Scot-Trek

Walking Holidays

March 2018

Friday 9th - Monday 12th

Ardnamurchan + Moidart

Combination of old and new walks in this isolated West Highland peninsula... show more

Grade 1-2

4 spaces

£295

Friday 9th March - Monday 12th March 2018

Ardnamurchan + Moidart

Combination of old and new walks in this isolated West Highland peninsula. This is a vast land alive with memories and remnants of Jacobite and early Scottish history. Come along and enjoy an area very few people ever visit and find out just what a mistake that has been.

We will visit many landmarks such as the remarkable Castle Tiorain, Ardnamurchan point - the most westerly land in Britain, pass through a volcanic crater on our way to Sanna Bay, and the Kentra sands which engulfed a whole community. One day will be spent around Ardnamurchan point and another other along the beautiful coast of Moidart. The walking includes strolls along sandy beaches, tracks to lost villages, a causeway to a fairy tale castle and cliff top treks. We average 7 - 8 miles each day and probably won't see a single person on most of the walks.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability4 spaces
Price£295
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow at 3.00 pm
AccommodationBed & breakfast in Strontian at excellent 3* Strontian Hotel overlooking Loch Sunart

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Friday 30th - Monday 2nd April

Knoydart Adventure

Always one of the first holiday to be fully booked so book early if you are interested... show more

Grade 1-2

5 spaces

£390

Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April 2018

Knoydart Adventure

Always one of the first holiday to be fully booked so book early if you are interested. Four days in the dramatic setting of Inverie and the Rough Bounds of Knoydart. Now owned by the local community Knoydart shows what can be done to turn a declining, dying peninsula into a vibrant community. All this and a stunning landscape.

The walks are all low level and include a stroll along Loch Nevis, easy treks through rugged passes, new walks in the Inverie Woods, hidden waterfalls and an adventurous walk looking across the sea to Skye. One of the walks can be quite boggy. We are based in the fabulous Gathering with two hot tubs with wine waiter service (me!), excellent accommodation and food. We are only two minutes walk from the Old Forge, the most remote pub in mainland Scotland and three minutes from the Village Hall and the lively Easter ceilidh. No-one ever comes to Knoydart only once ... if you haven't been here before come and find out why!

Price includes short ferry crossing between Mallaig and Inverie.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability5 spaces
Price£390
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow at 9.00 am on Friday
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at 4* The Gathering

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April 2018

Monday 9th - Monday 16th

Las Alpujarras in Andalucia

New eight day holiday in sunny Andalucia as we walk through the Alpujarras in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains... show more

Grade 1 - 2 with option of one day Grade 4

5 spaces

£845 which does not include flights between Glasgow and Malaga

Monday 9th April - Monday 16th April 2018

Las Alpujarras in Andalucia

New eight day holiday in sunny Andalucia as we walk through the Alpujarras in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Four base holiday with luggage transferred for you. Easy way to walk through some glorious scenery at a relaxed pace with very comfortable accommodation at the end of each day. A free day in Granada at the end of the week.

Starting in beautiful Capileira above the mighty Poqueria gorge we walk on excellent paths through charming villages as we head east to Mecina, Trevelez … home of the famous Spanish jamon ... and then on to Cadiar. My personal highlight is La Taha which is a land that time forgot. These white washed villages are some of the most attractive and ‘real’ in Spain. If you like craft shops Pampaneira below Capileira is a treasure trove! We are moving through open countryside, olive groves, vineyards and ancient woods. We walk between 6 - 9 miles each day although shorter/longer options are often available. For those who are keen they can climb Mulhacen the highest mountain in mainland Spain at 3479 metres/11424 feet. This is the equivalent of climbing a big but very straightforward Munro. On the seventh day we transfer to Granada where you will have a day to explore this historic city including the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens. Some of our hotels have swimming pools which might or might not be open. Even though the temperature will be in the low - mid 20s° C this is still chilly by Spanish standards! But it’s perfect for walking!

