Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking

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Dates: May-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 8

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014/2015

REI member: $2,999

Non-member: $3,299

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $799

Limited number of single rooms available.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • May 24–31 Sold out
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2015

  • May 23–30
  • May 30 – Jun 6
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  • Jun 27 – Jul 4
  • Jul 4–11
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  • Jul 18–25
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  • Aug 1–8
  • Aug 8–15
  • Aug 15–22
  • Aug 22–29
  • Aug 29 – Sep 5
  • Sep 5–12

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Group Size: 4-8

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Small inns, 7 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Hike across Scotland's rugged highlands and islands
  • Explore Ullapool, Gairloch, the famed Isle of Skye—and much more
  • Visit medieval castles, dine at local pubs, and stay in old-world lodging
  • Take in dramatic cliffs, beautiful isles, magical lochs, and bountiful flora

Chiseled by white-crested waves and the hands of time, Scotland offers visitors a face of hauntingly rugged beauty. For our Scotland Hiking adventure, we've selected the most stunning areas in all of the highlands.

Our hiking starts in Ullapool, a fishing village whose people have lived off the sea for generations. Walking in Inverpolly, see lavender, wild orchids, and thistle covering the landscape. We pass through wild moorlands and sparkling lochs to Gairloch, where seabirds circle the dramatic cliffs, then enjoy a visit to world-famous Inverewe Gardens. Rock towers rise starkly against the blue on the Isle of Skye where we hike along the rugged coast and explore the dramatic Cuillin Mountains and Trotternish Ridge. Along the way, we visit medieval castles, drop in at Scottish pubs, and stay at charming, old-world lodgings, including a fine Victorian estate.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Inverness and travel to beautiful Ullapool.
  • Day 2 - Explore Inverpolly, rich in flora and fauna amid sandstone peaks.
  • Day 3 - Hike the hillsides of Loch Broom with views of the Summer Isles.
  • Day 4 - Walk the coast at Rua Reid, looking for seals, divers, and gannets.
  • Day 5 - Hike to the Fairy Lochs, a series of small highland lochlans.
  • Day 6 - On the Isle of Skye, hike a glacier-carved cirque in the Cuillin Mountains.
  • Day 7 - Trek Trotternish Ridge to "The Table," for dramatic views.
  • Day 8 - Travel past famous Loch Ness to Inverness where our adventure ends.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Inverness and travel to beautiful Ullapool.

    Arrive in Inverness, Scotland today. Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the Inverness train station at 1:30 p.m. to begin a scenic 60 mile drive to Ullapool. A thriving fishing village situated on the shores of Loch Broom, Ullapool is one of the most attractive sea lochs on Scotland's west coast. We have several options for a warm up hike including Rhu Hill, Ullapool Hill, or Corrieshalloch Gorge, an impressive 200' deep chasm containing the Falls of Measach. Your guide will choose your hikes each day based on weather and other conditions. An orientation of the coming day's hikes will be held over dinner. Overnight in Ullapool. Dinner included.

    Hiking: 2-3 miles; Terrain: on trail; Elevation gain and loss: 500-750'.

  • Day 2 - Explore Inverpolly, rich in flora and fauna amid sandstone peaks.

    Following a full Scottish breakfast we explore the Inverpolly Special Area of Conservation. Inverpolly has received special SAC protection in an effort to safeguard its incredible biodiversity. Located just north of Ullapool, Inverpolly is rich in indigenous plant life such as lavender, miniature wild orchids and Scotland's national flower, the thistle. It is also home to a variety of wildlife including deer, otter, wildcat and pine marten. Peaks of 800 million-year-old Torridonian sandstone add to the spectacle as they rise majestically from lochan-strewn moors. This afternoon's hiking options are plentiful—perhaps a hike following a portion of a traditional hut to hut backpacking route or a traverse along the rugged coast to look for seals and porpoise! Overnight in Ullapool. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7-8 miles; Terrain: on and off trail; Elevation gain and loss: up to 2,000'.

  • Day 3 - Hike the hillsides of Loch Broom with views of the Summer Isles.

    We drive south on the "Destitution Road" to Little Loch Broom. When the potato crops failed in the mid-19th century, this road was built in exchange for food by the local inhabitants. Today the saltwater loch provides a natural harbor for open sea vessel. Options include trekking the hillsides for stunning views of the loch, heading overland to a fabulous mountain lake below the pinnacles of An Teallach - a true classic of Scottish walking, or hiking along the shore of the loch to the remote crofting community of Scoraig to revel in the glorious views of the Summer Isles and surrounding mountain ranges. Overnight near Gairloch at a charming Victorian hunting lodge. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6-8 miles; Terrain: on-and-off trail; Elevation gain and loss: 1,000'-2,000'.

