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Inspiring Adventures in the Wild Places of Scotland

Wi l d e r n e s s Scot l a n d

2013


Welcome to our Wilderness “A superb trip from start to finish, this was potentially a once-in-alifetime adventure and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience.” - Joe Crookston It is with great fondness that I remember our first ever clients. In our makeshift home office, there was an air of total excitement and a certain measure of disbelief that someone was prepared to part with their hard-earned cash to come on holiday with us! To be honest, I felt like giving each of them a hug. Over a decade on and this passion for Scotland’s wild places remains. While we now have a proper office and even enough people to field a shinty team, our

motivation to provide inspiring active and naturebased travel experiences is as strong as ever. With more than 99% of you saying that you would recommend us to a friend, it’s not only great to learn we are doing things right but also hugely uplifting to hear your personal stories like Joe’s experience in the Outer Hebrides. In 2013, we have over 45 itineraries and 150 trips for you to choose from. And to make life easier, this year we have taken an innovative step and introduced Guaranteed Departures with most trips being confirmed with just two travellers. If my annual family holiday is anything to go by, we know that there is already a huge amount of uncertainty in the planning

process. We hope this change brings peace of mind and a reassurance that when you book, your trip is guaranteed to run. For many of you returning to the Highlands and Islands in 2013, we look forward to seeing you again. For those who have thought about visiting but have never quite made the trip, we hope this brochure persuades you to take the high road and experience one of the last great wilderness regions of Europe. Best wishes

Paul and the Team at Wilderness Scotland


Contents Our Trips.................................................................................................................. 6 Our Destinations...................................................................................................... 8 Trip Directory........................................................................................................... 10 Wilderness Walking................................................................................................. 12 Featured Trip: The Orkney Isles............................................................. 14 Featured Trip: The Knoydart Peninsula.................................................. 16 Sea Kayaking............................................................................................................ 18 Featured Trip: Introduction to Sea Kayaking......................................... 20 Featured Trip: Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North....................................... 22 Mountain Biking....................................................................................................... 24 Featured Trip: The Hebridean Trail........................................................ 26 Featured Trip: Coast to Coast................................................................ 28 Wildlife.................................................................................................................... 30 Featured Trip: Walking and Wildlife in the Shetland Isles..................... 32 Featured Trip: Scotland’s Big 5.............................................................. 34 Open Canoeing....................................................................................................... 36 Featured Trip: The Great Glen Canoe Trail............................................ 38 Featured Trip: North West Highlands Lochs & Mountains.................... 40 Wilderness Hospitality............................................................................................. 42 Sailing...................................................................................................................... 44 Featured Trip: Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles................................ 46 Featured Trip: Private Charter................................................................ 48 Family...................................................................................................................... 50 Featured Trip: Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig............................ 52 Featured Trip: Treasure Highland.......................................................... 54 Winter......................................................................................................................

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Self-Guided.............................................................................................................. 58 Featured Trip: John Muir Journey.......................................................... 60 Featured Trip: The Great Glen Way....................................................... 61 Tailor Made.............................................................................................................. 62 Wilderness Ireland................................................................................................... 64 International............................................................................................................ 66 Featured Trip: Sea Kayaking in Norway................................................. 68 Featured Trip: Trekking in Bhutan.......................................................... 70 Our Team................................................................................................................. 72 Booking Guide......................................................................................................... 74


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | ABOUT US

Wilderness Scotland

Sustainable Tourism

Wilderness Scotland provides inspiring holidays in the wild and beautiful places of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Our extensive range of holidays and bespoke experiences match every interest and ability, from worldclass sea kayaking to hiking through the last remaining wilderness and sailing to unspoilt, uninhabited islands.

In choosing Wilderness Scotland, you can also be sure that you’re travelling with a company that takes its commitment to sustainable tourism seriously. We operate to the highest environmental standards and are committed to supporting the local economies and communities in which we operate. We’re the only adventure travel company in the UK to hold the Green Tourism Gold Award and have won many other awards in recognition of our innovative approach and commitment to sustainable tourism.

Our innovative and professional approach has led us to be recognised as the leading provider of adventure holidays in Scotland, both by our clients and by the industry. National Geographic Magazine have named us the No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe. Our office and guiding team share a real passion for the Highlands and Islands. We are proud of this place we call home and each year we look forward to sharing the magic of one of the last remaining wilderness regions in Europe.

A Trip to Remember Our service is defined by passion, knowledge and attention to detail. 99% of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend. We believe that there’s no substitute for experience and in booking with Wilderness Scotland you can be sure that you’re joining a holiday that has been exhaustively researched and personally assessed for its style and quality.

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In recent years, we’ve been named Best Green Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards. To this day we’ve also maintained our 5 Star Responsible Tourism status by AITO. Wilderness Scotland is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT.org). We practice and support Leave No Trace skills and ethics and believe in the stewardship of Scotland’s wild places.


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

This Brochure We have aimed to give you an overview of our range of trips on offer. For each type of trip (Walking, Mountain Biking etc) we’ve featured two of our most iconic trips with full details of what you can expect. See page 74 for more information on our Guaranteed Departures promise. For full details on all of our trips please log on to our website: wildernessscotland.com

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | OUR TRIPS

Walking An immersive way to experience some of Scotland’s most inspiring places. Some of our trips are based in one location while others visit two or three Highland regions. Each trip includes accommodation in charming small hotels, guesthouses and Highland lodges.

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Sea Kayaking The unique perspective of Scotland’s coastlines and wildlife offered by sea kayaking makes a truly memorable experience. We offer a variety of trips ranging from introductory training courses and accommodation-based journeys to expeditions involving wild camping.

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Mountain Biking With over 20 years of experience we’ve handpicked the best off-road routes around. They’re ideally suited to riders who want to take a step forward and use their mountain bike to explore Scotland’s wild and wonderful places including the Cairngorms, Outer Hebrides and Skye as individual trips or multi-day journeys.

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Wildlife We offer a variety of trips to experience some of Scotland’s most iconic and fascinating wildlife, from sea life such as dolphins, whales and basking sharks to red deer, eagles and the reclusive Scottish wildcat.

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Open Canoeing The camaraderie and adventure of a canoe expedition is hard to beat. Most of our trips involve journeys with wild camping. Thanks to the spacious canoes, we can travel in comfort and enjoy delicious meals around the camp fire.

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Sailing Take to the water aboard one of our yachts and explore the magical west coast and Hebridean Islands. These are incredible experiences with amazing wildlife opportunities, great food, fascinating island culture and privileged access to stunning walking options.

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Family Give the whole family an opportunity to explore the stunning Scottish Highlands and Islands, with some cracking activities along the way. These trips can focus on a single activity such as canoeing or kayaking, or include a variety of activities and experiences throughout your trip.

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Self-Guided If you’re looking to go your own way, why not use our expertly-crafted itineraries? We’ll look after all the logistics and see that you have an unbeatable holiday in the Highlands and Islands. Page 58

Tailor Made We are able to create a bespoke holiday experience for you. Just tell us your dream ingredients and we’ll prepare the trip of a lifetime for you to enjoy hassle-free.

Tim Francis | Oldshoremore beach

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International We offer a variety of adventures across the globe in the world’s wildest and most spectacular locations. We focus on trekking, sea kayaking and ski touring, many of which are led by our UK guides in collaboration with local support.

