Scotland Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness & Isle of Skye

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The Scottish Highlands. A place where wild, raw and dramatic terrain gives way to quaint hamlets and cozy pubs. Where places delight with names like River Snizort and Fairy Lochs. From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye to Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, be mesmerized as you and your family trek along forested trails, near dramatic cliffs and past idyllic coves with dolphins in the distance. And when you're ready to put up your feet, an afternoon tea or a Scottish ale will be calling your name.

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  • Discover why Scotland is a hiker's paradise as you explore the wild Scottish Highlands including the Isle of Skye and the region's famous lochs
  • Wind through geologically tangled terrain and mossy forest trails, gazing up at massive coastal mountains and over open moorland
  • Relax at a private Scottish whisky tasting, enjoy the area's best ales, taste delicious local seafood and dig in to traditional pub fare
  • Learn about the local culture and lore of colorful towns, historical landmarks and perhaps come face to face with Nessie of Loch Ness!

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Days 1-2 Get your first glimpse of the Scottish Highlands in Inverfarigaig as you walk along a mossy trail to a viewpoint of Loch Ness | Pop into a cozy pub for a Scottish ale or whisky | Walk under the 21-arched, 100-foot-high Glenfinnan Viaduct and climb to superb views of the curved structure and Loch Shiel | Board the train to Mallaig for one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, passing rolling hills, sparkling lochs and the sandy shores of Morar | On the Isle of Skye, enjoy mountain views and hike to one of the island's most idyllic beaches, Camas Daraich.

Days 3-4 Admire the dramatic ridgelines of the Trotternish peninsula, marked by plunging cliffs, green plateaus and rocky pinnacles | Pass craggy peaks while exploring the Quiraing, with views of the sea and wild coastal landscape | Settle in for a fine meal and private whisky tasting | From the ancient ruins of the church of Kilchrist, hike past outcrops of weathered limestone and several waterfalls to find superb views over ​Loch Slapin | Explore the deserted and haunting villages of Suisnish and Boreraig, while a local expert regales us with highland tales | Walk along stunning coastline and up to a high point with soaring vistas of the Cuillin Hills and the Scottish mainland | In the mood for fresh fish-and-chips? Tried haggis? Now's your chance while dining at an authentic Scottish pub!

Days 5-6 Hike amid Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve's ancient pinewoods, clusters of mountain peaks and open moorland | Look for golden eagles and red deer | Climb to impressive views of Loch Maree and wind through woodland, waterfalls and a plateau of lunar-like lochs | Explore the Gairloch and Conon Estate, including its Flowerdale Glen, cascades and botanical garden | Cool off with a swim at spectacular and secluded Gairloch Beach | Lovely mountain and coastline vistas unfold as we trek up to the Fairy Lochs—a series of small lochs in heather-covered moorland.

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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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests Guests: from $4,099 pp dbl occ
  • 8-9 Guests: from $4,799 pp dbl occ
  • 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!

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Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Glenfinnan House Hotel, Scotland
Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan (1 night)

Skeabost Hotel, Scotland
Skeabost Hotel

Isle of Skye (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Shieldaig Lodge, Scotland
Shieldaig Lodge

Gairloch (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Scotland

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Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Glenfinnan House Hotel, Scotland

Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan (1 night)

With a rolling lawn stretching to the shore of Loch Shiel, this hospitable 18th-century country-house hotel overlooks Ben Nevis.

Skeabost Hotel, Scotland

Skeabost Hotel

Isle of Skye (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

A lovingly restored hotel in a stunning setting overlooking Loch Snizort with a cozy drawing room and a chapel turned private dining room.

Shieldaig Lodge, Scotland

Shieldaig Lodge

Gairloch (2 nights)

The warm oak paneling and comfortable leather seating in this refurbished hunting lodge invite you to relax and enjoy magnificent garden and loch views.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 4 800 8 1100
2 1 200 4* 500 6 700
2 300
3 2 300 4* 500 6 800
4 5* 300 8 1000
5 2* 200 4 600 5 1800
2* 600
3* 900
6 3 500

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 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, 6 lunches, 5 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

The Best Leaders in Scotland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Scotland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

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.

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.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Scotland designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.