  • Day 4 - Walk the coast at Rua Reid, looking for seals, divers, and gannets.

    The day is spent hiking the coast around Rua Reidh near Gairloch, where we look for seals, divers and gannets as we ascend from sea level to the 1,000' cliffs. Unique heathland plants thrive here, including bog asphodel and several species of insectivorous plants. The coastline offers many miles of beautiful cliffs, sea stacks and abundant birdlife such as graylag geese, ring ouzel and chaffinch. Visit the quaint shops in the village of Gairloch before heading off to explore the famous gardens of Inverewe, created by Osgood Mackenzie. The gardens are noted for their Himalayan and New Zealand plant collections, as well as their classic English garden. Overnight in Gairloch. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6-7 miles; Terrain: mostly off-trail; Elevation gain and loss: 800'-1,100'

  • Day 5 - Hike to the Fairy Lochs, a series of small highland lochlans.

    A morning hike to the Fairy Lochs, a series of small highland lochlans that dot the moorland between the hill of Sidhean Mor and Loch Gairloch, provides a wonderful start to the day. The lochs offer an excellent display of local geology and a touching memorial to the crew of an American World War II bomber that crashed here in 1945. A second option is a hike in Beinn Eighe, Britain's oldest National Nature Reserve - now designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The lower hillsides are home to 350 year old Scots pines (affectionately called "granny " pines) and the oldest rocks here (indeed the oldest in the world) are Lewissian gneiss, dating back some 3 billion years. In the afternoon we drive through beautiful scenery to Skye, stopping en route at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most spectacular castles in Scotland. The largest of the Hebridean Islands, Skye has an area of nearly seven hundred square miles, and as sea lochs riddle the island's landscape we are never more than five miles from the sea. Overnight on Skye. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 miles; Terrain: mostly off-trail; Elevation gain and loss: 750'-1,800'.

  • Day 6 - On the Isle of Skye, hike a glacier-carved cirque in the Cuillin Mountains.

    After breakfast we begin our day's hike in the rugged Cuillin Mountains, the training ground for British climbers preparing for Himalayan ascents. Some of the great options for today include a hike from Glenbrittle to Coire Lagan - this challenging hike follows a beautiful glacier-carved cirque. Or we may hike towards Bruach Na Frithe or "slope of the deer forest". Here we are treated to amazing views of Ben Nevis to the east, and the Outer Hebrides to the west. Overnight on Skye. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-10 miles; Terrain: off trail; Elevation gain and loss: 2,000'- 3000'.

  • Day 7 - Trek Trotternish Ridge to "The Table," for dramatic views.

    Trotternish Ridge, filled with the strange rock pinnacles of the Storr and the Quaraing, is a long ridge hike that is considered one of the finest in Scotland. Our goal is The Table, a grassy summit plateau that offers dramatic views of the surrounding landscape including the Cuillins, the Western Isles, the mountains of Wester Ross and out to the sea. Time permitting, we make a quick shopping stop for local crafts in charming Portree, the capital of Skye. We dine on delicious local cuisine for our farewell dinner tonight. Overnight on Skye. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6 miles; Terrain: on- and off-trail, grassy with some rocky sections; Elevation gain and loss: 1,800'.

  • Day 8 - Travel past famous Loch Ness to Inverness where our adventure ends.

    A last hearty breakfast is enjoyed before we bid farewell to the Isle of Skye. We head east past famous Loch Ness, generally arriving in Inverness by 12:30 p.m. Fly home from Inverness late this afternoon, or extend your stay to explore more of this beautiful country. Breakfast included.

    Driving time: ~ 3 hours.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. Your trip leader will determine each day's hike; hikes noted on a particular day could be moved to an earlier or later day in the trip, should this provide a better group experience.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. 

Price Includes

Accommodation and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; entrance fees to castles, museums or visitor centers; private in-country transportation; skilled trip leader.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Scotland; private airport transfers; optional guide gratuities; alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature and travel/evacuation insurance.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. It will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and likes to hike. Prior hiking experience is highly recommended. The hikes each day range from 3 to 10 miles, with elevation gains and losses up to 3000' on terrain that is uneven and often rocky. Many of the hikes are off-trail. Hiking, jogging and/or cycling on hilly terrain, if possible, to condition (at least 3-6 months prior to departure) is highly recommended. The better your physical conditioning, the more you will enjoy this adventure. Note that the hiking terrain in Scotland is different than hiking maintained trails in North America's National Parks.

