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.
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.
Cuillin Hills Hotel
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 decor 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.
Fonab Castle Hotel and Spa
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.
MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel and Resort
Nestled on the banks of Loch Ard, within the Queen Elizabeth Forest, this relaxing country retreat features well-appointed, un-air conditioned guestrooms with landscape-inspired décor and in-room WiFi. Enjoy the pool and spa facilities, as well as walking trails in the surrounding countryside. The restaurant’s terrace looks out over Loch Ard.
Grand Central Hotel
This iconic 4-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.
Pre-Tour Extension - Glasgow
2 Nights From $298
per person, double occupancy
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will take you to the Grand Central Hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included.)
After breakfast the day is yours to explore. 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-ere buildings and quaint pub-lined alleys. Browse the shops of the Royal Mile or climb the peak of Arthur’s Seat.
Whatever you pick, enjoy returning to your 4-star hotel—a luxurious, historic retreat in the heart of the city.
Enjoy another day at your leisure to explore this region (lunch and dinner are on your own).
Flight + Tour Combo
|Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7|
|All meals included except two lunches. Local wine and/or beer included with dinner.|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.) and other travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|
|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 Highlands & the Isle of Skye guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Rob O’Hara has taught in many different countries, schools, and work environments for 30 years. He loves new challenges and has varied interests from acting and singing in local plays to road running. He was once among the top 20 road runners in the UK. He is well-known for his keen sense of humor and positive attitude.
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.
Cat Trebilco fell in love with Scotland at age 6 on a family visit and was a frequent visitor to the mountains of the Scottish Highlands before permanently moving to Edinburgh in 2012. Considering Scotland to be her spiritual home, and with her love of nature, wildlife, and the stunning views that Scotland has to offer, she became a part time mountain guide in 2009. By 2013, she had quit her corporate job to work full time in the great outdoors! Cat is also a qualified life coach and takes people out into nature to help them discover their true path in life. Cat loves to sing, which she often does when walking in the mountains, sometimes without noticing that she’s doing it!
Alan Wright is very proud of his Glasgow roots but has lived most of his life just outside Stirling, which is on the edge of one of Scotland’s only two National Parks. His love for the outdoors began over 25 years ago and he has hiked extensively all over the Scottish Highlands and Islands giving him a wealth of knowledge and wonderful experiences. Following a career in the finance sector, he changed gears and qualified as a mountain guide in 2014 so he could spend his time following his passion for the wonderful landscape, varied wildlife, and remarkable history that his country has to offer.
Born in northern England, a teenage passion for rock climbing led Andy Heald to study geology following that with a career travelling the world where he spent his time predicting and fixing landslides and other geo-hazards. An affinity for the Scottish Highlands led him to move his home to the region in 2004. His key interest is in understanding and interpreting landscapes including the layers of flora, fauna, culture, and history. In 2014 he gave up the corporate life to spend more time sharing his passion for the wilds of Scotland with visitors near and far.