Join a group of NOLS grads and instructors for eight days of spectacular walking from the high mountains to the Scottish coast as we trek between small hotels and B&B's during early summer.
Connecting our string of inns gives us the chance to savor Scottish cuisine and culture while mixing with other, mostly European travelers, in a comfortable setting. Sleeping and dining (dinner and breakfasts) in Inns allows us to considerably lighten our packs for our daily hikes (average move is ~12+ miles) along the green valleys, rocky peaks, and glacial valleys of this area.
The trip starts and ends in Aviemore at the doorstep of Cairngorms National Park. Participants can flying in and out of Edinburgh, or London (a nice train ride across the country). Consider staying extra days on either end of the trip to explore the sights of Scotland.
As a group from Aviemore, we will take a series of trains, busses, shuttles and ferries as we connect our hiking segments.
The trip spends six nights in the "field" at inns, and five days (plus a layover day) hiking as well as a hotel night on either end in Aviemore. Unlike a standard NOLS expedition, we won't carry cook gear, or heavy rations—even pads and sleeping bags are not needed at the inns—but we'll do "real" trail walking up and down varied terrain with our light packs. Be aware: althought not steep, hiking distances are long, so be prepared for a physical challenge. Our moves average 12+ miles per day.
This trip will reacquaint you with NOLS skills in a convivial, relaxing and visually stunning location. Instruction is geared to your interests, with optional walk-up peaks, Scottish "word(s) of the day," time for journal-writing, experiencing traditional music and dance, photography, a distillery tour and more. Of course, non-alumni adult friends and family members are also invited— this is a great way to introduce NOLS to your sidekicks.
*Enjoy light packs, challenging hikes, and inn living.