Scottish Highlands & Islands
If photographs could
speak then those of the Scottish Highlands would beckon travelers to
explore. Scotland Highland and Island Rambles meet at Glasgow Airport
in Scotland and are offered
2013 Trip Dates
Requested Single Supplement: $450.00.
Private Bath: 8 nights
Canoe Rental: included in trip price
Scotland Highland and Island
11 day, moderate
quick water Inn based
canoeing and hiking trip.
If photographs could speak then those of the Scottish Highlands
would beckon travelers to explore.
Scottish Highlands are as different to the rest of Scotland as they
are from all of Britain.
A rugged beauty of bold vistas and independent nature call us to the
hills and rivers. To journey to the land of lochs and glens, castles
and cottages, kings and clansmen, of kilts and bagpipes is a journey
like no other.
Our venture takes us deep into the heart of Scotland where timeless
beauty awaits. We settle into a slower pace of life, taking time to
discover and explore the splendid landscapes, open rugged coastline,
hills of heather and dancing rivers.We
Glasgow, quickly pass through customs and find ourselves traveling along
the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The wooded islands and picturesque
bays and clear waters are a wonderful beginning. We look forward to
spending a couple days along Loch Tay. Here we will paddle the rivers
Dochart and Lochay, have time to wander through the small village of
Killin and enjoy a walk in the hills above the village.
a few days along Loch Tay we travel west through Glen Coe and on to
Fort William. Etive Mor rises out of the moorland and like a sentinel
stands watch over Glen Coe. This area is well known for hill walks
and climbing so our choices are numerous. The scenery throughout the
glen is dramatic and no matter what we opt for we will find ourselves
immersed in our surroundings.
We continue on the road to the Isles and over the sea to Skye. The Isle
of Skye, is truly an amazing place, rich in history and folklore. Steep
and rugged mountains along the coast make a dramatic backdrop during
our travels. Throughout the Isle we will learn of clan struggles, the
folklore of Bonnie Prince Charlie, crofting and clearances. There is
much to do here. We will have time
to visit Dunvegan castle, the seat of the clan MacLeod, or visit one
of Scotland's wonderful distilleries and taste a wee dram of whisky.
Our paddling choices include the river Snizort or one of the many sea
lochs in the area. The Quiraing (coo-rang) is truly a remarkable and
magnificent place, and we plan to spend a day here walking and discovering.
The Quiraing is a maze of towering pinnacles and hidden meadows. Some
of the meadows are said to be magical places where fairies frolic on
We leave Skye and continue our journey to Kinloch Rannoch and Glen Lyon.
Over 25 miles long Glen Lyon is reputed to be one of the most beautiful
places in all of Scotland. Here we will find a wide range of walks to
enjoy along with wonderful paddling on the river Lyon. The Lyon provides
the perfect setting for a day of paddling. The river is a true delight
and the countryside that unfolds in front of our eyes offers breathtaking
beauty and true grandeur.
Our last couple evenings are spent in Fortingall where we walk along
a quiet country lane past tidy thatched roofed cottages to the Fortingall
Hotel. Reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, this tiny hamlet
is also home to an ancient Yew tree, druid stones and castles.
All too soon our journey is over and we are traveling back to Glasgow
and saying our final good-byes. Our memories are still in the making
as we pass silhouetted castle hugging cliff along rivers that wind through
rolling green hills laid out like velvet carpet. Travel with us to this
enchanting land that is just waiting to be shared. A serene and beautiful
area, where every turn leads to further discoveries, wonderful vistas
and an unhurried pace of life.
When and Where to go...and how to get there
We meet at the Glasgow Airport at 10:00am at the International arrivals
waiting area. Once through customs, and baggage in hand, we gather our
canoe gear and head north along Loch Lomond. Paddling on Loch Lomond
is the perfect introduction to Scotland. We will put our canoes in near
Tarbet and enjoy paddling and exploring some of the islands in the southern
part of the loch. After
an enjoyable paddle we will continue on to Killin and Loch Tay. We may
choose to spend some time wandering through the village of Killin before
reaching our final destination at Morenish Inn on the banks of Loch
We receive a warm welcome from our hosts and marvel at the well-tended
gardens. The evening meal is a true delight with spectacular views of
the Loch and surrounding hillsides from the dining room.
