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), an ancient giant towering above glistening lochans (lakes) in the Scottish highlands. We’ll summit them all on our arc across three distinct regions of the British Isles. We also take a “boats and boots” exploration of breathtaking Derwent Water and the high green moors around it, sip artisan Scottish whisky, and hear the unique Welsh language and proud Scottish brogue. Challenging, 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 13th century Chirk Castle in Wales to start our hike to our historic hotel in the lovely Welsh town of Llangollen. In Snowdonia National Park, we’ll have a choice of trails for our ascent of Mt. Snowdon (3,560'), the highest peak in Wales and the first in our trilogy of “great peaks.” Our hotel is an 18th century estate set on 150 acres.

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

In England’s glorious Lake District, colorful fellsides swoop up from tranquil lakes surrounded by a great amphitheater of emerald-green mountains. Our hikes bring us to Loughrigg Fell for unrivaled panoramas across the heart of the Lake District, and up Scafell Pike (3,209'), England’s highest peak. We hop aboard a boat to explore picturesque Derwent Water, crossing this famous lake for a hike up Cat Bells (1,480'), topped off by a visit to a distillery to sample locally made 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 follow a high-level trail above the rugged Northern Corries, 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 wide swath of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. At historic Glencoe House, our home away from home, we’ll be welcomed by a traditional piper and entertained by a local storyteller. Depart on

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Day 12
via Inverness.

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights

Highlights

Climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis—the highest peaks of Wales, England, and Scotland
Savor the glacier-carved scenery of Mt. Snowdon, where Edmund Hillary and his team trained for the Himalaya
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’s Bay Company

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $7795  
Arrive: Manchester, England
Depart: Inverness, Scotland
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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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