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Scotland's Wild Highlands & Islands

Explore Rugged Coast, Ancient Forest & Windswept Moors in Britain's Last Great Wilderness
9 Days From $9395
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 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, pine marten, and maybe a glimpse of the elusive Scottish wildcat. Discover mystical Scotland, where 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 to Remote IslesExplore the Outer Hebrides where millions of seabirds nest in cliffside colonies, and take a private wildlife cruise along the 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 a 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—the Nat Hab way!

  1. Experience Scotland Way Off the Crowded Tourist Track
    Our exclusive itinerary takes you to remote places few experience, from Europe’s largest seabird rookeries to vast tracts of forest home to red deer and Scottish wildcat, plus prehistoric and Celtic sites that reveal Scotland's ancient cultural history. A private cruise off the Isle of Lewis offers 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. This small group size allows for secluded hikes and walks, privately chartered small boats, watching wildlife without disturbing it, and true serenity in nature. With our high guide-to-guest ratio, we can tailor daily activities to travelers’ personal interests and ability levels, impossible to do on a bus tour with 40 or more people. 
  3. Stay in Smaller, Distinctive Accommodations
    Our limited group size allows us to choose authentic inns noted for their history, atmosphere and special locations in small villages close to nature. Typical large-group bus tours generally must stay in large, impersonal chain hotels.
  4. Private Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip 
    Rather than share a tour boat and crowded deck space with others, we make a private boat trip on Cromarty Firth to see the world's most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins, which come in with tide-like clockwork to feed and play in this area.
  5. Private Wildlife Cruise Off the Isle of Lewis
    Another private chartered yacht excursion offers an all-day opportunity to look for abundant marine life and enjoy the rugged scenery of the Outer Hebrides. Weather permitting, visit the uninhabited Shiant Isles, known for their spectacular puffin colonies. Note, however, that September departures do not visit the Shiants, as the seabirds have moved on—instead, we'll cruise along the coast of Harris.
  6. Exclusive Wildlife Hide Access at Aigas Field Center 
    At Aigas Field Center in the northern Highlands, 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
    At Aigas Field Center, learn about its 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% 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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