Scotland Walking & Hiking Tour

Scottish Highlands: Inverness & Isle of Skye

From $5,299 - $5,499 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

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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.

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Start/End Inverness

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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  • Hike the finest trails in Scotland, including in Torridon and Isle of Skye, and through magically remote lochs
  • Wander into massive coastal mountains, lakeside paths, hunters' routes and farmland and discover geologically tangled terrain
  • Relax at quintessentially Scottish whisky bars, taste the area's best scotches and savor homemade scones during afternoon tea
  • Connect with the local culture and history of colorful towns, visit historical landmarks and boat through wildlife-filled waters

Start/End Inverness

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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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 to spot the hidden lake behind the famous massif Beinn Eighe.

Day 3 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.

Day 4 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.

Days 5-6 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 Inverlochy Castle, a majestic estate surrounded by evergreen trees and a shimmering lake | Hike beneath Ben Nevis, with pastoral scenery accented by rocky cliffs and vistas of the sea and lochs.

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From $5,299 - $5,499 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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Premiere Hotels

Torridon Hotel
Torridon Hotel

Wester Ross (2 nights)

Cuillin Hills Hotel
Cuillin Hills Hotel

Isle of Skye (2 nights)

Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle

Torlundy (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Scotland

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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 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.

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 décor and dining are at their finest at this Small Luxury Hotels of the World regal castle estate, nestled amid the West Highlands' magnificent glens, lochs and mountains.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
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 6 300
2 5 900 8 1200 11 1600
3 4* 600 9 1400
4 4* 500 6* 800
5 2 300 6 500
6 2 200

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.

* Includes shuttle.

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.


All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

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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