The Scottish Highlands: Four hikes for the ambitious adventurer

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Heigh-Ho! It’s off to the highlands we go. Our 8-day adventure features four tenacious treks. Get the dirt on those trails below.

Kerrera Coast

Our first hike begins with a five-minute ferry ride to the stunning Isle of Kerrera. This atmospheric island has a whopping population of 45 residents. We’ll trek the sensational southern coast, with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Loch Linnhe and other nearby islands. Gylen Castle ruins will be the haunting highlight.

Distance: 7 miles
Pace: 3.5 – 4.5 hours
Ascent: 900 feet
Terrain: Minor roads and tracks, some grassy paths

Isle of Mull

Polish your lens cap and pack an extra memory card for today’s scenic strut on the Isle of Mull. We’ll begin with a 50-minute ferry ride to quaint Craignure Village before indulging in a wonderful woodland walk towards Torosay Castle (private residence). While on Mull we’ll circle towards a lookout point above a lovely bay and Duart Castle. After we’re finished snapping selfies, our local guide will drive us to colourful Tobermory before we ferry back to the mainland.

Distance: 4-6 miles
Pace: 2-3 hours
Ascent: 700 feet
Terrain: Paths, rough and muddy in places

Kilmartin Glen

Beginning in Kilmartin village, we’ll take the popular path towards Kilmartin Glen passing ancient burial sites, stone circles and prehistoric curiosities. In fact, the region is Europe’s richest in Neolithic remnants. Our guide will have plenty of time to discuss its historical importance as this is our shortest schlep at only four-and-a-half miles.

Distance: 4.5 miles
Pace: 2-2.5 hours
Ascent: 100 feet
Terrain: Tracks and grassy paths with some muddy sections

Goat Fell

Our final hike is the most difficult with a near 3000-foot ascent, culminating with granite ridges and dramatic views. While the ascent is well maintained, the final leg is steep and can be quite difficult. If you’re more interested in history than another hefty hike, forgo Goat Fell to discover Brodick Castle. This medieval marvel and its gorgeous gardens can take an afternoon to explore. By end-of-day, we’ll regroup for a fantastic feast worthy of our summit.

Distance: 6.5 miles
Pace: 4.5-6 hours
Ascent: 2870 feet
Terrain: Good footpaths for most of the route, steep final section

*We ask our clients to maintain a flexible mindset on tour. Depending on group ability, Mother Nature and other factors beyond our control we may need to make last-minute route changes.

Learn more about our Scottish Highland Hikes tour on our website or give us a call to book now. Toll-Free CAN/US: 1-866-360-1152 or International: +1-416-531-8795. 

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