Weather

The weather in Scotland can change rapidly. Expect everything from rain showers with intermittent sunshine to warm and sunny days. Daytime temperatures typically range from the low 60s to the high-70s. The May departure has a chance of encountering a light dusting of snow at higher altitudes.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase
  • Rain cover or one large plastic trash bag for your pack
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Comfortable shoes
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Gaiters, short or knee high
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are convenient)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
  • T-shirts (synthetic, quick drying)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
Travel Accessories
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • 2 one-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Small plastic lunch box
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toilet kit: ditty bag containing 1 roll toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, and hand sanitizer gel or Wet Ones
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent and/or headnet
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
  • Large, heavy-duty plastic trash bags
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Electronics/battery charger
  • Small binoculars
  • Thermos
  • Ear plugs / eye mask
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Favorite energy snacks and drinks
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Knee supports

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather and walking about town. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • The trails can be wet and muddy in places. Boots should waterproof to ensure your comfort.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • In northwest Scotland the weather can often include prolonged rains and a wide range of temperatures. When packing, ensure you take along enough clothes to have something dry and comfortable to change into in the evening (including shoes).
  • For hiking, it is recommended to pack your own "toilet kit," a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag of clean toilet tissue, a spare Ziploc to dispose of soiled tissue, and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Note that toilet tissue must be discarded in a waste basket and not along a trail.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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4.8

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  • Accommodations (9)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing adventure!

      By redsurfergirl

      from Honolulu, HI USA

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      • Accommodations
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      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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          Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

          If you like wine at night,good luck. Drink Scotch!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • It fit into my schedule!
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • The hardest, scariest hike!
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Bring everything for weather conditions. The midges never bothered me, but I live in Hawaii!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great introduction!

          By Doorknob

          from Montana

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          • Exceeded Expectations
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              Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

              Our guide, Angela, was fantastic. Her patience with the different needs and desires of individuals in the group was incredible. The accomodations are far from ordinary. That is both bad and good. Don't expect a five star resort with room service. However, the intimate size, the historical nature, the beautiful setting, the fabulous food, and the wonderful hosts more than makes up for anything a resort could offer. This is the second REI Adventures trip I have taken, the two were very different in local, activities, and group dynamics. What was similar was the quality of the guide and the flawless nature of the itinerary and arrangements. I highly recommend them.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • I love hiking and always wanted to see the Scottish Highlands.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Too many highlights to list. Be prepared to want to come back for a longer trip as this just whets your appitite for the Scotish Highlands.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • The better shape you are in the more you will enjoy the trip. I think the emphasis on being prepared for off-trail hiking is overblown. Yes we hiked off trail but it wasn't anything too difficult if you are an avid hiker. More important is being in shape to hike 8 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain over rough ground and rocks. If you have a real problem with vertigo or hieghts this might not be the trip for you and by real problem I mean freezing up entirely due to fear. Most of us will get dizzy or afraid if we look down, if you are like most of us you will be fine. Be prepared for sun, rain, wind and midges - perhaps all in the same day. Poles are a must.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              this is a must do trip

              By carolyn the comfort seeker

              from Washington State

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                  Our guide was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. He was so well read and gave us many book suggestions. He was a wonderfully patient person. We had a lot of wind, as in strong wind. I wish I had brough my warmer jacket. Other than that, all was great.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • We have always heard how beautiful Scotland is so we saw this as a great opportunity.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • The Thursday hike when we summited one of the Munroes and the weather was perfect on this day!
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Be sure to hike on uneven terrain and ups and downs, prepare! Some of our group were not prepared enough and struggled. Everyone was such a good sport though and we all got along very well. Expect rain and prepare for it. We had a little bit of every kind of weather. Leave the shorts at home. Travel light and be prepared to wash out clothes in the sink. Be sure to bring hiking poles. They were essential.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Wild Scottish Highlands

                  By mardib

                  from san Francisco, California

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                      Can't say much negative; or maybe nothing at all.
                      Positives are mentioned above. Also, we had a wonderful group
                      and that is the luck of the draw I guess; although you share many things
                      in common with the other folks or you wouldn't all be there in the first
                      place! I really wanted to download some images of our group
                      but could not get it to work. Pity, you would've liked to have seen these
                      photos. haha.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Been on other REI trips, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Always wanted to visit Scotland's Highlands after hearing of the landscape's rugged beauty. I was not disappointed. Also, the itinerary seemed like what we were looking for. Further, the Scottish culture has always held a large degree of myth, legend and symbolism; all of which run deep in me.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The light. Such beautiful golden light which slants in at quite a sharp angle making everything glow with contrast. Traveling on such a northern latitudes, the light remains until late into the night. Magic. Truely.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Prepare for the trip by hiking on uneven terrain. That was a challenge for me as we usually hike on somewhat groomed trails, etc. Hiking across the Highlands means hiking thru hummocky sheep pasturelands and rocky terrain - no true trail to speak of - but that's the good part!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Trip in a very long time!

