Highlands Lochs & Islands


Explore the Wild Landscape of the West Highlands - Morar and Knoydart Peninsulas and the Isles of Rum and Eigg

The Highlands and Islands on Foot and by Boat

This holiday provides you with a unique opportunity to get to know our favourite part of the west Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Here, the spectacular landscape of mountains. lochs and islands remains wild and unexplored, even by the Scots themselves. The area's beauty is matched only by the tranquility and relaxed pace of life, and the warm highland welcome from your hosts. Make Tracks helps you get the best out of your time here, by offering a very flexible itinerary, usually starting and finishing at Mallaig, at the end of the famous West Highland Line. There are options to stay at 3 more centres, the islands of Eigg and Rum, and the remote Knoydart Peninsula, each easily accessible by boat from the mainland, but uniquely different in character. With Make Tracks, this remote part of Scotland becomes accessible, with detailed written guides and maps for every day`s walking.


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The Morar Peninsula

This part of your holiday is based at Mallaig, on the Morar Peninsula, with a flexible choice of walks each day. Dramatic scenery is everywhere, with deep inland and sea lochs cutting into steep sided mountains, and remote hill passes leading to sandy beaches, all with a perfect backdrop - the ocean and the beautiful islands of Rum, Eigg and Skye.

Typical Itinerary on the Morar Peninsula (5 Nights, based at Mallaig)

Arrive at Mallaig on in style on the magnicent West Highland Railway line. Stay 5 nights at a comfortable Bed and Breakfast overlooking the east bay and the harbour. En-suite facilities in each room in. Then take your pick of these lovely walks each day. We arrange all your transfers (by boat or by car) to the start and finish of each day's walk.
Walk 1 North Loch Morar Walk (10m, 16k)
Along the north side of the deepest loch in Scotland, then over the hill to Loch Nevis, where you are collected by boat for a sail on this fiord like loch, before it sails back to Mallaig
Walk 2 Prince Charlie's Walk (10m, 16k)
A short train journey on the West Highland Line, then over a reomote hill pass to the south side of Loch Morar. Then collection by boat (spot the sea eagles) and a short car journey back to Mallaig
Walk 3 Loch an Nostarie Walk (8m, 13k)
A short car transfer, then a walk on rugged ground to a high mountain loch with fabulous views to the islands of Rum, Eigg and Skye
Walk 4 Morar Beach Walk
Spend as long as you like beachcombing, observing a huge variety of birdlife, or just ambling along the silver sands of Morar, one of Scotland's finest beaches

Price for this itinerary
£350 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

Combine your stay at Mallaig with stays at Knoydart and the nearby islands of RumEigg, and Skye.


A typical small west coast island, Eigg was bought a few years ago by the local community from the former owner, and the its population of 70 or so people are fighting to ensure the future prosperity of their island. There are no Hotels or restaurant on the island, so you can enjoy home cooking every night(included in price). The atmosphere is informal and relaxed, and you may have the chance to be part of one of the impromptu island meals and celidhs at the village hall. The walking is varied and can be quite dramatic. Walks include the Sgurr of Eigg (see photograph), high cliffs above isolated Atlantic beaches, and more gentle walks to places of local historic interest. One of the shorter walks can usually be managed on the day of your arrival or departure, depending on the ferry schedule.


Accommodation on Eigg
(overlooked by "The Sgurr")

Typical Itinerary on Eigg (3 Nights)

Transfer from Mallaig by boat to the harbour at Eigg (population 70), by minibus to your accommodation. Home cooked meals included each evening. Choose from the following walks at different parts of the island
Walk 1 The Sgurr of Eigg (7m, 11k, but steep)
The highest point of the island, providing fantastic views of the mainland and all the nearby islands,. The top looks inaccessible from the harbour, but can be reached quite easily if your are fit, by our suggested route
Day 3 Beinn Bhuidhe Walk (8m, 13k)
Onto a spectacular plateau with cliffs on three sides, and a descent to the "singing sands" of Laig.
Day 4 The Massacre and Cathedral Caves (4m, 6.5k)
A walk through meadows and clifftops to these important sites in local history

Price for this itinerary
£280 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

Incorporate your time on Eigg with a few days on the mainland, including Knoydart and the other islands of Rum, and Skye


Sometimes called Europe's last wilderness, Knoydart can only be reached on foot or by boat. It is a place for solitude by day, but with the chance to enjoy yourself at night. . You can enjoy a drink at the Forge Inn, which also serves meals, and where there are often informal sessions of traditional Scottish music. The suggested walks have been selected to provide an introduction to the area on routes that are accessible to all reasonably fit visitors.


On the Knoydart Mountains

Typical Itinerary on Knoydart (2 Nights)

Transfer from Mallaig by boat to the pier at Inverie. Your accommodation is close to the pier at Cara Gray's well appointed B&B in the village, or with a short transfer nearby. You can also enjoy great evening meals at the Old Forge Inn, mainland Britain's most remote public house.
Walk 1 Airor Circuit (16m, 26k)
A strenuous walk, but over good tracks most of the way. A twisting track into the mountains, a stroll by a delightful mountain stream, then back along the coast with views to Skye and Rum.
Walk 2 Loch an Dubh Lochain (6m, 10k)
A good path to a small loch in the heart of the mountains - return by the same route. Can be extended to Glen Barrisdale on the north of the peninsula (14m, 22.5k).

Price for this itinerary
£175 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

Your stay on Knoydart can be on its own or part of a holiday exploring the mainland's mountains and coastline, and the islands of EiggRum, and Skye.


A National Nature Reserve because of its unique unspoiled environment (there are only about 20 permanent inhabitants). You will stay in the castle formerly owned by a Victorian owner of the island. There is a great range of walks and spectacular wildlife including sea eagles and deer that you can almost reach out and touch.

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Skye from Kilmory, Rum

Typical Itinerary on Rum (3 Nights)

Transfer from Mallaig by boat to the harbour at the village of Kinloch on Rum. You will be met and taken to your accommodation at Kinloch Castle. Slightly more basic than our usual accommodation, but compensated for by the spectacular setting. Home cooked meals included each evening. Choose from the following walks on different parts of the island
Walk 1 Bloodstone Hill and Glen Guirdil (15m, 24k)
A strenuous walk, but can be cut short. An old pony path leads to the top of Bloodstone Hill. (1300 feet) Then down to remote Glen Guirdil with its wild goats and deer. Return by remote Glen Shellesder
Walk 2 Kilmory Walk (13m, 21k)
A good track all the way to a fabulous beach near which you can normally see a herd of deer. This particular herd is never culled, and it is often possible to approach much more closely than normal to these beautiful wild animals
Walk 3 Harris Walk (14m, 22.5k)
A good track passing below the lunar landscape of the Cuillin of Rum, ending at a ruined crofting settlement with spectacular views over the Atlantic

Price for this itinerary
£280 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

Combine your time on Rum with a few days on the mainland, including Knoydart and the other islands of Eigg, and Skye.