About Argyll Walking Holidays

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Walking or Hiking?

Hiking on Rum, Small Isles

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.

We offer two grades of walking / hiking

walking and hiking tours scotland(Luxury) Walking Tours
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 1200 feet (365m), even in total.

walking and hiking holidays scotlandWalking / Hiking Holidays
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/17.5km (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.