If you would like to arrive a day or two early we will be happy to assist
you with lodging in the Glasgow area. If you are unable to meet at the
scheduled meeting time you will be responsible for your own transfers.
Lodging -- Morenish Lodge, phone 011.441.567.820258
After a traditional Scottish breakfast we are ready for a day of adventure.
We will enjoy an easy walk near
Ben Lawers before dropping into Glen Lochay and to the river Lochay.
Our put-in is just below a set of falls amidst tall evergreen trees.
We spend a bit of time getting warmed up, reviewing paddling skills
and then we let the river do its magic. The Lochay dances and tumbles
along the way providing a wonderful paddle and lovely scenery.
Our journey ends at the confluence of Loch Tay and the village of Killin.
We will have time to wander through the local shops before choosing
to paddle, walk or ride back to Morenish Lodge for one more evening.
Lodging -- Morenish Lodge, phone 011.441.567.820258
After saying good-bye to our hosts we leave Morenish and continue our
journey. Today our travels take us to Glencoe. This area is steeped
in history and beauty. It was here that the massacre of the MacDonald
clan took place, a location that many consider holds some of Scotland's
most breathtaking scenery.
The visitor's center is well worth a stop and provides easy access to
many of the walks in the area. We will leave our van behind and spend
time in this glen on foot. We have some wonderful walking choices. An
easy walk to Signal rock takes us up through the mountain pass to where
the signal fire was lit to begin the raid on the MacDonald's. A bit
more strenuous walk into the Hidden Valley is well worth the effort,
we are rewarded with striking views of the towering mountains that surround
a beautiful, quiet meadow. We
may choose to combine a hike in the Hidden Valley with a section of
the Highland Way. The Highland Way is a long distance footpath from
Glasgow to Fort William and while several sections are strenuous we
have selected a short scenic part that everyone should find enjoyable.Lodging
-- Forest Lodge Guest House phone 011 441 809 501219
We have a wee drive today as we continue traveling west to the Isle
of Skye. The steep and rugged mountains along the coast make for a dramatic
backdrop during our travels. A short ferry ride across the Sound of
Sleat delivers us to the Isle.
Our destination is Greshornish Lodge, and on the way we will probably
wet our canoes in Loch Dunvegan, and explore Dunvegan Castle, or some
trips make a detour to the Talisker Distillery. The Talisker distillery
is worth a visit to learn about whisky making. The smoky aroma of this
single malt whisky is unique and a wee dram should be tried at least
The keepers of the inn at Greshornish will warmly greet us, and afternoon
tea is a nice touch after a full day of traveling. Having lived on Skye
for over 30 years Jane is happy to answer questions and share the history
of the Isle with us.
Lodging - Greshornish Lodge Hotel -- Phone 011441.470 582 326
We focus on the Trotternish Peninsula today and discover all that it
has to offer. An impressive drive up the coast brings us to Uig, a small
fishing village and the ferry terminal that links the outer islands
to the rest
of the world.
The Quiraing (coo-rang), Gaelic for "pillard stronghold",
is truly a remarkable and magnificent place. The moderate walk to the
saddle begins by crossing the bogs along the base of the dark cliff
and across a succession of tiny waterfalls and burns. The Quiraing is
a maze of towering pinnacles with some rising as high as 120 feet. Once
at the saddle one is rewarded with breathtaking scenery. For those not
afraid of heights or steep hills continuing on up to the Table is truly
unforgettable. The Table is an eerie and magical place, where fairies
are said to frolic on moonlit nights.
Our day of discovery continues as we return from the hike and continue
around the peninsula. A stop at the Skye Heritage Center gives us a
greater understanding of island life and crofting. If there is time
and interest we may visit the Duntulm Castle ruins and take a stroll
along the shore.
