The whole of Scotland is steeped in a rich history which can be as exciting as the landscape itself. The West Highlands have been the backdrop to some of the more notable, and sometimes even more notorious, political and cultural events which have shaped the development of Scotland since the end of the last ice-age some 10,000 years ago.
Brochs, crannogs, duns and vitrified hill forts, dating back to around 500 BC, are in evidence in Lochaber and while the castles and forts of the 13th-17th centuries may be relatively few and far between, many have played significant and often pivotal roles during their periods of occupation.
A law enacted by the government of the day in the late 17th century to root out the Gaelic language may be the principal reason for why not many more than 1% of the Scottish population speak it today. However, and despite this, it has retained its significance in many of the place names to be found across Scotland. Just as an archeologist aims to establish the history of an area by studying the physical evidence left behind, a knowledge of Gaelic place names not only gives a better understanding of the cultures and society of the people of this time but it also adds another dimension to the Scottish landscape by bringing it to life with a breadth and deep of meaningful discriptions.
Wildlife, History & Geology Experiences
Our daily excursions mostly involve easy walking but any extra efforts will be amply rewarded with views of some spectacular places brought to life before your very eyes courtesy of the intriguing stories of times past.
At the same time as listening to and learning about the amazing history of the people who lived and died in this wild yet romantic landscape you will have the chance to catch sight of Scotland's native wildlife as well as understand more about how the Highland landscape came to be.