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Scotland is a land of dramatic landscape, fascinating legends, rich history and living traditions. We invite you to discover a little bit of all these things in our trip while you enjoy walking in amazing places. Most part of the trip will take place in the Scottish Highlands, with its mountain ranges, lochs, beaches, glens, wildlife, battlefields and ancient monuments. We will follow the West Highland Way, a route of 154 km that pass some of the most famous places in the Highlands, including the highest peak in the UK, Ben Nevis. Before that, you will have some time to explore Edinburgh and the nearby Pentland Hills, so you can prepare for the big trek in the Highlands. For those who want to continue exploring Scotland, they can join the last part of the trip in the Island of Mull for three days.
· City tour in Edinburgh to see the most famous sites, including a hike to Arthur’s Seat.
· Explore the Pentland Hills and the Water of Leith near Edinburgh.
· Walk in the famous West Highland Way for 7 days, crossing mountains, lochs and glens along the way.
· Enjoy the beautiful Glencoe, one of the most famous glens in Scotland. · Climb to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
· Optional trip to the Island of Mull where you will do some nice hikes. · Learn about the Scottish culture while you walk through breathtaking scenery with travel mates from different countries.
PART 1: EDINBURGH AND SURROUNDINGS
DAY 1 (FRIDAY): EDINBURGH
We will start the city tour at 9 am and we will spend the whole day exploring the most famous places of Edinburgh: Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, Princess St. Gardens, Holyrood Palace, etc. A hike to Arthur’s Seat, the famous mountain of Edinburgh and also a dormant volcano is included. We will have lunch in Grassmarket and we will continue the tour until 5 pm. Then you will have free time to explore some of the hidden gems of the city and the nightlife. Overnight in hostel.
DAY 2 (SATURDAY): PENTLAND HILLS
We will take a bus to the Pentlands and will do the 5 Tops Hillwalk (distance 16.5 km, 750 m ascent, time 5-6 h). We will be back at start point around 4 pm and have time for refreshments in the pub before taking the bus back to Edinburgh. Dinner and free time in Edinburgh in the evening. Overnight in hostel.
DAY 3 (SUNDAY): EDINBURGH
We will take a bus to Balerno at 9 am and at 10.15 we will start walking along the Water of Leith to Stockbridge (distance 15.5 km, 30 m ascent, time 5-6 h). At 4:30 pm we will arrive in Stockbridge at local food market where we can enjoy for half an hour. Free time for dinner and go out. Overnight in hostel.
PART 2: WEST HIGHLAND WAY
DAY 4 (MONDAY): EDINBURGH-MILNGAVIE-DRYMEN
We will take a direct train to Milngavie at 9.10 am. Our local guide will be waiting for us at the station and we will start walking with him to the start point of the West Highland Way. We will cross Mugdock Country Park, past Carbeth Loch and then on towards Drymen with our first views of Loch Lomond where the Highlands meet the Lowlands! We will also pass the only whisky distillery on route.
DAY 5 (TUESDAY): DRYMEN-ROWARDENNAN
A slightly harder day with the option to ascend our first small hill. This gives stunning panoramic views over Loch Lomond and as far as the Isle of Arran, weather permitting! Continuing on through native woodland we reach the shores of Loch Lomond. If the water is really low we can see the remains of a crannog where people would have lived over 2000 years ago.
DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY): ROWARDENNAN-INVERARNAN
This is a harder day with a fair bit of up and down on sometimes rough tracks. Historic caves, waterfalls and awesome views pull us onwards to our bed for the night in historic Inverarnan. We have now walked the entire length of Loch Lomond and are ready to venture into the higher hills of the Highlands proper.
DAY 7 (THURSDAY): INVERARNAN-TYNDRUM
The start of our walk is by the River Falloch which tumbles and splashes past us and ushers us on towards Crianlarich. Once past the village we are over half way to Fort William! Another few hours walk sees us past St Fillans Chapel with its connections to Robert the Bruce and on towards Tyndrum for a well-earned rest.