After an invigorating day of discovery we return to Greshornish for
one more evening. After tea and freshening up we look forward to a wonderful
evening meal at Greshornish. An after dinner walk is a wonderful way
to end our stay on this magical and mystical island.
Lodging - Greshornish Lodge Hotel -- Phone: 011441.470 582 326
After our farewells and one last look out to sea we return to the mainland
and continue our journey in the Highlands. We will have a bit of a drive
today, but we will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery
in all of Scotland. Moorland, forests, lochs and rivers all converge
in spectacular style. The area offers a peaceful haven, breathtaking
views and wonderful paddling.
During our travels today we plan a short paddle on the river Oich and
Loch Ness and a visit to Eilean Donan Castle. It is enchanting, and
rich in history.
At day's end we will be guests at the Forest Lodge Guest House. Ian
and Janet welcome us into their home. This is a small inn and more than
likely we will be the only guests, so we can settle in and relax after
a full day. A home cooked meal and Ian's friendly banter are the perfect
way to end the day.
Lodging - Forest Lodge Guest House, phone 011.441.809.501219
While our final destination today is the Dunalistar Hotel in Kinloch
Rannoch we have many choices on how to fill our day. As we drive through
Dalwhinnie we may enjoy a stop at the Dalwhinnie distillery where we
can take an informative tour and sample a bit of the "water of
The river Garry offers a wonderful choice for a day of paddling. The
river carves its way through the Highlands dancing and sparkling throughout
its length. From the canoe the charm of the countryside reveals itself
on its own terms. We float past lonesome country lanes, quiet meadows
and hillsides bathed in sunlight. To view the landscape from this perspective
is truly a world apart.
Our walking choices abound. We can enjoy an easy walk in the Killiecrankie
reserve or opt for a hill walk that will lead us into Kinloch Rannoch.
Nestled at the foot of Loch Rannoch this tiny village is steeped in
history and folklore of the clans. The Dunalistar Hotel has been welcoming
guests for many seasons and is a warm and welcome haven at the end of
an active day.
Lodging - Dunalistar Hotel, phone 011.441.882.632323Day
We will enjoy another evening at the Dunalistar Hotel so today is again
filled with choices. Our paddling choices include exploring Loch Rannoch
and the waters of Dunalistar. There are isolated islands, follies and
ruins to explore. We can combined a paddle with a walk in the ancient
Caledonia pines or up on the hills near Loch Ericht. Or perhaps some
would like to take part of the day off to relax, catch up on postcards
or just soak in the surroundings from a quiet spot by the loch.
The Kinloch Rannoch area is full of choices so rest assured our day
will be filled. We will enjoy another evening at the hotel. We can relax
in the guest living room or enjoy a drink in the pub before gathering
for our evening meal.
Lodging - Dunalistar Hotel, phone 011.441.882.632323
We leave Kinloch Rannoch by foot today. We walk through some of the
last stand of ancient Caledonia forest as the path leads us up in to
the hills and out onto the moorland. We follow the old Kirk road that
leads us into Glen Lyon. Clansmen and highlanders to travel from one
glen to the next have used this footpath for centuries. The scenery
is wild and rugged and gives us a true sense of what makes Scotland
Our footpath brings us into the tiny hamlet of Bridge of Balgie and
the river Lyon. The river is a true delight and the countryside that
unfolds in front of our eyes is beyond description and must truly be
seen in person, to fully take it all in and appreciate its regal beauty.
This evening we will be guests at the Fortingal Hotel, in the quaint
village of Fortingal where Pontius Pilate is said to have been born.
The Yew tree in the churchyard is over 3,000 years old and the standing
stones in a nearby field tie the present world to the ancient past.
A walk after dinner reveals a late summer sunset, with hillsides awash
in the glow of twilight and fields of barley giving the image of rolling
waves on the sea.
Lodging - Fortingal Hotel, phone 011.441.887.830367
We continue with a day of options. We may choose to paddle a fastwater
section of the River Lyon from Fortingal to Aberfeldy. The Lyon is intimate
and lively as it leaves the narrow Glen Lyon behind and opens into the
wide and fertile Tay valley.
