Map of Scotland Family Holiday with Teenagers including United Kingdom

An active family escape through the lush highlands

Gather the troops and embark on a trip through northern Scotland from Inverness. Through verdant countryside and past deep lochs, see the best of Scottish Highlands in six wonderful days. Stroll the grounds of Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, paddle part of the Caledonian Canal from Fort William, and head on a number of short walks and hikes to spectacular viewpoints across the region. With plenty of active inclusions to tire the teens out, plus several dedicated periods of leisure time so you can explore all the things you want to see, this Scottish escape is the perfect mix for your tribe.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Inverness, United Kingdom
Finish
Cairngorm, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
BWFS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 10
Group size
Min 4, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Learn the legends of Loch Ness and the fortress ruins on its banks with an included visit to Urquhart Castle for your small family group. It will be a history lesson like no other!

  • There’s nothing like a short walk to get a true feel of a place when travelling. From Fort William, climb Cow Hill to see some stunning panoramas, plus view UK’s highest peak – Ben Nevis – in all its glory.

  • See the countryside from another angle when you all embark on a canoeing adventure along the Caledonian Canal. Stretching right through the highlands, you’ll paddle a small section to the tiny town of Gairlochy.

  • Experience centuries of Scottish history on display in the open-air Highland Folk Museum, and perhaps take the family to one of the local galleries in Kingussie on a free afternoon.

  • With all the details covered, you’re free to keep your mind on exploring the highlands. Browse the craft shops? Discover the community of Aviemore? Fancy a spot of horse riding? It’s all your choice.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • There are a number of planned hikes on this trip, up to 4 hours in length. Be sure to pack adequate footwear and clothing to suit short hikes.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that is what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome all to Inverness! Be sure to arrive around lunchtime for an important welcome meeting at 1 pm, where you’ll meet your local leader and other families joining you for this Scottish adventure. Afterwards, hit the road towards Fort William, and stop via Urquhart Castle, which sits on the banks of Loch Ness. This riverside fortress ruins is packed full of history and is a great focal point of the loch and countryside around. After snapping some family photos and having a stroll, continue to Fort William, arriving around 5 pm. Keep the introductions going today with an included welcome dinner for you all!
Accommodation
  • Fort Williams (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness leader led walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent know. Consult the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast, lace up your walking shoes, as it’s time to get the crew active! You’ll begin and end the walk at your accommodation in Fort William, with the 4-hour hike taking you up a small peak on the edge of the village, known as Cow Hill. Marvel at stunning vistas greeting you at the top, over the nearby lochs and villages, and the mighty Ben Nevis behind – the highest peak in the UK. Return on foot to Fort William, arriving in the early afternoon. After your hike, the day is free for you and the kids to continue exploring at your own pace.
Accommodation
  • Fort William (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fort William - Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, keep the activity going with a canal canoeing adventure. After breakfast, take an easy 1-hour hike following the Great Glen Way, leading you to the Caledonian Canal. This stretch of water threads through the Scottish Highlands from Inverness all the way down to Fort William. Swap the walking trails for waterways as you jump in your awaiting canoes and paddle an approximately 11-kilometre section of the canal to the tiny village of Gairlochy. Afterwards, transfer back to Fort William and enjoy another afternoon at leisure. Your leader will be able to recommend a whole range of activities to consider today, so be sure to ask them if you’re stuck on what to do.
Accommodation
  • Fort William (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fort William - Caledonian Canal canoe
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Stock up on some breakfast, then embark on a scenic drive towards the Cairngorms National Park. En route, pass by the fascinating Highlands Folk Museum – a large outdoor display of typical life through the centuries. With an onsite café, it’s a great place to take some time and explore in depth. Also, keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels! From here, walk along a designated footpath to the village of Kingussie – your base for the next two nights. Once arrived, you guessed it – free time to get your bearings and perhaps grab some dinner in town.
Accommodation
  • Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairngorms National Park - Highland Folk Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, venture into the countryside on a scenic hike to peak of Creag Bheag (approximately 3-4 hours). Follow the trail to the peak, offering sweeping views across the national park. From above, you begin to understand how expansive, fertile and green the land is around. Peer over Loch Gynack and back towards the village, perhaps capturing a family selfie from the summit. Once back down in Kingussie, you have the afternoon to explore at your own pace. There’s a number of galleries and craft shops to explore, plus a nearby golf course and horse-riding experiences. Otherwise, it’s also possible to head to the town of Aviemore by public transport – a popular historic hub deep in the Cairngorms region. Rendezvous back with the group of families at night for an included dinner to celebrate your time in the Scottish Highlands.
Accommodation
  • Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cairngorms National Park - Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast, make your way to the nearby railway station – a short walk from the hotel. With no activities planned for today, you and your family are free to continue your adventure wherever you please, or else begin your homeward journey. There are regular trains heading north towards Inverness (approximately 1 hour), or otherwise, southbound routes to Edinburgh (approximately 2.5 hours) and Glasgow (approximately 3 hours) are available. It’s totally your call.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private mini van

Accommodation

Hotels (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness leader led walk
  • Fort William - Hike
  • Fort William - Caledonian Canal canoe
  • Cairngorms National Park - Highland Folk Museum
  • Cairngorms National Park - Hike

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

FAMILY TRIPS: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 10 years old

DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.

STARTING/FINISHING TIME: This trip starts at 1pm on Day 1 at the Inverness Train station. On the last day you can depart at any time. Check out from the hotel will be at 10am

Essential trip information

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