About Argyll Walking holidays biedt wandelvakanties voor wie Schotland te voet wil verkennen, begeleid door een deskundige en enthousiaste Schotse gids die de streek kent als zijn broekzak. U wandelt buiten de gebaande wegen en paden in de Schotse Hooglanden en eilanden in een kleine internationale groep met 4-8 deelnemers.
De wandelvakanties zijn 8-daagse reizen met 7 overnachtingen en 6 dagen wandelen. Al onze wandelreizen beginnen en eindigen in Glasgow.
Overnachting is in zorgvuldig geselecteerde comfortabele B&Bs of hotels, waar u bent verzekerd van een warm welkom en lekker eten.
Lunch pauze, Isle of Kerrera, Argyll
Wandelen op de mooiste plekjes
De wandelingen gaan door de mooiste gebieden van de Schotse Hooglanden, de Hebriden in het westen en Orkney & Shetland in het noorden. Dankzij onze gids hoeft u niet zelf te zoeken naar de juiste weg. Meestal vermijden we de paden en vinden onze eigen route door het terrein. Hierdoor komt u op plaatsen die u anders niet zou bezoeken. Zo leert u Schotland in al zijn facetten kennen: de ruimte, de rust, de stilte, prachtige vergezichten, steile kliffen, verlaten baaien, onstuimige watervallen, lieflijke meren, heidevelden, maar ook de geschiedenis, de geologie en de planten en dieren.
Met een deskundige en enthousiaste gids
Onze Schotse gidsen kennen de streek als hun broekzak. Zij kunnen enthousiast vertellen over de natuur, de boeiende historie en de fascinerende geologie van de Schotse Hooglanden. Al onze gidsen zijn gediplomeerd berggids en zeer ervaren in het begeleiden van groepen met deelnemers van alle leeftijden, in alle soorten terrein en onder alle weersomstandigheden.
Wandelen in een kleine groep
Per wandelweek zijn er vier tot acht deelnemers uit verschillende landen. Of u nu alleen komt, met één of meer vrienden of als stel, iedereen komt met hetzelfde doel naar Schotland: het te voet verkennen van het land in al zijn facetten. Hierdoor ontstaat al snel een hechte groep.
Transport in onze minibus
We ontmoeten u in Glasgow op de eerste dag en brengen u terug naar Glasgow op de laatste dag. Alle overige transport tijdens uw wandelvakantie, ook ‘s avonds, wordt door ons verzorgd.
Comfortabele overnachtingsplaatsen en lekker eten
Na een hele dag wandelen bent u toe aan wat extra comfort. De Bed & Breakfast (B&B) accommodaties en guest houses waarin u verblijft, zijn met zorg gekozen. Hier wacht u een vriendelijk welkom, comfort en smakelijk eten. Avondmaaltijden zijn niet inbegrepen in de prijs tenzij anders vermeld, maar uw gids neemt de groep mee uit voor de avondmaaltijd. We eten meestal elke avond in een andere pub of restaurant, zodat u een goede indruk krijgt van het Schotse eten.
About Argyll Walking Holidays is based in the southwest Highlands of Scotland. It is run by Frieda Bos, assisted by Karen Mitchell and in co-operation with a team of guides who are not only keen walkers, but also know Scotland really well in all its aspects. Our aim is to run high-quality, small-scale, essentially personal hiking vacations. We view our clients as friends who are entitled to a professional service. We spend time in the field to plan and prepare each holiday so that we are confident of offering you an out-of-the-way experience worthy of the tradition of John Muir’s “natural beauty hunger”. We organise our walking holidays with freshness and enthusiasm so that you can get the most out of visiting this beautiful land.
We have been operating since 1995. Many of our clients have returned for a second, third or even fourth and fifth time.
Stewart lives in Edinburgh and has been walking in the Scottish hills for most of his life. He has travelled in Europe and has visited Antarctica and Africa. He is an active mountaineer and has an interest in wildlife and the history of the Scottish highlands. When he is not climbing mountains he loves photographing them. Stewart worked as a freelance outdoor instructor teaching navigation and climbing before joining About Argyll.
Lesley lives in Ayrshire and has been active in the Scottish hills for over 20 years - she has a sound knowledge of Scotland's mountainous regions and is passionate about walking in Scotland and the outdoors. She is particularly interested in the protection and preservation of wildlife and in managing our impact on the wild places we visit. She has travelled widely in Europe, and has trekked in Nepal, Peru and Africa. She speaks English, German and French.
