THE BEAUTIFUL WEST

Regions

Western Highlands,Skye

Starting Point

Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Best time to travel

April - October

Recommended Length

6 - 8 days

Minimum Age*

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Activity Level **

2/5

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Western Highlands and the Isle of Skye as you travel along the coast of Western Scotland. Discover the magical Isle of Skye and Torridon area by guided hikes, kayaking and canoeing while relaxing in style in luxury old-world-charme hotels.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ hiking tours in the stunning and unspoiled scenery of the Isle of Skye and the western Highlands
✓ sea-kayaking adventure off Scotland's western coast
✓ canoeing through the peaceful scenery along the Caledonian Canal
✓ enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a truly royal setting
✓ live like a lord in cozy traditional hotels and / or luxury castles

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Fort William
Day 2 - canoeing on the Caledonian Canal - afternoon tea - overnight in Fort William (60km)
Day 3 - sea kayaking - Isle of Skye - overnight on the Isle of Skye (190km)
Day 4 - hiking on the Isle of Skye - overnight on the Isle of Skye (70km)
Day 5 - hiking in Torridon - overnight in Torridon (150km)
Day 6 - exploring Torridon - overnight in Torridon
Day 7 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SCOTLAND
Pick up your car from the airport and make your way to Fort William. You have the rest of the day free to spend in Fort William.
Overnight in Fort William.

DAY 2 – CANOEING ON THE CALEDONIAN CANAL - AFTERNOON TEA
Take in the beautiful Scottish Highlands scenery around the Great Glen while following along the calm waters of the Great Caldonian Route in a canoe all the way from Fort William to Gairlochy. You will transfer back to Fort William, where you will have the afternoon to relax and to enjoy a sumptuous traditional afternoon tea in a luxurious castle setting.
Overnight in Fort William.

DAY 3 - SEA KAYAKING - THE ISLE OF SKYE
Explore the calm waters and the many tiny islands on the Loch nan Ceall off Scotland’s west coast on a sea-kayaking adventure. The area is full of marine life and you might be able to spot some otters, seals and even dolphins. Take the ferry to the Isle of Skye in the afternoon, enjoy the fantastic view over the Black Cuillins from the little village of Elgol and spend some time in the picturesque village of Portree.
Overnight on the Isle of Skye.

DAY 4 - HIKING ON THE ISLE OF SKYE
Explore the wonderful unspoiled landscape of Skye on a guided hiking tour with a local guide today, who will take you along remote islands, mysterious lochs, abandoned villages and the stunning Scottish coastline. Take in the breath-taking scenery, no matter the sometimes harsh conditions, before warming up in the many charming pubs and restaurants in Portree in the evening.
Overnight on the Isle of Skye.

DAY 5 - HIKING IN TORRIDON
You will leave Skye after breakfast and make your way to the Torridon area, where another hike in the Western Scottish Highlands rewards you with stunning views across the unspoiled scenery and beautiful coastline in the area.
Overnight in the Torridon area.

DAY 6 - EXPLORE TORRIDON
You will have the day to explore the beautiful area, pay a visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotlan’d most historic and dramatic castles, explore the beautiful Loch Maree or enjoy the morning in the sumptuous 19. century Inverewe gardens before relaxing in your hotel for the afternoon.
Overnight in the Torridon area.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in high end luxury hotels and castles
- private transfers and/or private car hire
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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When to travel
Scotland can be visited all year round and every season comes with its own special appeal. Spring is arguably often mentioned as the best time to visit. While temperatures get milder and average between 6 and 15 degrees Celsius, you might still encounter snow in the mountains of the Highlands and Cairngorms. The Scottish summer runs from June to August and those months are the warmest of the year with extensive daylight hours in July and August. The further you go north, the longer the days will be.
While spring and summer are the busiest months for visitors coming to Scotland, late October and early November welcomes visitors with colorful foliage in the forests and landscapes. Some of the sites already close down by the end of October though. Snowy conditions between December and February are quite common and can make traveling a little bit difficult in certain areas, though you will be rewarded with spectacular winter sceneries and cozy evenings by the log fire.

How to travel
Scotland has five international airports, which are spread out across the regions. Edinburgh and Glasgow Intl would be the busiest airports offering the widest connections, but it is also possible to fly into Glasgow Prestwick, Aberdeen and Inverness. Apart from Prestwick, which is located around 50km from Glasgow City, the Scottish airports quickly connect to the centers. There are direct connections from a number of international destinations in North America and Europe and there are also excellent connections from London into all airports.
Traveling to or through Scotland by train can be a wonderful experience and the frequent InterCity services connect Scotland to many mainline stations across England. On most trains, the journey from London to Edinburgh is just over four hours or 5,5 hours to Glasgow.
If traveling from Ireland, there are regular ferry connections between Belfast and Stranraer
Further, there are good motorway connections from Scotland to England and Wales. Traveling to England from mainland Europe by car would take you to Hull or Newcastle by ferry from Zeebrugge or Amsterdam.

Travelling with children
Scotland is a child friendly country and easy to travel with kids. Once in Scotland, distances are never far, though the speed of traveling depends on the location as you might move much slower on a remote Highlands route than on an intercity motorway link between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Many hotels cater for kids of any age and family rooms and kids menus are widely available. Scottish pubs officially are allowing access to teenagers over 16 years only unless they hold a special license, though families and children are welcome in pubs that also serve food until a certain time.
Child-friendly attractions are spread out all across the country and kids will love the ancient castles closely connected to the turbulent and sometimes bloody Scottish history. National and nature parks often offer interpretative and interactive walks and many attractions, restaurants, hotels and transport services offer discounts for children.

What to bring
No matter when you travel, keep in mid that the Scottish weather is unpredictable and you can experience rain, wind and sunshine within one hour. So, the main thing to remember should always be a sturdy umbrella, a raincoat, hoodie and some waterproof shoes.
Even though the summer and spring months can be considerably warmer than autumn or winter, you should always come prepared with a few warm jumpers, warm socks and warm underwear for the days spend outside in the wilderness. If you are visiting Edinburgh and/or Glasgow, make sure that you also pack at least one dressier outfit to wear on your nights out. Also, a reusable water bottle, sun glasses and a proper camera are among the essentials for every season.
If you are planning on traveling in autumn or winter, it is advisable also to bring a warm hat, a pair of light gloves and a scarf. A proper warm wind and waterproof jacket will help you stay warm over the cold winter months. On the contrary, if traveling in summer, you might want to come prepared for warmer days with a swimsuit, light summer clothes, a sun hat and some sunscreen.
You will notice that you are more exposed to the elements when visiting the Highlands, Shetlands, Orkneys or Hebrides. Phone reception can be poor, so it can be useful to bring a real map for orientation and also an extra battery pack for your phone. A small waterproof backpack to fill with snacks when heading out for the day should be on your packing list as well as a pair of proper waterproof hiking boots when planning to walk and hike in the beautiful wilderness.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Scotland, please visit our Useful Information on Scotland page.

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