This private, fully-guided tour of the Scottish Highlands is designed especially for the adventurous at heart. Spend a week exploring the wild places, mountain ranges, and rugged coastlines of Scotland’s most spectacular regions. Hike around the famous Isle of Skye, sea kayak among seals in the Sound of Arisaig, and mountain bike in Cairngorms National Park. An expert guide will lead you while sharing their local knowledge. In the evenings, relax in boutique hotels, enjoying Scottish culinary delights and warm Highland hospitality.

Highlights

  • Go sea kayaking & seal-spotting in the azure waters of Arisaig
  • Take a boat to the heart of the Black Cuillin mountains & Loch Coruisk
  • Experience exhilarating mountain biking in the Cairngorms
  • Hike through dramatic Highland scenery with an expert guide

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Meet in Inverness - Guided Hiking on Skye Portree
Day 2 Guided Hiking on the Isle Of Skye Portree
Day 3 Travel to Arisaig - Guided Hike Arisaig
Day 4 Guided Sea Kayaking near Arisaig Arisaig
Day 5 Travel to Cairngorms National Park - Guided Mountain Biking Grantown On Spey
Day 6 Guided Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park Grantown On Spey
Day 7 Final Hike & Depart from Inverness  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Inverness - Guided Hiking on Skye

The Inverness city center, along the banks of the River Ness.
The Ness River and Inverness city center.

Arrive in the Highland capital of Inverness, where you'll be welcomed by your guide and driver for the week. Heading west through magnificent mountain scenery, cross the Skye Bridge to reach the eponymous Hebridean isle, where you’ll go for an afternoon hike amongst Skye’s other-worldly landscapes.

Your guide will select a memorable hike based on your preferences, and help you discover the rich history and beauty of the island. In the afternoon, check into a welcoming hotel overlooking the windswept Cuillin mountain range.

Day 2: Guided Hiking on the Isle Of Skye

Looking across the sea to the Black Cuillin mountains of Skye.
Looking across the sea to the Black Cuillin mountains of Skye.

Start today from the tiny fishing village of Elgol, where you’ll board a boat and set out for the secluded Loch Coruisk. This inland freshwater loch lies hidden at the heart of the towering Black Cuillin mountains. Along the way, look out for seals and dolphins in the clear waters. Once ashore, you have the option of hiking around the loch or simply drinking in the atmosphere and watching the Scavaig River as it cascades from the loch to the sea. In the afternoon, take the boat back to Elgol and choose to enjoy another hike on Skye or head back to your hotel to relax.

Day 3: Travel to Arisaig - Guided Hike

The white sand beaches and crystal clear seas of the Sound Of Arisaig.
The white-sand beaches and crystal clear seas of the Sound Of Arisaig.

Leave the Isle of Skye behind you this morning and make a short crossing to the mainland by ferry. You'll arrive in the fishing port of Mallaig, just a quick transfer from your next hotel overlooking the Sound of Arisaig. This gorgeous coastal region is rich in marine wildlife and human history, which you’ll discover on foot with your expert guide. Options include hikes to majestic lochs or secluded beaches, enjoying the stunning views toward the Small Isles.

Day 4: Guided Sea Kayaking near Arisaig

Sea Kayaking on the Sound Of Arisaig.
Sea Kayaking on the Sound Of Arisaig.

Today you’ll see the Sound of Arisaig from a different perspective, sea kayaking along the coast to explore calm Atlantic waters and the resident seal colony. Watch for sea birds and marine wildlife and breathe in the fresh sea air as you paddle your way through picturesque coastal scenery. Your kayaking guide will also serve as your coach, instructing you in the skills needed to make the most of this unforgettable adventure.

Day 5: Travel to the Cairngorms National Park - Guided Mountain Biking

Mountain biking along  ancient forest trails.
Mountain biking along ancient forest trails.

Bid the west coast farewell today and head east to the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy an extraordinary change in landscapes as you travel, from prominent peaks and deep glens to the high plateau and broad river valleys.

In the adventure hub of Aviemore, collect your mountain bikes and follow your guide into the great Caledonian Forest—a flourishing section of the ancient woodlands that enchanted Queen Victoria long ago. Pass through a land of towering pine trees and crystal clear streams with ever-changing views. The mountain biking can be as straightforward or as challenging as you like, with adaptable routes suitable for any skill level. Enjoy a genuine Highland welcome when you arrive at your accommodation nearby.

Day 6: Guided Hiking in the Cairngorms National Park

Looking out over the dramatic high lochs of the Cairngorm mountains.
Looking out over the dramatic high lochs of the Cairngorm mountains.

Today is devoted to exploring more of the remarkable Cairngorms National Park. Together with your guide, choose a hike that best suits the weather conditions and your aims for the day—whether that's a gentle walk around a secluded loch with a ruined castle, a hike through magical forests, or even a climb up onto the high plateau to scale the summits of the rugged Cairngorm mountains themselves.

Day 7: Final Hike & Depart from Inverness

Hiking in the Cairngorm National Park.
Hiking in the Cairngorm National Park.

After a leisurely breakfast, head out for one final hike in the Cairngorms National Park with your guide. As the largest national park in Scotland, there's plenty of variety in each excursion and a vast array of routes to choose from. Afterward, return to Inverness, where your guide will drop you at the airport or train station and wish you a fond farewell.

Map

Map of Scottish Highlands Adventure: Fully Guided - 7 Days
Map of Scottish Highlands Adventure: Fully Guided - 7 Days