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Who dares feasts on this luxury Scottish wilderness adventure break

This October you’ll be able to take a luxury wilderness break in the Scottish Highlands that combines high adventure with fine dining.

Wildnis, founded by ex-British Army Majors, combines adrenaline fuelled activities, like packrafting and abseiling, with a unique fine dining basecamp experience, guests treated to open-fire feasts from a Michelin-standard chef.

Calling upon their military experiences, from Royal Marine Commando training to leading the British Army’s wildlife protection programme in Africa, the Wildnis Team will shepherd small groups across the Highlands in restored Land Rover Defenders.

Wildnis combines adrenaline fuelled activities, like packrafting and abseiling, with a unique fine dining basecamp…

Adventure holidays get a luxury twist

The Scottish Highland tour is the first expedition to be launched, but the portfolio will also include guided trips to Norfolk and Cornwall, for those seeking sand and sea. Common to all will be the Wildnis luxury basecamp and foodie treats. 

“Wildnis takes the time, stress and uncertainty out of planning your adventures,” says co-founder Alex Gay. “We want to change the perception of living outdoors, and show you that adventure and isolation doesn’t have to mean discomfort. For some, the idea of living outside for four days is pretty daunting, but our expert team of guides and chefs will make your adventure into the wild an unforgettable and luxurious experience.”

Working up an appetite

Those that sign up will be collected at Edinburgh railway station (although Glasgow pick-ups also possible) and taken to briefing and kit sessions. The experience begins in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where guests will be guided to the summit of Ben A’an. 

After abseiling and climbing on its flanks, guests descend to Glen Finglas Reservoir and packrafts, used to reach the far bank and their glamping-style bell tent. After a night’s basecamp in Glen Etive, the adventure continues with scrambling along the Aonach Eagach ridgeline and a sea kayaking trip in Arisaig. Then it’s off to a quarry to try a front abseil. Like you do.

In search of a Scottish seafood platter

Every evening guests are treated to gourmet meal prepared by Wildnis’ private chef, Tom Byrom. A sous chef at the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor by the age of 20, Byrom’s menus promise to use the best of local produce. On the menu are whole grouse ‘porcetta’, venison shoulder with a foraged nettle sauce and a Scottish seafood platter. 

If all this awakens your inner Bear Grylls, a 4-night expedition, including all activities and meals, costs from £3,000pp sharing. Departures are planned for October 15 or Spring 2021. More details about upcoming Wildnis holidays can be found here.

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