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Discovery

There are three different ways to explore our Discovery trips - Drive & Hike, Rail & Hike, and Self Drive. By combining rail and driving options with walking or cycling, you have the flexibility and freedom to cover more ground and explore entire regions the way you want.

Experience the area's highlights and all it has to offer beyond the usual stomping grounds. By meeting locals, learning about their traditions, and discovering their heritage, you'll feel fully immersed in the place. 

Each accommodation you stay in has been hand-selected for its convenience, comfort, and warm welcome. Not sure what there is to do or where to eat? From the cosiest café and the best brunch spot to must-see sites and hidden historical landmarks, we can provide personal recommendations and insider suggestions, so you don’t have to worry about researching.

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Top Discovery

Tick off your next adventure with one of these exciting journeys. 

    • Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite Steam train
    • Walking forest trails in Perthshire
    • The colourful harbour town of Portree
    • Mother and daughter exploring The Storr on Skye
    • Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
    • Edinburgh's Carlton Hill viewpoint
    • Walking the east coast of Skye to Portree
    • Highland cows are a common sight on Skye
    • The turreted Blair Castle of Atholl Estates
    • Hikers on the Great Glen Way near Fort William
    • Mit dem Zug durch die stillen Highlands
    • Wandern auf der wilden Isle fo Skye
    • Rail & Hike: Highlands & Isle of Skye
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    8 Days 2 Tours

    The Highlands & Isle of Skye: Rail & Hike

    The perfect trip to experience the Scottish Highlands and Skye with spectacular train journeys
    From £545.00
    • Oslo to Bergen Rail & Hike Holiday, © Flåm Utvikli
    • Explore Norway's capital Oslo
    • Otternes ancient farmstead
    • Colourful buildings of Bergen
    • Beautiful fjord landscapes
    • The Hardangervidda National Park, © InnovationNor
    • Hike to stunning nearby waterfalls
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    • Sheep in Geilo
    • Enjoying the view in Voss
    10 Days 1 Tours

    Oslo to Bergen: Rail & Hike

    Travel one of the world’s most scenic railways, hopping off to enjoy fantastic walks along the way
    From £2,090.00
    • Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • The stunning beach at Morar, near Mallaig
    • Zugfahrten und Wanderungen am West Highland Way
    • West Highland Way bei Glencoe
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    • Jacobite Steam Train am Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Hike the trail north towards Fort William
    • Buachaille Etive Mor (a Munro in Glencoe)
    • Mit dem Zug durch die einsamen Highlands
    • Enjoy walking Scotland's most popular trail
    • Rannoch Moor
    • Der Strand von Morar bei Mallaig
    • A WHW signpost
    • Keep an eye out for red deer along the trail
    • Buchaile Etive Mor
    • Blackrock Cottages Glencoe
    • Loch Tulla and the Rannoch Moor
    • Black Rock Cottage Glencoe
    • The hairy locals!
    • Schottland: West Highland Line
    • The Jacobite memorial from Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • West Highland Way signpost approaching Glencoe
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    8 Days 1 Tours

    West Highland Line: Rail & Hike

    Journey through the Highlands by rail and on foot as you trace the iconic West Highland Way.
    From £840.00
    • Self-drive and hike tour around Iceland in 15 days
    • An Icelandic sunset, the land of fire and ice!
    • Bathe in natural hot springs in the great outdoors
    • View other-worldly landscapes
    • Dramatic thundering waterfalls
    • Volcanic activity leaving strange rock formations
    • Crystal clear glacial lakes
    • Stay in the pretty village of Seydisfjordur
    • Wild horses are a common sight in Iceland
    • Walk alongside vast glaciers
    15 Days 1 Tours

    Around Iceland: Drive & Hike

    Travel around the Land of Fire and Ice by car and on foot, ticking off its must-see highlights!
    From £3,160.00
    • Hiking in Assynt (credit: Richard Ainsworth)
    • The beach at Sango Bay near Durness
    • The standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar
    • Talmine Bay on the north coast of Scotland
    • Dunrobin Castle
    • The winding road at Applecross
    • John O'Groats - a colourful scene
    • Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis
    • Achmelvich Beach (credit: Richard Ainsworth)
    • Delicious, fresh caught langoustines
    • Gewundene Straßen durch atemberaubende Landschaft
    • Gipfel von Beinn Eighe
    • The view from Stac Pollaidh summit
    • Delicious Scottish seafood
    • Laura at the beach on Orkney
    • Duncansby Head sea cliffs near Thurso
    • Dunrobin Castle, seat of Clan Sutherland
    • Skara Brae Neolithic settlement, Orkney
    12 Days 1 Tours

    Drive & Hike: North Coast 500 & Orkney

    From Inverness explore Scotland's remote and beautiful north on our country's favourite road-trip.
    From £1,195.00
    • Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan
    • The remains of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness
    • White beaches on the west coast
    • Sea stacks at Duncansby Head
    • Sample a dram of Scottish whisky
    • Driving towards The Storr on Skye
    • The Storr, Isle of Skye
    • Colourful Tobermory in Mull
    • Freshly-caught seafood
    • St Andrews Castle
    • Historic Balmoral Castle
    • Atmospheric valley of Glencoe
    • The "Harry Potter" steam train
    • Driving through Glencoe
    • Enjoy the sound of the bagpipes
    2 Tours

    Grand Tour of Scotland

    A grand tour of Scotland, ticking off everything from castles and whisky, to lochs and glens.
    From £705.00
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6 Reasons to Pick Discovery

Here's a breakdown of our Discovery trips to help you choose

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Rail & Hike

Hop on and watch incredible views of glaciers and vast lochs go by as the train trundles towards your next destination. Hop off to walk sections of fjords, rural Highland routes and Swiss valleys. 

