We paused along Loch Morar for a photo of the team. From left to right: Frieda Bos, Nigel Scriven, John Fisher, Lesley Bryce, Richard Kermode, Bill Archibald, Karen Mitchell, Stewart Richardson and Tim Hamlet.
We hava had our team weekend in Morar, the last weekend of February. We spend the time exchanging experiences, looking forward to the 2016 and 2017 holidays and potential changes in the holidays and walks, refreshing our first aid skills. Best of all was going out exploring 2 walks of our new Morar & Skye luxury walking tour. The weather was excellent and we were very well looked after at Arisaig House.
Walk along the Sound of Arisaig
First aid refresher above the Camusdarch Beach
Sunset above Eigg
Along Loch Morar
Luxury adventure booms again in Scotland’s highlands and islands. About Argyll Walking Holidays joins with Scotland’s great country house hotels to put real luxury into our walking holidays. Or perhaps we should say ‘put real luxury back into highland walking holidays’...after all, the Victorian gentlemen and ladies who first toured the highlands’ deer forests, and climbed its wildest mountains and highest cliffs, liked to live well, and they spent their highland evenings, in lodge or hotel, in the manner to which they were accustomed. They ate very well and drank very well in surroundings of ultimate comfort. Many modern tourists want exactly the same for themselves after their day’s explorations...and About Argyll Walking Holidays is determined to make sure that they can get it.
Luxury means much more than great accommodation of course. It means getting to see those special out of the way places that most visitors miss, and About Argyll’s guides go out of their way to enhance the holiday experience. You want to know more about the place you’re visiting? They can tell you about it. You need moments for reflection? You will get them. Such personal attention, together with due diligence in planning and preparation, is integral to About Argyll's philosophy and their partner hotels. They know that quality is the way forward for tourism in Scotland and are determined to be part of its great future. We have 3 luxury hiking tours in our holiday programme: Highland Perthshire, Argyll & the Isles; the Isles of Arran, Islay & Jura and Morar & the Isle of Skye. Click here for details.
As from 2016, we no longer schedule our walking holiday of the Shetland Isle, but we are happy to add it to our holiday programme again if you would like to do this holiday and are with 4 or more people. You can also do this holiday as a private guided walking holiday of course.
This holiday offers longer walks of 6 to 10 miles a day. The holiday includes walks at Fitful Head, Nesting, the remote tidal island of Uyea in Northmavine with its sandy beach and turquoise waters, Yell, Papa Stour and the red granite island of Muckle Roe. All are coastal walks full of interest.
Shetland is a unique place with long hours of daylight, beautiful landscapes, abundant wildlife and a rich cultural heritage. We pride ourselves on exploring those parts of Shetland which few other walking holiday operators visit.
When John Fisher started About Argyll Walking Holidays in 1995 he designed the logo with an eagle and “About Argyll” in a font with a Gaelic feel; and this logo served us well while we developed the business. Our first priority was, and is, to establish About Argyll as a guided walking holiday tour operator that offers high quality hiking tours and walking holidays all over Scotland; most of them in Argyll, the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.
About Argyll introduced the first walking tour in 2004; a two-base holiday offering a mixture of easier walks and visits to places of interest. These tours proved to be extremely popular, and in 2012 we launched our first luxury hiking tour to Perthshire, Argyll and the Isles. To meet the growing demand for our walking tours we have added a new luxury tour for 2016, which will give walkers the opportunity to explore Morar and the Isle of Skye.
Tailor-made private guided hiking tours are now a major part of our offerings and, as with our scheduled holidays, your guide will take you to quiet, remote corners that can only be reached on foot, enabling you to enjoy the solitude of Scotland's secret places. This can be for yourself, a party of friends, or even a larger group on an educational hiking tour. As with our scheduled holidays all aspects of the holiday are planned in detail in advance, so your guide can concentrate on the daily programme knowing that everything else is already taken care of.
After 20 years, we felt it was time for a new logo that more clearly illustrates what it is we do, and which also reflects the quality of our walking holidays and hiking tours. And what better time to unveil it than on our 20th anniversary?
So, it is goodbye to our eagle; you have served us well over the past 20 years - and welcome the footprint.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme has once again given About Argyll Walking Holidays a Gold Award for their environmental management of the business.
About Argyll holds a Gold Award since 2009, and during this year's audit the business received again a higher score for its performance as a sustainable tourism operation. The audit report says: “About Argyll continues and partially consolidates a strong GOLD Green Tourism award at this visit as the business is run with a very strong sustainable thread at every level with considered decisions made when choosing suppliers, transport and accommodation for the trips offered. Highlights included strong community involvement, ethical outdoor clothing, good cleaners, excellent use of the Green Tourism logo and well qualified guides. A Carbon offset is also available for guests when booking to off set emissions from their holiday. Overall a strong performance which should be commended.“
Frieda Bos is extremely pleased with the latest audit. “Following John Muir’s inspiring example, we are dedicated to preserving and promoting the value of Scotland's wild areas by doing our best to reduce the environmental impact of our walking holidays and ensuring the long-term sustainability of tourism in the area. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are one of Britain and Europe's last wildernesses, and we share with all who live or visit here a responsibility to protect and conserve their fragile ecosystems.“