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Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

Luxury hiking tour starting by train along the famous West Highland line to the remote Morar peninsula where we'll walk between the hills and on the beaches; then onwards to the Isle of Skye, famous for its spectacular scenery and landscapes, finishing on Raasay, undiscovered by most tourists.


  • Train journey along the scenic West Highland Line
  • Silver Sands of Morar
  • Loch Morar walk
  • Boat trip and walk to Loch Coruisk
  • Hiking to the Old Man of Storr
  • Views towards Skye and the mainland from the Isle of Raasay

Luxury walking tour to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye

Walking along Loch Morar, Scotland

Hiking along Loch Morar

Morar, Highlands

The Morar peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland is part of the Rough Bounds, an area renowned for its wild, remote and rugged landscapes. Morar is divided by Loch Morar, one of Europe’s deepest fresh water lochs, reaching a depth of over 1,000 feet/300 metres. Loch Morar is said to be home to Morag, a monster akin to the more famous Nessie. Morag has a sinister reputation, based on the belief that whenever she is sighted it heralds the death of a member of the local branch of the MacDonald clan.

Morar has a sublime seascape formed by a series of rock-framed white beaches and stunning views across a turquoise sea towards Eigg, Rum and further north to Skye.

Isle of Skye

Skye, the Misty Isle, is famous for its spectacular scenery and landscapes. It is a beautiful island with ruined castles, sea lochs, high mountains and remote moors.

The island is 50 miles long and it is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Skye can be seen as a series of peninsulas that radiate from the mountainous centre of the Cuillin hills. There are 350 miles of coastline to explore and in its heart the dramatic Black Cuillin range rise to over 3,000 feet. They were formed by volcanic activity some fifty million years ago.

Occupied since the Mesolithic era, there are currently about 10,000 people living on the island.

Skye is voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine.


Loch Morar and the surrounding hills are good place to look for red deer, roe deer, white-tailed eagle and golden eagle, great northern divers, otters and pine marten. During our boat trips on Loch Nevis and Loch Scavaig we should see seals, many seabirds and, if we are lucky, even dolphins. Eagles also live on Skye as do many other birds. Wild flowers will be abundant wherever we go.

Day-by-day Programme

The programme will be subject to variables such as weather and the abilities of the group and changes may also be made to take account of lambing, deer stalking, etc. Any such alterations will always take into account the need to maintain the overall character of the holiday.

Luxury hiking tour Scottish Highlands and Skye map


  1. Saturday: Glasgow – Arisaig
  2. Sunday: Loch an Nostarie and Camusdarach Beach
  3. Monday: Loch Nevis to Loch Morar
  4. Tuesday: Journey to Skye, Loch Coruisk
  5. Wednesday: Talisker and Oronsay
  6. Thursday: Trotternish Peninsula
  7. Friday: Isle of Raasay
  8. Saturday: Isle of Skye – Glasgow

Saturday: Glasgow – Arisaig

By train from Glasgow to Beasdale along the West Highland Railway Line, voted as one of the most scenic in the world. The ride takes us along the shores of Loch Long and Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor, stopping at Corrour, one of the most remote stations in Britain, only accessible by train and by Land Rover track.

The journey continues past Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis to Fort William. From Fort William the line hugs bank of Loch Eil before crossing the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, immortalised by the Harry Potter films.

We will get off the train at Arisaig where we'll stay for the first 3 nights.

Sunset above Rum and Eigg from Arisaig

Sunset above Rum and Eigg from Arisaig

Sunday: Loch an Nostarie and Camusdarach Beach

Loch an Nostarie is a remote hill loch above Mallaig. We will walk from Mallaig through the hills and on open ground with spectacular views of the Small Isles, Skye and Knoidart. When we continue Loch an Nostarie with its pine studded islands, as well as the surroundings hills and crags come into sight. We will walk along the shore of the loch and on a well maintained path and quiet road back to Mallaig.

Our second walk will be on the Camusdarach Beach with its perfect shell sand and great views the Isles of Rum and Eigg. The beach was made famous by the cult film Local Hero.

Total of 6 miles/9.5 km and 740ft/225m of ascent

Monday: Loch Nevis to Loch Morar

We will take a chartered boat from Mallaig up Loch Nevis to Tarbet. Loch Nevis is surrounded by the mountains of Knoydart and Morar. Once a bustling fishing village, Tarbet is now home to just six residents and numerous sheep.

From Tarbert we will walk over the narrow headland, from which Tarbet derives its name, to Loch Morar. We will follow an ancient route along the north shore of Loch Morar offering superb views up and down the loch and the mountains beyond. This is an ancient route built to serve the settlements along the loch, now mostly abandoned.

5.5m/9km and 430ft/130m of ascent

Hiking to Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

Tuesday: Journey to Skye, Loch Coruisk

We will take the ferry from Mallaig to Skye and travel to the remote village of Elgol.

We will take a boat up Loch Scavaig to Loch Coruisk, which is in the heart of the beautiful Cuillin mountains with their jagged peaks. Along the way we should see seals – up to 150 or more on sunny days! - many seabirds and, if we are lucky, even dolphins. After disembarking we will walk to Loch Coruisk, arguably one of Scotland’s most isolated and beautiful lochs, surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.

We will sail back to Elgol and continue our journey across Skye to Greshornish House in Edinbane, our accommodation for the next 3 nights.

3 miles/5 km and 300ft/90m of ascent

Wednesday: Talisker and Oronsay

We start the day with a tour of the famous Talisker Distillery.

After enjoying a dram of Skye’s only single malt whisky, we will walk to Dun Beag broch, a circular, tower-like structure with double walls. The walls of Dun Beag still stand up to 16 feet high. During excavations a large amount of prehistoric and more recent artefacts were found, suggesting a prolonged use of the broch.

