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Scottish Highlands

Scotland for Beginners

This is your chance! Highland lochs, enchanting forests and moody marshlands - a true initiation rite to multi-day hiking. Hike through the varied and wild landscapes of East Scotland without bringing a tent.

Scotland for Beginners
Scotland for Beginners

Time & Location

13 Sept 2023, 09:00 – 19 Sept 2023, 09:00

Scottish Highlands

About the trip

Feeling adventurous and eager to hike but not ready to move into a tent yet? Say no more, we got you covered.

The Scotland for Beginners hike takes you through the wilder parts of eastern Scotland in a way that you will rest between the sheets each night. There will be river crossings, narrow paths, wide forestry tracks, forests, wetlands and small Highland towns. The scenery will be different every day as you’ll be surrounded by mountains and pass through Highland towns while gathering proper miles on your journey. Still, the going is pleasantly meandering even on the longer days and your night-time mattress is always soft.

TRIP OUTLINE

Day 1. Arrival in Glasgow and transport to Aviemore, a gateway town to the majestic Cairngorms National Park.

Day 2. Transport to the tiny hamlet of Fersit where our hike starts. With our eyes resting on the beautiful An Dubh Lochan (a small loch), we will leave Fersit behind and have amazing views over the moors towards Corrour and Loch Treig. We hike through a forest, only to make our way out to the small village of Laggan for the night. 

Day's journey: 12 km

Day 3. We will leave Laggan village in the morning. After a short section on the main road, we veer north to cross the moors north of Toman Dubh. This is the wildest section of the route and definitely one of the most scenic. There is a bothy on the way where we can rest our legs at lunchtime. 

Day's journey: 15 km

Day 4. We will spend the morning on the shores of Loch Gynach, walking through old birch woods, making our way down into Kingussie and from there to the Insh Marshes Nature Reserve. It is one of the most important wetland areas in Europe, and plenty of birds can be seen here all year round, including hen harriers. From here it is a short walk to the small town of Kincraig where we will spend the night. 

Day's journey: 30 km

Day 5. The last day of the hike is yet again different from the others, going through thick native pine forests before we make our way into Aviemore. The highlight of the day is Loch an Eilein, or the loch of the island where the ruins of an old castle still stand. We arrive at Aviemore in the evening and will have dinner in a pub.

Day's journey: 17 km

Day 6. Morning hike to say goodbye to the scenery and the Highlands. Those of us who would like a day without hiking are free to explore Aviemore on their own. Train to Glasgow in the early evening.

Day 7. Transfer to Glasgow airport. Journey home.

PRICE OF THE TRIP: £1180

By booking your spot for the trip, you accept the terms & conditions for travelling.

Click here to email journey@instituteofwander.com

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