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Wilderness Scotland is a specialist adventure travel company offering an inspiring range of holidays, journeys and wilderness experiences in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Established in 2001, our professional team of gu...
Wilderness Scotland is a specialist adventure travel company offering an inspiring range of holidays, journeys and wilderness experiences in the most remote and beautiful regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Established in 2001, our professional team of guides and office staff know the wild places of Scotland better than anyone. Our innovative and professional approach has led us to be recognised as the leading provider of adventure holidays in Scotland, both by our clients and by the industry. In 2009, we were named the No.1 Adventure Travel Company in Europe by National Geographic Magazine. We share a passion for the Highlands and Islands and are committed to providing our clients with excellent customer service and the best possible experience of Scotland. Our service is defined by passion, knowledge and attention to detail. We believe that there is no substitute for experience and in booking with Wilderness Scotland you can be sure that you are joining a holiday that has been exhaustively researched and personally assessed for its style and quality. In choosing Wilderness Scotland, you can also be sure that you are travelling with a company that takes its commitment to sustainable tourism seriously. We operate to the highest environmental standards are a committed to supporting the local economies and communities in which we operate. We are the only adventure travel company in the UK to hold the Green Tourism Gold Award and have won many other awards in recognition of innovative approach and commitment to sustainable tourism. We are the only adventure travel company in Scotland to hold the Green Tourism Gold Award and have won many other awards in recognition of our innovative approach and commitment to sustainable tourism. In 2007, we were named Best Green Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards . Most recently in 2009, we were awarded 5 Star Responsible Tourism status by AITO .Read more
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Questions & Answers
Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.
What are the accommodation types provided?
We decided to categorise the types of accommodation we use on each of our adventure holidays simply because they span a wide range from wild camping, through comfortable and friendly 3 star inns and up to luxury castles. It made sense to give you, our clients, more of a feel for the places you’ll be staying in.
Wild Camping – Camping under the stars in spectacular locations near the waterway/shore. Some camps are wild with no facilities while some have very basic facilities such as a toilet and cold running water. However this doesn’t mean we can’t pull out all the stops to cook up meals to remember and the wild swimming makes up for the occasional lack of amenities.
Basic – These simple rustic accommodations in breath-taking locations have a warm and cosy feel with shared bathroom facilities, warm showers and comfortable beds.
Classic – Staying in 3 or 4 star hotels, guesthouses and Highland inns, you can enjoy warm hospitality along with a hot shower, great food and a comfortable bed at the end of a day.
Deluxe – Staying in 4 or 5 star hotels you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service.
Luxury – Selected castles in locations across Scotland, each have their own character and you will be exceptionally well looked after in each of them.
Weather – When is the best time to visit Scotland?
When the sun shines in Scotland, it is the best place in the world to be! And although the Scottish climate is renowned for its variability, it is not nearly as rainy as you may think. However, even if you get caught in the rain, you will see waterfalls and rivers come to life, and the mountains take on an atmospheric appearance which can be very dramatic.
During spring and early summer, meadows of wild flowers bring an abundance of colours to the landscape and it is a great time to experience Scotland’s rich wildlife and birdlife. May and June are the driest and sunniest months and a recommended time to visit Scotland, with normal daytime temperatures of 14 – 18°C. The northerly latitude also means that Scotland enjoys 4 hours more daylight than London, with the most northerly regions barely getting dark during the weeks around midsummer.
July and August are the warmest months with normal daytime temperatures of 16 – 22°C. This is a popular time to visit Scotland but our trips are based in genuine wilderness areas far from the crowds. Scotland’s famous purple heather is at its best in late August, especially in areas such as the Cairngorms.
Late summer brings generally settled weather as we pass into September and October, with normal daytime temperatures of 12 – 18°C. Autumnal colours begin to emerge with birch and rowan trees throwing up particularly bright colours which complement the reddish hue of the hillsides, roamed by well-camouflaged red deer.
Can I bring my child on a trip?
The minimum age to join one of our regular trips is 16, and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent. However, we do have a range of trips especially for families and we recommend these for family groups. You can also bring children on self-guided trips (such as the Great Glen Way) but you may wish to call to discuss their fitness levels before booking.
What clothing and equipment do I need?
A suggested kit list is sent to everyone who books a holiday with Wilderness Scotland.