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Short Adventure Retreat in Scotland

£749 pp self catering

Argyll & The Isles, Scotland

4 Nights/5 Days

Private group of 2 - 4 people.

Short Adventure Retreat in Scotland

£749 pp self catering

What You'll Do

Head to the stunning Scottish region of Argyll and the Isles, and experience a short break exploring the rugged coastal landscape by kayak, bike and on foot, whilst staying in your own cosy cottage situated on the Crinan Canal.

Once you arrive in your two-bedroom cottage on the Kintyre peninsula, you’ll spend 5 days and 4 nights getting to see the very best of the spectacular corner of Scotland.

From sea kayaking off the stunning coast made up of sea cliffs, wide, empty beaches and rugged islands, to cycling along picturesque canal paths and hiking through dramatic hillsides, the scenery in the area will take your breath away.

Your incredibly attentive guides will take you on the trails and to the places that tourists don’t know about, so that you get to know the area like a local, and your hosts will provide you with home-cooked, three-course meals on three out of four nights.

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.

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 and perfect for anyone after an adventure holiday in Scotland.

Whether you drink in the otherworldly Kilmartin Valley with its scattered ancient monuments, some of which date back 5000 years, or wander through the atmospheric Dunardy Forest, you can be certain that your guides will find the very best hidden routes for you to enjoy.

The sea Kayaking route around the coast and islands is 150 km long, and offers some of the best sea kayaking in Europe, so whether you are a novice or experienced, your kayaking day with your local  and experienced guide is sure to be one you will remember.

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 Ardrishaig to soak up the calm, small-town atmosphere.

*There is an option to self cater if you wish – see the booking page*

Experience
Highlights

Explore the incredible cycling and hiking trails that snake across the Kintyre peninsula, with your local guide

Set off on sea kayaking expeditions around the magnificent coast

Enjoy traditional Scottish meals, home-cooked and delivered to your door

Delicious well stocked breakfast hamper with locally sourced fare to enjoy

Your Local Host:

Brian

Brian spent around 15 years working in Community Development and Social Work for various public and private agencies and always had a serious interest in outdoor education and skills. He has achieved various coaching certificates and in 2005 decided to put his skills to good use in his own business, with his passion for the outdoors, in particular around his home on the west coast of Scotland and his 'second home' Greece.

Brian runs several trips in Scotland and in Greece, during the year, coordinating activities for both regions, and has a deep knowledge of both locations, the people, places, culture, food and recipes, and will be very excited to meet you and share his knowledge and love of each country with you.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

Arrive and check in to your cottage at any time after 4pm.

Unpack and settle in, before enjoying your first dinner of the trip. A home-cooked, three-course meal made with local Scottish ingredients, it’s a true taste of Scotland and a great way to kick off your stay here.

You could head down into the nearby village to seek out the local pub after you’ve eaten, or just relax in your cosy cottage and get ready for the days of adventure you have ahead.

 

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Your first day of exploring

Today, enjoy a leisurely free morning, make yourself a hearty breakfast using the fresh Scottish produce that’s been supplied in your cottage, and enjoy a coffee in the tranquil canal atmosphere.

In the afternoon, you’ll set off on your choice of a guided cycling or walking tour of the local area.

Your guide knows the region intimately, so will be able to get you off the beaten track and to the very best trails or routes possible.

Once you return from your excursion, your hosts will lay on another beautiful three-course meal for you to enjoy.

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Another walk or cycle

This morning you’ll set off a little earlier on another adventure out into the beautiful countryside and dramatic coastlines.

Again, choose whether you want to cycle or walk, and your local guide will show you the very best places to visit and the offbeat attractions that lie around every corner.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Make the most of your own quiet, private cottage and spend an afternoon recharging, or explore the beautiful Crinan Canal, surely one of the most scenic stretches of water in the British Isles.

This is your one night of the week that you don’t get your dinner provided, so either whip something up in the cottage or head to the local pub.

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Sea kayaking and seal spotting

On your final full day in stunning Argyll, you’ll spend the entire day sea kayaking off the magnificent coastline.

As you paddle, keep an eye out for some of the wildlife in the area. You could spot anything from sea eagles to puffins, porpoises to seals, otters to dolphins.

Your expert guide will show you the very best spots, the secret coves and caves that dot the coastline, and give you the very best chance of spotting some of the stunning wildlife.

Once you’ve finished an exhilarating day out in nature, head back for your final evening in your cosy cottage and enjoy a final three-course meal, lovingly prepared by your hosts.

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Departure day

On your final morning, you can enjoy one more breakfast and then check out of your cottage at 10 am.

We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Argyll and Bute, and have created some treasured memories of this stunning area of Scotland.

Location Information

You will be based in Cairnbaan in mid-Argyll for the duration of your retreat, near the isles of Jura and Islay, with Oban to the north and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the east.

You will have your own cottage situated on the Crinan Canal, not too far from the Cairnbaan Hotel, a pub pretty much as old as the canal itself.

  • 4 night’s accommodation in a private 2 bed roomed cottage for sole use
  • All activities as outlined above
  • All equipment required for activities listed (apart from personal clothing) – a list will be provided outlining requirements for you to bring along.
  • Services of our staff for your stay and to guide you on your activities.
  • All meals included apart from one dinner (for the full board option only )
  • Breakfast and hampers (included in the full board option only)

FAQs

It is possible to take a booking of a maximum of 4 people for either of these holidays, but the group would need to be in the same family or Covid bubble.

All included meals: Your holiday cottage will be supplied with a range of locally sourced Scottish products for your breakfast and packed lunches for the week and topped up as and when required.

Included dinners will all be chef- prepared and delivered to your cottage, these will be
traditional Scottish recipes, prepared using locally sourced seasonal ingredients and will include starter, main course, desert and wine or beer. There is one night when dinner is not provided.

Accommodation and all activities as described. No meals are provided for the duration of the sta. In the cottage there is a fully equipped kitchen where all meals can be prepared and in Ardrishaig there are some small shops, cafes and restaurants.

The full catered is an additional £124 per person.

This experience is perfect for 18 and over.

Unfortunately not.

Bookings for the guided week, during February, March and November, the daily itinerary may require amending for safety reasons caused by prevailing weather conditions causing some of the activities to be substituted.

It is a mandatory condition of booking that
guests must provide a range of personal and medical information to the host NO LATER THAN 48 hours after booking is confirmed (for insurance purposes). A separate email will be sent requesting this.