Western Isles Wilderness mountain walking holiday
The wildest & most sensational mountain walking! An all inclusive holiday with a rich mix of wildlife, culture & increadibly beautiful scenary
7 days, 8 nights
We offer pick ups/ drop offs at Aviemore train station (latest 2pm on arrival day) and Inverness Airport (latest 3pm on arrival day) We offer pick ups/ drop offs at Aviemore train station and Inverness Airport. Please notify us of your intended time of arrival so we can co-ordinate pick ups. If travelling by car to meet us at Fraoch Lodge (arrive latest 2pm) before the onward journey - turn off A9 onto the A95 following signs for Carrbridge and Boat of Garten. Turn right to Boat of Garten, Fraoch Lodge is on the right 150 metres after the 30mph sign. Please notify us of your intended time of arrival so we can co-ordinate pick ups
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Highlights: deserted white sand beaches on Harris; hills of North Harris including Huiseabhal Mor, Tiorga Mor and An Clisham, the highest peak in the Western Isles; chances to see golden eagles and otters; views of Britain’s largest overhanging cliff; the flowering machair; the 12th Century church of St Clements; a visit to the jewel in Scotland,s prehistoric crown, the 3000 year old Callanish Standing Stones and an Iron Age broch.
Western Isles Wilderness is a hiking trip with a strong sense of place and culture. Harris is the home of some strong Scottish traditions (like the making of Tweed – long the fabric favoured by field sports enthusiasts, the fashion industry and of course Sherlock Holmes) and a wonderful well-preserved ancient and more recent history, examples of which are prevalent throughout both Harris and Lewis. We’ll also have the opportunity to experience some of the best cuisine the islands have to offer on our night out at one of the top quality local restaurants.
Day of arrival: You’re met at your point of arrival whether that’s Aviemore train station (arrive latest 2pm) or Inverness Airport (arrive latest 3pm) before driving through the Highlands to the pretty fishing town of Ullapool in readiness to catch the 6pm ferry to Stornoway.
Day 1: Huiseabhal Mor is our aim as we ascend with ever expanding breathtaking views back across to Harris’s many over peaks and out over the Atlantic.
Day 2 is an ascent of the Western Isles highest peak An Clisham.
Day 3: All the peaks on this trip are magical view points and as the western-most high summit, Tiorga Mor is no exception.
Day 4 is a chance to explore for yourself and a chance to rest the legs. There is the option of arranging a once in a lifetime boat trip out to St Kilda or alternatively join us on a 45 mile tour around the southern half of the island.
Day 5 The distinct twin peaks of Teileasbhal and Uisgneabhal Mor, the Hebrides second highest summit – our goal is to make a grand traverse of the impressive summits to then make a more gentle arching seaward descent back to our start point.
Day 6 sees us heading over the tiny township of Losgaintir. The single-track road cuts through a fringe of rich machair. On the left is a vast expanse of bleached white sand washed by a turquoise sea, on our right, our aim, Beinn Losgaintir, rearing up increasingly steeply. This hamlet is home to John Mackay who, amongst others, makes the world famous hand crafted Harris Tweed in his tiny workshop.
Day 7 After packing up we head back in the direction of Stornoway but not before visiting the Calanais Standing Stones. A little further along the road is one of Scotland’s best preserved Iron Age brochs, Dun Charlabhaigh. We head over to Stornaway for lunch in preparation for the ferry sailing back to the mainland and a night at Fraoch Lodge near Aviemore in preparation for your departure the following day.
Day of Departure: What ever time your plane or train is we will get you there for it. Most folks depart after breakfast leaving requests for Rebecca’s recipes or vowing to maintain their elevated standard of living!
We take the whole ethos with us when we run trips away from our home base of Fraoch Lodge. The whole family team journeys out with you and provides for you no matter where our base is.
We’ll book a well-appointed cottage large enough for our group and close to Tarbert. The cottage will have wifi but may not have a TV signal.
Scot Mountain Holidays will be hosting, guiding and catering with the best of Scottish produce. As there will be limited opportunities to restock our supplies while over in the Hebrides we will be planning the menu in advance and would ask that you make sure to give us all your requirements in advance. If there are any Scottish specialities you definitely don’t want to try, please say.
We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.
It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener. He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!
For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to continue to offer our unique departure guarantee*. If your booking is confirmed by Scot Mountain Holidays you can be assured that your holiday will run. We can offer this guarantee as we are unique amongst walking holiday operators in Scotland by providing all the parts of your holiday (guiding, accommodation and catering) in-house.
* Scot Mountain Holidays reserves the right to alter the venue and itinerary of holidays advertised as based away from Fraoch Lodge.
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A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required
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It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.