In June I got the most incredible opportunity to go to Scotland with Backroads. Backroads is one of the industry leaders in active group travel. They provide a wide range of activities, including biking, walking, hiking, multi-adventure, and family vacations worldwide. They also offer active river and ocean cruises, culinary tours, adventurous safaris, weekend escapes, and thrilling snow adventures. Every Backroads journey is expertly guided by a team of 3-4 trip leaders and supported by 1-2 vans, allowing guests to explore at their own pace while indulging in exciting activities, cultural encounters, breathtaking landscapes, companionship, and enjoyment.
The hiking for Scotland ranged from 2-12 miles with elevations from 100-1,200 feet. The best part is everyday there are different levels of activity and you can pick how hard or easy the hike can be. It truly is a pick your own destination try of trip! My favorite part of hiking in Scotland is their right to roam law. This grants individuals the legal right to access most land and water in the country for recreational purposes, including walking, hiking, cycling, and wild camping.
The trip leaders were outstanding! Bridget, Keith, and Dom effortlessly put us at ease from the get-go. Each day, before we embarked on our hiking adventures, we gathered as a group to discuss the day’s plan and stock up on snacks. As the each day unfolded, we naturally formed smaller groups based on our hiking abilities. Fortunately, we were able to hike at our own individual paces, ensuring that no one felt rushed or left behind.
The lodging options were truly exceptional. Backroads provides a range of accommodations to suit various budgets and trip preferences, offering both casual and premium choices. During our trip, we stayed in the premium accommodations featuring 4&5 star hotels.
Our initial two nights were spent at the charming Darroch Learg Hotel, a locally owned establishment operated by a delightful Scottish couple. They graciously dined with us and regaled us with captivating stories throughout our stay.
The second hotel was none other than the renowned Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews. From our accommodations, we were treated to breathtaking views of the golf course, and the town itself had an enchanting appeal.
To cap off our journey, we enjoyed two nights at Cameron House, a resort boasting a golf course, an indoor water park, and an exquisite fine dining restaurant.
Finally, the cuisine exceeded all expectations. I honestly wasn’t sure what to anticipate when it came to Scottish food, but I was thoroughly impressed. Not a single meal throughout the entire trip disappointed. Everyday during our hike for lunch a wonderful table spread would be waiting for us
Overall my trip with Backroads was a 10/10! I couldn’t think of a more perfect active trip except for maybe making the group private to just you and friends (which is possible).
Are you ready to explore Scotland with Backroads or another wonderful destination? Reach out to discuss a future trip!