Walking Tour in Scotland’s Islands and the Scottish Highlands
- The Wild Isle of Mull
- The Holy Isle of Iona
- The Spectacular Isle of Skye
- The Rugged West Highlands
Discover Scotland’s breathtaking and varied landscapes on foot! Explore its many stunning beaches, green hills, fascinating wildlife, old castles and ruins on this multifaceted walking tour.
Glasgow Airport: anytime,
Edinburgh Airport: by 8pm plus EUR 50/ USD 75 transfer on arrival.
Glasgow Airport: anytime possible.
Edinburgh Airport: after 11.30 am plus EUR 50/ USD 75 transfer on departure.
A guided walking and sightseeing tour in the Hebridean islands of Mull, Iona and Skye, and in the Western Highlands with a coach or minibus tour of Western Scotland.
Our walking tour takes you through the the most scenic areas of the Western Isles and the West Coast of Scotland. You discover the romantic wildness and peace of the islands and the open spaces of the Western Highlands on foot; and stay in small, quality hotels with personal service and good food. During the whole journey there are only two changes of hotel. Experience the fascinating monuments of Scotland’s eventful past and round off your holiday with a coach or minibus trip through the mountains and past the lochs of Scotland’s western mainland. An experienced walking and tour guide who has lived in Scotland for many years will accompany you.
The essence of the tour is to engage with the countryside, rather than in strenuous mountain sports. It includes idyllic island walks through wild glens, past picturesque lochs and empty white beaches. You discover fishing villages and walk along cliffs with magical views of the Hebridean island seascapes. Enjoy many boat trips and picnics at deserted beaches. In addition, the tour also allows you the option of more demanding mountain walks – such as the ascent of Ben More, Mull’s highest mountain- or even more challenging walks. A whole day’s exploration by coach or minibus (depending on the size of group) gives you an eventful day’s trip through western Scotland, taking in the Western Highlands, the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and the wilderness of Rannoch Moor before taking the road south, following a route parallel to the famous West Highland Way, to picturesque Loch Lomond and Glasgow.
The sightseeing Highlights of the journey include the Isle of Iona, renowned as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland; the fortress of Duart Castle, ancient seat of the Macleans, or the impressive Torosay Castle; Castle Tioram; the picturesque village of Inveraray, where you can visit the stately Inveraray Castle, home of the Dukes of Argyll, or the interesting museum housed in the old Inveraray Gaol. If you wish, you can participate in a Scottish evening.
During the bus journeys we make many stops, for instance beside Loch Lomond, famous in song, at the romantic ruin of Kilchurn Castle, in dramatic Glencoe and historic Glenfinnan and at a fish smokery.
If you prefer to be independent, you can choose your own activity as an alternative to the guided walk: for instance, excursions to fishing villages, to the little town of Tobermory, the ‘capital’ of Mull, to the impressive island of Staffa with its extraordinary rock formations, or to other islands such as Muck, Eigg or Rhum.
You can visit Tobermory whisky distillery or Britain’s smallest theatre, or relax on a railway journey on the historic West Highland Line, passing the impressive monument in Glenfinnan, which commemorates the raising of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s standard in 1745, and lovely Loch Morar, the deepest fresh water in Europe.
Also you can visit the seat of the Macdonalds, Armadale Castle and its gardens, or prehistoric stone circles, and you can discover the country, the people and their traditional food and drink in cosy tearooms and characterful pubs where you can learn a great deal from talking to the locals. All these outings you can arrange for yourself.
You do not have to be an experienced walker, but you should have the physical stamina to walk for up to five hours.
You walk and travel in small groups which ensures personal attention. The smallest viable number for a group is 6 people, though usually a group consists of 12 to 16 people. Your luggage is transferred for you from hotel to hotel. All you need to carry is a small daysack for your packed lunch, camera and other essentials. Most of the time, walks leave directly from the hotel you are staying in. If we have to transport you to the start of a walk, we try to avoid using the bus, instead taking a train or boat whenever possible. By doing this, the transfer itself becomes something special and you can enjoy your holiday away from roads and cars.
Your friendly tour guide will be delighted to share his/her enthusiasm for the country, its land, culture and people with you.
If you would like a detailed description of the tour complete with daily itinerary, please click here.
8 DEPARTURE DATES 2019: (always Saturday to Saturday)
Spring Walk: 06.04. – 13.04., 18.05. – 23.05.
Rhododendron time: 08.06. – 15.06.
Summer walks: 06.07. – 13.07., 27.07. – 03.08.*
Heather seasons: 10.08. – 17.08., 24.08. – 31.08.*
Indian Summer: 05.10. – 12.10.
All other departures, minimum of just 8 people! (You can book the tours, but please contact us by mail or telephone first. Thank you.) Further departures by arrangement.
Maximum group size 16!
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
The walking tour price includes all sightseeing visits, entry fees, guides, ferry crossings, railway journeys and transfers described in the programme; experienced walking and tour guide; seven nights in good small hotels with en suite rooms and full Scottish breakfast, four dinners, airport transfers, luggage transfer, maps as needed and a welcoming drink.
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN BOOK:
Book through your travel agent or, of course, book direct with Rob Roy Tours. Arrival may be by air, rail or private car. You can find our online booking form below.
per person sharing a twin/double room (single room supplement EUR 355/ USD 535):
– Flight not included
– Booking directly with Rob Roy Tours:
Price on enquiry special rates for small groups
– Discount for children up to 12 years sharing with parents: 50%
If you have any questions, simply give us a call on 0044-(0)1620-890 908. Or send us an e-mail or fax.
We will call back immediately!
This tour can ideally be booked in combination with our other walking and sightseeing tours. Please ask us for details.
DO YOU WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TOUR?
This holiday combines perfectly with the following tours:
– “In the Heart of Scotland” – (walking, culture and sport based on one centre, great value)
– “Northern Highlights” (Orkney and Shetland Islands and Sutherland)
– “Western Highlands – in the Footsteps of Rob Roy” – our classic!
– “Scotland in Style – Railway Adventure, 9 days” (guided or self-guided)
We organise your own individual holiday extension