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Scotland's Wild Highlands & Islands

Explore Rugged Coast, Ancient Forest & Wild Moors in One of Europe's Last Great Wildernesses
Scotland has always held a wild allure when it comes to Britain. Its northerly location, heather-clad highlands and far-flung western isles have drawn adventurous travelers for millennia. At the height of summer, days stretch toward nearly perpetual light, nurturing a flurry of life in the Hebrides Islands off Scotland’s northwest coast. Whales, seals and dolphins feed in clear Atlantic waters warmed by the Gulf Stream while millions of seabirds nest in some of the largest rookeries in the world. Exploring the coves and cliffs of the Outer Hebrides, we also find remnants of ancient human presence, from Iron Age stone forts to embellished Celtic crosses. Inland, we search for wildlife in the boreal forest and open moors of Highlands, hoping to see red deer, badger, pine marten and the elusive Scottish wildcat. In mystical Scotland, the wild still reigns in Europe.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Scotland’s nature and wildlife by land and sea with our Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist who enhances your adventure at every turn
  • Cruise to the Outer Hebrides where millions of seabirds nest, and enjoy two private wildlife-focused boat excursions off the Isle of Lewis and Cromarty Firth
  • Explore the northern Highlands, one of Britain's last large wild areas, with interpretation from author and naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye, director of the Aigas Field Center
See Another Side of Scotland, As Only Nat Hab Can Show You!
While Scotland’s cultural heritage and natural landscapes have long been popular tourism destinations, we let others show you Glasgow Cathedral and Loch Ness—our focus is on Scotland less discovered, less known, more remote—and wilder! 
  1. Experience Scotland Far Off the Crowded Tourist Track
    Our carefully crafted itinerary is designed to show you places that few experience, from Europe’s largest seabird rookeries to vast forests home to elk, red deer and Scottish wildcats, as well as mystical prehistoric and Celtic sites that reveal Scotland's ancient cultural history. We also include a private wildlife-focused cruise off the Isle of Lewis for encounters with marine mammals and abundant seabirds. You won't find these destinations on standard Scottish tour routes!
  2. Travel with a Small Group for Intimate Nature Encounters
    Unlike typical motorcoach tours, our nature adventure is limited to just 11 guests. We can thus take secluded hikes and walks, travel aboard small boats, watch wildlife without disturbing it, and enjoy a sense of serenity in nature. We're also able to use more intimate accommodations in natural areas, enhancing our experience of the wilder side of Scotland. And, when we travel with 7-11 guests, we include a second Expedition Leader for even more personalized guide interactions. With our high guide-to-guest ratio, our guides can tailor daily activities to travelers’ personal interests, impossible to do on a bus tour with 40 or more people. 
  3. Stay in Smaller, Distinctive Accommodations
    Because we travel with such a small group, we are able to choose authentic accommodations selected for their history, cozy atmosphere and special locations in small villages close to nature. Most of these places cannot accommodate larger groups and bus tours, which generally stay in large, impersonal chain hotels.
  4. Private Boat Trip to Cromarty Firth for Dolphin Watching
    Rather than share a tour boat and crowded deck space with others, we've included a private boat trip to see the world's most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins. They come in like clockwork with the tide to feed and play in this area, delighting us with their acrobatic antics and engaging nature.
  5. Private Wildlife Cruise Off the Isle of Lewis
    Another private chartered boat tour provides an all-day opportunity to look for abundant marine life and enjoy magnificent Outer Hebrides scenery along the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. A secluded sense of the wild prevails when it's just us, alone in a small group.
  6. Exclusive Wildlife Hide Access at Aigas Field Center 
    During our visit to Aigas Field Center in the wild northern Highlands, we enjoy a private experience in a wildlife hide designed for unobtrusive animal watching, where we’ll hope to spot badgers and the elusive pine marten.
  7. Private Meeting with Aigas Field Center Director Sir John Lister-Kaye
    We'll spend time with famous author and naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye, who is the proprietor and director of the Aigas Field Center, featured on the BBC. In a private meeting, we'll learn about the natural history of the area, the history of the estate, and the center's beaver and Scottish wildcat restoration projects.
  8. Private Guided Tour of Edinburgh Castle
    We've arranged an optional private tour of Edinburgh Castle with a specialist guide, conducted exclusively for our small group.
  9. Pre-Arranged Orkney Extension Option
    One more NHA advantage is the opportunity to book our custom-designed extension to the Orkney Islands off Scotland's northern tip—enhance your nature adventure with a completely different experience, without the hassle of having to set it up yourself. The Orkneys, more Nordic than Celtic, are rich in natural history and prehistory, with new archaeological discoveries made almost daily. 
  10. The World’s Finest Naturalist Guides
    Natural Habitat Adventures has a well-deserved global reputation for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Expedition Leaders have years of experience and training, including resources from WWF's top scientists. You won’t find more knowledgeable—or more personable—guides than those who are proud to work with us. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we provide the very best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  11. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Scotland Experience
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  12. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that polar bears are under substantial threat from our planet's warming temperatures.
  13. Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Reading List
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Wild Scotland travel books for this trip.

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