the Highlands: If you love your luxury as much as hiking in the hills, Glencoe and the Highlands 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. In between walks, your days will be peppered with visits to historic sites, whisky tastings, private boats trips, storytellers and plenty of down time to enjoy your incredible accommodation.
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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 or walk from coast to coast along the Great Glen Way. 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.
Wilderness Scotland is committed to sustainable tourism and we have won several awards for our high quality and eco-friendly trips. We hold the award for Best Green Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards, a Highly Commended placing in the World Responsible Tourism Awards and since 2006 we have held a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. For details on further awards, please click here and for more details on our operating policies please click here.Reasons to travel with Wilderness Scotland this year...