The Big Highlands tour
Day 1 - Welcome to the Highlands
Pick up at the airport and transfer. Drive to the Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the country. The Highlands Mountains welcome us: five of the six highest mountains in the UK are within the park. Settling in for the next 2 nights in a hostel within the national park.
Day 2 - Cairngorms National Park
Hiking today on the high plateau of the park. The ascent will be progressive and presents no technical difficulties. The Cairngorms plateau is the highest, coldest and snowiest in Great Britain. It is usual to find snow even in summer. The landscapes are wild and the fauna very rich: hares, snow buntings, golden eagles, ptarmigan, capercaillie (more difficult to see but present) and red deer… Let’s open our eyes wide not to miss such a spectacle.
Day 3 - Isle of Skye - North Minch
From the North Sea, we will head towards the Atlantic Ocean and more precisely towards the Old Man of Stoer, a 60-metre high rocky needle, miraculously spared by the ocean’s raging waves. A sublime coastal walk will offer us breathtaking panoramas: steep cliffs, dream beaches, peat bogs and sheep as far as the eye can see… If we are lucky we may see whales and dolphins. A feast for the eyes. Installation for 3 nights in the Assynt region.
Day 4 - Quinag
Today we will climb to the top of the Quinag mountain range for a classico by making a beautiful loop that will allow us to admire the mountains of this wild region but also the ocean and the islands. Our hike will allow us to embrace with our eyes a panorama unique in the world.
Day 5 - Cul mor
Hiking with no particular difficulty to reach the top of Cul Mor. Breathtaking view of the famous monoliths of the region, namely “Suilven” and “Stac Pollaidh”. They are not part of the Scottish “munro” but are no less spectacular. Another unique scenery in the world with a multitude of lochs and mountains, a real treat!
Day 6 - Stac Polliadh and NC 500
The ascent of the Stac Pollaidh is a must on a trip to the Cogaich Peninsula. The trail is relatively simple in its first part and becomes steeper in the final part. It’s really worth it since it feels like being on top of the world and being able to tickle the clouds. On a clear day, the view of the scattered ridges and the surrounding wild lochs is amazing. We will then take the famous NC500 road, voted as one of the most beautiful road trips in the world by National Geographic, to reach the Torridon area (a must for any Scottish hiker) where we will settle down for the next 2 nights.
Day 7 - Beinn Eighe
Little known to the public, the Torridon mountain range is away from mass tourism and is a paradise for adventurous hikers. We will immerse ourselves in this nature reserve with its mountainous landscape on a splendid hike over one of the most beautiful lochs in the country: the Maree loch.
Day 8 - Applecross peninsula
Head for the Applecross Peninsula. The road to get there will be just breathtaking with its laces in the middle of bogs and views of the coast. Stroll along beautiful cliffs and white sandy beaches with the peaks of the Isle of Skye, our next destination, as a backdrop. Boat to Skye and then stay in a hostel on the island for the next 3 nights. End of the day rest on the beach not far from our B&B.
Day 9 - Quiraing
Cuith-Raing is a breathtaking set of rocky needles in the middle of grassy slopes, created by a whole series of geological phenomena over millions of years. An enchanting spectacle in Hobbit country for an unforgettable hike.
Day 10 - The Cuillins
The Cuillins are composed of two mountain ranges: the Red Cuillins, made of pink granite and located more to the south-east, and the Black Cuillins, shaped like a horseshoe, located more towards the coast. They are made up of about twenty sharp peaks. It is in this unique setting that Scottish mountaineering was born and that the country’s first guide John McKenzie made his debut. We will follow in his footsteps.
Day 11 - Glasgow
Boat back to the mainland and transfer to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Free afternoon to discover at your own pace this young and dynamic city. Don’t miss George Square in the city centre, the university and its special cloisters, Saint Mungo’s Cathedral, the magnificent Mitchell Library, the Victorian cemetery or Style Mile, the city’s shopping area. Dinner and free evening, the opportunity to taste a last whisky in the best pubs in the world!
Day 12 - Return Flight and end of your scottish adventure
Transfer to the airport according to the schedule of the reference flight and return flight.
“I have never seen so much green scenery in my life! Highlands are magnificent! Thank you for the great guiding”
“Finally visited my ancestors country, and we did it in style! Perfect adventure holiday, so a big thank you to all the Adventures Scotland team as you have made my dream come true!”
A crossing of the most beautiful landscapes and major sites in the north-west of the country.