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | OUR DESTINATIONS

Our Destinations CAPE WRATH Walking THE SHETLAND ISLES Walking & Wildlife

SUMMER ISLES Sea Kayaking

THE ORKNEY ISLES Walking

ASSYNT Walking

GLEN AFFRIC Walking

TORRIDON & APPLECROSS Sea Kayaking & Walking

LOCH NESS Open Canoeing, Family

OUTER HEBRIDES Walking, Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking

CAIRNGORMS Walking, Open Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Family & Ski Touring

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ST KILDA Sailing, Walking & Wildlife

SKYE & SMALL ISLES Sailing, Photography, Walking & Sea Kayaking ARISAIG Sea Kayaking & Family KNOYDART Walking, Photography ARGYLL & KINTYRE Sea Kayaking PERTHSHIRE Walking & Family

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Glasgow

Edinburgh


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NORWAY, LOFOTEN ISLANDS Wilderness Walking NORWAY, HELGELAND COAST Sea Kayaking

CHILEAN PATAGONIA Trekking

BHUTAN, HIMALAYAS Trekking

PERU, SALKANTAY TRAIL Trekking

TURKEY COAST, DALYAN DELTA Sea Kayaking

IRELAND Walking, Sea Kayaking, Cycling & Family

SARDINIA, THE BAY OF OROSEI Sea Kayaking

MOROCCO, HIGH ATLAS Trekking

THE ALPS Ski Touring

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | TRIP DIRECTORY

Walking Grading

Trip

Nights

Cost

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Easy

Wilderness Walking – Autumn Glens

4

£695

Website

Easy

Wilderness Walking – Applecross and Torridon

4

£725

Website

Easy

Wilderness Walking – Cairngorms National Park

6

£895

Website

Easy

Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides and Skye

6

£995

Website

Easy

Wilderness Walking – The Shetland Isles

6

£1,095

Website

Easy

Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Isles

6

£1,095

14

Easy

Wildlife Adventures – Scotland’s Big 5

6

£1,195

34

Moderate

Wilderness Walking – The Wilds of Assynt

6

£875

Website

Moderate

Wilderness Walking – Wester Ross and the Cairngorms

6

£965

Website

Moderate

Wilderness Walking – Cape Wrath and the NW Highlands

6

£995

Website

Moderate

Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

7

£1,075

16

Moderate

Trekking Morocco – Passes of the High Atlas

7

£1,295

Website

Moderate

Wilderness Walking Norway – The Lofoten Islands

6

£1,650

Website

Moderate

Trekking Bhutan – The Juniper Trail

14

£3,995

70

Moderate +

Trekking Patagonia – The Last Frontier

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£2,495

Website

Moderate +

Trekking Peru – The Salkantay Trail

10

£2,795

Website

Sea Kayaking Easy

Sea Kayaking Introduction Course

4

£595

20

Moderate

Sea Kayaking – West Coast Explorer

5

£650

Website

Moderate

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South – The Whisky Coast

5

£895

Website

Moderate

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central – The Jacobite Coast

5

£895

Website

Moderate

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North – The Gaelic Coast

5

£895

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Moderate

Sea Kayaking Turkey – The Wild Coasts

7

£995

Website

Moderate

Sea Kayaking Sardinia – The Bay of Orosei

6

£1,295

Website

Moderate +

Sea Kayaking – The Summer Isles

5

£675

Website

Moderate +

Sea Kayaking – The Sound of Arisaig

5

£675

Website

Moderate +

Sea Kayaking – Skye, Raasay and Rona

5

£675

Website

Moderate +

Sea Kayaking – The Outer Hebrides

5

£725

Website

Moderate +

Sea Kayaking Norway – Helgeland Coast

6

£1,495

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Mountain Biking 6

£1,095

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Challenging Mountain Biking – Harris, Skye & Torridon

6

£895

Website

Challenging Mountain Biking – Coast to Coast

6

£925

28

Moderate

Mountain Biking – The Hebridean Trail

The necessary disclaimer that all trip dates and prices are correct at the time of printing, but of course Wilderness Scotland reserve the right to make changes should we need to.

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Wildlife Grading

Trip

Nights

Cost

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Easy

Walking and Wildlife in the Shetland Isles

6

£1,095

32

Scotland’s Big 5

6

£1,195

34

Outer Hebrides Wildlife

6

£1,195

Website

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Easy Easy

Open Canoeing Moderate

Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent

3

£475

Moderate

Open Canoeing – The Great Glen Canoe Trail

4

£575

38

Moderate +

Open Canoeing & Hiking – Summit to Sea

6

£695

Website

Challenging

Open Canoeing & Hiking – NW Highlands – Lochs and Mountains

6

£735

40

Sailing Moderate

Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles

6

Varied

46

Moderate

Sailing Journeys – The Hebrides

6 or 9

£795

Website

Varied

Sailing – Private Yacht Charters

Flexible

£1,195

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Family Easy

Family Adventures – Perthshire Multi-Activity

Flexible

From £345

Website

Easy

Family Adventures – Harry Potter’s Highlands Multi Activity

Flexible

From £365

Website

Easy

Family Adventures – Canoeing in the Great Glen

3

£449

Website

Easy

Family Adventures – Mini Coast to Coast Mountain Biking

5

From £525

Website

Easy

Family Adventures – Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig

3

£525

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Easy

Family Adventures – Treasure Highland

5

From £775

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Winter Easy

Winter Walking – The Winter Highlands

4

£595

Website

Easy

Winter Walking – Ben Nevis and the West Highlands

4

£625

Website

Moderate

Ski Touring in Scotland – Introductory Course

3

£545

Website

Moderate

Ski Touring The Alps – Intro to Ski Touring

7

£1,050

Website

Moderate +

Ski Touring – Improver Course

5

£545

Website

Moderate +

Winter Walking – The Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh

4

£595

Website

Moderate +

Winter Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula

4

£625

Website

Challenging

Ski Touring The Alps – The Haute Route

8

£1,250

Website

Challenging

Ski Touring The Alps – Gran Paradiso

7

£1,095

Website

Photography Easy

Photography – Assynt and Coigach with Colin Prior Photogra-

4

£1,100

Website

Easy

Photography – Skye and the West Highlands

4

£1,150

Website

Easy

Photography – Knoydart and the Small Isles

7

£1,350

Website

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | WILDERNESS WALKING

THE SHETLAND ISLES

THE ORKNEY ISLES Featured Trip CAPE WRATH

ASSYNT OUTER HEBRIDES ST KILDA

Inverness

KNOYDART Featured Trip WESTER ROSS

SKYE & SMALL ISLES

CAIRNGORMS

APPLECROSS & TORRIDON Glasgow

Edinburgh

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Wilderness Walking It is such a rewarding and immersive experience to explore wild places on foot. With our guided walking trips you’ll be part of a small group of like-minded souls led by an experienced guide. Your accommodation will be in local cosy hotels, guesthouses and Highland lodges which are generally 3 - 4 star in standard. Our guides have built up an excellent knowledge of the local area you will be visiting. Don’t worry – they know the best eateries around to enjoy fantastic local cuisine while you share experiences from your day on the hills.

Our Guides

Which trip is for me?

Each of our walking guides are certified to the highest standard as Mountain Leaders and bring with them a wealth of information about the history, flora and fauna of the local area.

Easy These trips involve straightforward hiking on good trails with no major ascents. Most likely to say: “I love a good day’s walking to get away from it all.”

Walking in Scotland

Jeremy Martin | Assynt, North West Highlands

With its rolling glens, lochside trails and craggy peaks, Scotland offers something for all kinds of walker. We choose our routes to find a feeling of escapism, avoiding the well-beaten path and observing the rich history of the places we visit.

