Head to beautiful Argyll and the Isles region in Scotland, for an 8-day tour that gets you off the beaten track on island cruises, cycling tours, and stunning hikes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and stay in a cosy cottage right on the Crinan Canal.
Over this seven-night/eight-day adventure, you’ll explore the very best of what this region of lochs, islands, beaches and mountains has to offer. From sea kayaking and expeditions to spot seals , dolphin, sea eagles and puffins, to cycling along the picturesque Crinan Canal, you’ll get a full tour of some of the best scenery in the area.
The adventure is fully catered to social distancing and you’ll have your own two-bedroom cottage for the entire duration, with home-cooked, traditional Scottish three-course meals delivered to your door every night bar one, along with your choice of beer or wine.
These will all be traditional Scottish recipes to give you a taste of authentic Scottish cuisine. Expect starters such as wild garlic pesto and gravlax (salmon) with homemade bread, mains like hand-made pork and game pies, and desserts to die for such as the classic Dunfilan pudding.
You’ll get to visit the incredible landscape of Kilmartin Valley, where you’ll find over 800 ancient monuments that date back as far as 5000 years. Enjoy guided walks along the very best routes that only the locals know, and soak up the calm, rural atmosphere and magical scenery in this little corner of Scotland.
Your guided cycling and hiking excursions will have their routes determined by you. Whether you want to challenge yourself with some hills and a long hard ride, or simply want to take a relaxing walk around the local area, all the routes are stunningly beautiful.
This area and the Crinan Canal offers the chance to see some incredible wildlife. You may can catch a glimpse of deer and rare red squirrels in the surrounding pine forests, watch osprey soar through the skies above the waterway and look out for dolphins frolicking in the sea at Crinan. There’s even the chance to spot a pine marten, one of Scotland’s rarest mammals.
Whether by the water, or wandering through the atmospheric Dunardy Forest, you can be certain that your guides will find the very best hidden routes for you to enjoy.
In your free time, you can head out on walks to the big empty beaches that lie all over the peninsula, find the trails that wind through the nearby forests, or just walk to nearby Ardrishaig to soak up the calm, small-town atmosphere.
*Dinners and hampers are not included with the self-catered option.*