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New! Scotland Walking & Hiking Tour

The Wild Western Highlands of Scotland

  • Relish the finest hiking in Scotland, including Torridon, Isle of Skye and the region's famous lochs
  • Gaze up at the massive coastal mountains and discover geologically tangled terrain
  • Relax at quintessentially Scottish whiskey bars and taste the area's best ales and scotches
  • Partake in the local culture and history of colorful towns, historical landmarks and ruined castles

Listen to the dramatic landscape and let your imagination run free. Ruined castles, remote villages, enchanting lochs and rugged coastlines whisper captivating tales of their mysterious past. Magical hikes through ancient glens and soaring bens, heathered moors and rocky mountain peaks feed your mind's eye. Even at night, legends are chronicled in luxurious castle retreats and cozy lodges by crackling fires, perhaps embellished with a wee dram of whiskey and the echo of a bagpipe.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Get your first glimpse of the Western Highlands in Kinlochewe | Walk around the blue waters of Lochs Clair and Coulin | Sandstone mountains and a wild, pine-dotted landscape come into view | In Torridon, hike up a mountain glen and see the hidden lake behind the famous massif Beinn Eighe.

Day 3 Follow an old hunters' tracking route toward Loch an Eòin, with Maol Chean-dearg mountain reflecting in its waters | Hike a portion of the 200-mile long, magnificently untamed Cape Wrath Trail | On the Isle of Skye, enjoy views of the Cuillin Mountains and Portree Bay.

Day 4 At the peninsula of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, admire the dramatic ridgeline marked by plunging cliffs, green plateaus and rocky pinnacles | Pass craggy peaks and climb along Quiraing, with views of the sea and wild coastal landscape | Settle in for a fine local meal and musical performance.

Days 5-6 Walk along the coast to the Point of Sleat for views of the isles of Rum and Eigg | Stroll on Camas Daraich's white sand beach | Ferry to Mallaig and board the vintage Jacobite steam train—made famous by its role as Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express—for one of the world's most beautiful train rides | Rest up at Inverlochy Castle, a beautiful Relais & Châteaux estate surrounded by evergreen trees and a shimmering lake | Hike beneath Ben Nevis, with scenes of pastoral landscape, rocky cliffs and vistas of the sea and lochs.

$4,498 - $4,748
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,540 for sgl. occ.)

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Inverness, Scotland

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Premiere Hotels

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Torridon Hotel

Torridon Hotel

Wester Ross (2 nights)

Formerly a grand shooting lodge built by the Earl of Lovelace in 1887, this luxurious castle hotel is an elegant oasis surrounded by nearly 60 acres of parkland at the end of a sea loch, offering gracious hospitality, fine dining and an impressive whiskey bar.

Cuillin Hills Hotel

Cuillin Hills Hotel

Isle of Skye (2 nights)

Contemporary Scottish styling and majestic views of Portee Bay and the Cuillin Mountain range have transformed this early 19th-century hunting lodge into a peaceful nature retreat.

Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle

Torlundy (1 night)

Scottish decor and dining are at their finest at this regal castle estate, nestled amid the West Highlands' magnificent glens, lochs and mountains. A Relais & Châteaux member.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 600 6 200
2 5* 1000 8 1500
3 3 600 9* 1400
4 2 600 5* 1100 6* 1300
5 8* 1000
6 3 0
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is mostly rolling, with some moderate and occasionally steep ascents and descents. Many of our hikes are on boggy and uneven trails, pavement and dirt roads that can be wet, muddy and rocky. We also traverse some steep mountain paths. Please note that on several sections of our hikes the van will be unable to intersect the route.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Scotland

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Scotland—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Scotland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Scotland that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Scotland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Scotland has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Scotland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $9,998 pp dbl occ

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