Our hiking adventure takes us to explore two distinct landscapes, The Kingdom of Fife and the Cairngorms National Park. We begin on the Fife Coastal Path, which links picturesque fishing villages, complete with stone harbours, cobbled streets and stunning views across the Firth of Forth. This corner of Fife is a haven for wildlfe, so look out for basking seals, puffins, terns and eider ducks. We visit St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and full of architectural gems. Fife is also celebrated for its excellent food and drink; smokehouses, distilleries and chocolate shops abound.
We then head to the Scottish Highlands and the magnificent Cairngorms. We explore Royal Deeside, so called for the River Dee and the patronage of Queen Victoria who loved this area and spent much time at Balmoral. We hike in the National Park, home to the ancient and unique Caledonian pine forests. We transfer across the park to our final destination, south of Aviemore. Here we hike among majestic scenery teeming with wildlife. The park is a haven for iconic species such as ptarmigan, capercaillie, red squirels and osprey. It's a nature lover's paradise.
Days 1 & 2 Fife: Meet in Edinburgh, and transfer to Fife and the picturesque village of Elie; walk the Fife Coastal Path, explore the villages of Pittenweem, Crail and Ansthruther. Explore historic St Andrews and its magnficent cathedral. Try a wee dram at a local distillery.
Days 3 & 4 Ballater: Visit Crathes Castle and gardens. Explore Glen Muick, walk through ancient pine woods to a Victorian hunting lodge and circumnavigate beautiful Loch Muick. Enjoy the clear sparkling air, rugged scenery, & a wee distillery.
Days 5, 6 & 7 Kingussie: We take a panoramic transfer across the national park to our luxurious retreat outside Aviemore. Hike to Uath Lochans and explore the hidden gem of Glen Feshie, one of the most beautiful Cairngorm glens. Discover the Rothiemurchus estate, and jewel-like Loch-an-Eilein with its ruined island castle. Finish the day with cream cakes at my favourite highland cafe.
Scotland: tour details
|Duration||7 nights/8 days.|
|Difficulty||Moderate 10 to 15 km/day across coastal paths and beaches on well-marked trails. Cairngorms; Woodland trails with some rocky and hilly sections|
|Tour Price||us$3500 (single supplement $550)|
|Departures||2 - 9 July, 2023|
|Inclusions||Seven nights accommodation in comfortable hotels; all breakfasts and meals as listed in the itinerary; all activities listed in the itinerary; all transfers, tips and gratuities; the services of a professional tour guide.|
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