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Girls' own Scottish adventures

Posted in SPORTS & ACTIVITIES By Maggie O' Sullivan

Adventure operator Wilderness Scotland is introducing a range of guided women-only trips this year. From sea kayaking among the Summer Isles to hiking the West Highland Way, the trips are designed to encourage more women to walk, cycle, mountain bike and kayak in a non-competitive atmosphere. Here are four of the adventures on offer.Wilderness walking on The West Highland Way This week-long guided walk takes on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail, stretching 95 miles from Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, all the way to Fort William and winding through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. Highlights include a climb up Conic Hill for fantastic views over Loch Lomond, a detour to see the carved stone seat said to contain the sword of Robert the Bruce, and a steep ascent of the ‘Devil’s Staircase’. Departs 2 September 2019; from £1,545 per person sharing.Road Cycling in Skye and the Inner Hebrides With cycling on the quiet island roads, this route goes from the Isle of Mull, through the wilds of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the fabled Isle of Skye. Highlights include cycling to the Isle of Iona and exploring its ancient abbey, stopping off at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for a picnic lunch, and a tour of Talisker Distillery. Departs 18 May 2019; from £1,795 per person sharing. Sea Kayaking in the Summer Isles The five-night guided sea kayaking trail explores this little-known archipelago of deserted islands, wild coastlines and white-sand beaches. Paddling in crystal-clear waters, spotting whales and dolphins and camping in beautiful, remote spots in spectacular coastal locations, this is sea kayaking at its finest. Departs 22 June 2019; from £925 per person, including five nights’ wild camping in single tents (unless travelling with a partner).Mountain Biking Coast to Coast Starting in Aberdeen and covering 375km and 7,000m of ascents and descents, this is the UK’s ultimate coast-to-coast mountain bike ride and perfect for women looking to mountain bike in a safe and non-competitive environment. The trails are varied, ranging from flowing single track and rocky and challenging mountain passes to mellow forest fire road. Departs 8 June 2019;  from £1,695 per person sharing. 

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