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Summits of the Scottish Highlands Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TDY
Activity Rating - Challenging
Challenging

You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday.  Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.

7 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Discover Scotland's highest mountain ranges and magnificent hill summits offering dramatic landscapes and some of the most spectacular sights in the world. A "Munro" refers to any mountain over 3,000ft (approx 915m) high in Scotland, taking their name from the person that compiled the original list - Hugh Munro, back in 1891. "Munro bagging" is a popular trekking activity in Scotland as the area creates an ideal playground for walking enthusiasts. The sandstone mountains of Torridon lie in the rugged North West of Scotland and have been welcoming adventurous walkers for many years. . On our trip, we will summit some of the most memorable, such as Beinn Alligin – meaning Jewelled Hill, one of the most rewarding peaks of the Torridon Munros.

At a Glance

  • 6 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses
  • 5 days walking
  • Group normally 4-16, plus leader. Min age. 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Travel by private minibus

Trip Highlights

  • Discover some of the best walking routes.
  • Fantastic views over Loch Maree and the Torridon Mountains
  • Tackle Beinn Alligin, one of the most reputed peaks in the area

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded as Level 5, Challenging as we are tackling a peak each day.

The walks on this holiday highlight some of the Scottish Highlands’ best scenery. Some routes are steep and rocky, and the ascent can be rough, with some scree. Some sections are pathless with boggy parts on steep grounds. The walks are low altitude throughout. You will need to cover long distances with up to 980m ascent, so a good level of fitness is required. Equally, you must be prepared for the Scottish (inclement) weather. 

You will only need to take a daypack with you on the walks and luggage will be transferred between the accommodation during the trip.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
7
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

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Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at your hotel in Inverness

    Arrive at your hotel in Inverness. The group briefing will take place at 4pm. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy exploring Inverness.

    Check in to your accommodation, and the afternoon is free to explore Inverness. 

    Overnight at Glen Mhor Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Mountain Trail and Meall a Ghiuthais (887m)

    After breakfast, we will depart Inverness and travel north to Gairloch. En route, we will tackle our first challenge —Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve Mountain Trail and Meall a Ghiuthais (887m). We reach the steep-sided Corbett of Meall a Ghiuthais via the mountain trail. Here you will have fantastic views over Loch Maree and the Torridon Mountains.

    Overnight at Gairloch Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    930
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 3

    Beinn Damph

    Today's target is Beinn Damph (980m). This is a delightful Corbett that showcases the sandstone bedrock named after the area and the Old Caledonian Scots Pine Forest.

    Overnight at Gairloch Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    930
    Activity (hours):
    5-6
  • Day 4

    Beinn Alligin (922m)

    Today we will tackle Beinn Alligin (922m), arguably the most rewarding of the Torridon Munros.

    Overnight at the Gairloch Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.25 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    922
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 5

    Beinn an Eoin

    Rising at the heart of the Flowerdale Forest, the long sandstone ridge of Beinn an Eoin provides a fine hill walk, with magnificent views. The summit provides a different perspective on the giants of Torridon.

    Overnight at the Gairloch Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    922
    Activity (hours):
    6-7
  • Day 6

    Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

    One of the smallest hills we will potentially do during the week but offers one of the best vantage points you will have ever seen of Loch Ness and the Great Glen.

    Overnight at Glen Mhor Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    699
    Activity (hours):
    4-5
  • Day 7

    Departure

    We say our goodbyes. Our trip ends at our hotel in Inverness.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels and guesthouses

Outside

Throughout the week, you will spend 6 nights in 3-star hotels and guesthouses. The accommodations have been selected for their charm, character and offer a comfortable stay. All accommodations offer rooms with en-suite.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Lunches can be purchased from local bakeries, shops and mini markets which will offer you the opportunity to try lots of local produce and delicacies. Packed lunches may also be possible to organise with accommodations stayed at during the trip.

Dinners will be taken at accommodations we stay at or traditional local pubs along the way.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The North of Scotland provides an opportunity to experience vast landscapes and open skies rarely found in any other part of the UK.  The climate is generally mild between April – October with changeable days when it is entirely possible to have rain, wind, and brilliant sunshine in a short period. 

Waterproof clothing is therefore essential and should be always carried as should a light thermal vest / jacket as the wind that blows west to east off the Atlantic can be fresh. Temperatures rarely fall below 12 degrees but can reach the mid 20’s during the height of the summer when daylight dims for only 4 hours at the Summer Equinox period in June.

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 7 days starting and ending at Inverness Airport.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Inverness
Location end:
Inverness

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Walking boots with good ankle support and grip
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket and over trousers- drying facilities are available for overnight drying out as required.
  • Warm hat/gloves
  • A warm jacket & sweater/fleece 
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity at least)- Please note that tap water is safe to drink in the area which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list as this will save on wasteful plastic bottles.
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and lip salve
  • Small first aid kit including Compeed/blister kit.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles
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Practical Information

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Electricity

Money

ATM Availability

ATMs are available in Inverness as well as in most towns & villages visited during the week. Credit & debit cards are widely accepted but in general it is also a good idea to carry some cash.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

As lunches will usually be purchased from local bakeries and supermarkets or from accommodations we stay at, we recommend budgeting approximately GBP 5-7 per day.

We recommend budgeting approximately GBP 15-25 for dinners.

You will also need to budget for any extra snacks & drinks bought during the week.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution of approx. 20 GBP per client. This is entirely at your discretion if you wish to provide your leader with a tip if you are happy with the services they have provided throughout the trip.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

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Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.