Moderate Regular walkers, hikers and hill-walkers enjoy these trips. Most likely to say: “I can take a big day on the hill so long as it’s followed by an easy one.” Challenging Tackling Scotland’s ridges and mountains is a regular fixture of these holidays. Most likely to say: “I’m pretty fit and feel I can take on high hills each day.” For more detailed grading information: wildernessscotland.com/grading.php

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | THE ORKNEY ISLES

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FEATURED TRIP | WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

The Orkney Isles Highlights Surrounded in myth and history of Norse, Scottish and Celtic origin, this archipelago of some seventy small islands offers a wonderful cultural and natural experience. Join us on a stunning and unforgettable journey due north of the Scottish mainland. Long days, dramatic night skies, a wealth of sea life, sea birds and the remarkable flora of the islands make Orkney a fascinating destination.

Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs Experience this rich natural and cultural heritage with our knowledgeable guides Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation

All transport from Inverness is included, after which, in the company of your highly knowledgeable guide you’ll walk in the wildest places of Orkney, surrounded by its Neolithic history. Return to enjoy lip-smacking cuisine and the finest accommodation in the Isles. Just hope you return home again without a curse from the sea-dwelling Selkies!

Price £1095 per person

Grading Easy

Dates 18th - 24th May 2013 27th July - 2nd August 2013 17th - 23rd August 2013

“The quality of accommodation and food was a real surprise: thanks to them the trip has been probably the best value for money I’ve had in years!” Luigi Petrucci, May 2012


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The Knoydart Peninsula Highlights Want to get away from it all? The rugged, wild beauty of the Knoydart peninsula offers escapism at its best. Isolated from the rest of the Highlands by a strip of mountainous terrain known as the ‘Rough Bounds’, this means that we access the peninsula by boat from Mallaig.

Access some of the finest and most remote walking routes in Scotland by boat Enjoy the unparalleled wilderness and wildlife experience of Knoydart Sample some of the finest cuisine in Scotland in a unique lodge accessed from the sea

Price £1075 per person

Grading Moderate

Dates 1st - 8th June 2013 29th June - 6th July 2013 27th July - 3rd August 2013 10th - 17th August 2013

“An excellent and challenging walking (and marine) experience in wonderful surroundings with fine dining, cosy clean accommodation and knowledgeable, cheerful and nature-passionate team. Can’t really fault it.” Chris Hyde, June 2012

Kirsty Chuchla

After being whisked by boat to your remote wilderness lodge, soak up the stunning sea views and indulgent local cooking. During the week, we access remote corners of the peninsula by boat and also enjoy trips out to the nearby islands of Skye and the Small Isles, often encountering whales, dolphins and porpoises before we even begin the day’s walk. This combination of wilderness, remarkable mountains, wildlife and fantastic local food make for an unforgettable holiday.


THE KNOYDART PENINSULA | WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | SEA KAYAKING

OUTER HEBRIDES

SUMMER ISLES

SCOTTISH SEA KAYAK TRAIL NORTH Featured Trip SOUND OF ARISAIG

INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING Featured Trip Inverness

WEST COAST EXPLORER KINTAIL

SCOTTISH SEA KAYAK TRAIL CENTRAL SCOTTISH SEA KAYAK TRAIL SOUTH

SKYE AND RAASAY

Glasgow

Edinburgh

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Sea Kayaking The gentle rhythmic paddling, the wildlife encounters, the stunning coastal scenery and the camaraderie of a friendly convoy. It must be this special combination that makes a sea kayak adventure such an experience to remember. We offer trips for all abilities. If you are yet to lift a paddle, our Introduction course is a perfect short break, teaching you the basic skills required for more challenging adventures. We now offer the trilogy of Scottish Sea Kayak Trail trips, South, Central and North, which you can combine for a three week epic journey along Scotland’s west coast. Based from comfortable accommodations, there’s a hot shower and log fire waiting for you after each day on the water. The rest of our sea kayaking holidays are journeys through some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Scotland. These are 5 or 6 day expeditions with wild camping on remote beaches and islands - a genuine wilderness experience.

Our Guides and Equipment

Which trip is for me?

Our Sea Kayak guides are all qualified by the British Canoe Union (BCU) as Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach and or BCU 5 Star Sea Kayak Leader. Not just top-notch paddlers, they can all cook some fantastic meals to nourish after a day on the water.

Easy All accommodation based with 6 hours on the water with regular breaks and great lunches. Most likely to say: “I’ve never been on the water before and I love the idea of exploring Scotland’s coast.”

We provide all sea kayak equipment including kayaks, left or right handed paddles of varying sizes, dry bags, spray decks, buoyancy aids and kayaking cagoules.

Andy McCandlish | Knoydart

Paddling Western Scotland Sheltered, winding coastlines full of rocky features, islands and caves to explore, below a skyline of soaring peaks. Not to mention the abundant local wildlife such as seals, dolphins and varied birds to spot. Scotland was made for sea kayaking.

Moderate Multi-day accommodation based trips where you love your comfort as much as your kayaking. Most likely to say: “I’ve got the basics after a few days and want to improve my confidence in stunning surroundings.” Moderate Plus/Challenging These are expedition trips which include wild camping and more challenging conditions. Most likely to say: “I’m a confident and regular paddler with a hunger for longer distance kayak journeys and exploring inaccessible coastlines.”

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course Highlights Join the paddling revolution! This relaxing short course for beginners will get you up and paddling with confidence and ready for longer journeys in no time. Our highly qualified, friendly guides offer lots of instruction in some of the finest sea kayaking locations in Scotland as we explore the wonderful Loch Torridon and its surrounding coastline. Group size never exceeds 8, with 1 guide to 4 guests, so you’ll never feel overlooked unless you want to!

Learn essential skills in some of the best sea kayaking areas in Scotland Personal coaching and support from our highly qualified guides After a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed!

At the end of each day on the water you’ll be delivered back to your shoreside private bunkhouse with a cosy, rustic feel. Hot showers, warm beds and a wood-burning stove in the living area await you. When you’re not sampling the best local eateries, our guides will cook up a storm in the bunkhouse.

£595 per person

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Dates

“This is a fantastic trip. A great way to

20th - 24th April 2013 learn sea kayaking, and a wonderful way 27th April - 1st May 2013 to discover and experience the beauty 4th - 8th May 2013 of Scotland. The guides were fantastic, I 11th - 15th May 2013 could not fault them. I can whole-heartedly 8th - 12th June 2013 say this is one of the best holidays I had.” 13th - 17th July 2013 20th - 24th July 2013 Ann Lewis 17th - 21st August 2013 24th - 28th August 2013 21st - 25th September 2013 28th September - 2nd October 2013

John Ormston

Price


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | SCOTTISH SEA KAYAK TRAIL NORTH

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FEATURED TRIP | WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North Highlights The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is Europe’s first long distance sea kayak adventure, stretching from Gigha in the south to the wonderful Summer Isles in the north, it’s recognised as one of the best sea kayaking journeys in the world. We offer this journey divided into three sections, South, Central and, new for 2013, North.

Embark on an epic kayak journey through stunning Scottish coastal waters First class equipment and personal support from our highly qualified guides Good food and cosy accommodation in local villages throughout.

This final Northern installment completes our trilogy. Clever scheduling means that you can paddle the full length of the trail on a 19 night epic trip costing £2,685pp but most people choose one segment - South, Central or North.

Bec Morris

The north section is one of the most spectacular sections, as you paddle around the iconic castle of Eilean Donan, past the Isle of Skye and through the myriad of islands at Plockton (known for the seal colony) and then on to the bird sanctuary of Isle Martin and the wonderful Summer Isles. With comfortable accommodation in friendly inns and guesthouses throughout, there is no roughing it on this itinerary – just amazing day trips, comfortable accommodation and great meals.

