8 daysActivity Level
ModerateOur moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Explore the mystique, enchantment and magic of the Scottish Highlands on this family vacation. As your family travels around some of the most gorgeous wilderness in the world, you’ll search national parks and meet reindeer, explore Loch Ness for a Nessie sighting, and kayak in clear water off a white sand beach. This is an adventure your family will never forget!
Recommended Age: 8+
Search for the Loch Ness Monster
Jump aboard a zodiac to speed across Loch Ness in search of its famous and mysterious resident, Nessie.
Meet and Feed a Herd of Reindeer
Take a mountain bike ride to Cairngorm Mountain, which is home to a vast population of friendly reindeer that you can feed by hand.
Travel Back in Time at the Highland Folk Museum
At this open-air museum, your family will experience what life was like in the highlands dating all the way back to the 1700s.
Go on a Wilderness Jeep Safari
Look for red deer and golden eagles as you drive through forests, over hills and to the tops of peaks 3,000 feet high during an exciting jeep safari around Perthshire.
Fly to Inverness, Scotland
Visit Brodie Castle
Make a stop in Moray to visit the turreted Brodie Castle with its centuries-old family history.
Meet the Reindeer of Cairngorm Mountain
Take a leisurely hike to the hilltop location where free-ranging reindeer live. Standing in their midst, you can stroke their fur and hand feed them some of their favorite foods, while you learn about their history in the park.
Cycle along ancient woodland trails through magnificent Caledonian Pine forest looking for red squirrel and capercaillie birds.
Cycling Cairngorms National Park
Enjoy cycling in the national park, known for its easy and challenging trails.
Board a boat for a ride through Loch Ness, in search of the famed Loch Ness Monster and the magical kelpies who also live here. Enjoy the scenery, and learn some history of the region.
Hiking Glen Nevis
Enjoy the ‘best short hike’ in Scotland on a 2.5-mile jaunt through wildflower strewn meadows and dramatic views to the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in Scotland.
Sea Kayaking with Seals
With its hundreds of islands and islets, and abundance of marine mammals, the Sound of Arisaig is a perfect place for sea-kayaking. Board your sturdy vessel and paddle through the sheltered waters of Arisaig Bay, a photogenic wonderland, and delight in the company of gregarious seals. Keep an eye out too, for otters, dolphins, and porpoises that frequent the area.
Fish and Chips Lunch
In the tiny, picturesque village of Mallaig, enjoy a traditional lunch and take in the stunning views.
Beaches of Arisaig
Walk the ‘Old Road to the Isles’ to the beach of Airsaig with its large seal colony, and watch for porpoises and dolphins in the surf.
Relive History at the Highland Folk Museum
Visit the post office, shops, schools and homes from bygone eras, and see how life changed over a span of two hundred years.
The Highland Game of Shinty
Watch a demonstration of a sport that is played passionately in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – shinty. This is a Celtic game that is very similar to hurling in Ireland. Watch as the locals show you how it is done and then have a go yourself!
Wildlife Expedition in Perthshire
Along with your kilted safari ranger, explore the nature, history and culture of the Perthshire Mountains.
Hike Birks o'Aberfeldy
Walk through inspiring, pristine wilderness where birch and ash trees line the woods, and enjoy views of the roaring Falls of Moness.
Depart Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates & Prices
07/26-08/02Call for AvailabilityAdult $4490Teen $4490Child $4290
06/20-06/27Adult $4590Teen $4590Child $4390
08/01-08/08Adult $4590Teen $4590Child $4390
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$200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
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