A highland cow grazing beside Lloch Linnhe (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 23 July 2018

Great Scot! 5 incredible trips through breathtaking Scotland

Stunning highland scenery, world famous whisky distilleries and some of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world – take the high road on these amazing trips through stunning Scotland

1: Spot the queen at the Royal Highland Games

The Royal family watching the tossing the caber competition, Braemar (Dreamstime)

The Royal family watching the tossing the caber competition, Braemar (Dreamstime)

Experience the thrills and drama of the Highland Games and immerse yourself in the culture that surrounds it on this limited edition tour of Scotland with Peregrine.

You’ll attend the Royal Highland Games in Braemar, regularly attended by members of the British Royal Family. As well as enjoying the colour and spectacle of the games, a competitor will give you a demonstration of one of the Highland’s unique sports and let you have a go. Later, you’ll attend a Ceilidh dance at a village hall, with dance tuition provided from an expert and other local dance enthusiasts.

Beyond the games, you’ll explore the jagged mountains, tranquil lochs and rolling greenery of Scotland's national parks, jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct, enjoy a whisky tasting at Glen Ord Distillery and experience the local foodie scene in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Trip: Scottish Highland Games - Limited Edition

Who: Peregrine

When: Aug

How long: 14 days

How much: From £3,505 (exc. flights)

2: Hike the Orkney Islands

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney (Dreamstime)

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney (Dreamstime)

Roam the margins between sea and land, along deserted cliffs and past megalithic monuments, on this guided walking holiday through the Orkney Islands with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Based in the village of Stromness, you’ll enjoy countless walking opportunities, led by both a naturalist and a historian. You’ll walk to the Kitchener Memorial, Wideford Hill burial chamber and the Ring of Brodgar, as well as the Old Man of Hoy.

Birdwatchers will know that Orkney has more RSPB reserves than anywhere else in Britain, so there are plenty of opportunities to observe puffin, gannet, guillemot, razorbills and tysties (black guillemot) on the cliffs, waders on the mudflats, eider ducks and other divers in the wetlands and Great Arctic skua, short-eared owl and hen harrier on the moorlands.

Trip: Orkney Islands

Who: Ramblers Walking Holidays

When: Departures Apr - May & Aug - Sep

How long: 7 days

How much: From £1,049 (exc. flights)

3: Discover the wild Shetlands

An Atlantic puffin in the Shetlands (Dreamstime)

An Atlantic puffin in the Shetlands (Dreamstime)

Witness the fantastic seascapes and an astounding diversity of flora, fauna and marine life on this small group holiday to the Shetland Islands with Wildlife Worldwide.

Accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, you’ll explore the Shetland Islands from two bases: Sumburgh in the south and Baltasound on Unst (the most northerly populated island of the British Isles). Boat trips and daily wildlife walks will take you into the heart of RSPB Reserves including Sumburgh Head and Fetlar, and Hermaness, as well as the Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserves on Unst. The variety of bird life – and the immense size of the seabird colonies – is quite unlike anywhere else in the world.

Trip: The Shetland Islands

Who: Wildlife Worldwide

When: May-Jun 2019

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,395 (exc. flights)

4: Luxuriate in 5-star Scotland

Blair Castle in Perthshire (Dreamstime)

Blair Castle in Perthshire (Dreamstime)

Enjoy the Scotland at its luxurious best on this traditional five star Scottish holiday with Exsus Travel.

With its breathtaking highlands, deep lochs and glens draped in heather, the scenery in Scotland is undoubtedly first-class. Matched with nights beside a roaring fire in a truly luxurious castle hotel and fine meals, prepared from the fresh, locally sourced produce, it becomes a truly memorable experience. 

Extend your trip to spend a few more days on the West Coast of Scotland, visiting the beautifully wild islands of Mull and Iona, or the whisky islands of Islay and Jura, and it becomes unforgettable.

Trip: Loch Ness, Whisky, Castles: Traditional Luxury Scottish Holiday

Who: Exsus Travel

When: Flexible departures throughout the year

How long: 7 days

How much: From £1,795

5: Encounter Scotland’s Wild Coast

Gannet colony in Scotland (Dreamstime)

Gannet colony in Scotland (Dreamstime)

Cut off by the imposing highlands, the Scottish west coast is one of the last truly wild places left in Britain. You’ll experience it in all its untouched glory on this small group expedition with Wildlife Worldwide.

It’s a journey that will take you to the remote crofting communities and picturesque villages of the Hebrides and the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Excursions by Zodiac allow you to get close to seals playing nearby in waters patrolled by whales and dolphins, and to immense seabird colonies, filled with gannets, fulmars, arctic terns and delightful puffins. 

Combined with visits to Neolithic sites scarcely changed in 5000 years, and castles that were once strongholds of Scottish clans, this is a fascinating insight into the wilds of Scotland

Trip: Scotland’s Wild Coast

Who: Wildlife Worldwide

When: Jun 2019

How long: 11 days

How much: From £4,625 (exc. flights)