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Guided Walking : Europe

Scotland: The Highlands & the Isle of Skye

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2 - 7 Miles Daily

Scotland Isle of Skye guided walking tour map

Unparalleled scenery, incredible walks, local folklore, and history come together effortlessly in the Scottish Highlands and Western Islands. Your adventure begins on “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond,” the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area. Then continue to the spectacular grandeur of Glencoe with its wild mountain range. The Isle of Skye, buffering Scotland’s northwest from the Atlantic, contrasts rocky shoreline and plunging cliffs with soft white-sand beaches and timeless villages in placid bays. Our final location has been on the tourist map since the arrival of the railroad more than 150 years ago: the vibrant Pitlochry, with its Victorian Scottish Baronial architecture. Your walks reveal the rugged Scottish interior, coastal headlands, distant views of islands and mainland, and waters shimmering among verdant pastures. Scotland’s history comes alive along the way, in stories true and tall, with iconic sights, legendary castles, and country-house hotels. Along the way, your hotels exude comfort, coziness, and elegance while your meals showcase creative Scottish fare, from freshly caught salmon to handmade whisky.


Tour Highlights:
  • Sample the smooth and smoky handmade Scotch whisky of Bells Blair Athol Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, established in 1798
  • Explore the regal halls of Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and home to the Clan MacLeod for over 800 years.
  • Walk among the pastel-hued fishing villages and along the staggering high cliffs of the Isle of Skye.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,498 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Glasgow
2 nights $298*

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,648 USD

per person, double occupancy



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  • Virtually everything is included, even beer and wine with dinner.
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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Scotland: The Highlands & the Isle of Skye tour, Loch Lomand and Conic Hill

Your guides and meet you at the Grand Central Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

From Glasgow, transfer to Balmaha and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Walk along the lake’s shores or hike along part of the famed West Highland Way.

Accommodation: Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond

On the shores of Loch Lomond within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this 5-star castle hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. It features a rooftop infinity pool with spectacular views over the loch. Adjacent, an 18-hole championship course lures golfers from near and far. The exclusive spa at The Carrick features 17 treatment rooms.

Day 2

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy

Shuttle to the charming village of Tyndrum, then follow the scenic West Highland Way through a magnificent glen, beside a historic railway line, before lunch in Bridge of Orchy.

Accommodation: Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Nestled in the very heart of Glencoe among the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a welcoming and hospitable lodging for travelers for over 300 years. This 3-star inn has 23 guestrooms, and three award-winning bars, each with its own distinctive and lively character. Real ales, malt whisky, good food, and fresh coffee are served in them all – choose the atmosphere that suits you best.

Day 3

Glencoe

During your choice of easy and moderate walks, take in the breathtaking vistas of Glencoe, a U-shaped valley of wild craggy mountains and green valleys and one of the Highlands’ most picturesque corners.

Accommodation: Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Nestled in the very heart of Glencoe among the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a welcoming and hospitable lodging for travelers for over 300 years. This 3-star inn has 23 guestrooms, and three award-winning bars, each with its own distinctive and lively character. Real ales, malt whisky, good food, and fresh coffee are served in them all – choose the atmosphere that suits you best.

Day 4

Glencoe to Isle of Skye

Trace the scenic shores of two sea lochs, Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe, stopping to view the stair-step locks of the Caledonian Canal. Continue to the fishing village and port of Mallaig to embark your ferry to the Isle of Skye.

Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree

A 19th-century hunting lodge once belonging to the MacDonald clan, this renovated, elegant hotel is in a stunning location overlooking Portree Bay and the majestic Cuillin Hills. Guest rooms blend classic décor with contemporary comfort. Inviting public spaces include a Victorian-style fireside drawing room. Both the fine dining room and more casual brasserie overlook the lovely gardens and harbor.

Day 5

Flora Macdonald’s Grave & Skye Museum of Island Life

Indulge in Scottish history this morning with visits to the grave of famed heroine Flora Macdonald, and then an outdoor museum depicting the lives of local crofters. Later, walk to the plunging cliffs of Rubha Hunish, Skye’s northernmost point and a prime location for viewing marine mammals.

Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree

A 19th-century hunting lodge once belonging to the MacDonald clan, this renovated, elegant hotel is in a stunning location overlooking Portree Bay and the majestic Cuillin Hills. Guest rooms blend classic décor with contemporary comfort. Inviting public spaces include a Victorian-style fireside drawing room. Both the fine dining room and more casual brasserie overlook the lovely gardens and harbor.

Day 6

Pitlochry & Eilean Donan Castle

Return to the Highlands and the scenic county of Perthshire, stopping to explore the iconic Eilean Donan Castle en route. Pause, too, at the famed House of Bruar, a local institution and renowned clothier. In the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry, visit the hydroelectric dam and enjoy free time to explore.

Accommodation: Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa, Pitlochry

Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle is a truly unique 5-star hotel. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past while adding its own contemporary twist. Surrounded by breathtaking Ben Vrackie and Loch Faskally, the hotel boasts commanding views of stunning Scottish Highland scenery but is less than a mile from the center of Pitlochry. Each room has been designed to blend a contemporary style with original room features.

Day 7

Your Scotland: The Highlands & the Isle of Skye tour concludes

Transfer to Glasgow, arriving early afternoon. Enjoy the city at your leisure before departing for onward travel.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Glasgow, Scotland

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, approximately 15 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

This four-star historic hotel located in the heart of Glasgow stands proud on Central Station in the hub of the Style Mile. It is within walking distance of some of the city’s most well-known historic landmarks and shopping areas. Its stunning Victorian architecture sympathetically restored original features and modern touches combine to create a timeless elegance and glamour.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Scotland: The Highlands & the Isle of Skye tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guides and meet you at the Grand Central Hotel at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

From Glasgow, transfer to Balmaha and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Walk along the lake’s shores or hike along part of the famed West Highland Way.

Accommodation: Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond

On the shores of Loch Lomond within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this 5-star castle hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. It features a rooftop infinity pool with spectacular views over the loch. Adjacent, an 18-hole championship course lures golfers from near and far. The exclusive spa at The Carrick features 17 treatment rooms.

Day 2

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy

Shuttle to the charming village of Tyndrum, then follow the scenic West Highland Way through a magnificent glen, beside a historic railway line, before lunch in Bridge of Orchy.

Accommodation: Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Nestled in the very heart of Glencoe among the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a welcoming and hospitable lodging for travelers for over 300 years. This 3-star inn has 23 guestrooms, and three award-winning bars, each with its own distinctive and lively character. Real ales, malt whisky, good food, and fresh coffee are served in them all – choose the atmosphere that suits you best.

Day 3

Glencoe

During your choice of easy and moderate walks, take in the breathtaking vistas of Glencoe, a U-shaped valley of wild craggy mountains and green valleys and one of the Highlands’ most picturesque corners.

Accommodation: Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Nestled in the very heart of Glencoe among the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a welcoming and hospitable lodging for travelers for over 300 years. This 3-star inn has 23 guestrooms, and three award-winning bars, each with its own distinctive and lively character. Real ales, malt whisky, good food, and fresh coffee are served in them all – choose the atmosphere that suits you best.

Day 4

Glencoe to Isle of Skye

Trace the scenic shores of two sea lochs, Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe, stopping to view the stair-step locks of the Caledonian Canal. Continue to the fishing village and port of Mallaig to embark your ferry to the Isle of Skye.

Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree

A 19th-century hunting lodge once belonging to the MacDonald clan, this renovated, elegant hotel is in a stunning location overlooking Portree Bay and the majestic Cuillin Hills. Guest rooms blend classic décor with contemporary comfort. Inviting public spaces include a Victorian-style fireside drawing room. Both the fine dining room and more casual brasserie overlook the lovely gardens and harbor.

Day 5

Flora Macdonald’s Grave & Skye Museum of Island Life

Indulge in Scottish history this morning with visits to the grave of famed heroine Flora Macdonald, and then an outdoor museum depicting the lives of local crofters. Later, walk to the plunging cliffs of Rubha Hunish, Skye’s northernmost point and a prime location for viewing marine mammals.

Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree

A 19th-century hunting lodge once belonging to the MacDonald clan, this renovated, elegant hotel is in a stunning location overlooking Portree Bay and the majestic Cuillin Hills. Guest rooms blend classic décor with contemporary comfort. Inviting public spaces include a Victorian-style fireside drawing room. Both the fine dining room and more casual brasserie overlook the lovely gardens and harbor.

Day 6

Pitlochry & Eilean Donan Castle

Return to the Highlands and the scenic county of Perthshire, stopping to explore the iconic Eilean Donan Castle en route. Pause, too, at the famed House of Bruar, a local institution and renowned clothier. In the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry, visit the hydroelectric dam and enjoy free time to explore.

Accommodation: Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa, Pitlochry

Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle is a truly unique 5-star hotel. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past while adding its own contemporary twist. Surrounded by breathtaking Ben Vrackie and Loch Faskally, the hotel boasts commanding views of stunning Scottish Highland scenery but is less than a mile from the center of Pitlochry. Each room has been designed to blend a contemporary style with original room features.

Day 7

Your Scotland: The Highlands & the Isle of Skye tour concludes

After enjoying breakfast in Pitlochry and traveling with your group to Glasgow, a private coach brings you to the Grand Central Hotel for your post-tour night. (Dinner is on your own.)

Accommodation: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

This four-star historic hotel located in the heart of Glasgow stands proud on Central Station in the hub of the Style Mile. It is within walking distance of some of the city’s most well-known historic landmarks and shopping areas. Its stunning Victorian architecture sympathetically restored original features and modern touches combine to create a timeless elegance and glamour.

Departure

This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Glasgow Airport based on your departure time. Your guides will confirm the transfer time while on tour.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Glasgow

2 nights from only $298*

  • Two nights at the Grand Central Hotel*
  • Small-group airport transfer
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Scotland and explore independently with an additional two nights in Glasgow. Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe, a vibrant city of style and culture. Glasgow is also home to world famous art collections and museums and is a must-see for the splendor of Scotland’s best known architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose style adorns many unique attractions throughout the city. A visit to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens set in historic Glasgow Green or to Glasgow Cathedral, standing proudly in the heart of the city won’t disappoint. Or, take a train from the adjoining station for a day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Here, for a taste of British high-drama, visit the legendary Edinburgh Castle, high atop the volcanic Castle Rock and flanked by the city’s Old Town of Reformation-era buildings and quaint pub-lined alleys. Browse the shops of the Royal Mile or climb the peak of Arthur’s Seat.

Whatever you pick, you can feel comfortable returning to a four-star hotel—a luxurious, historic retreat in the heart of the city.

Single Supplement: $148

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Scotland: The Isle of Skye guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Glasgow
2 nights from only $298*

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 11 - Jun 17 $4,648 $998
Jul 2 - Jul 8 $4,648 $998
Aug 6 - Aug 12 $4,648 $998

Flight + Tour Combo

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Jun 9 - Jun 18 $5,498
$1,148
Jun 30 - Jul 9 $5,698 $1,148
Aug 4 - Aug 13 $5,698 $1,148
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Scottish Walking Tour Guide
Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall was born in Dundee, Scotland, and has traveled widely throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe. Stuart has lived in Aberfoyle, in the heart of the Trossachs, for sixteen years and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including climbing and hiking in the Scottish hills. He frequently spends time on the Isle of Skye both as a guide and as a traveler.

Ruth Hackney
Ruth Hackney

Raised near Manchester in northern England, Ruth Hackney has always been a passionate hiker and a history enthusiast. She majored in Oriental Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, then taught in India for 2 years, followed by a year studying in Australia on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. Since 1987 she has lived in Southern Greece, but she returns to Scotland each summer to share with our guests her deep affection for the history, landscapes, and culture of this unique country.

Brian - Scottish Walking Tour Guide
Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is a Scottish Highlands-based kayaker, writer and environmentalist, best known for his adventure travel writing. Educated in Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh University, he graduated with an honors degree in Philosophy. Having worked with many of the major Scottish conservation and environmental organizations, he is now a freelance environmental contractor and trainer specializing in traditional stonework and thatching. Among his greatest pleasures are unspoiled coastlines and good books.

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