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Exploring Scotland's Highlands and the Isle of Skye (#2339)

Date and Time

Sunday, May 14, 2023 - Thursday, May 25, 2023

Location

Highlands,
International,
Scotland

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).

Overview

After a morning tour of Glasgow, we transfer to the quaint village of Bridge of Orchy to start our tour. We follow the western shore of Loch Lomond, stopping at the picturesque lake-side Luss village for a walk along the Loch. The next day we start our three-day trek through the second and most scenic half of the West Highland Way, Scotland's most famous long-distance trail. We will traverse the wild and scenic Rannoch Moor and numerous passes while staying in comfortable inns and carrying only a light daypack. After we reach our terminus in Fort Williams, we board a historic steam-powered train (as seen in the Harry Potter series!) to the seaside town of Mallaig. The next day we board a ferry to the Isle of Skye where we spend five splendid days. The Isle of Skye, renowned for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, and medieval structures, has been inhabited for over 8,000 years. With the pretty town of Portree as our base, we will climb several of the 'Munros' including one of Skye's best-known peaks, Bruach na Frith in the Currin Hills. We will also visit the historic Armadale and Dunvegan castles. One day a guide/naturalist will accompany us and inform us of Skye's history, flora/fauna, and geological attributes. When the trip finally ends after eleven days of enchanting travels together participants can take public transportation direct from Portree to the Glasgow airport.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Adult: $4,500 member / $4,600 non-member

Related Link(s):

2339 Prospectus

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Scotland

Activities

Hiking
Cultural

Status

Open

Difficulty

Hiking 5 Vigorous

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader



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Pam is a four-season leader and a member of the board of the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. She is one of the most active leaders in the chapter, leading both day hikes and backpacks and is an instructor in the chapter's leadership training and winter hiking programs. An avid hiker, Pam has climbed the Hundred Highest Mountains in New England and the New Hampshire 48 four thousand footers in winter.

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Jess Halvorsen: Jess is a 4-season volunteer leader with AMC Boston's Hiking and Backpacking committee, and has led or co-led more than 50 trips with the group. She has been the coordinator of the Boston Chapter Winter Hiking Program since 2017 and has completed all-season ascents of the New England 67 4,000-footers. She has also spent a season with Olympic National Park's Wilderness Resources crew, including several week-plus backpacking trips.