Walks and more in the Scottish Highlands...
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If you’re looking for a Scottish adventure that combines walking with other excursions then read on!
For this trip we’ve combined some great low level walks that still get to the heart of the Highlands with a variety of other adventures – from sea kayaking in Scotland’s Caribbean (Arisaig) through to castle visits or tasting whisky in a distillery.
Think relaxed leg loosening meanders through spectacular scenery where we might end up in a pub with traditional live Scottish music playing one evening, while another day might be taking a ferry ride to one of the islands for a spot of wildlife watching.
It’s a veritable pick and mix week of the best the Highlands can offer!
In a nutshell:
- Get that giddy kipper feeling as you stroll along with fantastic mountain scenery always in view.
- Relish the opportunity to enjoy Scotland’s non-walking adventures.
- Be prepared for banter and laughter aplenty as the week goes on.
- Soak up the great views and good company with some scrumptious food and drink.
Day one – Saturday
We collect guests who have travelled by public transport to Glasgow at 10am and make our way to our base for the week on the banks of Loch Linnhe.
Along the way we may well stop to stretch our legs, most likely at Glencoe which is like a gateway to the Highlands as the scenery suddenly becomes immense as the road meanders through the glen.
Other guests travelling all the way up under their own steam are welcome to arrive any time after 5pm, whereupon you’ll be greeted by your Large Outdoors host and no doubt the cheery ‘hellos’ from your fellow Highland adventurers.
After that, you’re welcome to relax while we head to the kitchen to prepare the evening meal. And relax you will as the Corran Bunkhouse has a great living area with a conservatory packed with squishy sofas and a wood burning stove. If the weather’s good, guests will make a beeline for the outside decking and seating that has ringside views across to the loch.
After dinner and usually while we’re attacking the cheeseboard, we outline plans for the week ahead.
On each of the following days we begin with breakfast at 8am and then make packed lunches while we decide on the day’s events.
Each day we’ll aim to include a walk but you’re quite welcome to have a non-walking day if you want to just simply chill out with a good book or go and explore by car.
During the evenings we head to a pub or restaurant for a meal.
What we do each day will depend on the weather but here’s a sample of the walks and other trips:
- Glen Nevis: The long valley running next to Britain’s highest mountain is a feature worth exploring in its own right. We’ll head past the impressive Nevis forest and walk up into the gorge at the end of the road (there’s a path, don’t worry!). After this, the valley opens out into an upland wonderland of crashing waterfalls, such as the famous Steall Falls, and remote mountainsides, all within easy reach of Fort William.
- Glenfinnan: Home to the famous viaduct from the Harry Potter films, Glenfinnan was also the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in Scotland in 1745 to lead the second Jacobite rebellion. We can wander up the valley, and down Loch Shiel on the lochside track to admire Glenfinnan from all angles.
- Kentra Bay – Away on the West coast, Kentra bay is a secluded sandy bay mostly protected from the rush of the sea by a wooded hill. We’ll explore the bay and the rugged coastline, and perhaps also head out to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the Scottish mainland. This is a great chance to visit the ice-scoured Ardnamurchan peninsula, far from the highest hills of the Highlands, where we can easily reach fantastic viewpoints.
· Sea kayaking at Arisaig The coast around Arisaig is known as the Caribbean of Scotland with good reason. At low tide, a rash of skerries or tiny islands are uncovered along with their white sand and coral beaches creating a brilliant sight.
By hiring kayaks it’s possible for us to do an easy paddle out to these skerries where only inquisitive seals will interrupt the isolation.
· Ferry trips to Mull or Eigg. We can take a ferry across to either Mull to visit the picture-postcard town of Tobermory or to Eigg, one of the most beautiful islands in the Inner Hebrides which is also a haven for wildlife.
· Castles, distilleries and more. Whether it’s visiting Inverlochy Castle, sampling whisky at the Ben Nevis Distillery or picking up some artwork at one of the many galleries in the area, there’s plenty to choose from.
Day 7 – Friday
Today we step out for a short walk before travelling to Loch Lomond for our final night.
Day 8 – Saturday
We transport guests back to Glasgow for lunchtime so they can make their onward journey home.
Ben Nevis add-on
If you feel as though your legs have got in the groove after a week in the Highlands and you want to challenge yourself then there’s the option on the Friday night of joining one of our other trips aimed at hiking to the top of Ben Nevis.
This will need to be booked in addition to the trip described above and will cost £85 per person including an overnight stopover.
From the Corran Bunkhouse you would need to make your own way to join the Ben Nevis group and stay at their base on the Friday night before tackling the mountain walk on the Saturday.
About the Area
The Scottish Highlands
The greatest mountain range in Britain, the Highlands stretches from Loch Lomond near Glasgow right to the northern coast of Scotland. In the West, the mountains drop right down to the sea, which finds its way inland along the deeply indented and undulating coastline.
The towns and villages are witness to the ancient history of clan warfare, Jacobite rebellion, English invasion – crickey they’ve been through some stuff!
Don’t be daunted by the high peaks and wildness of the landscape though as the glens offer spectacular walking, often following old drovers’ routes.
The landscape is a haven for wildlife such as red deer while the islands, coast and sea lochs offer plenty of opportunity for birdwatching, spotting seals or even dolphins.
The Highlands aren’t all about the great outdoors though as the magnificent castles together with a fair sprinkling of tearooms, inns and distilleries make it a great destination for those wanting to make the most of Scottish hospitality.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in hostel-style accommodation near Fort William and Glen Coe. Bedding will be provided but you’ll want to bring a towel.
Travel from Glasgow
This trip includes return travel from Glasgow. Collection is at 10am on Saturday morning, returning you to Glasgow for lunchtime on the last day.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016