Hike the forests and lakes of the Scottish Highlands: an active holiday based out of a homely family-run lodge!
Have you been dreaming of exploring one of Europe’s most fascinating trekking destinations, the Highlands of Scotland, staying in a comfortable lodge and walking the charming glens, primeval forests and mysterious lochs aided by a professional mountain guide? Then one of Scot Mountain Holidays’ fascinating adventure tours may just be the perfect active vacation for you!
Scotland, which takes up the northern part of Britain, is a country of renowned culture and a varied, verdant nature. Landscapes range from tucked away northern islands through green Lowland valleys to the proud mountains of the Scottish Highlands, including the highest in the United Kingdom.
Scotland is famous the world over for its bagpipe music tradition, its ancient clans with their tartan-patterned kilts, and of course, its sensational Scotch whisky. Incidentally or not, all of those symbols of Scotland have deep-running ties to the Highlands, the region you will have the chance to explore on a Scot Mountain Holidays tour.
Meet Andy and Rebecca: Scot Mountain Holidays’ welcoming owners and your hosts
Scot Mountain Holidays is a family-run company owned by Andy Bateman and his wife Rebecca Field, two English people who fell in love with Scotland and settled in charming Aviemore. There they established their welcoming home, the Fraoch Lodge. Andy is an experienced mountain leader who has walked almost all trails of the Highlands, while Rebecca is an amazing cook whose typical Scottish dishes continue to impress visitors on every meal. Their son, Gregor, is a charming boy who does not shy away from making new friends and providing endless entertainment to visitors! And to top it all, their homely lodge is right at the foot of the magnificent Cairngorms, one of Scotland’s most spectacular mountain ranges.
With all of these prerequisites, it comes as no surprise that tourists are totally delighted with their Scot Mountain Holidays tours in the company of Andy and Rebecca. Reviews are absolutely roaring: visitors described their holiday as “great walking … in some of the best mountain scenery in the world” with a “really knowledgeable” guide and enjoyed “warm hospitality” and “delicious meals”.
Scot Mountain Holidays’ Visit Scotland: Glens, Forests and Lochs tour is a favorite of travelers who want to embark on an active vacation with some moderate walking, lots of cultural highlights and a focus on the nature and customs of the Scottish Highlands.
This six-day adventure will begin with your pickup and arrival at Fraoch Lodge, meeting your fellow tour members over a tasty home-cooked dinner prepared by Rebecca from home-grown and local products.
Day one will introduce you to the flora and fauna of northern Britain with a memorable visit to the age-old and biologically diverse forests of the Abernethy Reserve. Nested at the foot of the dramatic Cairngorms, Abernethy Forest is the largest remnant of the once-vast Caledonian Forest which used to cover most of Scotland. Following the trail up from the forests and into the open moorland, you will discover ancient Gaelic stone blackhouses, once inhabited by Scotland’s original Celtic population.
The second day explores the trails of the secluded Rothiemurchus Estate, an area of forests, lochs and rivers. A noted highlight is the trek to the scenic Loch an Eilein, in the middle of which you will discover an islet occupied by a ruined 800-year-old castle. The castle is rumored to have once belonged to the notorious Wolf of Badenoch, a medieval Scottish earl infamous for his cruelty. A well-earned visit to a typical Scottish pub will reward you with quality Scottish ales and whisky after the hike.
On day three you will arrive before the white walls of the towering Blair Castle, the stronghold of the Clan Murray and their chief, the influential Duke of Atholl. The castle, protected by the famed Atholl Highlanders (Europe’s only legal private army) is a magnificent example of Scottish architecture and you will have the opportunity to explore it from the inside or just stroll around its gardens.
Day four is cleverly envisioned as a free day which you can tailor to your own interests. Andy and Rebecca will gladly guide you to select the most enjoyable activity – whether you feel like hiking, biking, visiting the town of Inverness or just unwinding at a café. What’s for sure is that the day will end with a delicious restaurant dinner in Aviemore.
Day five is dedicated to two of Scotland’s most famous tourist sites, the picturesque Loch Ness, famous worldwide for its mythical (or not?) Loch Ness Monster, and the incredible Glen Affric and Loch Affric, set among monumental mountains and epic waterfalls.
Day six is a themed trek “in the footsteps of whisky smugglers” – you will follow a scenic hilly trail in the Cairngorm National Park to discover the award-winning Glenlivet Distillery, established in 1824 and hailed as “the single malt that started it all”. There you will have the chance to tour the distillery and top the day off with a tasting of Scotland’s finest whiskies.
If you’re looking for the most appropriate tour to discover the true essence of Scotland while staying active in a mesmerizing natural environment, then hop on the Visit Scotland: Glens, Forests and Lochs. Book now and see the best of Scotland!