Grade1 - 2 with option of one day Grade 4 - what does this mean?
Availability5 spaces
Price£845 which does not include flights between Glasgow and Malaga
DepartureGlasgow Airport
AccommodationDinner, Bed & Breakfast + lunch in: 3*Fica Los Llanos, Capileira 3*Hotel Mecina, Mecina 2*Hotel Alquiera de Morayma, Cadiar 3*Hotel Puerta de Las Granada (B&B only)

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Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th

Coll + Tiree

New holiday based in the isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides... show more

Grade 1-2

3 spaces

Price: £370-£435 includes travel to Coll + Tiree including ferry from Oban

Tuesday 24th April - Friday 27th April 2018

Coll + Tiree

New holiday based in the isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides. Coll boasts some of the most beautiful and less populated sandy beaches in Britain. It also offers a number of easy walks to all corners of this green island.

Some of the highlights are its machair which at this time of year should be coming into bloom, a vast network of sandy dunes, and its wonderful array of beaches themselves. We shall also visit the ruins of a Dun and a castle and look across the bay to the restored Breachacha Castle. An easy climb takes us up Ben Hogh at 106m, the highest point on Coll. Other even smaller hillocks offer remarkable views across the island and across to Mull,

Tiree and the Outer Hebrides. Much of the island is a RSPB reserve and hopefully we shall be arriving at the same time as the extremely rare corncrakes. Coll is the perfect island to come and relax whatever your interests. We shall take the Calmac ferry for the short sail across to Tiree and to revisit some of its sights including its delightful harbour, local pub and even more perfect beaches.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability3 spaces
PricePrice: £370-£435 includes travel to Coll + Tiree including ferry from Oban
DepartureMid-morning from Glasgow
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at the Coll Hotel (former Scottish Island Hotel of the Year) or Tigh na Mara Guest House (Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence). These are both in Arinagour the only village in Coll.

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May 2018

Friday 4th - Tuesday 8th

Mull + Tobermory

Return visit to one of the most popular destinations on this attractive and varied island with something for everyone... show more

Grade 1-2

4 spaces

£390

Friday 4th May - Tuesday 8th May 2018

Mull + Tobermory

Return visit to one of the most popular destinations on this attractive and varied island with something for everyone. Based again in Tobermory, the lively capital and jewel of the island we will visit a wide range of landscapes and several new walks. Wonderful selection of craft shops and excellent food.

One day will be spent near Tobermory, following good paths along the coast south through the landscape of Aros Park before we head inland, visit a remarkable dairy, and then onto Ardmore Bay at the northern tip of the island. We also will wander above Calgary Bay before heading to Loch Tuath along a wonderful raised beach. En route we follow a cliff path and visit some abandoned villages. Another day will be spent on the tiny island of Ulva, currently being targeted by its 20+ inhabitants for a community buy out, where we wander free of traffic on fine paths to lovely viewpoints amongst pretty native woodland and gentle hillocks. This epitomises Mull as an island redolent with history being brought up to date with exciting new developments. Not to be missed.

Cost includes ferry from Oban to Craignure, Mull and from Mull to Ulva. If anyone has to return to Glasgow on Monday a shortened holiday weekend is possible.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability4 spaces
Price£390
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow at 2.00 pm
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at 4* Harbour Guest House on the waterfront in Tobermory

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Wednesday 23rd - Wednesday 30th

Tuscany

Barga in northern Tuscany was the home of most Italian Scots and so it’s a very appropriate base for Scot-Trek’s visit to Tuscany... show more

Grade 1-2

6 spaces

£790 Flight from/to Pisa not included

Wednesday 23rd May - Wednesday 30th May 2018

Tuscany

Barga in northern Tuscany was the home of most Italian Scots and so it’s a very appropriate base for Scot-Trek’s visit to Tuscany. This has become one of the most popular walks in our programme. It has almost become a home away from home for myself and Gail. You can enjoy leisurely walks, try some harder options or just sit and relax in the sun. The patio and garden of Casa Fontana is a popular meeting place after walks and is setting for the Scot-Trek Garden Party on the last evening. The food in Barga is incredible.