Price £895 per person

Grading Moderate

Dates 1st - 6th June 6th - 10th July 10th - 15th August 14th -19th September


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | MOUNTAIN BIKING

OUTER HEBRIDES Featured Trip

Inverness COAST TO COAST Featured Trip

Glasgow

Edinburgh

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Mountain Biking Scottish mountain biking has hit the big time. A recent International Mountain Bike Association People’s Poll hailed Scotland as the world’s number one mountain bike destination. Our striking landscape of rugged mountains, flowing moors and rolling glens full of natural trails are a biker’s dream. Our trips take you away from the purpose-built centres to explore a variety of wonderful, natural, backcountry trails during multi-day journeys. These trips enjoy accommodation in guesthouses and small hotels, with baggage being transferred along the way. Although we offer trips into some wild and remote places, we always ensure meals and refreshments are top notch. On most trips you will meet our support vehicle en route for morning coffee, creative lunches and afternoon home-baked treats.

Our Guides

Which trip is for me?

The trips are led by guides who hold the Mountain Bike Leader qualification and know the backcountry trails better than anyone. All experiences that your guide will be delighted to share.

Moderate Trips graded moderate are suitable for people with some previous experience of mountain biking. Expect to be riding for between 5-8 hours through a range of terrain. Most likely to say: “I ride regularly but I’m certainly not an expert mountain biker. I’m looking to see some new places and develop my skills.”

Equipment We offer a range of high spec rental bikes, both full-suspension and hard-tail, which are brand new each season.

Lukasz Warzeca | Hebridean Trail

The Scottish biking experience Our trips combine great mountain biking with the best possible experience of Scotland you can have on two wheels. Making the most of the Highlands and Islands’ varied landscapes and historical routes, you can expect to ride through rugged mountains, sweeping glens, ancient forests and beautiful coastal trails.

Challenging Trips graded challenging are suitable for regular riders with a good level of fitness and technical riding skills. Expect around 6-8 hours of riding each day through a range of (sometimes mountainous) terrain. Most likely to say: “I ride a lot and love mountain biking. I’m looking for a challenge - the more singletrack the better.”

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FEATURED TRIP | WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

The Hebridean Trail Highlights Peaceful, remote, dramatic and soaked in Norse and Scottish history, the Outer Hebrides are a compelling destination. We have always loved this wild place and its warm-hearted, welcoming people. We’re proud to offer our 280km mountain bike adventure through seven of its stunning islands.

The first mountain bike journey through the Outer Hebrides 280km across 7 islands of unspoilt and spectacular scenery Fascinating history, culture, wildlife and island hospitality

Steve Marsden

Our route winds through wild and rugged landscapes along ancient paths, historic by-ways, mountain tracks and quiet roads. Wildlife abounds, with deer roaming free and golden eagles overhead. We show you the best of Hebridean hospitality and with our support vehicle looking after baggage transfers, picnic lunches and homebaked snacks, you’re free to relax and enjoy this unique Hebridean ride.

Price £1095 per person

Lukasz Warzeca | Hebridean Trail

Grading Moderate

Dates 18th - 24th May 2013 25th - 31st May 2013 13th - 19th July 2013 17th - 23rd August 2013 31st August - 6th September 2013 14th - 20th September 2013

“Wilderness Scotland provided us with the opportunity to explore and learn about an area of Scotland that is scenically stunning and unique, in a physically challenging but very enjoyable way. The guides took care of everything and the whole experience was just lots of fun!” Mandy Sadler, May 2012


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Coast to Coast Highlights Truly an epic journey. Our Coast to Coast mountain bike adventure is one of the top trips that we offer. Leaving the eastern coast at Aberdeen, our pioneering route covers 375km and an awesome 7000m of ascent and descent.

Voted one of the Trips of the Year by Outside Magazine The ultimate mountain bike ride traversing the Scottish Highlands from coast to coast. 375km of superb riding from big mountain passes to ancient pine forest singletrack.

Perhaps it’s the range of trails, from flowing singletrack to rocky and challenging mountain passes to mellow forest fire-road, that makes this such a favourite. Possibly it’s the Scottish hospitality, with our range of hand-picked local guesthouses and restaurants. Or, maybe it’s the sheer joy of the journey as you flow through some of Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes. Relax and enjoy the ride with our first class guiding and vehicle support, 3*- 4* accommodation and fantastic buffet lunches and snacks throughout. Guaranteed to leave you muddy and smiling.

Price £925 per person

Grading Dates 4th - 10th May 2013 15th - 21st June 2013 13th - 19th July 2013 10th - 16th August 2013 7th - 13th September 2013

“Incredible... I highly recommend this to all my friends. Best vacation I have ever had! (and I’ve been a lot of places...)” Scott Chapin, July 2012

Tim Francis

Challenging


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | WILDLIFE

WALKING AND WILDLIFE IN THE SHETLAND ISLES Featured Trip

OUTER HEBRIDES WILDLIFE

SCOTLAND’S BIG 5 Featured Trip

ST KILDA Inverness

Glasgow

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Wildlife Scotland is home to a fascinating array of wildlife both on land and in the seas surrounding our winding coastline. Thanks to the extensive local knowledge built up by our team over the years, we are now offering some very special trips to experience what Scotland’s wildlife has to offer. Led by our expert guides, you’ll seek out species such as dolphins, red deer, golden eagles and even the Scottish wildcat as you explore Scotland’s wild places. And while you will visit a hide or two, most of the wildlife will be encountered as you enjoy activities such as boat trips, walks and even some sea kayaking. All activities will be conducted at an easy pace, so are suitable for everyone to enjoy.

Our Guides and Equipment

Scottish Wildlife Facts

Our Wildlife trip guides are all fully qualified Leaders in each discipline or activity that you will be doing. They also have lots of experience and enthusiasm to maximize wildlife experiences in each local area.

The Scottish Highlands is the only part of mainland Britain with red squirrels but no grey squirrels. Elsewhere, red squirrel numbers have crashed due to competition with the larger dominant grey squirrel. The Gaelic for wildcat is ‘cat fiadhaich’, the phonetic pronunciation is ‘kaht FEE-uh-ich’

The habitats we explore We visit a variety of Scottish landscapes in search of our famous creatures. From the intricate west coast full of islands and wiggling coastline, to the mountainous West Highlands and ancient forests of the Cairngorms National Park. But there’s only one place where we’ll see old Nessie.

Wildcats mate in the depths of winter. Perhaps that’s why they’re so cool! The kittens are born about 9 weeks later and weigh in at just 120-165g – about the same as 3 chocolate bars. Bottlenose dolphins co-operate among each other to find food. To do this, they work in teams to optimize the effort of hunting.

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They also co-operate for calf raising, when usually one dolphin helps the mother to take care of the calves, very much like a midwife.

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Walking and Wildlife in the Shetland Isles Highlights The Shetland Isles still remain a quiet and unfrequented place, making it a peaceful idyll and one of our favourite getaways. We journey far north of Scotland, actually closer to Norway, and touch down in the Shetland archipelago of more than 100 islands.

Experience diverse landscapes and fascinating wildlife of Scotland’s northernmost isles Be amazed by the prolific birdlife at Sumburgh and the heritage of the Vikings at Jarlshof Enjoy the best local cuisine while staying in one of Shetland’s best and most unique hotels

Our guide will share insight into Shetland’s extensive history of over 5000 years. Soak up the stories and inspect artefacts from ancient ruined forts, castles and standing stones. During short day-hikes, you’ll discover and learn about the varied flora and fauna that still inhabit the islands and the wealth of wildlife both on land and at sea. At the end of each day, relax in our cosy local hotel and embrace the warm local hospitality with the best food and drink the island has to offer.