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Drive & Hike

Road trip through dramatic plains and picturesque country lanes to remarkable locations. Park up and navigate loop walks, passing golden beaches of Scotland’s northern reaches, Icelandic waterfalls and other-worldly ruins and formations in Ireland.

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Self Drive

Take the wheel and explore at your own speed. Pass sloping ravines, weave round rolling hills and cruise tree-lined country roads. It's up to you what you do and when you stop. While there’s no set walking itinerary, we recommend what’s worth a visit. Enjoy a distillery tour, head to a castle or explore nature.

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We've Got You!

Have all the route info and maps in the palm of your hand with our pre-departure packs and app (no internet signal needed). And we're here for you 24/7 just in case you need us. 

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Tried and Tested Itineraries

Our trips have been built by our knowledgeable team who have walked the walks and cycled the trails to make sure you get the best experience possible.

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Independent Travel at Your Own Pace

Because you’re not part of a group you can holiday your way. It’s all about having the freedom and flexibility to see the best of a region and make it as active as you like, at the pace you like.

More Discovery Recommendations

Like what you see so far? Here's more of the good stuff. 

    • Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye
    • The town of Portree, Skye
    • Cawdor Castle near Inverness
    • The national drink - whisky!
    • The Jacobite steam train and Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
    • Delicious cranachan dessert
    • Blair Castle in Perthshire near Pitlochry
    • Edradour distillery in Pitlochry
    • Glenfinnan Monument
    • Inverness Castle and the River Ness
    • Sligachan's arched bridge on Skye
    • Blair Castle in Perthshire
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Loch Linnhe, Fort William and Ben Nevis
    • Carlton Hill viewpoint in Edinburgh
    • Wallace Monument near Stirling
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Loch Tummel
    8 Days 2 Tours

    Scottish Highlands and Skye by Rail

    Discover the landscapes and rich history of the Highlands and Skye on incredible rail journeys.
    From £490.00
    • Dubrovnik
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    • Cavtat Harbour
    • Dubrovnik by night
    • Dubrovnik street by night
    • Dubrovnik terracota rooftops
    • Coastline aerial view
    • Elafiti Islands
    • Lokum
    • Cavtat
    8 Days

    Dubrovnik, Vineyards & The Dalmatian Coast

    Experience Dubrovnik, coastal walking and the undiscovered villages and vineyards of the Konavle.
    From £785.00
    • Ancient St Andrew's Cathedral
    • Speyside Distillery
    • Balmoral Castle on a bright sunny day in spring
    • Atmospheric Glencoe, steeped in history
    • Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness
    • Visit the historic Culloden Battlefields
    • The Glenfinnan Monument to the Jacobites
    • The graveyard where Rob Roy is buried
    • Iconic Stirling Castle
    • Canal boats on the Caledonian Canal
    6 Days
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    Historic Scotland

    Bring Scotland's colourful past to life, on a tour exploring its most famous historical sites.
    From £515.00
    • Luskenytre Beach, Harris
    • Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis
    • Eilean Glas Lighthouse and a sheep
    • Admiring the view
    • Kisimul Castle in Castlebay, Barra
    • A thatched cottage on North Uist
    • Fresh fish and chips
    • Lews Castle in Stornoway, Lewis
    • A red phone box on Lewis
    • Footprints in the sand on Harris
    7 Days

    Outer Hebrides Island Hopping

    Island hop your way from Barra to Lewis as you discover the beauty of this 130 mile archipelago.
    From £765.00
    • Roads on the Ring of Kerry
    • Trinity College in Dublin
    • The Cliffs of Moher
    • Vew to the Skellig Islands on the Ring of Kerry
    • A friendly local at Blarney Castle
    • Coastal driving on the Ring of Kerry
    • Views from Torc Mountain
    • Glendalough Monastic Settlement
    • Sheep on the road neer Lough Inagh, Connemara
    • The Gap of Dunloe on the Ring of Kerry
    • Muckross Lake in Killarney National Park
    • Ruins in the heart of the Burren
    • Traditional Fish and Chips
    • A pint of Guinness in a traditional pub
    9 Days

    The Best of Ireland Drive & Hike

    Discover the best of Ireland on a rewarding circular drive and hike tour from Dublin to Connemara
    From £995.00
    • View from Roy's Peak, Wanaka
    • Highlights of New Zealand
    • Franz Josef Glacier
    • Orakei Korako Geyser and Thermal park
    • Carved Maori warrier
    • Vineyards galore!
    • Milford Sound
    • Autumn foliage in Arrowtown
    • Key Summit - Routeburn Track
    • Self-guided adventure in New Zealand
    14 Days
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    Highlights of New Zealand

    Explore New Zealand's most iconic landscapes on thei 14-day drive and hike tour
    From £2,295.00

Looking For A Different Trip Type?

Head over to our four other trip types for a spot of window shopping. You never know, there might be something else that piques your interest!

Classic Routes

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If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!

Pilgrimages

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For those looking to follow a path of self-discovery. Our Pilgrimage and Camino routes take you on a journey through diverse landscapes and local flavours, while meeting like-minded adventurers along the way.

Slower Adventures

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Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.

In Style

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After a day of exciting adventures and soaking up unbeatable scenery, retreat to stylish accommodations and unwind with fine food and wine. This trip type is for those who like sophisticated places to stay and are looking for active routes but still want the holiday to feel special.

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