Situated on a hillside ridge at the edge of the Gartafagna National Park, looking down onto the Serchio valley and overlooked by the Appenine and Apuane mountains this is the perfect setting. It is also the perfect time of year with both spring and summer flowers in bloom. Our accommodation is the very comfortable and charming Casa Fontana inside the walls of the centuries old small town of Barga. The Casa Fontana has multiple Tripadvisor Certificates of Excellence and has been voted in the top 12 Hotels and B+Bs in Italy. Many of our walks start directly from outside the Casa Fontana as we follow ancient mule paths, quiet lanes and good paths through fine chestnut woods, over gentle ridges and onto picturesque mountain villages. We also visit a spectacular Hermitage and castle on the other side of the valley.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability6 spaces
Price£790 Flight from/to Pisa not included
DepartureGlasgow Prestwick Airport
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at 4* Casa Fontana Guest House

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June 2018

Friday 8th - Tuesday 12th

Isle of Lewis

Welcome return to Stonoway on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides... show more

Grade 1-2

6 spaces

£465 does not include flights

Friday 8th June - Tuesday 12th June 2018

Isle of Lewis

Welcome return to Stonoway on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Staying at the ’grand dame’ of Stornoway hotels, The Royal overlooking the harbour, we have easy access to the many sites of interest in this most northern of the Outer Hebrides archipelago. Above all you will get the chance to attune to the unique Hebridean lifestyle.

One half day will be spent exploring Stornoway itself and the attractive grounds of Lews Castle. We shall travel south-west visiting the magnificent ever changing beach at Uig, where the Lewis Chessmen were found, and cross over the bridge to walk around the rugged terrain of Great Bernera. We shall explore the far north coast of Lewis around Ness and the Butt of Lewis as well as wandering around the area centred on the world famous standing stones at Callanish. A visit to the famous ‘blackhouses’ at Arnol will also be included to give another insight into the old Hebridean lifestyle. We shall also head south towards the Harris border and follow the ‘boardwalk’ above Loch Seaforth.

We can arrange a tour of Stornway’s butcher shops to giveyou the opportunity to buy some of Stornoway’s most famous export!

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability6 spaces
Price£465 does not include flights
DepartureGlasgow Airport for flight to Stornoway
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at 3* Royal Hotel, Stornoway

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July 2018

Thursday 5th - Tuesday 10th

Orkney

Another chance to visit this wonderful archipelago... show more

Grade 1-2

Only 1 space left - book now!

£490 does not include flights

Thursday 5th July - Tuesday 10th July 2018

Orkney

Another chance to visit this wonderful archipelago. We are staying in the capital, Kirkwall, on the Mainland of Orkney. Most of our walks will be there although we will have one day when we shall sail out to one of the smaller isles. Six days of relaxation, wide open spaces and gentle exploration. We will be in an area unbelievably rich in bird life and archaeological sites. Excellent food. Very distinctive retail opportunities.

After the flight north from Glasgow or Edinburgh we shall relax with easy coastal walks along the coast of the western Mainland visiting Marwick Head, Earl’s Palace and the Viking settlement of Brough of Birsay. We will be walking through the most archaeologically important area in Scotland and en route we will visit some of those remarkable sights including the Ring and Ness of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Maes Howe. Another day exploring the eastern Mainland with a tour of the historic Kirkwall, including St Magnus Cathedral, before heading to the coastal walks beyond the Gloup, Deerness and Mull Head. We shall make the short trip south to Lamb’s Holm to visit the Italian Chapel. From Kirkwall there are frequent ferries to the outlying isles and we shall spend a day on one of those. All of the islands of Orkney have completely different characters and we shall have the time to get a feel for one of these fascinating communities.

We have had bookings for this holiday since we visited Orkney in June 2016 so if you want to join us this year book ASAP.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
AvailabilityOnly 1 space left - book now!
Price£490 does not include flights
DepartureGlasgow/Edinburgh Airport
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at the 3* West End hotel in the historic heart of Kirkwall

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August 2018

Saturday 4th - Tuesday 7th

Muck + Eigg

We are based at the luxurious Gallanach Lodge on Muck where we have had such great times in recent years... show more

Grade 1

4 spaces

Price: £460 includes ferries between Mallaig, Eigg and Muck

Saturday 4th August - Tuesday 7th August 2018

Muck + Eigg

We are based at the luxurious Gallanach Lodge on Muck where we have had such great times in recent years. Gallanach Lodge is luxurious accommodation and we have exclusive use of it for our stay. Both breakfast and dinner are outstanding. It is a place to come and relax and know that by the end of the holiday you will probably have met everyone on the island and discovered its many treats.

