Hiking on Rum, Small Isles
The word 'hiking' isn't used as much in the UK as it is in North America. In the UK we tend to use 'walking' to cover such a wide range of activities that it can be misleading. North American readers should probably think of About Argyll's walks as hikes, but at the gentler end of the range. You'll need tough boots, with a good tread, that provide adequate ankle support. No boots with smooth soles, no walking shoes, no trainers or similar very lightweight shoes which won't cope with the rougher or wetter ground and could be dangerous in steeper places.
Our (luxury) walking / hiking tours are an excellent introduction to hiking in Scotland for people with good basic fitness. The holiday combines hiking with visits to places of interest. Daily distances will be 4-6 miles/6-9 km plus varying amounts of ascent, and we don’t expect to hike for longer than 4 hours (plus stops). Most of the hiking will be on paths, tracks or quiet roads, although the surfaces can be wet and rough. There will be some steep sections along the way, but no climbing greater than 1200ft/365m, even in total.
Our walking holidays and hiking vacations are designed for people who are fit and used to walking all day. We will walk up to 11 miles/17.5 km (6 hours plus stops) per day with an average 1150ft/350m of ascent. On one day it might be as much as 3000ft/900m but there are also easier days. Our routes sometimes traverse pathless glens, climb mountains or thread remote passes and there may be some scrambling. On most days as much of our time is spent off path as on it. Scotland can be very wild and tough going: 10 miles here is often much harder than 10 miles elsewhere. All that said, we don’t want to break any speed records, especially not when going uphill and you’ll have all the rewards of walking in the most beautiful and fascinating parts of the Highlands and Islands.
Our groups are made up of individuals who, whatever their background, share a common love of walking in Scotland and a joy in the discovery of people and places, of history, wildlife and all the other aspects of life in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Wherever they are from, they are all curious to find out what's around the next corner.
In recent years, our walkers have come from the USA, Canada, mainland Europe, Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. This international mixture has made for a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere which has been shared equally by those who come on their own, and those who book with their partner or friends. We know that several new and lasting friendships have come about through walking with 'About Argyll'. Why not come and join us this year?
Think you're too old, or too young? As far as we're concerned sufficient fitness is what matters, along with willingness to walk in rough countryside, not age. Our oldest walkers are in their 80s - very fit admittedly. Our youngest visitor has been 16 (a caveat here - our programmes aren't designed with under 18s in mind). Main age groups that we see? 50s / 60s / 70s.
All our holidays start and finish in Glasgow. We will meet you in the city centre (Queen Street Station) or at Glasgow International Airport.
You will stay in carefully selected B&B's, guest houses or hotels. Double and twin rooms will have an en suite or private bathroom.
A limited number of single rooms is available on all our holidays at a supplement. In some places, if you are staying in a single room, you will share the bathroom with one other room.
There will be no supplement if you are willing to share a twin room - with two single beds - with another member of the group of the same gender. This will always be a room with an en suite bathroom.
Please note that only few B&Bs have single rooms. This means that if you book closer to the start of the holiday, we might not be able to get a single room and need to charge extra for single occupancy of the double or twin room. We will always let you know in advance if this is the case.
By law smoking is not allowed in public places. This means that all B&Bs, hotels, restaurants and bars in Scotland are non-smoking. We also don't allow smoking in our minibuses.
You will need to bring boots with a good tread and adequate ankle support, warm clothing, waterproofs (top and over-trousers) and a rucksack big enough for your spare clothes, a packed lunch and whatever else you normally like to have with you (binoculars, a camera, etc.). Boots are especially important. They don't have to be particularly heavy, but wearing lightweight ones may mean your feet get wet. Hiking and walking shoes or trainers definitely aren't adequate nor are they safe on some of the rougher and steeper going, however short it may be.
You will receive information about meeting time/place, your accommodation, other members of the group and details of the holiday, 3-4 weeks before the start.
Please let us know, in confidence, of any conditions from which you suffer which may affect your safety in remote areas. These include vertigo and diabetes. Please consult your doctor if in any doubt.
We carry Public Liability insurance. In addition, we very strongly recommend that you take out your own travel insurance to cover personal accident, cancellation etc.
Four clients is the minimum number for our guided holidays to go ahead. In the event of us having to cancel through insufficient numbers, we will let you know at least 42 days before the start and we will offer you an alternative holiday. If the alternative does not suit you, we will refund in full all money paid.
There is no minimum number for private guided itineraries.
After receiving your booking form we will email you a tour agreement and a link to a secured form to pay the deposit. A deposit of GBP150/€200 per person per holiday (luxury walking tour and Orkney & Shetland Islands combined GBP300/€400 per person, private guided itinerary 15% of the holiday cost) is due at the time of the booking. Final payment is due 56 days before departure, so if you book less than 8 weeks before departure, the full holiday price is due at the time of the booking.
We accept payment in Pound Sterling (£) by:
Your payments will be lodged in the 'In-Trust About Argyll Walking Holidays' account, where they are protected by the independent trustees of Sue Minns Accountability, Kilmun until after you have taken your holiday, in conformity with EC regulations. You will find more details about it in our booking conditions.