Scotland
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 12, 2015
  • From $3,898 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Explore Scotland on this Active Vacation

Scotland is a country of stunning landscapes, wildlife and wonderful local produce, combined with a thriving arts and culture scene, and topped off with a colorful history of epic battles and historic castles. Explore quiet country roads by bike, hike a stunning valley that was featured in the film Braveheart, visit a local whiskey distillery, and keep an eye out for Nessie on a trip across Loch Ness.

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

From the shores of Loch Ness to the ancient forests of Cairngorms National Park, venture deep into Scotland’s luscious lake, glen and mountain scenery on foot and on two wheels, soaking up a true taste of Highland culture.

  • Bike along Loch Ness to a backdrop of Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain
  • Summit An Sgurr (The Peak) on the Isle of Eigg – home to only 100 residents – for 360-degree vistas
  • Marvel at a 300-foot waterfall tumbling from a mountain in Glen Nevis, where Braveheart was filmed
  • Explore the quiet roads and tundra-like wilderness of Cairngorms National Park
  • Keep your eyes peeled for ospreys and red squirrels at a nature reserve in Inverness
  • Indulge in home-baked cakes and afternoon tea at an exclusive castle, and a wee dram of single malt whiskey at a local distillery
Wilderness walking in Scotland
Photo: Wilderness walking in Scotland

Hands down this was the most fun and truly stress-free vacation ever. Our guides were simply amazing.

Peter Buecker Louisville, KY

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Inverness, Scotland (INV)

Day 1: Wildlife of the Cairngorms
Wildlife of the Cairngorms
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: The Boat Hotel

Early afternoon, meet your guide in Inverness for a short transfer to Cairngorms National Park • Visit a nature reserve known for its ospreys, red squirrels, and many other birds • After you’ve had your fill of exploring, we’ll head to our nearby hotel with plenty of time to freshen up before our first night’s dinner

About The Boat Hotel
Nestled in a tranquil, picturesque setting, deep within the heart of Cairngorms National Park, near Aviemore, lies the historic and unique award winning Boat Hotel & Bistro.

The Boat Hotel & Bistro combines historic charm with modern facilities to provide the leading destination and first choice country retreat hotel in the Aviemore area.

Day 2: Biking in the Cairngorms
Biking in the Cairngorms
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: The Boat Hotel

The Cairngorms offers fantastic cycling on quiet roads, cycle paths and gravel forest trails • We’ll combine these to explore the local area • A free evening allows you the opportunity to choose where to dine

Day 3: High Level Hiking in the Cairngorms
High Level Hiking in the Cairngorms
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: The Boat Hotel

We venture high with a hike up one of the beautiful Cairngorms mountains - there are many to choose from and your guide will select a route which will fit the group’s energy levels • On the descent, a surprise is waiting and you can be sure that a snack is involved! • Tonight's dinner is in a wonderful local restaurant

Day 4: West to Fort William
West to Fort William
Meals Included:  B, L, D

We start the day with a behind the scenes tour of a working Highland Estate • Afterwards, enjoy lunch in a cozy café before visiting a local whisky distillery for a wee dram! • Transfer westwards to the small town of Fort William in the West Highlands, arriving at the hotel in time for dinner

 

About The Moorings Hotel
Situated on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune’s staircase, the location of this hotel is perfect for a short stroll along the canal-side or enjoying a more strenuous walk along the Great Glen Way!

The hotel offers spectacular views of Britain’s highest Mountain, Ben Nevis, with stunning views from the executive rooms over the canal to the Nevis mountain range. The Moorings always strives to give guests that little bit extra - from the warmest of Scottish hospitality welcomes to the finest dining experience, using the best of local produce wherever possible, with salmon, venison, seafood and game featuring daily on their menus.

Day 5: Hiking in Glen Nevis
Hiking in Glen Nevis
Meals Included:  B, L,D
Overnight: The Moorings

Today we hike what has been called ‘the best short hike in Britain’ • Fortunately for us, this accolade has not brought many extra hikers so it retains a wild feel • We hike through a spectacular chasm to a meadow, where a waterfall tumbles over 328 feet from a high mountain • This stunning
Valley is featured in Braveheart • Early afternoon, we provide a silver-tray moment, literally, when we visit an exclusive castle to enjoy afternoon tea!

Day 6: The Isle of Eigg
The Isle of Eigg
Meals Included:  B, L, D

We step well off the beaten track as we take a day trip to visit this community-owned island, located just off the west coast • With a population of around 100 permanent residents, Eigg has a fascinating social history • It also is home to one of the most distinctive mountains in Scotland - An Sgurr •
Translating simply as ‘The Peak’, this 1,309 ft peak offers an easy but rewarding hike to its airy summit • The 360 degree views from its summit are some of the finest in Scotland • We return to the mainland after a cake in the island’s café, arriving back in time to freshen up before our last night’s dinner

Day 7: Loch Ness Adventure / Transfer to Inverness, Depart
Loch Ness Adventure / Transfer to Inverness, Depart
Meals Included:  B

We transfer north to the village of Fort Augustus (45 minutes) • After a look around this pretty village, we step on board a RIB and enjoy a high speed journey on Loch Ness • Finish at the ruins of Urquhart Castle and explore with your guide • From here, a 20 minute transfer takes us back to Inverness, arriving around 1pm

* This trip is operated in partnership with Wilderness Scotland.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Wilderness Scotland.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Sep 12, 2015
  • From $3,898 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Sep 12, 2015
  • Jul 2, 2016
  • Sep 10, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure

Arrival Flight/Day 1 Pickup

  • You will be met at 1:00 pm at Inverness Railway Station.
  • Your guide will have an Austin Adventures signboard and will be waiting underneath the electronic departures board.
  • It is a small railway station so your guide will be easy to find.
  • For guests arriving into Inverness for a pre-night stay, our guide will collect you from the reception area in Kingsmills Hotel at 12:30 pm.

Day 7 Departure/Return Flight

  • After breakfast, we visit a nature reserve where we hope to see ospreys and red squirrels, and many other birds, before your transfer back to Inverness, arriving at the railway station at around 1:00 pm.
  • If you are departing by plane, your guides will then transfer you to Inverness airport, where you will arrive by 2:00 pm.
Activities
  • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 5 to 10 miles.
  • Biking: Moderate fairly flat, gravel trails and quiet country roads, up to 25 miles.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 7 (excluding Dinner on Night 5).
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • All ferry fares, bike hires, entrance fees and private tours as described in the itinerary.
  • Afternoon tea at the castle on Day 4.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures/Wilderness Scotland guides.
  • Dinner on Night 5.
  • Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • Airport transfers (except to Inverness Airport on Day 7 if required).
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Find out for yourself whether Nessie is real or not...
  • 2. Scotch, first mentioned in text from the 15th century, was originally distilled by a friar and is believed to have come from a Scottish drink whose name translates to "water of life." Try one of Scotland's most famous exports for yourself and see if it lives up to its name.
  • 3. The Cairngorm Mountains, in Cairngorm National Park, contain some of the highest peaks in Great Britain, with five standing over 4,050 feet tall.
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