Scottish Highlands & Islands
If photographs could speak then those of the Scottish Highlands would beckon travelers to explore. Scotland Highland and Island Rambles meet at Glasgow Airport in Scotland and are offered on:
2013 Trip Dates
Requested Single Supplement: $450.00.
Private Bath: 8 nights
Canoe Rental: included in trip price
Day by Day Itinerary
Scotland Highland Ramble
Scotland Highland and Island
11 day, moderate
quick water Inn based
canoeing and hiking trip.
If photographs could speak then those of the Scottish Highlands
would beckon travelers to explore.
Scottish Highlands are as different to the rest of Scotland as they
are from all of Britain.
A rugged beauty of bold vistas and independent nature call us to the
hills and rivers. To journey to the land of lochs and glens, castles
and cottages, kings and clansmen, of kilts and bagpipes is a journey
like no other.
Our venture takes us deep into the heart of Scotland where timeless
beauty awaits. We settle into a slower pace of life, taking time to
discover and explore the splendid landscapes, open rugged coastline,
hills of heather and dancing rivers.
Glasgow, quickly pass through customs and find ourselves traveling along
the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The wooded islands and picturesque
bays and clear waters are a wonderful beginning. We look forward to
spending a couple days along Loch Tay. Here we will paddle the rivers
Dochart and Lochay, have time to wander through the small village of
Killin and enjoy a walk in the hills above the village.
a few days along Loch Tay we travel west through Glen Coe and on to
Fort William. Etive Mor rises out of the moorland and like a sentinel
stands watch over Glen Coe. This area is well known for hill walks
and climbing so our choices are numerous. The scenery throughout the
glen is dramatic and no matter what we opt for we will find ourselves
immersed in our surroundings.
continue on the road to the Isles and over the sea to Skye. The Isle
of Skye, is truly an amazing place, rich in history and folklore. Steep
and rugged mountains along the coast make a dramatic backdrop during
our travels. Throughout the Isle we will learn of clan struggles, the
folklore of Bonnie Prince Charlie, crofting and clearances. There is
much to do here. We will have time
to visit Dunvegan castle, the seat of the clan MacLeod, or visit one
of Scotland's wonderful distilleries and taste a wee dram of whisky.
Our paddling choices include the river Snizort or one of the many sea
lochs in the area. The Quiraing (coo-rang) is truly a remarkable and
magnificent place, and we plan to spend a day here walking and discovering.
The Quiraing is a maze of towering pinnacles and hidden meadows. Some
of the meadows are said to be magical places where fairies frolic on
leave Skye and continue our journey to Kinloch Rannoch and Glen Lyon.
Over 25 miles long Glen Lyon is reputed to be one of the most beautiful
places in all of Scotland. Here we will find a wide range of walks to
enjoy along with wonderful paddling on the river Lyon. The Lyon provides
the perfect setting for a day of paddling. The river is a true delight
and the countryside that unfolds in front of our eyes offers breathtaking
beauty and true grandeur.
last couple evenings are spent in Fortingal where we walk along a quiet
country lane past tidy thatched roofed cottages to the Fortingal Hotel.
Reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, this tiny hamlet is
also home to an ancient Yew tree, druid stones and castles.
too soon our journey is over and we are traveling back to Glasgow and
saying our final goodbyes. Our memories are still in the making as we
pass silhouetted castles hugging cliffs along rivers that wind through
rolling green hills laid out like velvet carpet. Travel with us to this
enchanting land that is just waiting to be shared. A serene and beautiful
area, where every turn leads to further discoveries, wonderful vistas
and an unhurried pace of life.
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