Since 1995, About Argyll Walking Holidays have run high-quality, essentially personal guided walking holidays and hiking vacations throughout Argyll in the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, building up a reputation for care and quality. Over the years, in exploratory spirit, we have added ventures further afield, to Galloway, Isle of Arran, Highland Perthshire, Isle of Skye and all the way north to the magnificent remote landscapes of the Norse/Scots Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Our holidays are designed for people who like to enjoy historical, natural and geological themes along with the pure pleasure of walking. We explore hills, lochs, boundless seascapes and islands. During the walks you can enjoy historical, natural or geological themes and the solitude of secret places.
We don't aim to break speed records when we walk, but the going can be rough. Scotland is one of the last places where we are not restricted to paths and tracks. During our guided holidays we will take full advantage of this and our hikes will be in remote and quiet places undiscovered by most tourists.
Anyone with Highland, and especially Argyllshire, ancestry might be particularly interested to see the country of their forefathers. Our walks visit the ancient lands of, amongst others, the Campbells, MacDonalds, MacDougalls, MacIntyres, MacKinnons, MacLachlans, MacLeans and Stewarts.
Our walking trips and hiking tours are usually 8 days in duration, with 7 nights accommodation and 6 walking days. All our holidays start and finish in Glasgow.
We specialise in private guided itineraries where the whole schedule is drawn up to suit your particular interests and the time you have available. We can plan itineraries for anywhere in Scotland: Highlands & Islands, Dumfries & Galloway, the Borders, Inner and Outer Hebrides/Western Isles, Skye, Orkney and Shetland Isles, and these can be themed as you wish. Examples of special interest private guided itineraries are: Whisky and Walking in Islay, Walking in the footsteps of your ancestors, history, wildlife, geology.
Lunch break, Isle of Kerrera, Argyll
An attractive, well-thought-out walking programme - walks and hikes to remote and quiet places undiscovered by most tourists. You can enjoy historical, natural and geological themes and the pure pleasure of walking.
Confidence that you are going the right way - our well-qualified, well-informed and enthusiastic guides will look after you. They’ll do their best to make your holiday interesting and memorable. Each of them lives in Scotland, knows it well and has some special interest in its environment. They all very much enjoy sharing this knowledge.
All our guides have mountain leadership and first aid qualifications, with experience of leading groups of various ages over all sorts of ground in all weathers and seasons.
Small groups - usually between 4 and 8.
Carefully selected comfortable accommodation - we book and arrange this for you, taking care to find a B&B, guest house or hotel that is individual in character and offers good food, comfort and a friendly welcome.
Road transport in our minibus - we collect you from Glasgow (city or international airport) on your first day and take you back at the end of your holiday. Throughout your holiday we also provide local transport as needed, evenings included.
Transport by ferries, (charter) boats and train - as required.
Visits to museums and other places of interest - entrance fees are included where these are an integral part of your programme.
Get-togethers in the evening - in your hotel or a variety of carefully selected restaurants and pubs to set the scene for the next day's walking. If evening meals are not included in the price, your guide will always take you somewhere good. We usually eat in a different place each evening, giving you the opportunity to try a range of Scottish dishes and ambiences.
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Personal care and attention in all that we do for you.