Wild at heart

The Scottish Highlands and islands are some of Europe’s wildest reaches. Three billion years of Earth’s history is recorded in its ancient rocks and weathered mountain ranges. It's a land of outstanding natural beauty that has long captivated adventurers, conjuring feelings that have fed into literature and folklore for many, many years.

Shoulder to shoulder with Cookson Adventures, you can sail around its intricately-carved coastline and the far-reaching Hebrides. Fly around castles in a helicopter or count puffin populations in a sea kayak. Evenings can be drawn to a close with a three-course meal on a river bank, cooked with ingredients you foraged earlier that day alongside your chef.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to island-hopping. Islay, known for its eight whisky distilleries, is the breeding ground for over 100 species of birds such as golden eagles, guillemots and barnacle geese. Before bird spotting and a toast to the island’s finest, board a RIB boat and journey to the magnificent Corryvreckan whirlpool. This is the third-largest whirlpool in the world, and one that has harbour porpoises and seals regularly passing by.

Next, you could head to the uninhabited island of Staffa, where eerie sounds reminiscent of a cathedral rise from Fingal’s Cave. Formed from hexagonally-jointed basalt columns, this sea cave echoes with the natural acoustics of waves crashing against it, reflecting off its high-arched roof. By kayak, explore this landmark while searching for the puffins that line the island’s rocky shores.

Contact our expert team today and see where it takes you.

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