Global Adventure - Scotlands Great Wilderness Highlands and Islands

Scotlands Great Wilderness Highlands and Islands

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  • Tue, Sep 2, 2008 — Tue, Sep 16, 2008
  • Adults
This outing will explore four of the best mountainous terrains for hiking of the Western Scottish Highlands, a remote and starkly beautiful, sparsely populated, highland area with lovely glens and lochs, serene clan castles, and some of the finest scenery in Europe. It is truly a hiker’s paradise and classic hikes are planned, including at least one peak in each area for potentially panoramic views. We will hike in the Knoydart Wilderness, John Muir Trust land known as the last Great Wilderness of Scotland because of its remoteness and scenic beauty (view photo of Knoydart Wilderness from Loch Nevis), the Cuillin Hills near the south coast of the Isle of Skye, Kintail Mountains above Glen Shiel and Loch Duich, and the highlands of the isolated terraced sandstone peaks surrounding coastal Upper Loch Torridon. Further highlights of these areas are the world famous Loch Coruisk at the heart of the serrated Black Cuillin Ridge, and the Eilean Donan Castle and Five Sisters of Kintail peaks encompassing Loch Duich. The Eilean Donan Castle of Highlander and Bond fame is considered Scotland’s most romantic castle.

For further Outing Information and Itinerary, please see The Mountaineer magazine or the online description.

Requirements: The trip limit will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 Mountaineers. Sponsored by the Seattle Hiking Committee, this trip is open to all current Mountaineers. The trip is classified upper moderate to very strenuous; expect some very strenuous stretches on exposed slopes in highlands. Hiking days may be long and the planned pace is moderate. Hike elevation gains may exceed 3,000 feet or more from near sea level for highlands and distances may be as great as 14 miles round trip on paths in lowland areas. Highland hiking typically follows routes in contrast to established trails and paths. Route conditions may include rough terrain, surficial bedrock, wet heather and grass, boggy ground, and shallow stream crossings. In the case of poor visibility conditions, lowland hike alternatives will be considered. Participants must be physically able to handle the requirements of this trip and participation is subject to leader approval. A valid passport is required.

Trip Price: $2600 per person, including all planned: 3-Star lodging (2-4 occupancy, most rooms ensuite with showers) in Glasgow (1 night), Inverie (4 nights), and Kyleakin (8 nights); full Scottish breakfasts and bag lunches provided by lodging and dinner in Glasgow; ground and sea transportation (vans, buses, ferries, boats) and; guides when necessary. Please note that lodging is limited in Inverie and rooms with bunk beds may be shared based on gender (no separate rooms for couples). Basic trip accident insurance, Mountaineers Foreign Outing Fee and leader fare/transportation expenses, and administrative costs are also included in price.

Excluded: airfare ($900-$1300 estimate based on advance purchase), additional insurance costs, and any diversion from the group itinerary. Lunch (est. $10-15) for West Highland train, dinners (est. $15-50) and beverages are not included, allowing more flexibility with meals and personal preferences with restaurants, type of food, and cost. Only dinner in Glasgow has been included in outing cost. Price also excludes valid passport, airport transfers, personal items, gratuities, and entrance fees to historical sites.

Registration and Deposit: With leaders’ approval, a check of $2,600 per person payable to the Mountaineers is due upon registration for this trip. If cancellation is received prior to March 1, a full refund will be made, less a $100 Foreign Outing administration fee plus any non-recoverable expenses. After March 1, there will be a cancellation fee of $300 plus any non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable group expenses incurred due to cancellations will be borne by all participants. You must retrieve the application online Download the application or from the leader, Glen Strachan, by phone at 425-869-8094 or email at, and submit for review in order to reserve a space.
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