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 coziest 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

Check your next adventure off the wish-list with one of these exciting journeys. 

    • Glenfinnan Monument
    • Kinloch Lodge Restaurant gourmet food
    • Inverlochy Castle
    • The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Dunvegan Castle
    • Views on Skye
    • Inverlochy Castle spaces
    • Talisker Distillery
    • Ben Vrackie
    • Kinloch Lodge Room
    • Blair Castle
    • Fairy Pools
    • Walker on Skye
    8 Days 1 Tours

    Highlands and Isle of Skye Rail & Hike In Style

    World-famous scenic rail journeys combine with great walks and luxe lodge and castle-hotels.
    From $4,995.00
    • The Jacobite steam train on Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Steall Falls from Glen Nevis
    • Blair Castle
    • The Great Glen Way - signpost
    • View of The Old Man of Storr
    • Cara on the West Highland Way
    • Happy Macs customer enjoying a view of The Storr
    • Sligachan Bridge on Skye
    • The Jacobite steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Sue and Norm on the West Highland Way
    • The Storr!
    • Jacbote steam train and heather in the foreground
    • Descending the Ben Nevis Mountain Track
    • Delicious traditional Scottish dessert
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Hiking on Ben Nevis
    • Portree from above
    • The magnificent Storr formation on Skye
    • Smiles on the West Highland Way
    • A view over Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way
    • walking the Banvie Burn trail from Blair Atholl
    • Heading for the The Storr on Skye
    • Looking towards the Cuillin en route to Broadford
    • The Jacobite steam train
    • Steall Falls down Glen Nevis
    • Blair Castle and gardens
    • The Jacobite monument in Glenfinnan
    13 Days 1 Tours

    Grand Tour of Scotland: Rail & Hike

    Experience Scotland from epic rail journeys to world-class trails and hidden treasures.
    From $2,750.00
    • 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 $795.00
    • Orakei Korako Geyser and Thermal park
    • Walking the Abel Tasman Track
    • Milford Sounds, reflections of Mitre Peak
    • View from Key Summit
    • View from Roy's Peak, Wanaka
    • Carved Maori warrier
    • Marlborough Vineyards
    • Autumn in Arrowtown
    • Cathedral Cove
    • Marahau Beach, Abel Tasman
    25 Days 1 Tours

    The Best of New Zealand

    Explore the best of “the land of the long white cloud,” New Zealand on this drive and hike tour
    From $5,790.00
    • 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 $3,235.00
    • The Kylesku Bridge
    • Balnakeil Beach near Durness
    • John O'Groats (credit: Richard Ainsworth)
    • Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
    • The iconic mountain of Suilven
    • A cottage on Loch Shieldaig
    • Scallops and black pudding
    • Fishing boats in Ullapool harbour
    • Smoo Cave
    • Achmelvich Beach (credit: Richard Ainsworth)
    • Dunrobin Castle
    • Achmelvich Beach (credit: Richard Ainsworth)
    7 Days 1 Tours

    North Coast 500

    An iconic road-trip from Inverness; discover Scotland's spectacularly wild northern reaches.
    From $1,195.00
    • 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 $5,410.00
    • Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Zugfahrten und Wanderungen am West Highland Way
    • The stunning beach at Morar, near Mallaig
    • Happy Macs guests out and about
    • West Highland Way bei Glencoe
    • Spaß auch bei schottischem Wetter
    • Jacobite Steam Train am Glenfinnan Viaduct
    • Hike the trail north towards Fort William
    • Mit dem Zug durch die einsamen Highlands
    • Buachaille Etive Mor (a Munro in Glencoe)
    • 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
    • Loch Tulla and the Rannoch Moor
    • Blackrock Cottages Glencoe
    • 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 $1,405.00
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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. Each portion of the trip ends in another charming and characterful accommodation.

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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 with our knowledge and expertize and we can make recommendations based on our first-hand experiences. Must-visit foodie spots, secret vantage points, you get the idea.

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Independent Travel at Your Own Pace

Because you’re not part of a group you can vacation 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. 

    • Dubrovnik
    • Dubrovnik and Lokum
    • Elafiti Islands
    • Lokum
    • Cavtat Harbour
    • Dubrovnik
    • Cavtat
    • Dubrovnik by night
    • Dubrovnik terracota rooftops
    • Dubrovnik street by night
    • Coastline aerial view
    8 Days

    Dubrovnik, Vineyards & The Dalmatian Coast

    Experience Dubrovnik, coastal walking and the undiscovered villages and vineyards of the Konavle.
    From $1,270.00
    • Glacier Express
    • Engadine Valley
    • Glacier Express
    • Sassal Masonhut
    • Engadine Valley
    • Engadine Valley
    • Piles of well stacked wood
    • Engadine Valley MontBlanc
    • Engadine Valley
    • Engadine Valley
    8 Days

    The Glacier Express Rail and Hike

    Cross the Swiss Alps on the famous Glacier Express
    From $2,320.00
    • Iceland's Scenic South Coast Drive and Hike
    • The breathtaking Gulfoss Waterfall
    • Beautiful wild horses are common in Iceland
    • Jokulsarlon is a popular spot for movie directors
    • Take a walk along a basalt
    • The vibrant city of Reykjavik
    • Walk behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
    • Enjoy driving along quiet scenic roads
    • Walk between bubbling hot springs near Hveragerdi
    • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
    8 Days

    Iceland's Scenic South Coast: Drive & Hike

    Explore Iceland’s dramatic south coast on an action-packed drive and hike tour.
    From $2,595.00
    • Ultimate Canadian Rockies
    • Gain views of glaciers and alpine lakes
    • Hike the Stanley Glacier Valley
    • Catch the wildflowers in full bloom
    • Soak up Rocky Mountain tranquility and solitude
    • Look for mountain goats along the trail
    13 Days

    Ultimate Canadian Rockies Drive & Hike

    Discover the Canadian Rockies on this drive and hiking tour, pass through a variety of landscapes
    From $3,735.00
    • Franz Josef Glacier
    • Roy's Peak - a walk in Wanaka
    • Views on Stewart Island
    • Milford Sound
    • Nelson Lakes Region
    • Key Summit - Routeburn Track
    • Lighthouse on the Catlins Coast
    • Vineyards galore!
    • Abel Tasman Track
    • Autumn foliage in Arrowtown
    19 Days
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    New Zealand: South Island Adventure

    Walk and explore the length and breadth of New Zealand’s South Island on this drive and hike tour
    From $4,325.00
    • Take an optional hike to the famous Trolltunga
    • The bustling city of Stavanger
    • Hardangerfjord, the
    • Stavanger to Bergen Drive & Hike Holiday
    • The Hardangervidda National Park
    • Enjoy 2 nights at the historic Hotel Ullensvang
    • On the way to the Kjerag
    • Enjoy Fjord views
    • Traditional Norwegian waffles
    • On the Hardangervidda
    10 Days

    Stavanger to Bergen: Drive & Hike

    Drive from Stavanger to historic Bergen, via the Hardangervidda National Park Route
    From $3,915.00

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 category is for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name 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 flavors, 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 trip to feel special.

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