Nigel has lived in Argyll most of his life. He has a degree in ecology, which led to a teaching career in environmental and outdoor education in Argyll. He now works part-time for a number of Scottish outdoor and environmental organisations, leading field trips and doing environmental surveys throughout Argyll.
In between all these jobs he goes hill walking in Scotland, Europe and further afield. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with other people.
Having been brought up in Shetland and Orkney, Alastair has a passion for Scotland's islands. He's travelled and led guided tours all over Scotland and in other European countries for many years.
He has a thorough knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Highlands and Islands.
Richard has been fascinated by mountains and the outdoors since he was young when camping trips in the Scottish Highlands were an annual event and exploring the local area introduced him to the magic of the outdoors!
His interest in the mountains and nature lead him to study Physical Geography & Geology before deciding to work in the outdoors as a mountain leader and hill walking guide. Richard lives in Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park.
|All our guides are qualified mountain leaders and have emergency outdoor first aid certificates.|
Frieda is the owner of About Argyll Walking Holidays. She plans and organises the holidays and manages bookings. Frieda also takes people to and from Glasgow if necessary, meets groups in Glasgow at the beginning and end of the holiday and is tour manager during some private hiking tours with larger groups.
Frieda is Dutch and has lived in Scotland since 2002.
Karen is our operations manager. She deals with accommodations and other suppliers. Together with Frieda, she will be your first point of contact and they make sure that all your questions are answered promptly. Karen also meets some of the groups in Glasgow at the beginning and the end of the holiday.
Karen lives in Innellan on the Cowal peninsula.
Tree with old-man's beard lichen
Since the start of the business in 1995, About Argyll Walking Holidays has consistently aimed to provide responsible travel to wild and remote places in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We offer you the chance to experience the solitude of these places in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly fashion.
You will see wildlife and wildflowers that are almost extinct in other parts of Britain and Europe. On our doorstep live golden eagle and peregrine falcon, red deer and otter, wild orchid and sundew - just a few of the many species making up the unique Highland ecosystem.
We consider this intricate and sometimes delicate web of life and landscape to be irreplaceable and a source of inspiration to us all. A century ago, John Muir, Scotland’s greatest contributor to the developing concept of conservation, talked of humanity’s ‘natural beauty hunger’. We think that this is the perfect place to satisfy that hunger, provided always, as Muir made clear, that it is done with respect for the sources of that beauty.
Following John Muir’s inspiring example, we are dedicated to preserving and promoting the value of Scotland's wild areas by doing our best to reduce the environmental impact of our walking holidays and ensuring the long-term sustainability of tourism in the area. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are one of Britain and Europe's last wildernesses, and we share with all who live or visit here a responsibility to protect and conserve their fragile ecosystems.
Because we want you and future generations to continue to enjoy this unique natural environment, our walking groups are small, thus minimizing negative impact while increasing our chances of seeing wildlife. If you would like, our guides can also offer suggestions to help you to minimize your personal environmental impact.
Papa Stour, Shetland Islands
Size is particularly important in the Scottish wilderness, where our wide spaces and high mountains are small and fragile in a global context. Here, we agree with Schumacher; “small is beautiful”, and especially in tourism.
Our small-scale business provides local benefit, environmentally, culturally and economically, wherever we go. We work closely with many small, rural businesses – for example, you will stay in locally-owned accommodation and eat in local restaurants which use fresh, local produce. All of this contributes to the local economy.
Our sustainable business practices also extend to the running of our office, where we keep the use of energy, water and other resources to a minimum, reduce and recycle our waste and send most of our correspondence by email or on recycled paper. We also try to reduce the impact of the carbon emissions from our minibuses by supporting Trees for Life, which uses our donation to plant trees in order to restore the ancient Caledonian forest of the Highlands.
We are committed to improving the sustainability, increasing the social and local benefits and reducing the environmental impact of our holidays and of our office even further. Some of the actions we are taking are:
Click here to download the 'responsible visitor guide' from the Tourism Innovation Group and Scottish Natural Heritage.
To underline our commitment and policies, we are a member of Green Tourism, which has recognised our efforts with a Gold Award, the highest award possible.
We are a corporate supporter of Trees for Life, a charity working to restore Scotland’s Caledonian Forest. Their long-term vision is to restore natural forests and rare wildlife to a spectacular wilderness region of the Scottish Highlands.
About Argyll Walking Holidays is a corporate member of the John Muir Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting wild places. They own and care for some of Scotland's finest wild landscapes including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Quinag in Assynt, part of the Cuillin on Skye and 3,000 acres on the Knoydart peninsula.