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    Uncover the secret sides of Ireland and Scotland few visitors ever see…

    The Emerald Isle and Scottish Highlands are brimming with iconic landmarks (a.k.a tourist traps). But what about those of us who want more than a pint of Guinness or a bite of haggis? Wilderness Scotland  (Europe’s No. 1 Rated Adventure Travel Company) and sister company  Wilderness  Ireland  offer Tailor Made trips designed by locals and delivered by local legends—making them a great way to discover the essence of a place in a way that few visitors have access to.

    From enjoying a moonlight paddle in Yeats Country—home to unparalleled star gazing—to uncovering the secrets of the Loch Ness Monster to rappelling off sea stacks, Wilderness’ Tailor Made adventures unearth the true character of the destination.

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Ireland and Scotland with these one-of-a-kind experiences:

    Photo by Garrick Sangil

    Go Glamping in Yeats Country

    On a camping expedition in Sligo, Ireland, hike the breathtaking lakes, mountains, beaches and waterfalls that once inspired many of the great works of the Nobel Prize winning writer, W. B. Yeats. As the sun sets, hop in a kayak for a nighttime paddle on the “Lake Isle of Inisfree” to a private island. Leap onto the sand where a forested paradise awaits, along with a night of glamping in one of the world’s premier stargazing destinations. But first, enjoy wood-fired pizzas al fresco, while a local expert shares in the tales and legends of the area.

    Dates & prices available upon request.

    Photo By Christopher Rusev

    Hunt for Nessie with a Career Monster Tracker

    While Scotland is known for its legends and fables, none are quite as famous as the Loch Ness Monster. While considered by some as folklore, the storied creature has been likened by scientists to a plesiosaur that dates back to the end of the last ice age. To unearth the history of the mystical creature, meet Adrian Shine, a naturalist and researcher, for a private boat ride as he shares his insider knowledge after years of studying Nessie. You’ll fly across the waters of Loch Ness, one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK, as you search for this elusive creature.

    Dates & prices available upon request.

    Photo by Megan Sanford

    Spend the Night in Your Own Private Castle

    Nestled in the countryside on 500-acres lies a palace straight out of a fairytale—Aldourie Castle—and it’s easily bookable for a private rental for you and your closest 20 friends with Wilderness Scotland. This rare experience is set on the shores of Loch Ness, where well-tended courtyards, 16th-century gardens and horseback riding can be found as you stroll vast woodland grounds. For a closer look at the garden’s soaring pergolas, meet with your private guide for a tour, while keeping eyes peeled for deer, sea eagles and even basking sharks—the world’s second-largest fish. Stop for a tour at a world-famous malt whisky distillery to sip the Scottish ‘Water of Life,’ or hop in a sea kayak to observe the ruins of nearby Urquhart Castle from the water.

    Dates & prices available upon request.

    Photo Courtesy of Hunter Brumels

    Cast a Line with an Expert Ghillie

    Grab your waders and wellies for an unforgettable fishing experience with one of Scotland’s most knowledgeable fishing expeditioners. Take to the Highlands to uncover the locals’ best-kept fishing spots along the River Tay in Perthshire. Here, anglers can find the country’s most iconic species—Atlantic salmon—along with pike, rainbow trout and pollock. Cheers to the catch of the day with a glass of distilled whisky on the riverbank.

    Dates & prices available upon request.

    Climb a Sea Stack High Above the Atlantic

    Photo Courtesy of Steije Hillewaert

    Head to what Ireland’s Donegal County calls “the most climbable rocks in Ireland” to unearth a secret spot where you’ll be suspended above the Atlantic waves for an adrenaline-fueled climb!  But first, visit one of the area’s most remote spots to meet the local Gaelic-speaking characters who call the area home. They’ll guide you through the history of the separation between Northern and Southern Ireland, the basic knowledge of the Gaelic language and their local traditions. Then, you’ll be whisked away to a tiny island, where you’ll climb to the top of a sea stack, then rappel down the steep cliffside high above ocean waves.

    Dates & prices available upon request.

    For more information on Wilderness Ireland and Wilderness Scotland’s Tailor Made adventures and bookings, please visit www.wildernessireland.com/tailor-made-holidays or www.wildernessscotland.com/private-tours/tailor-made-holidays, or call 1-844-235-6240.

    Photo Courtesy of Paul Green

    About Wilderness Scotland & Wilderness Ireland

    Wilderness Scotland, established in 2001, is rated Europe’s No.1 Rated Adventure Travel Company by National Geographic and is Scotland’s only five-star accredited adventure tour operator. In 2012, its outpost Wilderness Ireland was launched. Offering an unrivaled range of small-group departures, self-guided trips and custom vacations, Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness Ireland lead the way in active and nature-based travel to the remote and wild corners of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the North of England. Popular outdoor experiences include hiking, road cycling and kayaking. Wildlife, cultural, photography and sailing adventures are also available.

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    Connie

    Member: The International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance

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