In the afternoon we will walk across the causeway to the island of Oronsay. Oronsay is a Norse word meaning a tidal island. There are at least 20 Oronsays or Ornsays in the Hebrides, including two on Skye. The island has impressive cliffs and although the island is now uninhabited, there are traces of inhabitation going back thousands of years, including an ancient fish trap along the causeway.

4 miles/6.5 km and 330ft/100m of ascent

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Thursday: Trotternish Peninsula

The Trotternish Peninsula has a long ridge that runs almost its full length; some 19 miles, and is one of the most magnificent landscapes in Britain. The Trotternish Ridge was formed by a great series of post-glacial large-scale landslides. Parts of it are still moving.

The ridge contains two of Skye’s most famous landmarks: the Old Man of Storr, an isolated rocky pinnacle in a spectacular, almost lunar, landscape, and the Quiraing, an area of dramatic and unusual rock formations. Our hike to the Old Man of Storr will take us into these strange rock formations.

3 miles/5 km and 985ft/300m of ascent

Friday: Isle of Raasay

The island of Raasay, 25 minutes by ferry from Skye, was traditionally the home of Clan MacSween. The island was ruled by the MacLeods from the 15th to the 19th century. In the beginning of the 19th century 900 people lived on the island. The current population is around 160 people.
Raasay means "Isle of the Roe Deer".

We have various options for our walk and there is a lot of interest on the island including Raasay House, the remains of St Maol-luag's Chapel, a Pictish Stone, Dun Borrofiach, remains of an iron mine and the stone sculptures of mermaids near the ferry terminal. Wherever we go, on a clear day we will have great views back to Skye to the Cuillin mountains, the Trotternish coastline and the Applecross peninsula on the mainland.

Up to 6 miles/9.5km and up to 1050ft/320m of ascent

Saturday: Isle of Skye – Glasgow

We will leave the Isle of Skye in the morning and travel to Glasgow where we will arrive in the afternoon.

Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye luxury walking tour photos

Loch Shiel from the train

Loch Shiel from the train

Camusdarach Beach

Camusdarach Beach

Loch Morar

Loch Morar

Black Cuillin from Elgol

Black Cuillin from Elgol

Seal colony Loch Scavaig

Seal colony Loch Scavaig

Black Cuillin, Skye

Black Cuillin, Skye

Dun Beag broch, Skye

Dun Beag broch, Skye

Quiraing, Trotternish Ridge

Quiraing, Trotternish Ridge

Isle of Raasay

Isle of Raasay

Skye Cuillin from Raasay

Skye Cuillin from Raasay

Am I fit enough?

This walking tour is an excellent introduction to hiking in Scotland for people with good basic fitness. The holiday combines walking with visits to places of interest. Daily distances won't exceed 6 miles/10 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 climbs greater than 1200 feet/365m, even in total.

If you're still not sure whether or not you can cope after you've read this along with the details of the week's programme, please get in touch to discuss it further.

Accommodation in Country Houses

We will stay in small carefully selected hotels that have a reputation for care and for excellent Scottish food, so you can relax in comfort after your day out walking. Evening meals will be in the hotels and are included in the price.

Arisaig, Morar - VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Morar: two hotels in Arisaig

Centered on the sheltered shore of Loch nan Ceall on the west coast, Arisaig is a pretty village boasting superb scenery. This lovely collection of largely white-painted buildings are scattered between the harbour and the line of the road from Fort William to Mallaig at the western end of the legendary Road to Isles.

The landscape is characterised by a rocky coast, blue seas and particularly white sand which all make the village a good base for exploring the incredibly scenic surrounding countryside. The views out to the islands of Rum and Eigg can be breathtaking, especially at sunset.



Greshornish House, Skye

Isle of Skye: Greshornish House

Greshornish House, dating from the mid-18th century, sits in a secluded loch-side setting of 10 acres surrounded by a belt of beautiful trees.

The traditional white manor house, once owned by Kenneth MacLeod, offers luxury accommodation in a comfortable family-home environment.

The spacious drawing room and billiard room, with full sized table, log fire, squashy armchairs and books, provide an informal relaxing environment, echoed in the distinctive en-suite bedrooms.

Dates & Prices

Description 8 days (Saturday to Saturday), accommodation in Morar, Highlands (3 nights), on the isle of Skye (4 nights) in carefully selected hotels.
Walking An attractive, well-thought-out walking programme; no more than 6 miles/10km in a day, and mostly on paths or tracks - though paths may be wet and/or rough in places. An equally attractive programme of visits to places of interest complement the walks.
MS231 3-10 June 2023 £2765 Luxury hotel accommodation, all meals included.
Single room: £470 extra
MS232 22-29 July 2023
MS233 26 August-2 September 2023
We may be able to book groups of 4 or more on other dates, please ask.

The price includes:

  • The services of our well-qualified, well-informed and welcoming guide.
  • Small group - usually between 4 and 7.
  • An attractive, well-thought-out walking programme (6 walking days); never more than 6 miles or 4 hours in a day, and mostly on paths or tracks - though paths may be wet and/or rough in places.
  • An equally attractive programme of visits to places of interest to complement the walks. Some of these visits may themselves involve a short walk from the nearest available parking.
  • Carefully-selected 4-star country house hotels (sharing a double/twin room), breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches on walking days.
  • Transport by minibus, train, ferries and boats, as needed, throughout your holiday and from Glasgow Queen Street Station at its beginning and to Glasgow / Glasgow airport at its end.
  • Walking poles, gaiters and folding sit mat for use during your holiday.
  • Entrance fee to museums, if visited.
  • Whisky distillery tour
  • Short evening get-togethers to set the scene for the next day's walking.

and most especially

  • Personal care and attention in all that we do for you.

For general information and booking, please click here.