With plenty of great hike to choose from over our Drive & Hike tour range we have picked out some our favorites below (listed in no particular order):
1) Sandwood Bay, Sutherland: Not accessible by car, a stroll along its stunning white-sands is earned by an 8 mile hike that's well-worth it! When you get there you'll have wonderful views of the Am Buachaille sea stack (meaning 'the herdsman' in Gaelic), first ascended by rock climbers in 1968.
2) Iona's beaches, Isle of Mull: Just off the south west shores of Mull lies the small isle of Iona, complete with an abbey that's been a site of worship since St Columba landed in 563 AD. There's something about the atmosphere of this tiny island of fields, beaches and rugged coastline that makes for a very relaxing visit.
3) The Butt of Lewis, Lewis: Located at the most northerly tip of the Hebridean archipelago the dramatic cliffs at the so called Butt of Lewis make for a dramatic cliff-top walk complete with a lighthouse teetering on the edge. The cliffs are a great place for watching sea birds from the colonies soaring on the wind that whips in uninterrupted from across the Atlantic.
4) Luskentyre Beach, Harris: The beautiful white-sands of Luskentyre beach make it possibly the most photographed beach in the Outer Hebrides. Located on Harris' west coast the beach has beautiful views of Harris' hills and the isle of Taransay.
5) Stac Pollaidh, Assynt: Hike Torridon's iconic little 612 m hill Stac Pollidadh (pronounced Stac Polly), after reaching the craggy summit and lingering to soak up the views of Suilven, a neighboring Corbet with its iconic two-hump silhouette.
6) Triple Buttress hike on Beinn Eighe, Torridon: Complete the Triple Buttress hike to the mountain's loch affording magnificent views of the towering 200 m high cliffs.
7) The Old Man of Storr, Skye: A short, but rewarding hike just a 20 minute drive from Portree. Hike up towards the Trotternish Ridge and it's array of interesting rock features until you reach the needle of rock known locally as The Old Man of Storr. The views over the Sound of Raasay to the mainland are spectacular rendering this Skye's most popular hike, it's popularity means it's best enjoyed in the morning or during the quieter months of the tourist season.
8) Ring of Brodgar to Stenness, Orkney: On our NC500 with a twist you'll spend two nights on Orkney. This iconic stone circle, constructed around 2500-2000 BC, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the third largest stone circle in Britain it's one of the most popular visitor attractions on Orkney, yet the reason of their construction is unknown. They are thought to have been a site of ritual, religious practice or for astrological observation.
9) The Lost Valley, Glencoe: A justifiably popular hike from Glencoe's iconic Three Sisters viewpoint, up into a wooded hanging valley surrounded by peaks. The route covers rough ground, but the sure-footed will be rewarded with views of this dramatic valley where the MacDonald clan of Glencoe used to hide their rustled cattle.
10) Smoo Cave, Sutherland: A visit to Smoo Cave, and perhaps a short walk along the coast, are the perfect antidote for a rainy day. Smoo Cave is a massive sea cave carved out by a combination of the freshwater stream flowing in from the back and wave action carving it out from the front. The cave is a well-known attraction and with floodlights set-up inside you can really see the features of the cave.