Price £1095 per person

Grading Easy

Tim Francis

Dates 22nd - 28th June 2013 3rd - 9th August 2013

“We could not have been more happy, there was so much flexibility, a small group was ideal, we saw so much in such a short time and it included, museums, archeology, birdwatching, history, brewery visiting, boat trips and above all walking every day.” Gillian Abbott, June 2012


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Scotland's Big 5 Highlights Wildlife experiences are often the most memorable part of any foray into the wilderness. We’re combining all our experience in spotting Scotland’s wild creatures with the best of our activities to get you there. You will enjoy a mixture of wild walking, boat trips and even some sea kayaking to get you close to the action within the wilderness.

Experience iconic Scottish wildlife in Scotland’s wild places Embark on a range of fun activities which access wildlife areas Learn from our expert guides about Scotland’s wild creatures and habitats

Our highly experienced guides will be seeking out truly iconic Scottish wildlife such as dolphins, red deer, golden eagles and even the Scottish wildcat. Learn about these and much more from our experts who love nothing more than to regale you with anecdotes and facts from their favourite subject. Compare what you’ve learned and seen each day in our local cosy hotel, with delicious highland cuisine.

Price £1195 per person

Grading Easy 4th - 10th May 2013 1st - 7th June 2013

Rupert Shanks

Dates


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | OPEN CANOEING

NORTH WEST HIGHLANDS, LOCHS AND MOUNTAINS Featured Trip

Inverness GREAT GLEN CANOE TRAIL Featured Trip

SPEY DESCENT

SUMMIT TO SEA Glasgow

Edinburgh

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Open Canoeing The canoe has been a trusty travel partner for thousands of years. Without getting too sentimental about it, canoes offer a peaceful, efficient way to move around in wild places. Our canoe trips typically involve wild camping in remote locations. Thanks to ample storage and space, your comfort and dining experience will still be reliably top notch! Canoeing is a wonderful past-time, and our range of trips offer a unique opportunity to explore the Scottish Highlands’ most dramatic locations.

Our Guides and Equipment

Which trip is for me?

Our Canoe guides are all qualified by the British Canoe Union (BCU) as Level 3 Canoe Coach and/or BCU 5 Star Canoe Leader. Apart from their paddle skills, they can also cook some fantastic meals to nourish after a day on the water.

Moderate/Moderate Plus These trips require a reasonable level of fitness to be able to paddle for six days in a row with occasional carries on moderate plus trips. Most likely to say: “I like camping out on expeditions with great food but it’s the journey that really makes it.”

We provide high quality canoeing equipment (canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, kneeling pads) and group camping equipment including tents, cooking and eating utensils, waterproof barrels, maps, first aid kit and group shelter.

A match made in Scotland

Challenging We combine canoeing with hill walks, portages and wild camping to get you deep into genuine wilderness locations. Most likely to say: “I love the sense of escape and I’m not afraid to do some hard work to feel it.”

With over 30,000 fresh water lochs and even more great rivers, canoeing and Scotland make a fantastic couple. We choose our routes based on the paddling experience they offer and the beautiful wild places that they can deliver you to.

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The Great Glen Canoe Trail Highlights Imagine the sense of achievement from crossing the country completely by canoe. That’s definitely worth some bragging rights. We start in Fort William, travelling along the pretty, picturesque canal network, into a series of sweeping lochs before finishing at Inverness on the other side of Scotland.

Canoe from the west coast to the east coast through the spectacular Great Glen loch and river system, including Loch Ness Develop your paddling skills en route with our experienced wilderness canoe guides Wild camping with tasty, energy-giving wilderness cooking throughout

Each night we’ll be wild camping on stunning Scottish lochsides. Thanks to the storage space of our canoes we can indulge in superb wilderness cooking. Think fresh bread, risottos and rich stews.

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Our expert guides offer coaching to help you develop your paddle skills, so by the final stretch, you’ll not only have enjoyed a unique journey, but will be canoeing with confidence.

Price £575 per person

Grading Moderate

Rupert Shanks

Dates 10th - 14th May 2013 12th - 16th June 2013 19th - 23rd July 2013 21st - 25th September 2013

“The whole experience given by the company has been second to none, we all knew about the hard work that had to be put in, but the enjoyment was made by the company and its guide.” Malcolm Bushell , May 2012


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | FEATURED TRIP

North West Highlands Lochs and Mountains Highlights Journey through stunning remote lochs and magnificent mountains of Inverpolly Camp on isolated beaches and islands with amazing panoramic views Explore the high peaks on foot in Scotland’s most beautiful wilderness region

Price £735 per person

Grading Challenging

Dates 1st - 7th June 2013 3rd - 9th August 2013 31st August - 6th September 2013

Dave Walsh

We paddle the lochs and carry our gear to bridge short gaps between them. We’ll be hiking up rarelytrodden peaks before returning to a shore side camp and some delicious wild cooking. This remote access journey gives a real sense of escapism. With nothing for company but each other, the soaring eagles and the deer roaming the hillsides.

“The guides will make you feel confident in the boat and on the water and the friendship you build with them and the rest of the group will give you many happy memories.” Scott Moncur, September 2012

Dave Walsh

For our more adventurous paddlers, this trip journeys into some of Scotland’s wildest and most pristine areas. The rugged beauty of the North West Highlands will take your breath away. Undulating heather moorland, dotted with a network of lochs lying below a skyline of towering Torridonian sandstone peaks.


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | HOSPITALITY

A Very Warm Welcome Over the last decade we have seen an accommodation and food revolution in Scotland. The clichéd Highland Hotel and deep-fried mars bars (as good as they were for some of us!) are now a distant memory. Throughout the country you can find some fantastic places to stay and eat, and we are delighted that many of them feature on the trips we offer across the Highlands and Islands. Most of our holidays are based in small hotels or guesthouses which have been carefully selected as the best of their kind in that area. They are locally owned, offering authentic comfort, where a warm Highland welcome is assured. Meals will be freshly prepared using the finest local produce to offer a true taste of Scotland.

“The food was superb – all meals without exception. The team at Doune is lovely and made us feel so welcome and at home. Great seafood, everything beautifully presented. Dinners together were a real highlight of the day.“ Dominic Batten, Wilderness Walking, The Knoydart Peninsula 2012


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | SAILING

SAILING JOURNEYS OUTER HEBRIDES PRIVATE YACHT CHARTER Featured Trip ST KILDA Inverness KNOYDART, SKYE & THE SMALL ISLES – SAILING AND WALKING Featured Trip Glasgow

Edinburgh

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Sailing Sail away to the islands. Come aboard one of our sailing adventures to explore the wonders of the Scottish west coast. We work in partnership with a number of skippers of various boats, from classic wooden yachts to fast, modern ex-racers. Each Skipper and crew are highly qualified and experienced in offering a first class experience in terms of the sailing, local area and cuisine. Some of our sailing trips also include guided walking ashore on the islands we visit, which is a great way to combine the sailing with wild and wonderful treks through dazzling island landscapes.

Our Guides and Equipment

Which trip is for me?

We work with a variety of yachts but each of them offer a high level of seafaring ability, safety and comfort. Each of our skippers are commercially endorsed Yachtmasters with many years of experience in these waters.

The conditions will be varied from relaxing sailing in sheltered waters to some more challenging longer passages. Our Sailing and Walking holidays are based aboard the yacht Eda Frandsen. The yacht is a 70 year old traditional wooden gaff cutter, and everyone on board is required to lend a hand hauling sails up and with other tasks although no experience is necessary.

We can provide all safety and wet weather gear plus suntan lotion.

These trips include a range of walks throughout the week, from short lowland rambles to longer peak ascents.

Cruising the west coast Blessed with a huge variety of landscapes, from sheer rocky cliffs to infinite white sandy beaches, there’s so much to explore. Wildlife abounds. Our previous trips have been lucky enough to enjoy huge pods of dolphins leaping around the boat, along with orca, basking shark and minke whale sightings, not to mention, the vast variety of seabirds and wildlife ashore such as red deer, seals and wild goats.