DAY 8 (FRIDAY): TYNDRUM-KINGSHOUSE
Some of the best scenery of the trip today with mountains soaring above us as we follow the world famous West Highland Railway to begin. We walk on military roads built to 'pacify' the clans in the late 18th century and these take us onto Rannoch Moor - a wonderful amphitheatre of bog and water with mountains stretching out around us. Eventually we pass Scotland's oldest ski centre and can take in the scenery of Glencoe - possibly Scotland's finest valley! We will now be based at our hostel in Glencoe for the next few stages.
DAY 9 (SATURDAY): KINGSHOUSE-KINLOCHLEVEN
Your guide will leave you to walk this short, straightforward section yourself while he arranges minibus hire for the next few days. You will climb the infamous Devils Staircase with panoramic views of Blackwater Reservoir and Glencoe and very possibly your first glimpse of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.
DAY 10 (SUNDAY): KINLOCHLEVEN-FORT WILLIAM
This is a long day through wonderful valleys. After our initial climb up out of Kinlochleven there is very little ascent as we head onwards into beautiful Glen Nevis. These last few miles are some of the best of the entire trip and we finish with big smiles in Fort William before heading back to Glencoe for the night.
DAY 11 (MONDAY): GLENCOE
Day walk in Glencoe. We will take a moderate half day walk in Glencoe today and explore the mountains, rivers, wildlife and stories that make this Scotland's most famous Glen.
DAY 12 (TUESDAY): BEN NEVIS
This is it - the highest mountain in the UK and a fitting end to your adventure if you have walked the West Highland Way with us. It's a long day, with an early start, to make sure we make the most of it. The views are sensational! After an early finish your guide will take you to Oban for the ferry to Mull and your next few days exploring! For those finishing their trip here, they can spend the night in Oban before heading back to Edinburgh the next day.
PART 3: THE ISLAND OF MULL
DAY 12 (TUESDAY): OBAN-MULL
Meet with the guide at ferry port at 7.40 pm and travel to Mull. Arrive in Craignure at 8.45 pm. Free time and diner. Overnight in hostel.
DAY 13 (TUESDAY): MULL
We will start walking at 10 am, and we will go to Torosay Castle & Duart Castle along the coast of Mull with views towards Duart Castle, Oban and the lighthouse. If we are lucky we even see the ferry coming or going. Distance 11.75 km, 100 m ascent, Time 4 - 4 ½ h. Possibility of visiting the Duart Castle (entrance £6). We will return to Craignure at 5 pm and have refreshments in pub/café.
DAY 14 (WEDNESDAY): MULL
We will take a bus at 10.42 am to the start point of our walk: Beinn Talaidh via Glen Forsa (distance 18 km, 748 m ascent, Time 5 -6 h). We will take the bus back to the hostel at 6.10 pm.
DAY 15 (THURSDAY): MULL-OBAN
At 9.30 am we will start the walk Dun Da Ghaoithe (distance 15 km, 843 m ascent, time 4 -5 h). At 4 pm return to hostel & free time. At 5 pm ferry Mull - Oban. End of trip.
You can do the whole trip or one or two parts of it. We give you the price for every part of the trip. However, there is a discount if you do the three parts. The price is for a group of 6 participants. If there are more people in the group, the price will be reduced. In the case there are less than 6 participants, the price will increase and we will let you know if this happens.
EDINBURGH PART (6 pax): £210
WEST HIGHLAND WAY PART (6 pax): £697
ISLAND OF MULL PART (6 pax): £294
PRICE OF FULL TRIP (6 pax): £1,175
- Guiding services during the whole trip.
- All tours and walks during the itinerary.
- All transfers and transportation.
- Accommodation for all the nights of trip. Accommodation is mainly in hostels.
- Transportation to the start point of the trip and back.
- Insurance: Everyone is responsible for their own travel insurance and a copy of the insurance contract must be sent to us at least two weeks before the start of the trip.
It is possible to do one part or two parts of the trip, if not possible to do all. I am just organising the trip but not going with the group. The local guide will meet the group at the start point of the trip.
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