Hiking in Scotland – 9 Days
September 27, 2019 Double: $2,895, Single: $2,995 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500. The dramatic Scottish landscape rolls out green for miles, calling us to hike…
September 27, 2019
Double: $2,895, Single: $2,995
Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp.
If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.
The dramatic Scottish landscape rolls out green for miles, calling us to hike the highlands! For five days, we’ll explore glens, streams, and lochs. With three levels of guided adventure (easy, medium, or difficult), you can stroll about or storm the high ground!
After arriving in Glasgow, we’ll head to Fort William for plenty of fresh air and a side of free time. The Eas an Tull (the Torrent) churns between giant boulders on the Nevis Gorge hike. The wire bridge offers stunning views of Steall waterfall. Challenging Kinlochleven tackles Beinn na Caillich, a 980m ascent.
Take a ferry to the Isle of Lismore to see Pictish Broch and castle ruins or opt for a more ambitious day of hiking to pink quartzite summits. The Ballachulish Bridge offers a brilliant view down the loch to Ardgour.
In Glencoe, the easy hike includes Glencoe Village and the Clachaig Inn, a hostel steeped in history. Signal Rock is an optional historic short loop, made famous by the MacDonald clan of Glencoe. Hike the Devil’s Staircase, the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian (the highest peak in Argyll), and the famous Ring of Steall.
After a free day, we’ll explore mines and nature reserves, Glen Nevis Distillery and Inverlochy Castle, and end with a drink at Ice Factor before returning to Glasgow for our trip home.
Get to know Glencoe
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. A lovely highland residence on the shores of Loch Leven, it overlooks the island castle that imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots in 1566.
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 flight from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, all highlights listed, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• 5 days of guided hiking with the options based on desired level of difficulty (easy, medium, hard)
• Free day to explore the area
(Choose based on desired level of difficulty)
• Nevis Gorge, Lairigmore and Kinlochleven
• Lismore and Ballachulish
• Ardgour, Strontain and Garbh Bheinn
• The Mamores and Kinlochleven
*Hikes are subject to change based on weather conditions
Glencoe: Alltshellach Country House Hotel (7 nights)
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Hiking in Scotland – 13 Day
Nevis Gorge, Lairigmor and Kinlochleven
EASY HIKE: 7 miles (11.5 km), 1,450 feet (440 m) ascent
We follow the River Nevis upstream through meadows to reach the wooded gorge where the ‘Eas an Tull’, the Torrent, churns dramatically between giant boulders. Emerging into the wide vistas of the Steall Meadow with views of the magnificent An Steall waterfall, we visit the wire bridge at Steall before returning to Achriabhach.
MEDIUM HIKE: 8 miles (13 km), 2,050 feet (620 m) ascent
Starting at Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, we take a steep path up to a pass on the main ridge. Crossing the ridge, we contour round behind Mam na Gualainn, then descend into Lairigmor the adjacent valley and join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven.
HARD HIKE: 8 miles (12.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent
From Callert we follow the route of the Medium Walk onto the main ridge. We veer east over Callert Lump, then continue on the undulating ridge to Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven.
EASY HIKE: 9.5 miles (15.5 km), 1,050 feet (320 m) ascent
We take the ferry from Port Appin to the Isle of Lismore and head across the point to the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay. From here the route crosses back to the eastern shores to visit the Pictish Broch at Tirefour before lunch along the shores of Loch Balle a’Ghobhiann. Returning to the western shores we may visit the Island Heritage Centre and the ruins of Castle Coeffin, before following a low ridge past the trig point marking the islands highest point (just 82 metres) and return to the ferry via Port Ramsay. Easy gradients and lots of interest make this our most popular easier walk.
MEDIUM HIKE: 9.5 miles (15 km), 3,900 feet (1,180 m) ascent
The walk starts from St John’s Church at virtually sea-level, on the southern shore of Loch Leven. The walk climbs up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg, then returns down through forestry tracks, and over the Ballachulish Bridge with its wonderful views down the loch to Ardgour and back to Alltshellach.
HARD HIKE: 9.5 miles (15.5 km), 3,850 feet (1,160 m) ascent
From St John’s church we follow forestry tracks through Gleann a’Chaolais to reach a woodland path winding uphill alongside the stream to reach the upper slopes. A steep stony gully leads up onto the main Beinn a’Bheithir ridge which is followed eastwards to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1,001m). We descend back into Gleann a’Chaolais and via forestry trails to the Ballachulish Bridge which we cross to return to Alltshellach.
EASY HIKE: 8 miles (12.5 km), 1,250 feet (380 m) ascent
Starting at the National Trust Visitor Centre in dramatic Glen Coe we follow woodland trails to Glencoe village and onwards to the scenic ‘Hospital Lochan’. We then head down forestry tracks to the finish at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. Signal Rock, which tradition has as the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glencoe at times of emergency, offers an optional historic short loop from here.
MEDIUM HIKE: 8.5 miles (13.5 km), 2,900 feet (880 m) ascent
From Glen Coe we ascend Sron Garbh, then follow the long, undulating ridge eastwards to Stob Mhic Mhartuin. We descend to the West Highland Way and down the zigzags of the Devil’s Staircase to Altnafeadh, then on to the Kingshouse.
HARD HIKE: 6.5 miles (10.5 km), 3,800 feet (1,160 m) ascent
From Glen Coe we head up through Coire nan Lochan to the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian – the highest peak in Argyll. We descend through another of Bidean’s magnificent corries back into Glen Coe.
Ardgour, Strontian, Garbh Bheinn
EASY HIKE: 8.5 miles (13.5 km), 1,600 feet (480 m) ascent
Crossing on the Corran ferry to Ardgour, we start our walk at the one-time lead mining centre of Strontian and follow the river towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines below Druim Glas. We return through the Ariundle Nature Reserve.
MEDIUM HIKE: 9.5 miles (15 km), 1,900 feet (580 m) ascent
From Strontian we ascend on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn overlooking Loch Shiel, then follow the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain, eventually descending through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to Strontian valley.
HARD HIKE: 6.5 miles (10 km), 3,150 feet (960 m) ascent
From Glen Tarbert we walk up through forest to join the west ridge of Garbh Bheinn and follow the ridge to the summit. We descend over the long ridge of Sron a’ Gharbh Choire Bhig and back into Glen Tarbert.
The Mamores, Kinlochleven
EASY HIKE: 8 miles (12.5 km), 1,100 feet (340 m) ascent
From the lower gondola station below Aonach Mor we follow pleasant forestry trails alongside the River Lundy and then ascend the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across the Allt a’Mhuilinn to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. Crossing open hillside on tracks we descend past the Glen Nevis Distillery to follow the Great Glen Way past Inverlochy Castle into Fort William.
MEDIUM HIKE: 7.5 miles (12 km), 3,350 feet (1,020 m) ascent
From Achriabhach in Glen Nevis we head up into the heart of the Mamores via Coire an Mhusgain and enjoy dramatic scenery to reach the high point near Sgurr an Iubhair, on the famous Ring of Steall, before descending to Kinlochleven.
HARD HIKE: 8 miles (13 km), 4,100 feet (1,240 m) ascent
From Achriabach we ascend steeply on the northern spur to the airy summit of Stob Ban at 999 metres. After enjoying the spectacular views and the slopes of Sgurr an Iubhair we complete a traverse of the Mamores by following a rough stalker’s path down Coire na h-Eirghe to Kinlochleven, with hopefully time for a drink at the Ice Factor.