Stunning Hikes and Cultural Adventures

Overview

Three legendary peaks crown the British Isles: mighty Snowdon in the wild north of Wales, Scafell Pike in England’s dreamy Lake District, and Ben Nevis (or “the Ben,” as it is fondly known) in the Scottish highlands. We’ll summit them all on our arc across three distinct regions of the British Isles. We also enjoy a “boats and boots” exploration of picturesque lakes, sip artisan Scottish whisky, and hear the unique Welsh language and the proud Scottish brogue. Challenging but rewarding hikes by day, historic accommodations by night, and a rich tapestry of landscapes and heritage make this a hiker’s dream journey.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Snowdonia National Park, Wales / Mt. Snowdon

From Manchester, England, we head to Wales for spectacular hikes in Snowdonia National Park, including Mt. Snowdon (3,560'), the highest peak in Wales and the first in our trilogy of highest peaks on this three-country adventure. Our hotel is an 18th century estate set on 150 acres.

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Days 4-7
England’s Lake District / Scafell Pike

We head into England’s glorious Lake District, where colorful fellsides swoop up from tranquil lakes surrounded by a great amphitheater of emerald-green mountains. Our hikes here bring us to Loughrigg Fell, with unrivaled panoramas across the heart of the Lake District, and up Scafell Pike (3,209'), England’s highest peak. We also explore picturesque Derwent Water, boating across the lake and hiking up Cat Bells (1,480'), topped off by a visit to a distillery to sample the local gin—we’ve earned it!

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Days 8-12
Scottish Highlands / Cairngorms National Park / Ben Nevis

In Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, we hike a high-level trail above the rugged Northern Corries (mountain cirques), then tackle Ben Nevis (4,412'), the highest mountain in Scotland and the UK and the roof of Great Britain! If the summit is clear, our views stretch across a considerable part of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Historic Glencoe House is our home away from home, where we’re welcomed by a traditional piper and entertained by a local storyteller. Depart on Day 12 via Inverness.

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Highlights

Highlights

Climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis—the highest peaks of Wales, England, and Scotland
Savor the glacier-carved scenery of Mt. Snowden, where Edmund Hillary and his team trained for the Himalayas
Go fell-walking in the Lake District, including a “boats and boots” crossing of beautiful Derwent Water
Hike in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, with its lochs, wildlife, friendly villages, and artisan whisky distilleries—and keep an eye out for Scotland’s only herd of reindeer
Enjoy welcoming hotels, including historic Glencoe House, built in 1896 for the governor of the Hudson Bay Company

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $7295  
Arrive: Manchester, England
Depart: Inverness, Scotland
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

11 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-8 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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