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http://mercedgardens.com/author/stephanie "TREASURE ISLAND", THE CLASSIC CHILDRENS ADVENTURE STORY, BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, WAS WRITTEN IN 1881 IN THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

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Treasures of the Highlands

MULTI-ACTIVITY FAMILY ADVENTURE

Self Drive Tour
7 days, 6 nights from £1,215 per person sharing

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.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE 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: CAIRNGORMS 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.

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour

This extraordinary mountain bike journey, The Hebridean Trail,  takes you through one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions, the Outer Hebrides

haphazard 7 Day/ 6 Night Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Inverness~Uist~Isle of Lewis

Hebridean Mountain Trail Hebridean Mountain Trail

OVERVIEW

More than just another bike ride, the Hebridean Trail mountain bike tour offers the opportunity to experience life on this unique group of islands, the Outer Hebrides.  Here, the landscapes are wild and untamed, golden eagles and red deer roam free and human history dates back over 5,000 years. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Outer Hebrides. Hear Gaelic being spoken or sung, listen to traditional folk musicians play in pubs. Moreover, you get to see famous Harris Tweed being weaved by skilled local crafters. In addition, from the sea and the land comes some delectable produce; think fresh langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, lamb and beef – and don’t forget moreish Stornoway black pudding!

Day 1: Inverness to the Island of North Uist

Meet at 08.30 at Inverness railway station for your journey through the Highlands. We meet at 8.30am in Inverness and travel to Uist by ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Arriving into Lochmaddy, we transfer a short distance to our hotel.  After checking in, we have a bike fitting session followed by a short bike ride near the village of Lochmaddy. (L,D)

Day 2: Lochmaddy to South Uist Island     

Touday, the start of the Hebridean Trail follows the west coast of South Uist through the delightful coastal flower meadows, called machair. A trail runs for approximately 30km right the way up the west coast of the island. This is defined by its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas. From the north of the island head inland and follow the ‘main’ road across the causeways to the tiny island of Benbecula.  Afterward we return to the island of North Uist to Lochmaddy for your  overnight stay.
(B,L, D) Ride distance: 71km,  44m

Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour Mountain Biking on the Hebridean Trail

Day 3: Lochmaddy to the Isle of Harris

Riding north from Lochmaddy, we follow the coast road to Berneray.  Here you will take the short ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh. Harris is arguably the jewel in the crown of the Outer Hebrides with its stunning beaches and rugged mountains. We follow the west coast road with incredible views.  On clear days, the World Heritage Site of St Kilda can be seen 40 miles offshore. We now heading off-road. Taking a series of ancient ‘coffin roads’, you will spend the afternoon riding some fine single track through a landscape of a 1000 lochans. Then we have one final road descent takes you to the charming village of Tarbert where will we stay for two nights. (B,L,D) Distance 62km, 40m 

Day 4: Reinigeadal and the Isle of Scalpay

Depending on whether you want to tackle one of Scotland’s rarely ridden classic off-road routes  or take it easy exploring the Isle of Scalpay and the area around Tarbert there are options. Notwithstanding, for confident riders, the Reinigeadal Loop is superb, offering amazing mountain biking through wild and mountainous landscapes. In addition, we can visit one of the island’s most remote coastal villages before visiting the Harris Distillery. Also, it is well worth extending the day by visiting the Isle of Scalpay with its strong fishing community and a historic lighthouse . Overnight hotel in Tarbert. (B,L, D) Distance: 35km, 22m

Hebridean Mountain Trail Standing Stones of Callanish

                  

Day 5: Tarbert to Callanish, Isle of Lewis

We continue on our Hebridean Trail Mountain Bike Tour with an unforgettable day of island adventure. We combine mountain bikes with a couple of short boat rides by RIB.  This opens up the otherwise inaccessible west coast of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. Once on the Isle of Lewis, follow a trail through a dramatic glen, flanked by spectacular peakson either side.We then descend back to the coast and rejoining the RIB for a final ride to the Standing Stones of Callanish. This mysterious stone circle is over 5000 years old and a remarkable place to visit. Our guest house accommodation is nearby. Distance 53km,  33 m (B,L,D)

Day 6: Callanish to the Butt of Lewis

Your final day follows the west coast of Lewis and is full of historical and cultural interest. Heading north we pass the ancient Dun Carloway Broch. Onward to the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan which offers an insight into what island living was like not so many years ago. An impossible to miss feature on your final push is the Whalebone Arch, recovered from a huge whale washed up on a beach nearby. Perched on the Atlantic at the very edge of Europe, the Butt of Lewis is a spectacular and fitting place to end your Hebridean Trail. After celebratory drinks, head back to your accommodation at Callanish for our final night on the islands. Distance 64km, 39m (B,L,D)

Day 7: Return to Inverness via Ullapool and farewell!

Following breakfast will head into Stornoway – the largest town in the Outer Hebrides – for a free morning to explore, shop and relax. There is plenty of interest here including Scotland’s newest distillery, a Gaelic cultural and arts venue and nice cafes and bars. After lunch board the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From Ullapool it is approximately 1.5 hour’s drive to Inverness. (B)

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