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Scotland's Wild Highlands & Islands

Explore Rugged Coast, Ancient Forest & Wild Moors in Britain's Last Great Wilderness
9 Days From $8795
Scotland has long held a wild allure when it comes to Britain. Its heather-clad highlands and far-flung western isles have drawn adventurous travelers for centuries. At the height of summer, days stretch toward nearly perpetual light, nurturing a flurry of life in the 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, search for wildlife in the boreal forest and open moors of the Highlands, hoping to see red deer, badger and pine marten. In mystical Scotland, the wild still reigns in Europe.
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Trip Highlights

  • Scout for Native WildlifeDiscover Scottish nature and wildlife by land and sea with our Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist with a rich knowledge of northern Britain's natural history 
  • Private Cruising in Remote IslesExplore the Outer Hebrides where millions of seabirds nest in cliffside colonies, and enjoy a private wildlife cruise along the scenic coast of the Isle of Lewis and Cromarty Firth
  • Canoe in the Scottish HighlandsIn the northern Highlands, one of Britain's last large wild areas, visit the Aigas Scottish Wildcat Breeding Project and enjoy a canoeing excursion amid magnificent scenery

See Another Side of Scotland, As Only Nat Hab Can Show You!

While Scotland’s cultural heritage and most famous natural sites 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, less crowded and more remote—come with us to explore wild Scotland!

  1. Experience Scotland Far from the Crowded Tourist Track
    Our exclusive nature-focused itinerary is designed to show you remote places that few experience, from Europe’s largest seabird rookeries to vast forests home to red deer and Scottish wildcat, as well as 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 take secluded hikes and walks, travel aboard privately chartered small boats, watch wildlife without disturbing it, and enjoy a sense of serenity in nature. 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 in such a small group, we are able to choose authentic accommodations selected for their history, 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 with the tide-like clockwork 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 tour on a twin-keel yacht 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. Weather permitting, we visit the uninhabited Shiant Isles, known for their spectacular puffin colonies. Please note, however, that September departures do not visit the Shiants as the seabirds have moved on—instead, the boat tour will cruise along the coast of Harris.
  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 viewing experience in a wildlife hide designed for unobtrusive animal watching, where we’ll hope to spot badgers and the elusive pine marten.
  7. Visit the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Breeding Project
    While we are at Aigas Field Center, we will also learn about the center's important role in aiding national conservation efforts to restore the country's Scottish wildcat population. The United Kingdom's only native feline, this endangered cat is coming back from the brink of extinction. Natural Habitat Adventures' philanthropy arm also contributes financially to the project. 
  8. 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 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
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