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"TREASURE ISLAND", THE CLASSIC CHILDRENS ADVENTURE STORY, BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, WAS WRITTEN IN 1881 IN THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

Scotland Experiences

Treasures of the Highlands

Itinerary

MULTI-ACTIVITY FAMILY ADVENTURE

SELF DRIVE, SEMI-GUIDED, 6 NIGHTS / 7 NIGHTS, FROM £1,065

This activity filled family adventure promises to be a big hit for all of the family. Immerse the family is a land of myths and legends, castle ruins, spectacular scenery and wildlife. Enjoy sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and all with knowledgeable guides. All activities are suitable for beginners.

DAY 1 – FORT WILLIAM

Your adventure begins at Fort William, a great location to use as a base for exploring the West Highlands. As this is a self-drive itinerary, you make your way to Fort William in the West Highlands. If you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow, you can drive via the stunning Glencoe valley. Or, if you are starting from Inverness, you will drive along the banks of Loch Ness. Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and is nestled  in the shadow of Ben Nevis. . Settle into your B&B accommodation and overnight.

DAY 2: THE HARRY POTTER STEAM TRAIN

A relaxing day to recover from your journey. After breakfast, don your wizard cloaks and grab your wands and jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train – also known as the Hogwarts Express – the Harry Potter steam train –  to enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Sit back and enjoy the immense and spectacular landscape as you cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct on your way west. A lunch stop in the fishing port of Mallaig provides the perfect break  before you return to Fort William.
(B)

DAY 3: SEA KAYAKING TO DESERT ISLANDS

Your first adventure activity is today’s sea kayaking on the beautiful coastline, in the Sound of Arisaig.  Here we will find lots of tiny desert islands, quite possibly with hidden treasure buried somewhere! This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as seals, otters or even dolphins. You will have lots of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired. Late afternoon, return to Fort William. (B)

DAY 4: CANOEING IN THE GREAT GLEN

A fun day, starting and finishing near Fort William. Your first stop will be Neptune’s Staircase – the impressive series of 8 canal lock-gates where the Caledonian Canal meets the shore of Loch Eil. Here you collect your canoe equipment and start with a canal-side briefing on how to paddle canoes. Then jump in and paddle north up the canal, enjoying the easy paddling on the calm canal waters and the beautiful views of the  hills, including the north face of Ben Nevis – the highest peak in Scotland. On reaching Gairlochy you’ll be collected and transferred back to the start point. Fort William.

DAY 5: CAIRNGORM NATIONAL PARK – MOUNTAIN BIKING

Driving east this morning to the Cairngorms National Park, 1 hour & 30 minutes away,  you have time to stop for a short walk or visit a whisky distillery. Grab lunch and then you meet your guide and pick up your bikes. We’ll take our mountain bikes on an off-road journey thorugh ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Rothiemurchus Estate. through the ancient forests, seeking out the wildlife as we ride. The trails  are well-known for wildlife, including reindeer, golden eagles, red deer, squirrels and ospreys. All in all la great biking day through magnificent scenery.

DAY 6: HIKING AND TREASURE HUNTING

During the week you will have been collecting clues as part of your great treasure hunt! Today is teh day to find the treasure! So today is the day you try our geocaching – learning basic navigation skills and then using them, combined with the clues we have already gathered, to find the treasure. So today, we take you on a guided hike, geocaching and treasure hunting along the way. Tonight, enjoy your last night in the Cairngorms.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE… OR CONTINUE WITH AN EXTENSION

Sadly today we bid you all farewell. You begin your journey home. Or if you prefer to remain in the area and do some additional exploring, we are happy to be of assistance in planning your extended stay.

What’s Included?

You will spend 4 nights staying at a comfortable B&B in or close to the West
Highland town of Fort William. You then move east to Cairngorms National Park for
your final 2 nights. If you book a 2 night extension, you will stay in a B&B close to
the Highland Games that you will be attending. A warm welcome is assured in
these family friendly accommodations. Accommodation is in double, twin or family
bedrooms, en-suite wherever it is available. Breakfast is included each morning.

This trip includes the following:
• 6 nights accommodation with breakfast every day and lunch on Day 6
• Return travel on the Harry Potter steam train
• A day of guided sea kayaking as part of a group trip, led by a local Sea Kayak Guide
• Equipment hire for canoeing and biking trip
• A half day of privately guided mountain biking with a qualified and experienced
Wilderness Scotland Guide
• A full day of privately guiding hiking and geocaching with a qualified and
experienced Guide
• Equipment hire for all activities including sea kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking
• The services of CycleWest Ireland’s team before and during your trip

What’s not included?

Car Rental in Scotland

Any items of a personal nature

Lunches and Evening Meals (lunch provided on Day 6).

Alcholic Beverages

Flights to and from Scotland

Dates and Pricing

Semi Guided, Self Drivie Itinerary, 6 nights and 7 days, from £1065 per person sharing.

Private Family Guided trip available upon request, as a custom tour.

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Helpful Notes

Accommodation– Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels

You will spend 4 nights staying at a comfortable B&B in or close to the West Highland town of Fort William. You then move east to Cairngorms National Park for your final 2 nights. If you book a 2 night extension, you will stay in a B&B close to the Highland Games that you will be attending. A warm welcome is assured in these family friendly accommodations. Accommodation is in double, twin or family bedrooms, en-suite wherever it is available. Breakfast is included each morning.