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Road to the Isles

Private Guided: Road to the Isles

Our wanderings take us through the heart of the Scottish highlands, through history and folklore, and areas still the haunt of eagles. The first 2 days will see us skirting the edge of Rannoch Moor by the time-honoured paths used by drovers and military men alike. We then trek up from the Dark Mile to the ancient meeting place of Fedden on route to Laggan. On through Glen Affric, that most romantic of highland glens, leading us to the sea at Kintail. The final legs of our Highland Journey take us to the old ferry at Glenelg and over to the Isle of Skye for our last walk.

“Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go… and by Glen Affric and Glen Elg to the sea, finishing on the magical Isle of Skye.”

This holiday takes place in some of the more remote and wilder areas of Scotland. Accommodation on two nights is at eco-friendly wilderness hostels where there is no road access. When staying at these hostels it will be necessary a few extra items as detailed below. On other nights a small overnight bag will be transported by our mini-bus to the accommodation for you.

“I appreciated being able to go at my own pace, unhurried I soaked in the sunshine and paddled in mountain streams.”

“The views spectacular, the walking unrivalled and the respect for nature was the best.”

Out of Season Scottish Ways

If you like to explore the countryside when it's quieter, then doing so out of season is the way; that adds to the adventure and also to the challenge. Between mid October and Easter you can have the ways and trails pretty much to yourself – they're absolutely great then! Contact us on +44(0)1786 445 703 for more details.

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map - Road to the Isles walking holiday

Your walking holiday includes:

  • Qualified Mountain Leader
  • Support Manager
  • 7 guided walking days
  • 3 nights hostel accommodation. (Shared dorms & full board)
  • 4 night guest house accommodation. 2 person rooms with breakfasts and packed lunches. Single rooms available at £80
  • Ferry to Skye
  • Transport from and back to Stirling
  • Transport as required for people and baggage most days (You carry basic overnight items and food for days 1-2 and 4-5).

Road to the Isles brief itinerary:

Day 1: After a short briefing and re-packing of overnight things, we set off via Blair Atholl and Loch Rannoch to start on our Road to the Isles. Today we walk to our accommodation at the remote Loch Ossian hostel (9ml / 15km on paths and tracks with about 300m ascent). Please note you will not have access to your overnight bag tonight so you must carry your personal overnight items in your rucksack (see equipment notes below).

Day 2: Continue on by paths and tracks over this corner of Rannoch Moor, the edge of Loch Treig and the Lairig Leacach to Corriechoille (12ml / 20km about 300m). Alternatively, weather may dictate that we head out to the road via Strath Ossian to Fersit, (12ml / 19km, 330m ascent) or to Moy (15ml / 23km, 350 ascent). Our transport will take us to our overnight accommodation in the Great Glen, the first of two nights there.

Day 3: Today’s journey starts on the historic Mille Dorcha (The dark Mile) and leads up past the Cia-Aig Falls into the glen behind. This is followed to Fedden, an ancient meeting and market point. From there we turn east to climb over the narrow Cam Bhealach, dropping down magically by the Allt Glas Dhoire to reach Loch Lochy and the route to our accommodation at Laggan. (~11mls / 18km, 740m ascent).

Day 4: Today, we drive up the through Fort Augusts and Drumnadrochit (after some Nessie spotting) to the end of theGlen Affric road. From there we walk to remote Alt Beithe Hostel situated in the heart of the upper glen (9ml / 15km with about 100m ascent on paths and tracks). There is no road access to this hostel so you will need to carry a few personal overnight items in your rucksack and a share of food for meals. You will not have access to your other bag.

Day 5: Continue on by the head of the glen and the impressive Bealach an Sgairne down to Morvich and the smell of the sea at Loch Duich (12ml / 20km with about 350m ascent on rough paths and a bit of unpathed terrain). Should weather dictate an alternative route is via Camban and Gleann Lichd which is also very impressive (10ml / 15km, 330m ascent). Overnight at the beautifully situated Ratagan Hostel on the shores of Loch Duich.

Day 6: Head up over a high pass to the south side of the Glenelg peninsula and Kylerhea (12ml / 20km with 450m ascent on tracks and rough paths) passing the remains of Brochs and with views over the sea to Skye. The cattle used to swim across the narrows, but don’t worry, we’ll take the ferry at Kylerhea then drive onwards to Broadford and our accommodation for the last 2 nights.

Day 7: A final walk around the Suisnish coast to find the remnants of villages from which the drovers came. (9ml /13km, 390m ascent).

Day 8: Drive back to Stirling via Glen Shiel, Fort William and Glencoe.

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Maps of the area & background reading

To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.


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Group Size Price SRS Date  
4 £1295 £80
5 £1295 £80
6 £1049 £80
7 £1049 £80

At a glance

  • Grade: Grade 1
  • Price: from £1049
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Accom type: Hotel / Guest House
  • Walking/Exploring: on 7 days
  • Travel: 1 1/2 days
  • Group min: 4
  • Group max: 7
  • Meet: Stirling Train Station
  • Finish: Stirling Train Station
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