At Exodus we offer self-guided holidays in Scotland that lead you on an exciting journey of discovery through the highlands and lowlands, along glistening lochs and through historic villages and towns. What’s so great about our cycling and walking holidays in Scotland is that you’re guided to all the highlights as well as lesser-known places on roads-less-travelled. Because our tours are self-guided, you can travel at your own pace, spending more time in places that are of interest to you.
Both our walking and cycling holidays in Scotland provide you with detailed maps and trips notes that tell you everything you need to know about each destination. So, if you fancy stopping off somewhere to delve further into the history or to enjoy a picnic by the water, it’s entirely up to you. Our self-guided tours also take care of your luggage, so you don’t have to worry about carrying everything between hotels.
Scotland is beautiful at any time of year and every season holds something new to discover. However, it can be prone to cold and wet weather, especially during the winter months, so you might want to avoid travelling between November and February. Spring is a great time to book holidays in Scotland as the landscapes begin to burst with colour, the temperatures become warmer and there are fewer crowds than if you visit in the summer months. September and October are also good times to explore when peak season has passed, and you’ll witness the vibrant autumn colours spread across the hills.
Much of the country is blessed with wildly beautiful landscapes that play host to lochs, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. One of the best walking holidays in Scotland is along Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal where you can watch the drama unfold and spot local wildlife. As you explore remote forests, moors and glens on foot, look out for red deer, squirrels and various species of birds such as ospreys, peregrine falcons, golden eagles and buzzards. You’ll also be introduced to the history and legends of the Scottish Highlands.
The Great Glen Way is a magnificent 79-mile trail running from Fort William to Inverness. Along the route, you’ll walk by the famous Caledonian Canal and the Beauly firth as well as lochs and rivers.
You can book walking holidays in Scotland year-round, but the main season usually falls between March and September when the temperatures are warmer and there’s less rainfall. Spring and autumn are best if you want to avoid the busier months from July to late August.
Owing to the natural beauty, rich heritage and abundant wildlife, the Highlands offers some of the best cycling holidays in Scotland. As you ride along the epic Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness, you’re introduced to spellbinding scenery. The old military roads lead you on an historic journey and past beautiful lochs and waterfalls before cycling over dramatic moorlands and along rugged beaches.
If you want to book cycling holidays in Scotland, you might want to avoid the colder temperatures and heavier rainfall of winter. Between the months of March and September, you’ll usually enjoy warmer and clearer days, making your cycling experience even more enjoyable. Avoiding the summer peak season from July to August also means the routes will be quieter.
Scotland boasts diverse landscapes for cycling with lots of steep ascents and rugged terrain. If you prefer a more leisurely ride, Loch Ness and parts of the Highlands provide gentler routes through moorland and along quiet roads and lochs. The path along the Caledonian Canal is a great way to delve into the past, passing legendary places steeped in history. Along the way you can explore Fort Augustus; Cawdor, which featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth; and Fort George, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was infamously defeated.