                      By mardib

                      from san Francisco, California

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                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • History of arealandscape
                      • Knowledge of guide
                      • Quality Equipment Provided
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                          The trip was romantic, charming, educational, physical and all in all - Magical. Scotland has it all.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Roots in Scotland. Heard stories of the people and countryside
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Our Guide Iain was fantastic. history, knowledge, comraderie
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • plan ahead and prepare to walk on uneven surfaces. No groomed trails and paths here

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          What a wonderful honeymoon!

                          By Kim Brumbaugh

                          from Alma, Michigan

                          About Me First-Time Adventurer

                          Pros

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                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
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                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience

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                              Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                              This trip was so rewarding. I was challenged by the hikes, and experienced views that took my breath away. Iain, our guide, really knew what he was doing, and made the trip go smoothly.

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, My family recommended it
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • I have always wanted to go to Scotland. My husband and I are both hiking and camping fans, and wanted a unique and non-traditional honeymoon we'll remember for all our lives.
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • The satisfaction I felt after each summit. The views that I saw that were only available after the hardwork of hiking up to see them.
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • Make sure you can handle lots of up and down hiking. You need to be comfortable hiking off-trail and on narrow paths. Heights are not too bad, but there are some steep areas to be careful about. Trekking poles are very handy. Also, be prepared to wear sunscreen even on the cloudy days. Lots of exposure.
                               
                              5.0

                              The Highlands are amazing!

                              By CFPG

                              from Orlando, FL

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                              Pros

                              • Accommodations
                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                              • None

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                                In short, this is a must do trip for anyone interested in seeing Scotland and wanting to have good challenging hikes. After a long day hike, the "pub" crawls are fun in the towns which you will be staying in...

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I chose to trip to the Scottish Highlands after reviewing the trip itinerary and the pictures on the website. It look incredibly amazin I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • The best part of my trip was my guide and my group members. We had good group comraderie. The hikes are challenging and the views/scenary amazing. Definitely a once-in-a-life time trip.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • I would recommend bring a regular piece of luggage and a light rough sack(less than 30 liters) as the only things you really need is to carry rain clothin, gaiters in case the it starts raining..of course your water bottle, trekking poles, and tp for "comfort" breaks.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Spectacular.

                                By teaspune

                                from North Carolina

                                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Guides

                                Cons

                                • Group Camaraderie

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                                  Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                                  Spectacular, whether you like the mountains or the coast. Despite the weather being worse than usual, we took alternative "walks" up "the hill" that, for the most part, far exceeded my expectations. Leave the bathing suit at home, unless you're hard core.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Recommended by a Friend
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • Traveling with a friend who had already chosen it.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • Nothing I can single out. Spectacular country, history, landscape, and people. Excellent food.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • As REI suggests, bring lightweight, fast-drying clothes. The weather changes very quickly, so versatile gaments are a plus. Don't forget the insect repellant.

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I definitely would take this trip again!

                                  By Jan traveling

                                  from Madison WI

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                                      I absolutely loved this trip -- perfect itinerary, fantastic guide, exquisite scenery, lots of invigorating outdoor exercise, excellent food & lodging, great transportation, and very nice additional activities like pubs, shopping, music, and castle tours! We added on few days in Edinburgh at the front end of the trip – recommend that strategy for recovering from travel; then take the train up to Inverness – gives you a full 2 weeks away!

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • Have always wanted to visit Scotland; REI provides the perfect way to see the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • The day we hiked up to the rock formation called The Old Man of Storr -- amazing views, many rock formations & awesome scenery. Just incredible!
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Get very good quality raincoat, rain pants, waterproof boots, and a pack cover! You will need them and if they're breathable and waterproof you'll be very happy! (We visited in July)

                                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Oh, the heather!

                                      By Jen

                                      from Wheat Ridge, Colorado

                                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                                      Pros

                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Amazing Guide
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

                                      • Late dining hours

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Scotland Highlands & Islands Hiking:

                                        The food was amazing! Even with walking and hiking every day, I still think I gained weight!

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • We wanted to visit Scotland again, with the idea that this time we'd see something off the beaten path instead of the typical tourist venues.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • The hikes were all beautiful and unique, but my favorite experience was seeing working dogs. Our guide has a sheep farm, and she took us there one morning on the way to our hike to watch their Border Collies work sheep. It was FABULOUS! I also loved seeing the heather in bloom. We visited later in the year on our last trip and the heather had already past.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • If you're going in July/August, make sure to buy good bug spray and midge nets! The midges were horrible! My husband's face and arms were devoured by the little buggers on one of our hikes.

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