A spokeswoman for English Lakeland Ramblers' 2014 walking tours of Scotland describes the adventures this way: “Far from crowds, you’ll be walking around Scotland’s highlands and islands, hiking ancient trails where walkers can smell the wildflowers and where the only traffic for miles around is the Ramblers’ van moving your luggage to the next country inn.”
Led by professional guides, the week-long tours are planned to ramble around “some of the most magical corners of this mystical land.”
If that rings a bell for you, the folks at Ramblers are offering two itineraries: “Scotland: Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides” (May 31-June 7) and “Scotland’s Western Highlands and the Isle of Skye” (June 21-28 and Aug. 2-9).
Among highlights of the tours, walkers will see the craggy lava formations of Quiraing on Skye, Inverewe Gardens near Gairloch (where palm trees have been growing for over a hundred years), the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis (a sort of very wind-blown Stonehenge) and beaches as white (or pink) as any in the Caribbean (yes, in the Highlands).
In addition to the eye-popping scenery of sparkling lochs, moors and heather-clad hills, the tours include visits to a couple of Scotland’s famous castles, Dunvegan on Skye and Eilean Donan on the tidal island of Loch Duich.
Prices for the tours start at $3,275 per person including lodging at country inns and hotels, all meals, ground transfers, guides and taxes. The tab does not include your airfare across the Atlantic. See the Ramblers' Scotland website for more info.
Based in Montclair, Va., English Lakeland Ramblers has been specializing in walking tours of England, Scotland and Wales for the past 28 years.