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Independent Highlands & Isle of Skye walking holiday

Independent Highlands & Isle of Skye walking holiday

This is one of C-N-Do’s specially crafted slow travel tours, using public transport and your own energy to get to know Scotland.

With lots of choices for walking, cycling and generally good old fashioned exploring, you will get to know and love the areas and communities you pass through.

Enjoy, and come again or tell your friends. Slow travel - the only way to holiday in Scotland.

About The Highlands & Isle of Skye

If you want to see a wide variety of Scotland in a short time, this 10 night holiday is the tour for you. The flexible itinerary allows you to choose the balance between walking and sightseeing to meet your own aspirations. Combine this freedom with a couple of the Classic train journeys of Europe and you have a holiday to dream about.

Please Note: This tour starts and finishes in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Holiday Highlights

  • 3 classic train journeys Inverness to Kyle, Mallaig to Fort William, Fort William to Glasgow.
  • Fantastic choice of walking opportunities at 3 contrasting locations
  • Get a true flavour of the Highlands with time to explore and savour the variety of famous Scottish landscapes Scotland.
  • Walk through wide glens, over heather clad hills, around rugged coastlines, in the footsteps of long gone Highland drovers and warriors,.. the list is endless

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Booking Definitions

Solo walker:

1 person per booking in a single room. (Single room supplement included)

2 or more walkers:

Minimum 2 people per booking based 2 sharing. (Single room supplement extra. Please see details for each trip)

Option Price SRS Date  
(Solo walker)
£1395 Incl.
(2 or more)
£1085 £270

Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Travel from Glasgow or Edinburgh by train to Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire. Flexible times.

Day 2: Full day in the Pitlochry area for walking and exploring.

Day 3: Full day in the Pitlochry area for walking and exploring.

Day 4: Travel by train from Pitlochry to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. You may choose to spend additional time in Pitlochry and travel later in the day, or select an early train and spend time exploring the city of Inverness.

Day 5: Travel by train to Kyle of Lochalsh; optional visit by bus to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Travel by bus over the Skye Bridge and on to Broadford.

Day 6: Full day on Skye for walking and exploring.

Day 7: Full day on Skye for walking and exploring.

Day 8: Travel by bus to the ferry port of Armadale and take the ferry to the fishing village of Mallaig. Travel by train to Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, via the Harry Potter train route.

Day 9: Full day in the Fort William area for walking and exploring.

Day 10: Full day in the Fort William area for walking and exploring.

Day 11: Travel by another classic train journey to Glasgow.

Best time to go

The best time to go is just about anytime. Each season has its own special feeling.

March–April: Late snows on the high hills and the clear winter air makes for sparklingly clear landscapes.

May-June: Spring flowers and the first flush of luminous green as the trees burst forth.

July–August: Summer days, birds galore, the start of the heather colours on the hills.

September–November: Autumn tints increasingly form the colour palette, the haunting sounds of deer rutting, and the autumn mists adding to the mystery of the hills.

Superior Option - What's Included

  • 10 nights in 2 person ensuite guest house B&B accommodations.
  • 3 great Scottish walking areas – 3 nights in Pitlochry, Broadford on the Isle of Skye, and Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis
  • Walking options for 6 full days and 3 part days
  • Walking maps for the areas visited
  • Walking route suggestions for the areas visited
  • Holiday Dossier with background information and advice, local attractions and suggestions
  • Emergency contact in Scotland
  • VAT at the current rate of 20%


  • Day 1 train from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 4 train from Pitlochry to Inverness
  • Day 5 train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh; bus Kyle to Broadford
  • Day 8 ferry Armadale to Mallaig, train Mallaig to Fort William
  • Day 11 train Fort William to Glasgow

Optional extras:

  • Additional nights accommodation at beginning or end in Glasgow or Edinburgh

Not included:

  • Meals not specified above
  • Optional local bus journeys or excursions or entries


  • £1085 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
  • £270 single supplement
Independent Walking Holidays