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A week in the Scottish Highlands

Experienced a week in scenic Scotland and explore the beautiful Scottish highlands, Lochs, whiskey tasting, and historic castles. Here are the details of our week long vacation.

by emma and david, teamthomastravelsAbout Me:We're a husband and wife travel blogging couple from the UK. Since we met in 2015, we have travelled as much as possible. Between us we have visited around 50 countries and 6 continents - just need to make it to Australia/New Zealand to hi... read more

EuropeUnited Kingdom7 days / September 2020

Highs & Lows

Challenge yourself and bag the 2nd highest peak in the UK!

Avoid summer months, the midges are horrendous...

Itinerary Overview

After having our 3 weeks in Canada cancelled by Covid, we were itching to get out in some epic nature. The north of Scotland is like another planet - so rugged and absolutely stunning!

 This itinerary includes beautiful hikes in the Caingorms, climbing a mountain, historic battlefields and castles and a boatride on Loch Ness, plus some recommendations for where to eat and drink.

  • 6 Nights: Grantown-on-Spey
    Grantown on Spey is the ideal gateway town to access the Scottish Highlands. Close to everywhere, a pub, restaurants and shop
  • Day trip: Cairngorms National Park
    The largest national park in Scotland, the wilderness here is absolutely stunning. Perfect for hiking!
  • Day trip: Loch Ness
    Search for Nessie, one of Scotland's most famous residents, on beautiful Loch Ness and brave the icy waters yourself!
  • Day trip: Loch an Eilein
    Unbelievably beautiful scenery, red squirrels and bird watching.
  • Day trip: Zip Trek Adventure Park Aviemore
    Fly through the trees on a thrilling zipline! Then visit a historic battlefield and beautiful wild beach.
  • Day trip: Braemar
    A whiskey tasting, a castle, a Royal residence and mind blowing scenery.
  • 1 Night: LOCH LOMOND and The TROSSACHS National Park
    One last stunning hike with Coos and views in the other Scottish National Park
  • Day trip: Hadrian's Wall
    Outstanding Roman history and a Robin Hood movie location

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    We wish we'd booked a ride on the Strathspey railway, we drove past it and it looked beautiful!

  • How was the food?

    The Little Puffin, Grantown on Spey

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Avoid the summer months, Scottish midges are legendary...!

  • Packing tips?

    Warm layers and waterproofs - Scottish weather is very changeable. And comfortable, broken in hiking boots.

  • Booking details?

    We booked Ben Mhor hotel on Booking.com

Lodging