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Scotland - Highlands & Islands: Inn to Inn
The Western Highlands

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In the north and west of Scotland lie the Highlands with their moody mountains, Celtic mists and legends, heather-clad hills, sparkling lochs, and a unique mixture of scenic splendor and profound tranquility.

On this itinerary you will walk and hike across this dramatic landscape and on the Isle of Skye, an island with a thousand magnificent sea and mountain views. In addition to 5 fully guided scenic hikes, you will enjoy the following highlights:

  • The unspoiled Glenelg peninsula - a peaceful scenic haven for wildlife and walkers
  • The Glenelg-Kylerhea ferry - the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland
  • Dunvegan Castle - oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and ancestral home of the Chiefs of MacLeod
  • Storr Rocks- extraordinary rock pinnacles
  • Attadale Gardens- picturesque gardens artistically designed to frame the magnificent views of the surrounding hills
  • Ben Damph - a rugged range of mountains, woodlands, fresh water lochs and seashore
  • Loch Torridon and Diabaig- some of the most magnificent coastal and mountain scenery in the whole of the UK
  • Gairloch- a Highland coastal village steeped in history
  • Inverewe Gardens - world-renowned tropical gardens created by Osgood Mackenzie in the 1870’s

Congenial hotels provide hospitality, lodging and meals along the way. Our minibus brings your luggage to the next hotel before you arrive. Walks cover from 3 to 9 miles, with ascents of 300 to 1300 feet.

Day 1 Arrive at our hotel in Fort William, which nestles at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. An orientation meeting in the early evening is followed by a Welcome Dinner. (B)

Day 2 Depart in our minibus for the Glenelg peninsula on Scotland’s west coast. This delightful and secluded area of the Highlands was immortalized in Gavin Maxwell’s book, “Ring of Bright Water”. A gentle introductory hike takes us to one of the mysterious 2000-year-old ‘brochs’ which occur throughout this area. We rejoin our minibus to continue to the Isle of Skye via the Ratagan Pass, Glenelg and the romantic Glenelg-Kylerhea ferry. Overnight on the Isle of Skye. (B, L, D)  4 Miles

Day 3 A day touring on Skye. We visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Macleod, said to be the oldest inhabited castle in the Highlands and Islands. Then we drive to the Trotternish peninsula and walk up to admire the spectacular pinnacles of the Storr Rocks. Overnight on the Isle of Skye. (B, L, D) 3 Miles

Day 4 We return to the mainland via the Skye Bridge and stop at Kyle of Lochalsh for routine shopping. We then drive to the starting point for the first of three linear hikes, which lead ever northwards through the incomparable scenery of the Western Highlands. The route lies up a heather-covered valley, by rushing streams and through forest, arriving in the Attadale Gardens by the shore of Loch Carron. (As an alternative to this hike we can offer a trip to the Tartan Shop in Lochcarron, with time to browse in the town and at the Attadale Gardens). The day finishes with a drive to our next hotel at Achnasheen. (B, L, D)  8 Miles

Day 5 Walk through the rugged Ben Damph range by an ancient route used by cattle drovers in medieval times. Our path leads up a wild Highland Glen, through a rocky pass, and by small mountain lakes (lochans). We return to Achnasheen for a second night. (B, L,D) 9 Miles

Day 6 We drive through the Torridon region, with its majestic sandstone mountains, to reach the remote settlement of Diabaig, where Loch Torridon merges with the open sea. Hike by a delightful coastal trail, with superb views on a fine day across to Skye and the Outer Isles. The sandy beach of Redpoint is in view as we hike, and gradually becomes nearer. Overnight in the beautiful Wester Ross village of Gairloch, with more fine seascape views. (B, L, D) 8 Miles

Day 7 A well-earned morning of relaxation in Gairloch begins with a talk by our tour leader, followed by a visit to the town’s small but fascinating Heritage Museum. There is then free time for shopping or simply browsing. Lunch is taken at the cafeteria at Inverewe Gardens. In the afternoon we visit the world-famous tropical gardens, the far-sighted creation of Osgood Mackenzie in the 1870s. Our Farewell Dinner rounds off a memorable week. (B, L, D) No Walk

Day 8 Departure by minibus for the train station and airport at Inverness, or beyond.(B)

(ELR reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary when deemed necessary or appropriate)

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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June 15 - 22, 2013 $3,175.00 $425.00
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Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 5 scenic guided hikes
  • 7 nights' lodging in congenial Scottish hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • All meals, dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 8
  • 7 lunches including a pub lunch
  • All sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Luggage transported between inns



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“I've traveled to many different countries and this trip ranks as one of the best. Spectacular! We're planning to return with ELR. I've been recommending you to all my friends and colleagues.”
J Ambrozaitis    Waterbury, CT

“The walks were a good mix of gentle and challenging. Spectacular countryside and fascinating villages. The meals were delicious. I enjoyed all the inns! The whole trip, down to the smallest detail, was admirably organized.
V Macy     Somerville, MA

“The walks and hikes were wonderful! From the lovely, craggy hills to the villages! When you work indoors at a desk job all day, it’s breathtaking (sometimes literally!).
V Richard     Tulsa, OK

 


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