Discover Scotland Part 2 - North West Highlands and Inner Hebrides

May 20 - 29, 2023

Closed to sign-ups

Trip Leaders - Philippe Apchin | Deirdre Butler

Resilient stone castles perched on land’s edge, reached only by centuries-old bridges … graceful undulating pathways amongst verdant mossy hillsides … dramatic rocky outcroppings bearing crystal waterfalls … opportunity for sightings of otters, eagles and all manner of wildlife.

Join us for a spectacular adventure hopping between the northwest Scottish Inner Hebrides islands and immerse yourself in the finest Highland scenery. Enjoy the remarkable diversity of Northwest Scotland on daily guided walks along the rugged slopes of the towering mountains of Glencoe and the white sandy beaches of Iona. Discover the extraordinary wildlife of Mull and the wild landscapes and geological wonders of the Isle of Skye. Explore the historical landmarks and magnificent castles of the Highlands and enjoy the legendary Scottish hospitality in our carefully selected hotels, family-owned inns and superb restaurants.

The trip is designed for seasoned travelers, keen to experience wild Scottish countryside on foot while also using a wide range of different transportation modes, including the extensive network of ferry services connecting the islands. We change location often requiring multiple transfers. When using public transportation, you must be able to carry your daypack and luggage unassisted over a few hundred yards to the ferry pier, the local bus station or our accommodation.

The trip is for the moderately active hiker. The hikes vary in difficulty from 4 to 7 miles and 2 to 4 hours in remote countryside and over sometimes rough, rocky terrain with significant ascents.

What's Included:

  • What’s included:

  • All lodgings in shared twin/double occupancy rooms with en suite bath (single supplements available).

  • All on-trip transportation: ferries to Mull, Iona, Kilchoan, Isle of Skye, regular bus service on Mull and private minibus/taxi transfers on Mull, Skye and on the mainland.

  • Included tours: Wildlife Tour on Mull, Boat trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, Talisker Distillery Tour.

  • Entrance fees: Iona Abbey, Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle.

  • All breakfasts and dinners.

  • Welcome drinks.

  • Gratuities for local service providers.

  • All guided hikes with the service of two leaders.

  • 4 pre - trip bulletins prior to departure with more detailed and specific information to help you prepare for your adventure

What’s not included:

  • International airfare and in-country travel, pre- and post- trip.

  • Travel insurance.

  • All lunches and beverages with meals.

  • Expenses of a personal nature.

  • Tips for trip leaders at your discretion.

  • Other expenses including COVID-19 tests, quarantine and medical evacuations

We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Trip Staff - Philippe & Deirdre

Trip Dates: May 20 - 29, 2023 | 10 day trip

Closed to sign-up

Trip Price and Deposit: $4,495 per person | Deposit $1,124 | Single supplement $1,000

Remainder due February 19, 2023

SPECIAL! Explore more of Scotland and join us on our follow-on trip, North East Scotland, Shetland and Orkney Islands, May 29 - June 10. Secure a $300 discount on combining two trips.** Complete our Grand Tour of Scotland with Hiking the West Highland Way, May 10 - 20 and combine all three Discover Scotland trips for a $500 total discount.**

** Note - may not be combined with other trip discounts.

Price is based on double occupancy of rooms. Same gender roommate will be assigned to participants traveling solo. Single supplements are very limited. Your non-refundable deposit will hold your reservation. Either pay on line (credit/ debit cards accepted) using our secure PayPal payment system or write a check, payable to “Big Round World”, and mail it to: PO Box 1337, Lyons, CO 80540.

How to Sign Up

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form

  2. Follow the next steps.

Photo credits re carousel: Castle Stalker www, Eilean Donan Philippe Apchin: Fairy Glen & Fairy Pools Fiona Campbell: Mull Grey Seal, Otters, White-tailed Eagle Val Gall: Quiraing & Skye Eole Wind.