The Highlands and the Isle of Skye From the Highlands to the Hebrides, Scotland offers an enticing fabric of spectacular scenery, untamed beauty and ancient history. In this peacefully remote region, hike amid rocky highlands and windswept moorlands, past grand old castles and deep mysterious lochs. Wend your way among towering pine trees and along the rolling hills of the western Highlands, and explore the Isle of Skye’s rugged coastline. Evenings, settle into more genteel surroundings at grand hotels—once hunting lodges for the aristocracy. Linger by the fireplace and warm tired feet, relax with tea and coffee and look forward to tomorrow’s adventures.
Days 1-2 Torridon Meet in Inverness
• Hiking through the wilderness of western Scotland reveals sweeping views of Lochs Clair and Coulin and surrounding mountain ranges
• Explore the undisturbed landscape above Loch Torridon • With stunning loch vistas, our path leads through windswept Scots pine forests, over heather-carpeted hills and along a rushing stream.
Days 3-6 Sleat Tour Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles
• Rub shoulders with locals over lunch at a neighboring pub
• On the Isle of Skye, the ancient Gaelic language is still spoken
• Explore the Great Glen of Sligachan in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains
• Hike through fragrant heather, moorland grass and bog myrtle
• Storyteller George Macpherson shares stories about the Scottish Highlands and the history of Skye
• Hike to the deserted coastal villages of Boreraig and Suisnish with historian Rosie Somerville
• Learn the poignant history behind these ruins, victims of the Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries
• Follow a coastal path offering stunning views of nearby islands.
Grand Country Houses Loch Torridon Hotel
Torridon (2 nights) A Victorian beauty dating to 1887 that’s a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, recognized by the Hideaway Report as one of Scotland’s best hotels and set on a loch at the foot of a mountain.
(right) Sleat (3 nights) Overlooking Loch na Dal, the slate-roofed gabled house was built in the 1800s. Today it is the family home of Lord Macdonald, the High Chief of the clan Donald, and his wife, Lady Macdonald, one of Scotland’s most renowned chefs and cookbook authors.