Other walks include journeying over Drummond Hill to the quiet village
of Kenmore. From Kenmore we can get the canoes wet for one last time
and enjoy a day of paddling on the Tay. This lively river takes us past
Taymouth castle and offers some exciting rapids before gently leading
us to our take out in Aberfeldy.
After a day of paddling and walking through these ancient lands we return
to Fortingal for our final evening.
Lodging - Fortingal Hotel, phone 011.441.887.830367
Reluctant to leave this wonderful, mystical and magical place we linger
as long as we can. Perhaps we will find one more river to paddle or
walk to take before leaving the Lochs, Glens and Highlands behind.
As we journey back to our world we are reminded by legends and chronicles
that episodes in Highland history ended with...And the Highlanders went
back to their glens.
Our journey ends as it began with a 3:00pm return to the Glasgow Airport.
If your travel plans differ from this time, you will be responsible
for your own transfers.
Rambles Trip Notes Supplement
The Scotland Highland Ramble is rated 2-D, which is moderate to rigorous,
according to our trip grading system. We will be paddling on up to class
II rivers, and hiking in open fells and mountains, four to 12 miles
per day, following footpaths and carrying only a daypack. The paddles
and hikes will range from 4 to 7 hours in length, with stops for picnic
lunches. Elevations will not be high, but the hiking terrain can be
rugged, with optional steep climbs over uneven ground.
This trip is appropriate for anyone in good heath, leading an active
outdoor lifestyle. Generally the more difficult sections are optional
and often we have more strenuous extensions available for those who
desire a longer day. Please feel free to call our office, and often
you can discuss the trip with a guide who has lead this trip and be
able to share thoughts with you.
Travel in a foreign country requires one to be flexible and patient.
BATTENKILL CANOE LTD trips are designed for flexible, energetic people
who have a healthy dose of curiosity and enthusiasm about our world,
and who like to be active. The most important requirements are a spirit
of adventure and a positive attitude!
For emergency contact during the trip please contact our office in Arlington
at 802.362.2800. They will contact the guides in Scotland as quickly
as possible, or you can call the inns directly. Scotland is 5 hours
ahead of Eastern time.General
If you have any questions or need special arrangements please call our
office. Regular office hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm in season. We are
open Saturday and Sunday for daily canoe rentals, but our office staff
is limited on weekends. We are generally closed Saturday through Tuesday,
November through April, but please leave a message with our answering
service and we will return your call as soon as possible.
prices include lodging; all meals (except when noted) guide services
and accompanying support van wherever necessary. We may be compelled
to increase or decrease trip prices due to matters beyond our control,
such as currency exchange, airfare, taxes, or price increases.
Reservations & Deposits
Trips often fill months in advance, so we encourage you to make your
reservations early to avoid disappointment. To reserve space on a trip
send in our reservation form. Immediate confirmation is possible when
you make your reservations by phone. We request a deposit of $500.00
to confirm your reservation for this trip. Your confirmation letter
will outline the balance that is due 60 days prior to departure. We
may be compelled to increase or decrease trip prices on trips due to
matters beyond our control, such as currency exchange, airfare, taxes
or price increases.
Confirmation & Insurance
On receipt of your deposit we will prepare a confirmation packet including
a full itinerary, personal equipment list, meeting location with driving
directions, and application for short-term trip cancellation insurance.
We strongly recommend that you obtain this insurance, which reimburses
you for nonrefundable costs and deposits, should you have to cancel
your trip due to a personal emergency.
If a trip is full and you wish to be put on the Wait List, the deposit
is required. Periodically we do have cancellations, and if an opening
occurs you will be informed and transferred to the roster.
Your balance is due 60 dayts prior to the trip departure and may be
paid by cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex or Discover).
Please refer to your confirmation letter for the amount due.
