Guided Walking Holidays in Scotland

Thistle Trekking provides guided walking holidays in Scotland and around the rest of the UK, including on the West Highland WayCape Wrath Trail and The Skye Trail.

With a decade’s experience of providing guided walking holidays, we have everything in place to help you enjoy Scotland’s trails, hills and mountains.

Our include friendly qualified guides, accommodation, luggage transfers, vehicle support and much more besides. All our guided treks give you the luxury of enjoying the walk without having to worry about organising all the details. Each trek is staffed with a walking guide and a trek manager to ensure everything runs smoothly. This means you can just enjoy the trail and let us do all the worrying for you!

Our Guides and Groups

Our guides will not only help keep you on track, but also share their love and knowledge of the trail.
Each has their own area of interest, whether that be Scotland’s geology, nature, environment or history, and will delight in sharing this with you. Our trek managers will drive the support vehicle, know all the best places to eat and drink in the evenings, and have the local knowledge to make the logistics of a group trek run smoothly. They are all qualified UK Mountain Leaders and certified outdoor first aiders, and crucially love sharing long-distance trails with our walkers.

Our treks and walking holidays are an ideal way for individuals to join a friendly group and enjoy a shared experience, on trails such as the West Highland Way. Every year we welcome solo travellers, couples, families and friends into our open group guided treks and walking holidays.

We have packages designed for you on Scotland’s best long-distance trails and mountain areas. We visit England and Wales for trekking holidays on our favourite routes south of the border as well. Each year we also provide walking holidays for private groups. These are setup on a bespoke basis and tailored to the requirements of your group.

Our Most Popular Guided Walking Holidays

The West Highland Way - Above Rannoch Moor
The West Highland Way
Cape Wrath Trail
The Cape Wrath Trail
Skye Trail Group with the Cuillin Ridge in the Background
The Skye Trail

Our Most Popular Hillwalking and Mountaineering Holidays

As well as trekking packages we have guided hillwalking holidays as well. We visit some iconic Scottish mountains and incredible landscapes.

Lochnagar & Upper Deeside
Lochnagar & Upper Deeside
Torridon Giants
Torridon Giants
Suilven ridge
Assynt & Sutherland

Why Book With Thistle Trekking

At Thistle Trekking we understand how important it is to make sure that your guided walking holiday is well organised, stress-free and on a beautiful trail. We also pride ourselves on making sure your whole experience with us is friendly, fun and a holiday you will never forget! Many of our customers come back to us year after year and welcomed back each time as friends.

All of our long-distance walking holidays include a trek manager, accommodation, baggage transfer, and a support vehicle – so you can skip a section of the trail if you need to. Also, you will of course have a qualified guide (UK Mountain Leader or higher) with you on every day of the trail.

Guided West Highland Way above Loch Lomond
Guided West Highland Way group at the top of The Devil's Staircase
Sunny day on The Cape Wrath Trail guided walking holiday
Group photo Loch Lomond on The West Highland Way guided walking holiday

Customer Comments

I’ve done trips with many outdoor companies during the past 40 years. Thistle Trekking stands among the best of these businesses in my experience. I recommend them without hesitation.

Sam M

I have had a fabulous week and cannot think of a single thing that would improve it, not like me but I am genuinely lost for something to moan about!

Jayne W

The perfect combination of nature, friendship, sport, culture, landscapes and fun. It was good organisation and a wonderful guide. We had beautiful holidays and we made good friends!

Anna F

I have to say, because of Thistle Trekking, it has given me a new lease of life, thank you

David B

I think you have got it dead right and it works very well

Graham B

It was excellent and would not hesitate in booking another trip.

Alex G

Meet The Team

Thistle Trekking was created by a qualified Mountain Leader, who has a passion for trekking all over the world. We have a small team of guides who all share a real understanding of your needs and desires. Together we do everything we can to make your Scottish walking holiday special. Read more about us here.

Scarlet, Thistle Trekking's Founder and Guide
Ollie with climbing rucksack
Rosie on a summit above the clouds
Photo of Harry relaxing
Photo of David, Thistle Trekking's Managing Director
Photo of John, Mountain Leader
Harvey Maps Working Together
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