We travel up to Mallaig for the two hour crossing to Muck, including a short stop at Eigg en route. The House overlooks the main sandy beach on Muck - Coraiag Bay. The population is about 40 while before the Clearances of the 19 th century it was over 300. There are various early history ruins to discover. The main hill, Ben Airem, is 449 feet high. Stunning views from here over the Small Isles or back to the mainland. There is also an excellent café and Craft Centre near the pier including a 24 hour shopping opportunity! If you like animals this is the place to come as you will pass hens, cattle and horses wandering around along with the sheep, of all breeds, and pigs in the fields. Then there are the seals playing in the bay below the lodge. You can spend hours just watching them. The island is full of interesting corners and we should have the time to walk around and visit most of them. Or you could take a day off and just sit in the Lodge.

We shall arrange a 30 minute voyage across to Eigg to explore its beautiful coast and hopefully either get into the Massacre Cave or explore the rugged east coast.

Grade1 - what does this mean?
Availability4 spaces
PricePrice: £460 includes ferries between Mallaig, Eigg and Muck
Departure8 am from Glasgow
AccommodationDinner, Bed + Breakfast at 4* Gallanach Lodge

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September 2018

Saturday 1st - Tuesday 4th

Raasay

Staying on Raasay means we have time to explore every corner of this beautiful island rather than being restricted to the area around the ferry terminal... show more

Grade 1-2

7 spaces

£390 or more for de luxe room.

Saturday 1st September - Tuesday 4th September 2018

Raasay

Staying on Raasay means we have time to explore every corner of this beautiful island rather than being restricted to the area around the ferry terminal. We shall be able to discover both parts of Raasay. The wooded picturesque southern corner is where the ferry comes in and where virtually everyone lives. To the north which is now almost deserted is the highlands and coastline. This includes the famous hand-made ‘Calum’s Road.’

We stay at the ex-landowners home, the wonderful Raasay House. After decades as an outdoor centre it has recently been reborn after a major fire to include hotel rooms in the upper floors with dorms on the ground floor for children pursuing outdoor courses. This does mean that we can organise canoeing, boating, rock climbing etc for you if you are feeling particularly active!

Otherwise our walks are split between the two parts of the island. There are some good paths around the House and village letting us visit the Telford church, wander along the nearby bay and coastline and discover hidden lochans and graveyards. To the north there is a spectacular trek up Dun Can one of the most iconic hills and best viewpoints in Scotland. We shall walk the length of Calum’s Road and explore the sites of the many abandoned townships cleared in the 19 th century.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability7 spaces
Price£390 or more for de luxe room.
Departure7 am from Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow for bus up to Sconser on Skye. Then short ferry crossing to Raasay
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at Raasay House

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Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th

Slovakia

Popular return to the Tatras mountains in north Slovakia... show more

Grade 2

7 spaces

£810 This does not include flight costs

Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 29th September 2018

Slovakia

Popular return to the Tatras mountains in north Slovakia. This area is dotted with various ski resorts and the access paths to the national parks are excellent and all embracing. We are based in upgraded accommodation, with indoor swimming pool and spa, at the charming mountain village of Tatranska Lomnica. This area of Slovakia is very similar to the Swiss Alps with green valleys, spectacular mountains and beautiful chalets and villages.

Our walks are in the Tatras Mountains and Paradise National Parks. We follow an exhilarating path through the Sucha Bela Canyon, climb easily up to mountain lochans at almost 5000 feet, walk between the highest mountains in Slovakia, visit waterfalls and the largest Ice Caves in Europe. We will also make time to explore the attractive regional capital of Poprad with its charming ‘old town’. Those who want more challenging treks to the summits of the highest mountains can be accommodated although in some cases there might be a supplement involved. Various wildlife is to be found in the mountains and the valleys. Bears are common. They raided our hotel grounds in 2017! We use a private bus and electric trains to move quickly to the beginning of all the walks. In some cases we can take advantage of the cable cars and funicular railways to move easily up the mountains. Temperature will be 15 - 20°C.

Grade2 - what does this mean?
Availability7 spaces
Price£810 This does not include flight costs
DepartureGlasgow Airport for short flight to Luton and then 2½ hour flight to Poprad. For the return flight it is necessary to spend the night near Luton airport, or travel into London, but we can organise that for you.
AccommodationDinner, Bed + Breakfast at excellent 3* Hotel Sorea Uran in Tatranska Lomnica

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October 2018

Friday 5th - Monday 8th

Royal Deeside

Relaxing weekend in beautiful Deeside... show more

Grade 1-2

5 spaces

£280

Friday 5th October - Monday 8th October 2018

Royal Deeside

Relaxing weekend in beautiful Deeside. Surrounded by glorious scenery our walks are on excellent paths as we follow the River Dee through well maintained estates and attractive woodland. We have easy ascents up to local viewpoints and visit some historic communities. We are based in the attractive small town of Ballater where about every shop seems to have some royal connection!

