Region Overviews: Scotland Travel Guide: Overview
Scotland is a notoriously magical place, where rumors of faeries and the Loch Ness Monster abound, and once you arrive, it’s easy to see why.
Listen to the landscape and let your imagination run free. Ruined castles, remote villages, enchanting lochs and coastlines whisper captivating tales of their mysterious past. Magical hikes through ancient glens and bens, heathered moors and rocky mountain peaks feed your mind's eye. At night, legends are chronicled in luxurious castle retreats and cozy lodges by crackling fires, perhaps over a wee dram of whisky.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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 to spot the hidden lake behind the famous massif Beinn Eighe.
Formerly a grand shooting lodge built by the Earl of Lovelace in 1887, this intimate 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 whisky bar.
Follow an old hunters' tracking route toward Loch an Eòin, with the summit of Maol Chean-dearg 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 | On the peninsula of Trotternish, 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 rugged coastal landscape | Settle in for a fine local meal and musical performance.
Contemporary Scottish styling and majestic views of Portree Bay and the Cuillin Mountain range have transformed this early 19th-century hunting lodge into a peaceful nature retreat.
Walk along the shores of stunning Portree Bay and visit the ruined village of Scorrybreac | Embark on a scenic and intimate boat charter in waters known for excellent dolphin, whale, seal and seabird viewing | Hike in a remote corner of the Scottish mainland taking in views of Knoydart Peninsula as we trek toward the shores of Loch Morar | Rest up at our riverside hotel and stroll across a footbridge to a lush island | Hike beneath Ben Nevis, with pastoral scenery accented by rocky cliffs and vistas of the sea and lochs.
Surrounded by trees and known for exceptional service, Ness Walk Hotel is a lovingly restored 19th-century house located next to the River Ness and only minutes to the town center.
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. View cancellation policy
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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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip is mostly rolling, with some moderate and occasionally steep ascents and descents. Many of our hikes are on uneven narrow and rocky trails and dirt paths that can be wet, muddy and boggy. We also traverse some steep mountain paths with rocky outcrops. Please note that on several sections of our hikes the van will be unable to intersect the route.