BattenKill Canoe Ltd. (BCL) must receive notification in writing. If
you must cancel, but wish to reschedule for another trip, we will do
our best to accommodate you. You will be responsible for a cancellation
fee of 50% of the per person deposit OR a 100% credit valid for another
trip if you cancel more than 60 days prior on all trips. There are no
refunds or reschedules possible with less than 60 days notice, for leaving
a tour early or arriving late.
Unfortunately, we are not able to make exceptions to this policy for
Although it is unlikely, if we must cancel a trip and are unable to
provide another that is satisfactory to you, we will refund all monies
paid which constitutes full settlement. BATTENKILL is not responsible
for any expenses incurred in preparation for the trip, such as nonrefundable
advance purchase airline tickets.
Dates & Small Trip Charge
Since you plan your vacation around our trip, it is our responsibility
to run every trip scheduled if four or more persons are on the roster.
A number of fixed costs make it more expensive to operate a trip with
six members than one with 12. We budget our trips with a nearly full
sign up, to enable us to price them at the lowest possible cost.
We will still run your trip if four or more guests are on the roster.
However, we will be obliged to add a small trip surcharge if there is
a low sign up of between four (4) and seven (7) participants. The small
trip surcharge is ten (10) percent of the published price.
If you make your reservations 6 months prior to departure, you will
qualify for our Earlybird Discount which guarantees your departure regardless
of the number of people on the roster.
In an effort to capture the sprit of where we are traveling, the hotels,
inns and B and B's that we use are usually family-run converted houses,
villas, or inns, full of ambiance and colorful local history. That is
part of why we are visiting. Sometimes the rooms in these lodges are
not always of uniform or international size, however our leaders will
always try their best of assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants
experience an equal advantage throughout the trips as a whole.
Our standard accommodation is two per room, generally with a private
bath. Usually singles and triples are available. BCL provides three
meals per day, beginning with dinner on the first evening and ending
with lunch on the last day (except where noted).
If you're traveling alone and would like to assure yourself of a private
room, there is a single supplement surcharge of $45.00 per evening.
Singles willing to share will be matched with a roommate. If unavailable,
a forced single supplement of 50 percent of the full supplement will
We believe that sharing an adventure with your kids or grandkids
is a life-enhancing experience. Children twelve years of age or older
are welcomed on all trips. Special arrangements must be made for all
children 7-12. Regular discount is 25% off the trip price for folks
under 18 years old.
You must understand that river trips involve some risk and you have
the responsibility to select a trip appropriate for your ability and
interest. We will be happy to discuss our trips with you, as well as
provide names of past participants who can describe their experience
of the trip you are interested in. You will be asked to sign a Hold
Harmless and Release of Liability form prior to your trip.
BATTENKILL CANOE reserves the right to substitute lodges and leaders
and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable. BCL shall
not be liable, directly or indirectly for any delay, cancellation, mishap,
inconvenience, expense, personal injury or death, or damage of property
for any reason whatsoever, including acts of God. BATTENKILL reserves
the right to decline to accept, retain, or ask to leave any person whose
actions or deportment impede trip operation, or rights, welfare and
enjoyment of other trip members. No refund is possible under these circumstances.
Payment of deposit and release of credit card number represents your
acceptance of these terms and conditions. All disputes shall be settled
by binding arbitration in Bennington County Vermont.
Most trips originate in or near a town accessible by plane, train, or
bus. We will assist in arranging transportation from the gateway airport
to the trip meeting location and return.
We are delighted to arrange private and custom trips. Any of our scheduled
trips can be reserved for private groups. This is important for groups
whose desires; dates or goals may not fit into one of our regular departures.
Our published price and small trip surcharges apply on private trips.
A custom trip allows the flexibility to alter the itinerary, dates,
and to introduce other activities into your outing. Don't let our current
selection of adventures set the limits of your wanderlust. Please call
our office to begin planning a custom trip.
Gratuities for the inn and food portion of your trip are paid by BCL.