Ballater is right in the heart of some wonderful walking country. We plan to walk through Invercauld Estate, complete the Seven Bridges walk around Ballater itself, climb easily up to the viewpoint over the Dee on Craigendarroch Hill, explore the dramatic landscape of Cambus o’ May and visit a spectacular castle. The walking is mainly very easy and generally on excellent paths and tracks with the old Deeside railway track put to good use. This is gentle countryside as the Dee meanders through some very pleasant woodland which should be stunning with the Autumn colours at this time of year. It’s a place to come to relax and enjoy the best of country life. We average 8 miles a day. This is a glorious area for gentle but very varied walking.

Grade1-2 - what does this mean?
Availability5 spaces
Price£280
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow at 3.00 pm
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at comfortable 3* Guest House in Ballatar

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Friday 19th - Monday 22nd

Lake District

Pleasant weekend in a beautiful quiet part of the Lake District... show more

Grade 1-2 or 1-3

8 spaces

£290

Friday 19th October - Monday 22nd October 2018

Lake District

Pleasant weekend in a beautiful quiet part of the Lake District. We are based in the northwest corner of the Lake District, close by Keswick, in the attractive village of Braithwaite. This is in the very heart of the area that Alfred Wainwright thought was the best in the Lakes for walking and exploring. We will offer a mixed selection of walks with the option of climbing onto one of the easier fells or staying on the more low-level routes through the valleys.

The paths are excellent and the landscape is pretty and ideal for walking. We walk an average of 7- 9 miles each day through the fields and valleys and then up gentle slopes into the grassy fells. By coming at this time of year we shall escape the crowds that sometimes spoil this beautiful area. Our relaxing weekend will be made even better by staying at the warm, cosy and friendly Braithwaite Country Inn with its lively bar, good food and perfect location.

One day will be spent walking down the wooded shore of Derwent water with the option of enjoying a launch across the lake. One trek will be up following becks along the pastoral Newlands valley with the option of an easy hillwalk up the Barrow before descending down an open valley. Another walk will be to the east of Derwentwater as we follow paths towards Borrowdale and a series of spectacular viewpoints.

Grade1-2 or 1-3 - what does this mean?
Availability8 spaces
Price£290
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow, at 3.00 pm
AccommodationDinner Bed + Breakfast at the 3*Braithwaite Country Inn

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November 2018

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th

Arran

Always popular weekend in Arran with extra bonus of spectacular bonfire celebrations and glorious Autumn colours... show more

Grade 1 - 2 / 3

6 spaces

£220 includes ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick

Friday 2nd November - Sunday 4th November 2018

Arran

Always popular weekend in Arran with extra bonus of spectacular bonfire celebrations and glorious Autumn colours. Based in Brodick we have a selection of walks around Glen Rosa, Brodick Castle, Whiting Bay and a section of the Arran Coastal Way. Also the option to climb Goat Fell.

Arran does offer so much variety and in November it is at its very best. Marvellous scenery, Autumn colours and no crowds. We shall walk sections of the Arran Coastal Route either at Blackwaterfoot or between Whiting Bay and Lamlash, visit Glenashdale Falls, explore the splendour of Glen Rosa and the beauty of the grounds around Brodick Castle. Arran always offers magnificent views across to the mainland and the morning sun on Goatfell is a special sight. We plan to walk 7 - 8 miles each day. There is also the extra bonus, always much appreciated, of fantastic retail opportunities and an opportunity to make real progress on your Christmas shopping whether it be toiletries at Arran Aromatics or local produce such as cheese, beer, chocolates, oatcakes and preserves. As you might have guessed Gail has a say in these last sentences!

Grade1 - 2 / 3 - what does this mean?
Availability6 spaces
Price£220 includes ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick
DepartureKelvin Hall, Glasgow, at 2 pm
AccommodationBed + Breakfast at old favourite 4* Dunvegan House in Brodick

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