Conditions can vary and some of the routes will involve ascents of up to 2000ft / 600m. You’ll need a good level of fitness for these hikes, although if you prefer, you can opt out and relax on deck. Most likely to say: “I’m happy to go where the wind takes me, and if it looks good ashore, I love to explore.”

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | FEATURED TRIP

Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles Sailing and Walking Highlights

Adventure, exploration and the reward of travelling under sail. Our Sailing and Walking adventure ticks all of these boxes and more. With its varied myriad of lochs and islands, the Scottish west coast makes both a fascinating sailing and walking destination. From the remote Knoydart peninsula to the dramatic rocky ridges of Skye and Rum, you’ll arrive in stunning quiet anchorages before landing ashore for gentle walks from white sandy beaches rising up to craggy dramatic peaks. Our own walking guide will lead the way, imparting gems that point to ancient times and cultural heritage. We have every chance of seeing whales, dolphins and a plethora of birdlife from both ashore and aboard. Our vessel, Eda Frandsen, is a classic and beautifully converted 70 foot gaff cutter with traditional rig. She makes a very sturdy comfortable home and is run by our own skipper and chef. Our walking guide offers a wealth of local knowledge of the islands, flora and varied wildlife all around you.

Price £1195 per person

Grading Moderate

Dates 18th - 24th May 2013 13th - 19th July 2013 3rd - 9th August 2013

Explore Knoydart and the beautiful Small Isles aboard a traditional yacht Experience the extraordinary wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoilt wild locations Enjoy some of Scotland’s finest walking with our expert guide

“Just wanted to say thanks for an outstanding trip. We swam in Loch Scavaig, notched up four basking sharks off Rum, a pod of dolphins in the Minch, porpoises near Mallaig and a golden eagle on South Uist. All bookended by a breathtaking trundle on the West Highland Line last night, Rannoch Moor bathed in evening light.The guide was as entertaining as he was erudite.” Dan Linstead, England


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | PRIVATE CHARTER

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Private Yacht Charter Highlights Many consider the sailing waters of the Scottish western isles to be some of the best in the world; discover them aboard your own private charter. Starting and finishing from a number of ports up and down the West Highlands, you can visit fascinating islands such as Jura, Mull, Skye, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda. You’ll be well looked after by our qualified skipper and chef, including a customised menu for your group throughout.

Explore the picturesque Scottish western isles by yacht with your own skipper and chef Learn new sailing skills or simply enjoy the journey and life aboard Discover the fascinating culture, landscape and wildlife of these varied isles

Decide on the dates, start and finish points and which style of yacht you would like to cruise on, from traditional yacht to modern ex-racer. No previous sailing experience required. If you enjoy walking, having a dedicated walking guide on board is an excellent option, to make the most of trips ashore, sharing Scottish history and the low down on local wildlife.

Price Between £500-£2400 per group per day

Grading Varied

Dates May - September

“We walked in stunning places not easily accessible by other means. The crew and guide were great and the food was excellent.” Diane Barrett, May 2012


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | FAMILY

FAMILY CANOEING IN THE GREAT GLEN

Inverness

SEA KAYAKING IN THE SOUND OF ARISAIG Featured Trip ACTIVITY HOLIDAY PERTHSHIRE

Glasgow

TREASURE HIGHLAND Featured Trip

Edinburgh

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Family At last! A family holiday that the adults as well as the kids can enjoy! It can be such a rewarding experience for a young person to spend time in the wilderness and natural surroundings of the Highlands of Scotland. Get back to nature as a family and experience, together, the magic of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.These trips include a wide range of guided activities and are designed for families with children of 9-17 years old who enjoy mixing with other families on their holiday. We also offer trips for individual families. Trips for individual families can be customised to suit children (and adults!) of any age.

Our Guides and Equipment

Which trip is for me?

Our Family trip guides are all fully qualified Leaders in each discipline or activity that you’ll be doing. They also have lots of experience and enthusiasm for working with children and young people, meaning that your kids will be kept entertained and challenged in a fun way.

Easy All small group family holidays are graded easy. All you need is enthusiasm to try out various activities. Our guides ensure everyone is included and having lots of fun. Most likely to say: “We’re active and enjoy spending time outdoors but we’re not The Incredibles!”

Wilderness within reach The great thing about Scotland is the ease with which you can find stunning wild locations just a short walk or drive from your cosy Highland hotel. Connecting with nature is such a valuable thing for kids to experience, we make sure it’s accessible for all ages while still giving them that wild feeling.

Varied If you have a group of at least 4 people, you can book an individual family adventure holiday with us. On a private trip, you have your own guide, so all activities will be tailored to a level appropriate for your family group, taking into account the age and fitness level of everyone in the group. Most likely to say: “We join up with friends and families and have a hoot in the Highlands.”

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Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig Highlights A rewarding family adventure for the whole clan. We take you up to the picturesque surroundings of the Sound of Arisaig where you’ll be learning to kayak along some of Scotland’s most picture-perfect coastline. Join our highly qualified sea kayak guides who will take you and the kids through the basics and get you up and paddling with confidence in no time.

Learn to sea kayak in beautiful surroundings with like-minded families Relax in family-friendly accommodation in a peaceful corner of the West Highlands Make the most of our highly qualified guides who will keep the kids entertained!

You’ll be staying in a cosy traditional inn by the sea on the Sound of Arisaig, near Fort William, so you can relax in style after each day on the water. We use the latest equipment and you can choose between double and single sea kayaks throughout your trip. No previous kayaking experience is necessary and our guides will offer instruction based on the aims of your family. Come and splash around with the family in one of Scotland’s most stunning locations.

Price From £525 per person

Grading Easy

Dates 22nd - 25th July 2013 29th July - 1st August 2013 12th - 15th August 2013 19th - 22nd August 2013

“With a 16 year old son and 12 year old daughter to please, this trip was perfect! Both of them fully engaged. With plenty of birds and seals to photograph from the kayak, and arrival on deserted sandy beaches with packed lunches for the mid day break was truly fabulous. All made possible by the sound and friendly knowledge of your guide.” Ian Stewart, August 2012


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Treasure Highland Highlights Embrace the best of the Scottish Highlands and west coast with our ultimate family adventure. Not many people know that the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, was written in the Cairngorms National Park in 1881! Now you too can experience the adventure of this amazing story.

An action-packed family adventure holiday visiting both the beautiful west coast and the spectacular Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, all suitable for beginners, including sea kayaking, mountain biking, geo-caching, wildlife watching and bushcraft. Learn about the great outdoors and the natural environment from our expert guides.

You will be led on a variety of activities, exploring desert islands, sea kayaking, spotting the Hogwarts Express, mountain biking and bushcraft. Each day will involve a step closer to the treasure hunt on your final day. Will your family find it?!

