Castles, Whisky and Wildlife
Full On Adventure has designed this tour for people who'd like to see the highlights of the Scottish highlands, but rather than being passive participants on a coach tour, this holiday is for the adventurous traveler. You'll take part in a range of adventure sports and get up close to the native wildlife each day, as well as sampling the culture and history of this dramatic region of the UK.
- Mountain Biking
- Sea Kayaking
- Munro Trekking
- White Water Rafting or Canyoning
- Distillery tour and Whisky sampling
- Castle Tours
You will take canoes into the Craig Meagaidh nature reserve to explore the Castle and empty sandy beaches of Loch Laggan, the set for the popular BBC drama “Monarch of the Glen”.
We raft the UK’s best rafting river the Findhorn, before sampling Scotch Whisky on a tour of one of the highlands many distillaries.
Explore the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park by mountain bike. Our guides will take you on rides that will inspire you with the excitement of the Scottish highlands and mountain biking.
You’ll walk to the top of Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in the UK, but our guides will take you a special way that most travelers miss with stunning views across the highlands.
The week ends in the highland capital of Inverness, after you have spent the day sea kayaking in the Moray Firth, which is one of the most important areas in the UK for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Or if you prefer a kayak tour on Loch Ness in search of the rather more illusive Loch Ness monster.
Arriving in the highlands.
If you're flying to the highlands you'll pass over some spectacular mountain scenery before landing at the small but well connected Inverness Airport, where one of our guides can meet you.
Otherwise drive or take the train to Aviemore highland resort where this tour starts.
Arrive at your guest house or chalet then relax or explore the village. If you are traveling by car you'll pass through increasingly grander mountain scenery on the road from Perth before passing through the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, the Drumochter pass near Dalwinnie, and then on to Aviemore to your accommodation.
Wake up surrounded by mountains. Today we raft a classic highland river and follow that by a distillery tour, sampling famous single malt Scotch whisky.
Following a full Scottish Breakfast it's time to start exploring the Cairngorms National Park on a quality mountain bike. Our guides will show you the best trails and have lots of knowledge about the local history and surrounding mountains. We take a packed lunch with us so that we can spend the whole day exploring the wild areas.
Time to head west, to the Creag Meagaigh national nature reserve. We launch our canoes below the last water fall on the river Pattack, which is a classic highland river and follow it for its last few gentle miles into Loch Laggan. We stop for a snack on the natural sandy beach at the head of the loch before paddling past the castle used in the Monarch of the Glen BBC TV series. After stopping for lunch on an island with ancient ruins we finish below the mountains of Creag Meagaidh. Looking up the valley the magnificent ice-carved crags of Coire Ardair are just one of the attractions of this nature reserve stretching from loch shore to mountain top. The area is rich in native woodland of birch, alder, willow, rowan and oak. There is a great horse shoe mountain walk to do here, but as that takes another day we move on to the big one, Ben Nevis. However for those with a little more time, why not extend your stay with some guided Munro days which we'll add at either end of this trip, so you can go to Creag Meagaidh or any of our other great mountain areas for more days walking, scrambling or climbing.
After spending the night in Fort William, "Adventure Capital of the UK" we head up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Rather than using the tourist track our guides will show you the north side of the mountain. You'll pass below the great cliffs that are world famous for climbing, then via the Carn Mor Dearg ridge to the summit.
To rest the legs from yesterdays big mountain day on the Ben, we take to the Sea Kayaks to explore the Moray Firth. A great place to try sea kayaking if you've not done so before and, equally rewarding for those who have, the cliffs, remains of war time sea defences and other historic sights all add to the interest. We often see bottlenose dolphins and porpoises and always see a wide range of other wildlife like seals and sea birds.
If you prefer a kayak tour on Loch Ness in search of the rather more illusive Loch Ness monster.
Your adventure tour finishes with a night out in Inverness the highland capital with time time the next morning to explore the city or a visit to Glen Urchuahart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.