Do you think of guided walking holidays in the Highlands of Scotland as being for the superfit, waking up at the crack of dawn, being marched up and down hills in all weathers, stopping only to take short breaks for food, and no time to really appreciate and enjoy the scenery? ... in large parties of superkeen and ultra-competitive walkers who seem to think that walking is no different from marathon running or sprinting? For some this is fun, but this is not our approach! If you enjoy fast-paced walking, taking little rest until your goal is reached, then we are very happy to help you with route-planning and provide annotated maps for you, though we would not attempt to accompany you!
At our Bed and Breakfast, we offer Scottish Highland guided walking holidays with a difference. We do not normally go out in parties. These are generally solo walking holidays, although sometimes you may like to go out together with other guests, in which case we can do so. We customise the walks to suit your interests and fitness level. We can take you on a large variety of routes with geological and archaeological interest, evening walks for astronomy and stargazing, coastal walks, walks along rivers and lochs, through woodland, taking in visitor attractions such as country gardens, attractive villages, even short sections of scenic railway journeys, as intrinsic parts of the route, etc.
We do not start out on these walks earlier than you feel comfortable. There is no time pressure whatsoever to get up and going. You can have a late breakfast and start out as late as you want. We do not go faster than your pace; we take plenty of stops, and additionally stop whenever you want to stop, for however long you wish to. The aim is to really appreciate the beauty of the surroundings, rather than attempt to achieve fitness goals. We set the length and type of walks according to your preferences, and also according to the weather conditions. For example woodland walks with waterfalls make for pleasant walking when the weather is not so inviting. We do not try to force you to go out when you don't feel like it - you are welcome to use your room at our B&B during the day. Walks will often be combined with creativity retreats.
Most of the walks we provide are suitable for all seasons. We follow well-defined paths. These walks do not require high levels of fitness, nor do they require the latest high performance outdoor wear. Most walks require reliable waterproofs and boots or shoes with reasonably good soles, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Please also note that although we are experienced walkers and will not take you on routes we know to be dangerous, we are not qualified mountain guides or first aiders, and therefore all walks are carried out entirely at your own risk. We will, however, advise you on likely risks, to the best of our knowledge, for any given route. If you are concerned at all, please take out your own insurance cover. However, we are confident that these walks involve no greater risk than any normal outdoor walking in the Scottish Highlands.
As part of these walks, we can provide packed lunches, or, if you prefer, you can make up your own sandwiches in our kitchen. We also provide evening meals, welcome after a fine day's walking. We carry your gear for you so you do not have to be weighed down! We even take special foldable "seats" for walkers, so that you can sit back and rest your back easily. We want you to find these walks comfortable, inspiring, relaxed, exhilarating, uplifting and full of variety.