Scotland:

West Coast Hiking Tour


Seven nights; seven days of walks and hikes on established paths and laneways, exploring the beaches, lochs, highlands, valleys, forests, and castles of western Scotland and the Isle of Mull.

The Freewheeling company, and the tour guides did an excellent job. I was VERY pleased with the experience and will gladly recommend this tour company to my friends. - Sue S.





Itinerary


Start: Fort William railway station, 13:00, day one. Fort William can be reached by train from Glasgow (~four hours). Click here for schedule & fares. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

If you would like to try for the summit of Ben Nevis (8-9 hours of strenuous hiking), we recommend arriving in Fort William a day or two early.


Finish: Oban, 09:00, day eight. Catch a train back to Glasgow or continue exploring the highlands.


Day 1

Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge 3.5 km and the Achriabhach Forest 3.5 km.

Start in Fort William, at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Spend the afternoon warming up with a walk in the foothills of Ben Nevis before retiring to your hotel on Loch Shiel for fine dining and sumptuous relaxation. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only)
Glenfinnan House Hotel, Glenfinnan near, Fort William.

Day 2

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Port Murrach 4.5 km, Camusdarach Beach 2 km & Jacobite Steam Train.

Take in the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct enroute to Port Murrach and the first of two beautiful coastal walks. Camusdarach Beach is one of many sandy beaches lining the coast from Arisaig to Morar. A short drive further takes you to Mallaig where you can enjoy lunch before catching the train to Fort William; many (especially rail fans) consider this train ride to be a journey of a lifetime. BL

Same Lodging.


Day 3

Strontian Lead Mines via the Ariundle Oakwoods. One hour transfer; 10.5km walk.

Start with a transfer, along the banks of Lochs Eil and Linnhe, then west through the valley between Garbh Bheinn and Creach Bheinn. Your hike today will take in the best of the Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, including a wee climb or two rewarded on clear days by panoramic views of the highlands. BLD
Kilcamb Lodge Hotel, or

Strontian Hotel, Strontian or

Kingairloch Highland Estate, Ardgour.

Day 4

Castel Tioram, 9.5km to Singing Sands and 3.8km on Aird Molach Loop.

A short transfer brings you to Castle Tioram and your morning walk to the Singing Sands along the tidal Affric river to Allt Beithe and Kentra Bay. The afternoon walk explores a dense Atlantic Oakwood (Aird Molach) before climbing the moorland with gorgeous views of Loch Moidart. BLD
Same Lodging.


Day 5

Isle of Mull – Loch Ba; 1 hour transfer, short ferry, and 10.9km walk.

An early start today takes you to Lochaline and the short ferry to the Isle of Mull. You will stretch your legs with a leisurely walk along Loch Ba, taking in the beauty at the heart of the mountains all around, then transfer to Tobermory with time to explore shops and pubs. BL
Strongarbh House, or

The Tobermory Hotel, or

Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory.

Day 6

Treshnish and the Whisky Cave up to 11km and the Ardmore Shore

Begin the day at the cliffs of the Treshnish Peninsula, a strikingly beautiful coastline. Walk along the coast and to the Whisky Cave where some of Mull’s best moonshine was once made. Pause for tea at Calgary Bay before returning to Tobermory. The Ardmore Shore offers an additional walk with excellent views across the Sound of Mull, if time permits. Optional boat tour to Fingal’s Cave and the Treshnis Isles; 65 £. BLD
Same Lodging.


Day 7

Gualachaolish 8km and Torosay Castle 6.1 km

One of the very best is saved until last: Gualachaolish and the views over Loch Spelve are unforgettable. Your afternoon hike will guide you through the forest to Torosay Castle and onto a picturesque bay overlooking Duart Castle. Take the afternoon ferry to Oban. BLD
Manor House, Oban.


Day 8

Farewell

Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. B




Description




Note about the route:

Easy to moderate walks and hikes on established paths and laneways. Three to six hours of walking daily, with options for further exploration. Some of the walks are along the coast, by the shores of a loch or in the moors; conditions are weather dependant and may be wet. Good quality, waterproof, hiking footwear is recommended.


Highlights:

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, the falls at Glen Nevis, Castles over the lochs, hardwood forests, heather and ferns on Mull,the cliffs of Treshnish, views of the Outer Isles; pubs in Tobermory; phoning home from a phone box surrounded by sheep, wool and tweed in Oban.




Your adventure begins in Fort William on the bank of Loch Linnhe at the foot of Ben Nevis where you will visit waterfalls and the Achriabhach Forest. Discover quiet white sand beaches and ride theJacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, an experience recognized as “the greatest railway journey in the world”. Stroll through hardwood forests and climb into the rugged glory of the highlands. Views of the outer isles will enhance your memories of the bens and glens of this quintessentially Scottish land. Lord Ullin's daughter fled her father's ire here, and it's where the headless horseman rode. You will learn about Scotland's rich and savage history, which often sounds more like imaginative myth than fact, while you visit country estates, gardens, pubs, distilleries, and castles. The lodging on this adventure is exceptionally luxurious and hospitable, and the varied terrain will inspire all levels of walker.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
7 km
2
6.5 km
3
10.5 km
4
14 km
5
  8 km
6
11 km
7
5.75 km
8
Farewell




Learn more

Arrive early to explore Inverness, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye before beginning your adventure in Fort William. Plan a summit of Ben Nevis.

Stay on in Glasgow, Edinburgh or in the Highlands. Try one of Freewheeling other hikes in the region: England, Cotswold Walk; Northern Ireland, Antrim Glens & Coast Walk; or Ireland, Donegal Hike.





Costs

US 3565 C4195

(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, Jacobite Steam Train ride, ferries, luggage handling, full-time guide, support van, maps and route notes, taxes).

US 3045 C 3595

(per person, 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, Jacobite Steam Train ride, ferries, luggage handling, maps and route notes, taxes).

Single Occupancy

US 885 C 1045

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.