Date and Time
Friday, May 31, 2019 - Saturday, June 15, 2019
Registration is required for this activity.
Please contact leader(s).
Come discover the magic of Scotland as we explore Inverness, Loch Ness,
the Isle of Skye, Balmoral Castle and the Cairngorm National Park!!
Inverness will be our arrival and departure airport for this adventure.
It is located on the river Ness at the base of an old castle that is
currently in use as a courthouse. The city has a lovely walk along the
river as well as an appealing pedestrian shopping zone, and it will
serve as our base for our expedition to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
and Corrimony Chambered Cairn, an unusually well preserved passage
grave. The Isle of Skye will be our next destination and is referred to
as "the Misty Isle." It offers some of Scotland's best scenery, and it
rarely fails to charm its many visitors. Narrow twisty roads wind around
Skye in the shadows of craggy, black, bald mountains. The Isle is over
50 square miles but we will never be more than 5 miles (as the crow
flies!) from the sea. Skye is covered with hills, but the most striking
are the mountain like Cuillin Hills in the south-central part of the
island where we will have a guided hike. Trotternish peninsula north of
Portree has one of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain. The great
ridge which forms its backbone is the longest on Skye, and its unique
eastern escarpment has been broken by Europe's largest landslides into a
remarkable landscape. We will have a full day to explore the peninsula
on a guided excursion. From the Isle of Skye we will venture inland to
Aviemore and the Balmoral area in order to explore Cairngorms National
Park. We will visit the Queen of England's Castle, hike in the hills and
mountains in her "backyard" and explore the highlands! The modern resort
of Aviemore, is one of the most popular areas of Scotland for outdoor
activities and will serve as our base as we explore the surrounding area
before moving on to the Balmoral area. Cairn Gorm itself is only the
northernmost high summit on a vast, arctic plateau. This is the snowiest
part of Britain. Undoubtedly this is one of the finest areas of Scotland
for easier, lower level forest walks. The wildlife-watching
opportunities too are simply superlative; most of the Cairngorm
Mountains have just been declared as an area that is of European
importance for the golden eagle. We will hopefully spot some as well as
lots of other wildlife as we explore this incredibly beautiful part of
AMC Trip Policy
/ $4,275 non-member
*Does not include airfare.