Friendly, guided small group walking holidays
All our tours depart HERE from Edinburgh city centre from the corner of Waverley Bridge and Market Street. This is just outside Waverley Train Station, near the Edinburgh Dungeons and immediately outside the Lothian Travel shop. Other pick-up points en-route can also be arranged if needed.
Our walking tours and holidays are run in small groups of around 5-8 people, occasionally as many as 10. For groups of any more than 6 or 7 people we normally have a second guide on the trip. This enables us to keep the walking groups small, offer flexibility in the walks we do and for us to be able to take care of everyone in the group.
We offer walking for all abilities and ages. A reasonable level of fitness is suggested for most of our tours, however previous hiking experience is not essential for many of our trips and we will provide enough guides to cater for different paces and levels of fitness. Our aim is to let you walk at a pace you will enjoy - whether that be an easy stroll or a full-on challenging ascent of our highest mountains. Please just call us if unsure.
For all our weekends and holidays it is essential that you come fully prepared - please see our kit list for full details. As a minimum for all our tours you will need to bring walking equipment such as waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothing, hat, gloves, boots and walking day-sack. For our day tours we can provide most equipment free of charge, although hiking boot hire is £2.50 per day. Please always try to avoid wearing jeans and make sure to bring some water.
Challenging - This may entail some walking away from well-maintained footpaths over rough ground, rocky sections and bog. Ascent/descent may be over 1000m/3000ft per day and distances covered may be over 10 miles (16km).
Moderate - Walks each day are normally between 6-8 hours, with several days involving some mountain ascent in the order of 2000-3000ft and distances covered of between 4-9 miles (10-14km).
Easy - Walks each day are between 5-7 hours, with mostly lower level walks with little ascent on well maintained trails. Distances will be mostly circa 6miles (10km) but can be up to 10 miles/16km in good conditions.
All our easy and moderate grade week long holidays are full board, with evenings a time to relax, enjoy good food and reflect upon the day. Full board includes breakfast and 2 or 3 course evening meals organized for the whole group at local inns, restaurants or at your hotel.
Packed lunches are not included - the guides will take you to a local shop where you can sort your own lunches out.
Weekends tours do not include evening meals.