Price £775/£875 (Children/Adults)

Grading Easy

Rupert Shanks

Dates 30th July - 4th August 13th - 18th August 21st - 26th August

“The family multi-activity holiday was a fantastic experience. The two guides that were with us were brilliant. They were very knowledgeable about the area and activities and were super with the kids. Although we were always kept busy it felt like a really relaxing break, probably because the kids were having fun too. A great holiday that we would be keen to repeat.” Nicki McGregor, April 2012


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | WINTER

Winter Do you get a flurry of excitement at the thought of those thick soft flakes gracefully falling towards us? We love the cold wintry months when the snow falls and the mountains become a peaceful white wonderland. We offer a range of adventures to make the most of them. Ski Touring Join the revolution! Ski touring is taking off as many people discover the reward and wonder of venturing out of the ski areas to enjoy untouched descents and peaceful climbs. We organise trips for all levels and can sort out all your equipment too. Winter Walking Roaming the hills in the winter months is a different and privileged experience. The landscape and winter light offers a wild and dramatic beauty and we offer a variety of short walking breaks to experience it. We provide winter skills training and guided itineraries, where the coldweather walks are offset each day with warm highland hospitality each evening. wildernessscotland.com/winter

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | SELF-GUIDED

“If you’re looking for a life changing adventure, look at Wilderness Scotland. We never felt confused about directions, or scared that we were lost. It was an amazing journey in beautiful countryside. I would highly recommend the Self Guided hike to anyone looking for a fun, safe adventure holiday!” Kathi Woodlie, August 2012

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Self-Guided We offer a range of services to support your own adventures without using our guides. This gives you total freedom to follow your own path, with our local knowledge and logistical help on hand. Choose one of our expertly crafted itineraries, such as point-to-point journeys, car-free breaks and trips based in one location, such as luxury getaways and castle stays. We organise all transport, accommodation and even baggage transfer. So if you want the independence of travelling under your own steam but with all of our logistical support and Scottish expertise, these are the trips for you!

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | JOHN MUIR WAY

John Muir Journey John Muir, the inspiration behind the USA’s National Parks system and one of the world’s great conservationists, is a household name throughout North America, but he is surprisingly unknown in his home country of Scotland. We have created an exciting hiking tour of the Scottish Highlands, following in John Muir’s footsteps through the most wild and beautiful regions of Scotland. Our arranged accommodation is in 3*- 4* local hotels and includes a hearty breakfast each day.

Highlights Discover the beautiful Scottish Highlands that so inspired one of the greatest conservationists in history Enjoy easy hikes as you reconnect with nature and the power of wild places Wilderness Scotland make a financial contribution to support the work of the John Muir Trust and the John Muir Birthplace Museum for every traveller on our John Muir themed journeys.

Price £1095 per person

Grading Self-guided

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THE GREAT GLEN WAY | WILDERNESS SCOTLAND

The Great Glen Way The Great Glen Way traverses Scotland from west to east. Hiking past some of our most beautiful lochs, this 127km route is one of Scotland’s finest. We will arrange all your lodging in 3*- 4* guesthouses with breakfast included, transfer your luggage each day and provide all route notes and maps.

Highlights Traverse Scotland on a rewarding journey through deep glens and wild mountains Take in the sweeping views across Loch Ness, perhaps of the Loch Ness Monster! Enjoy moderate hiking on good trails through this spectacular geological fault line.

Price ÂŁ475 per person

Grading Self-guided

Dates April - October

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | TAILOR MADE

“Our Highland Castle experience was simply wonderful. It was a privilege to stay in such a unique and wonderful castle. The staff at the castle looked after us superbly throughout our stay, while our guides showed us some of the best hiking in Scotland and were a fountain of knowledge – you’ll be hearing from us again soon!” PW, USA

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Tailor Made Private Trips Made Easy It’s natural for family and friends to want to travel together and our established tailor made service allows you to do just that. Whether you would like to follow one of our existing itineraries or have a trip customised for your group, you can be sure that we’ll deliver one of the best holidays you will ever have. Our tailor made trips can be as diverse as you wish but typically combine a range of activites, locations and places to stay. Putting our expertise and knowledge to use we guarantee a stress-free experience, where all the details are taken care of and you are free to completely relax and enjoy the adventure.

Paul Easto

The Tailor Made Experience Our tailor made service is available when two or more people travel together so it is perfect for couples, families, groups of friends or clubs and societies. We will help you plan your itinerary and can recommend particular areas to visit and activities based upon your interests. We can arrange all aspects of your trip for you – accommodation, guides, activities and transport – and we will use our expertise to ensure that it is professionally delivered. Special places to stay and memorable meals always feature in our itineraries, whether that is a charming guesthouse, remote Highland lodge or luxury private island hotel. At each you will receive the warmest welcome, the finest food and the most sensational of locations. Like all of our trips, this is all part of the service.

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WILDERNESS IRELAND | NEW DESTINATION

Wilderness Ireland We have a real love for our Irish neighbours. After running various customised private trips to Ireland over recent years we will now be offering a selection of stunning itineraries to the Emerald Isle. The same level of innovation, 5 star quality and respect for the Irish wilderness will continue to be our guiding philosophy. With dramatic coastlines, crystal clear waterways, winding rivers and shimmering golden beaches, Ireland’s diverse landscapes will take your breath away. Our Irish adventures We will be launching a select number of wilderness walking trips throughout the stunning coastline and mountains of Western Ireland. This area is renowned for its wild beauty across the hills, down to the sea and throughout the myriad of islands dotted along the coast. For all our paddling friends (and those who are yet to try!) we will also be pioneering select sea kayak itineraries to explore this area of Ireland’s coastline from the water. The stunning geography, diverse Irish heritage, warm local people and remarkable food and drink make Ireland a place to explore and remember. We look forward to taking you there. wildernessireland.com


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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL

NORWAY, LOFOTEN ISLANDS Wilderness Walking SEA KAYAKING IN NORWAY Featured Trip

CHILEAN PATAGONIA Trekking PERU Trekking IRELAND Walking, Sea Kayaking, Cycling & Family MOROCCO Trekking

TREKKING IN BHUTAN Featured Trip TURKEY Sea Kayaking SARDINIA Sea Kayaking THE ALPS Ski Touring

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International We offer a finely honed selection of guide-led adventures in the most dramatic and fascinating places the world has to offer. Like our trips themselves, we don’t tread the beaten path but have designed our own itineraries which stand out for their originality and unique flavour. Our main expertise is in trekking, ski touring and sea kayaking, so that is the focus for most of our trips. Our UK-qualifed wilderness guides lead each adventure while working alongside our local guides in each location. We are also happy to apply our expertise to create bespoke private adventures, with the assurance and added value of our highly qualified guides. Each wild location we visit offers its own personality and range of experiences. Whether you choose the wilds of Patagonia, the Himalayas of Bhutan or the mountains and coastline of northern Norway, we know you’ll be inspired and return home enriched by any of our international wilderness journeys.

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WILDERNESS SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL | FEATURED TRIP

Sea Kayaking in Norway Highlights The Norway Sea Kayaking experience is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. We visit the northern Helgeland coast, located around 350 miles north of Trondheim on the west coast of Norway.

Sea Kayak in Norway with Craig Tweedie, one of our most experienced guides

Our guide will introduce you to this mountainous coast with striking peaks and glaciers. Further out to sea, a vast archipelago of islands of all sizes, countless inlets, coves, channels, islands and fjords to explore. The opportunities for sea kayaking are as limitless as your imagination.

A multi-day wilderness sea kayak and camping trip with wonderful arctic flora and fauna

Experience a wild, pristine and undeveloped region of the Norwegian Arctic by sea kayak, crossing the Arctic Circle

Price £1495 per person

Grading Moderate Plus

Dates 15th - 21st June 2013

“A fantastic trip. Well organised and in an amazing area. As far as rough camping goes, it was very comfortable! Really good quality tents were provided for the group – as was the rest of the kit. Meals were excellent and there was plenty of food and snacks available for us throughout the day. All the guides worked very well together, their knowledge of the local area and wildlife was fantastic.“ Christopher Eden, England


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Trekking in Bhutan Highlights Our trip to Bhutan offers an in-depth experience of this fascinating country, combining two different treks with a diverse insight into the country’s culture. We’ll take you through remote villages and spectacular landscapes offering a real cultural immersion and understanding of the warm local people and their way of life.

Get off the beaten track with Tim Francis, UK qualified Mountain Leader, on this trekking trip to Bhutan Experience Himalayan wilderness on arguably the best short trek in Bhutan. Exploration of the Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang Valleys, including the Bumthang Tsechu.

