Join us on Scottish Highlands Adventure holiday with AAA LG.
After the past trips success and demand we have decided to do it again!
You may see our pictures from previous trips by clicking below:
Most of the photos below taken by our members during the previous years trips, except: food (collage made by us), distillery, lodge.
As an old Scots saying has it, ‘guid gear comes in sma’ bouk’ (good things come in small packages). And despite its small size, Scotland certainly has many treasures crammed into its compact territory. There’s something for all tastes.
I have always wanted to go to Scotland to explore this great country with “Brave hearts” people. It is all planned now. To make the trip pleasant and enjoyable we have decided to organise a small and friendly group, staying at the good quality, cozy accommodation.
We plan to stay in Scottish Highlands for 6 nights and 5 full days, exploring the area:
climbing Ben Nevis , the highest mountain in the UK;
hiking in the Glen Coe Valley, which boasts some of the most majestic picture postcard scenery to be seen in the Highlands;
visiting Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in the world. Certainly Eilean Donan is Scotland's most romantic and recognizable;
Oban, Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town and amazing destination for coastal hikes;
Isle of Skye, the worlds favorite island, recently voted '4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine’ and movie film location of 'BLESSED', starring James Nesbitt.
This will be a combined holiday of hiking and sight seeing! All will be planned according the weather to enjoy the most of it. We will choose the best weather day (OUT OF FULL 5 WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL ENJOY THE FANTASTIC VIEWS) to climb Ben Nevis.
Photos below taken on a way to the summit in May 2015:
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain. The classic route , so-called Tourist Route up the mountain. It is straightforward, if strenuous, by hillwalking standards, but the less experienced should read all the precautions.
Steep path throughout. The upper section is rough and very stony; it is often snow covered and losing the line of the path easily leads onto dangerous terrain - navigational skills are needed. NB. as with any mountain walk, any ascent when snow is lying on the path requires winter equipment and skills.
Distance 17km / 10.75 miles Time 7 - 9 hours Ascent 1352m Profile
If we need we may split a group into two smaller groups every day so members can choose a hike according their fitness and abilities!
Glen Coe & Loch Leven is a magical place where true Highland Hospitality combines with worlds famous scenery, poignant history and some of the best things to see and do Scotland has to offer. Here mountains and sparkling lochs combine to create the breathtaking uniqueness that is Glen Coe... Glen Coe is without doubt one of the most famous and scenic of all Scottish Glens.
Photos below taken during Glen Coe Valley hike in May 2015:
The Island of Skye, situated off the West coast of Mainland Scotland, is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides.
Sometimes referred to in Gaelic poetry and song as Eilean a' Cheò (The Misty Isle), Skye is renown for its natural beauty, history and wildlife.
The Cuillin Hills, the Red Hills and Blaven have long been favourites with climbers and walkers. If you don't fancy the high places, the deeply indented coastline means you are never far from the sea.
Fairy Pools and Coire na Creiche walk is a great chance to get you into the Cuillin scenery without the need for any scrambling or other difficulties. The first section follows a beautiful crystal clear stream full of lovely pools and waterfalls.
Wildlife abounds on the Island, with birds from the tiny Goldcrest to magnificent Golden Eagle, mammals from Pygmy Shrew to Red Deer and fish from Saithe to Salmon. If we are lucky we might catch sight of the elusive Otter playing on the shore. The wide range of geology and topography provides habitats for many wild flowers.
Last year in May we managed to see the otter right near to the Oban bridge in a city centre.
Oban the Seafood Capital of Scotland, known also as the Gateway to the Isles. We may go for 1 hour cruise to the local seal colony giving good proximity for photographing seals and other wildlife.
Well worth a visit while we are in Oban, especially if the weather is unkind, is the Oban Distillery, unusual in being located in the heart of such a busy town.
There has been a distillery here since 1794. It can readily be identified by its tall chimney and by its location, almost on the waterfront and immediately underneath McCaig's Folly.
We will be staying in the picturesque village of Onich, in an area of the Scottish Highlands renowned for its magnificent and varied scenic beauty.
Set within private & naturally wooded grounds, our accommodation has got panoramic views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Mountains, it is popular with active-minded guests - Being midway between the Ben Nevis & Glencoe mountain ranges, (20 minute drive to Ben Nevis, 10 minutes to Glencoe.) walkers and climbers are spoiled for choice.
The Mamore Mountains are a 20 minute drive away also. The Lochaber area has taken on the title of 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', in recognition of the large & varied selection of outdoor activities available in the local area.
Glencoe Visitor Centre (10 min away) - a multi award winning Visitor Centre and Building, encompassing a shop - with lots of interesting local products, a café - with fabulous home baking, an information point - including weather forecasts for climbers & walkers and advice on routes, a viewing platform.
The weather is unpredictable in Scotland even in May, which is the best time of the year to visit this amazing country. There are long days and NO midges yet (they start to appear in the end of Spring and can make your holiday awful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge).
We will need to be very well equipped for this trip: WATERPROOF: jackets, trousers, socks, gloves hiking boots are essential!!!
FLIGHTS OR TRAINS:
You may choose any flights or trains to Glasgow, there are a few choices
BUT YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON TIME FOR MEETING.
The meeting point will be at arrival in Glasgow Airport on Wednesday May 11 at 2 pm. TRANSFER IS ORGANISED FOR 2 PM PICK UP.
We will drop you off at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday May 17 at 11-30 am.
THE PRICE of £499 INCLUDES:
All accommodation for 6 nights in twin rooms en-suite with flat screen TV and free WiFi. Some rooms have mountain and loch views.
Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,
6 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 2 dinners
(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else.)
All transport and guided walks. We will have at least 2 hike leaders,
who are Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre http://www.pyb.co.uk/), and certified First Aiders,
so may have different walk/hikes options on one day.
The price does NOT include:
flights and 4 dinners when we will go out to try some local cuisine.
After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £499 to
Account Name: AAA LG
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