Gratuities for BATTENKILL guides are appreciated, but are left to your
discretion. As a general guideline, a tip of approximately 10% of the
trip price is generally average for attentive guiding. However if you
are note satisfied with our guide service, please outline your feelings
on your evaluation so that the office will be able to address your concerns
with the guide staff.Each
year the guide staff of BATTENKILL CANOE pledge to pool a portion of
their tips and donate them to an outreach program. Over the past several
years these outreach programs have included a scholarship program for
a high school student in the remote village of Yorkin in Talamanca,
Costa Rica, supporting the Ninos in la Calle program (alternative education
program for the street kids) in Somotillo Nicaragua, financial and educational
support to the BattenKill Watershed Council and an annual donation to
the Vermont ACLU.
If you would like to find out more about these projects or have suggestions
for other projects your guides would be happy to visit with you. This
is just one of the ways we are able to reach out to the greater community
and practice socially responsible travel.
Our airline desk is able to assist you in making your airline reservations,
and we are pleased to do so. We can book with all the major carriers
and would be happy to assist you with your travel plans. Airport pickup
and return is included from Glasgow, please refer to Day 1 and Day 11
of your itinerary for the meeting time. If your travel plans differ
from this meeting time, then you are responsible for your own transfers.
· Services of BATTENKILL CANOE LTD for predeparture information
and guide services to help you get the most out of your vacation.
· All ground transportation within Scotland.
· Lodging accommodations and all meals - except where noted.
· Fully escorted, exclusive BATTENKILL CANOE tour of Scotland.
· Round trip transportation from hometown to Scotland.
· Tips to drivers and guides.
· Departure taxes and other government fees.
· Items of personal nature such as laundry, phone calls and
· Optional entrance fees to regional attractions
(approx $75 limited use of credit cards)
· Cost of delays including delays due to bad weather, canceled
or delayed flights or delays on other modes of transport, sickness
or other situations for which BATTENKILL CANOE or its agents cannot
A U.S. passport valid beyond your anticipated date of return to the
US is essential. Holders of foreign passports must check with the Embassy
of Great Britain for details. Our office may be able to assist you.Currency
The currency unit is the Pound. Prices in Scotland are quoted in pounds
and money may be exchanged after our arrival. As of September 2003 1
pound =$1.58. Please note that all prices and schedules were current
at the time of printing but are subject to change at any time. We may
be compelled to increase or decrease trip prices due to fluctuating
list is intended to be skeletal, and we anticipate you will have your
own ideas of what is "necessary." In general bring half the
clothes you think you will need and twice the film.
Getting wet is always a possibility when participating in outdoor activities.
Clothing has to keep you warm even when wet. Avoid cotton clothes for
hiking and canoeing. The problem with cotton is that once it is wet
it absorbs water and does not dry out quickly. Jeans, while fashionable
and comfortable are unacceptable for outdoor wear.
The inns we have selected are informal, so "fancy clothes"
are not necessary. Remember that the weather in Scotland can change
very quickly, even minute by minute. For summer trips the evenings can
still be cool and possibly damp. Fall trips plan on dressing in layers,
and Fall clothing should lean toward polypro, wool and/or fleece and
good rain gear is important any time of the year.
Passport (carrying a photocopy of your passport is also a good idea--just
· Inns and B&B are casual so cotton or cotton mix clothing--for
off river and evenings is appropriate.
· Sturdy, comfortable waterproof hiking boots is probably
the most important thing you can bring.
· It does rain in Scotland, so good quality rain gear is
necessary and should include a jacket and pants
· Nylon pile, polypro or capilene undershirt and pants
· Lightweight/medium weight long sleeve top.
· Heavier weight fleece top or wool sweater
· Wide brimmed hat.
· Glasses/sunglasses with security strap.
· Sunscreen, insect repellent
· Lip balm, chapstick
· Water bottle
· Camera and film
· Day use backpack
Additional Clothes for Paddling
· T-shirts or comfortable paddling tops
· Canoe shoes that can get wet for paddling such as sandals,
· Collapsible walking stick
· Field guides, bird books, and travel books
· Journal notebook, pen, good book
If you have any questions on what to bring or how to pack please give
us a call at 1.800.421.5268
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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