If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
Winter Walking on Mull and Iona
The breathtaking natural scenery of the Inner Hebrides is the backdrop to exploring wild coastlines and craggy cliffs. Spot local wildlife, such as otters, sea eagles and red deer, by day, and gaze at the star-filled firmament at night before enjoying a wood-fired hot tub and a cozy fire. Expert-led tours delve into the culture and traditions of the islands. Meet weavers, bathe your face in the mystical waters of the Well of Eternal Youth and hike to seaside caves before sampling Mull’s local whiskey.
Winter Wellness, Skye
Travel along the shore of Loch Ness en route to Dundreggan Estate in the Highlands for a tour. Then embark on a guided hike through sea cliffs and on pathways beside dramatic inlets. Dinner features local, sustainable fare and is followed up by stargazing. This itinerary includes private yoga and guided meditation sessions, sunrise treks and plenty of time for private reflection.
Wilderness Walking, The Isle of Rum
Board the ferry to the Isle of Rum and enjoy guided expeditions along trails in volcanic mountains, near feathered bogs, through windswept moorlands and along shorelines. This six-day trip includes a hike to Kilmory Bay and a tour of the Isle of Eigg, the smallest in the Hebridean archipelago. On the island, climb the conical pitchstone peak of Sgurr of Eigg, left over from the last volcanic eruption to take place here. There’s also a hike up Rum’s Northern Peaks, with unparalleled views of Harris Bay. Tour opportunities include a chance to assist a local ranger with a wildlife survey and to participate in an organized beach clean-up on Rum.
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