Colin Prior

We first travel to the east of the country, visiting Punakha and Trongsa before we begin a 3-day trek through the Bumthang Valleys. We then move west to Thimphu, travelling through lower valleys dominated by striking dzongs, or monasteries – visually spectacular buildings and truly incredible places to visit. The final 3-day trek is an absolute gem. As its pioneers, we had the honour of naming it. The Juniper Trail is now considered by local guides to be the best short trek in Bhutan.

Price £3995 per person

Grading Moderate

Dates

Tim Francis

12th - 26th October

“We had a marvelous time and everything worked to perfection. There was always someone to meet us at airports, hotels, etc which is always a worry when you’re travelling around so much. It all worked seamlessly so thank you for all the hard work on your part. It was wonderful to walk through forests and along ridges without seeing a soul. We were so impressed by the kindness and friendliness of the Bhutanese people.“ Michael Leeming, England


WILDERNESS SCOTLAND | OUR TEAM

Our Office Team

Our Guiding Team

Our office team comes from a variety of backgrounds but all share a passion for Scotland and a commitment to providing you with the best customer service. Helpful, courteous and friendly, they will assist with any queries you may have and can provide advice and suggestions as to which itinerary you may enjoy most.

The best in the business – our guides are committed to providing you with the best possible experience of our favourite parts of Scotland. 90% of our clients rate our guides performance as excellent.

As part of our ongoing training programme, our office team regularly joins trips to experience them first-hand. Beyond this, however, many of the office team are actually qualified guides who have personally guided our trips so are able to offer expert advice. Between us, we’ve experience of every trip we offer throughout the Highlands and Islands. So if you have any questions about our trips – from trying to decide which trip to join, to whether you are fit enough for a particular itinerary, from the best way to travel to the start point, to what personal equipment you might need – our office team will be happy to help. Please get in touch. UK & Europe: 01479 420 020 North America: 1-866-740-3890 Email: info@wildernessscotland.com

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Equally important to the technical skills of our guiding team is their knowledge of culture, history and wildlife. Combine this with a sense of humour, they will ensure that clients of all ages and abilities enjoy a trip to remember. Each of them is qualified through the National Governing Body relevant to the activities they lead (e.g. Mountain Leader Training UK or the British Canoe Union). Your guide will hold the requisite qualifications for all guided activities included in your holiday. All our guides are trained in and follow Leave No Trace principles, keeping our impacts to an absolute minimum while enjoying Scotland’s wild beauty. Far beyond this, however, their passion for Scotland’s wild places sets them a cut above the rest. Professional and helpful, they look forward to showing you around the Highlands and sharing their vast knowledge and experience with you.


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Myles Farnbank Myles is our Director of Training as well as a very active part of the guiding team. He has been sharing the wonders of nature and our relationship with wildlife and wild places for over 25 years.

Kirsty Chuchla Kirsty loves showing off her home country. She’s working towards her International Mountain Leader qualification but more importantly has mastered the one-legged for one-minute challenge with her eyes closed. (It’s harder than it sounds!).

Colin Prior Colin Prior is one of the UK’s most respected landscape photographers. The Scottish Highlands have shaped his passion for the outdoors. He leads photography workshops all over the world and offers a relaxed and friendly teaching style.

Tim Francis Tim is a highly qualified mountain bike and walking guide who works with us worldwide. We must mention his gift for music. Have you met anyone who can play the trumpet with their bare hands? No? Well, you haven’t met Tim then.

Biscuit Our very own mononymous guide, Biscuit, is renowned for his laid-back style and cracking sense of humour. He is often found with a paddle in his hands or bike between his legs. Biscuit is a natural with kids and leads many of our family adventures.

Mark Cox Mark guides a variety of trips and activities for us, always seeking out new places and features to share with our clients. He has lived and worked in Scotland for over 20 years and loves to share his favourite places with our guests.

Craig Tweedie Craig has worked all over the world but has decided his home country of Scotland offers the most exciting places to explore. He has devoted a lot of time to youth outdoor education but is happy guiding folks of all ages.

Jeremy Martin A native New Zealander, Jeremy has been guiding in Scotland for many years. His paddle skills and endurance on a bike are legendary, but its his sunny, go-lucky personality and relentless enthusiasm that makes him such a great guide.

John Ormiston John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his love for the Scottish wilderness. He also has a background in geology, which makes him a great person to explain the landscape around us.

Carol Lang A sea kayak coach with a tonne of paddle experience. Carol shares her love of the water and Scottish coastline with an infectious enthusiasm. She’s a great storyteller with a deep knowledge of the sea and maritime history.

Malcolm O’Reilly Malcolm’s love for nature and wildlife began at an early age. He has a degree in zoology and has a wealth of natural knowledge and outdoor skills. But if you’ve ever seen him make a ptarmigan from a paper napkin then the rest fades into insignificance.

Howard Jeffs Not only one of the world’s most respected sea kayak pioneers, authors and designers, Howard also guides summer and winter walking and climbing. He has trained and guided all over the world so rest assured you will be in very safe hands!

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Loyalty Scheme

We now offer a guaranteed trip departure with a minimum of 2 bookings. So if you and a partner are on the verge of booking you can now do so with confidence, knowing that any trip you book on is guaranteed to depart, regardless of the number of others on the same trip.

Book a trip with Wilderness Scotland and become a member of our exclusive Friends of the Wilderness Loyalty Programme (FOW). You’ll receive limited-edition equipment, trip discounts and invitations to special FOW events and trips. Loyalty Benefits • Friends of the Wilderness Events • Invitation-only Trips exclusively for FOW Members • Pre-release on all new trip dates • Wilderness equipment and trip discounts

Referral Scheme Refer your friends and travel for free! Why not share your love of the wilderness with your nearest and dearest? Become a Friend of the Wilderness, and start spreading the word. As a thank you we’ll reward you with £50 in trip credit for every friend you refer, when they take their first trip with us. Just let them know to drop your name in at the time of booking. For full Terms and Conditions please refer to our website. wildernessscotland.com/loyalty

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Our Booking Procedure We accept bookings online, by telephone, fax and post. Booking online is straightforward and enables us to confirm your reservation immediately. Please note that online booking is possible for all of our trips that have fixed dates. If you would like to book a self-guided or tailor made trip, we recommend contacting us by telephone and we can take you through your preferred itinerary and the booking process. Trip Info Prior to booking, it is important that you read the relevant Trip Dossier and our Booking Terms and Conditions (available online). This information will ensure that you choose the most appropriate trip. In the case of a tailor made trip, we recommend that you carefully review the personalised itinerary provided to you. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for a trip, please contact our office. Booking To book online, simply select the Book Now tab from the relevant trip page on our website. You will then be asked to complete the online booking form and proceed to payment. All payments made are completely secure and processed by SagePay using 128-bit SSL encrypted technology. Payment For online bookings we accept payment by Maestro, Visa Electron, Visa Debit and Solo debit cards or Visa/Mastercard and AMEX (American Express) credit cards. Please note that there is no charge for payment by debit card but a 2% surcharge for payment by credit card. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 56 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required. Should you prefer, you may telephone with your reservation and card payment. This will enable us to confirm your place although, in all cases, we require a completed booking form (either online or by post/fax) with details of all persons travelling. If booking by post, we accept all of the above payment methods plus cheque or bank transfer. Book online: wildernessscotland.com UK & Europe: 01479 420 020 North America: 1-866-740-3890 Email: info@wildernessscotland.com

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Wilderness Scotland brochure 2013  

Inspiring adventures in the wild places of Scotland and beyond. Please enjoy our 2013 brochure outlining our trips and aventures on offer in...