Guided Walk: Our Back Door

Activity Overview

What to Expect From ‘Oor Back Door’ Guided Walk

– Visit the stunning Reelig Glen with the Tall Tree trail and Upper Reelig’s amazing beech forest.
– Get off the beaten track and explore iron-age fort sites, a lovely woodland hill top walk and great views. A hidden gem you will not find in any guide book!
– Enjoy fresh air, exercise and the company of your expert local walking guide (and his gorgeous dog!)

We’ll collect you in Inverness

We will collect you at your Inverness city centre accommodation around 09.30 for your hassle-free small group walking tour experience in the wonderful Highlands.

Reelig Glen

A 20 minute scenic drive takes us out of the city and along the southern shore of the Beauly Firth. Our first stop is a gentle hike (2km / 60m ascent) around the stunning Reelig Glen, this is a lovely walk along the Moniack Burn and is called The Fairy Glen by the locals. The glen is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its amazing array of mosses and lichens and is home to some of the tallest trees in Britain. After visiting the folly, we cross the river and head up hill through the treetops to a section of magical open beech woodland now managed by the local community. Feel the crunch and shuffle of copper beech leaves as we descend some rough steps back to the car park.

A hidden gem that you won’t find in a guide book

Driving for around 5 minutes we now head right into the heart of the In Your Element back yard. This hidden gem of a highland walk really is a delight and never in any guide book. This walk has such a variety of different highland scenes, created by a bewitching array of heathers, woodland, ferns, rocky outcrops and cascading streams. This area is home to red kites, buzzards, red squirrels, badgers and several types of deer so keep your eyes and ears open as we hike.

Views of the hills and the Beauly Firth

Up through the pine woodland up to the forest track we will head to a hilltop for wonderful views of Ben Wyvis, mountain ranges to the west and down the Beauly Firth towards Inverness. After a picnic lunch of lovely hot home-made soup and yummy local produce we will continue down and through various highland scenes and visiting one of the three iron-age fort sites in this location. This highland location so close to Inverness provides a wonderful guided walk/hike through the trees to totally immerse ourselves in nature and gulp in the fresh air.

Why book with In Your Element?

  • Small groups (max 8 guests)
  • Led by a qualified mountain walk leader
  • Collected from your city centre accommodation
  • Includes lunch of hot freshly made soup, oatcakes and local cheeses (dietary requirements catered for).
Inverness & Loch Ness
Not applicable.
(Minimum) £400
6 hours
November - March
12 Years


Difficulty Grading – Moderate.  Forest walks through undulating terrain on a mixture of forest road and rough informal paths. Includes one stiff climb of 150m to reach the viewpoints.

What to Bring Along

What’s not included?

  • Drinks or snacks that you may choose to purchase from a shop or café en route.
  • Walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, walking poles. These can all be hired from us for a small additional fee if you do not have your own. Please see ‘Optional Extras’ on check-out.

What’s Included

What’s Included?

  • Transport from Inverness city centre
  • Services of a qualified driver/walking guide
  • A light lunch of home-made soup, oatcakes, and other local produce
  • Use of a small day rucksack for carrying small items such as phones and waterproofs


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A Guide to Midges in Scotland

If you’re planning to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes this summer, it’s advised to take precautions against attracting midges and other insects. Learn where to expect them and how best to avoid getting bitten.

FAQS about Midges

What are midges? 

Small two-winged flies which often from swarms or clouds. There are a number of different species of midge, some of which partly feed off nectar in addition to the blood of animals and sometimes humans.

Which type of midge lives in Scotland?

The Highland midge. It’s found throughout the British isles, northern Europe and even northern China.

Are midges like mosquitos? 

No. While midges might look like mosquitos close up and suck blood, they are not mosquitos and do not spread malaria.

What do midge bites look like?

Small red dots which can develop into itchy, painful swellings and even blisters.

Are midge bites serious?

Midge bites are harmless but if the skin around the bite becomes broken it could become infected.

How do midges detect their prey? The midge locates its prey by picking up carbon dioxide exhaled into the atmosphere.

Did you know? Only the female midge bites!

Where are the midge hotspots Scotland?

The west of the Highlands, islands and parts of the Cairngorms. They are also found in Perthshire and Argyll.

At what time of day are midges most active?

At dawn or dusk. They also like damp, clammy days with overcast skies and little wind.

At what time of year are midges most common? 

From May to October.

Where are midges found?

Midges love humid and damp conditions as well as shady spots. Marshlands, grasslands, forests and woodlands, the banks of rivers, ponds and lochs; all are magnets for midges.

At what time of day are midges most active?

At dawn or dusk. They also like damp, clammy days with overcast skies and little wind.

What can you do about them?

We advise buy a midge-head net and possibly buy some insect repellent too, e.g. check the Smidge website.  Midges won’t generally bother you during activities, but if they are around, you may bump into them if you are standing waiting, changing clothes, or resting during an activity.

Participation in In Your Element outdoor activities carries a small risk of injury.  That is unavoidable and something that all participants must accept prior to booking. Although we put a number of measures in place to protect customers, you might still twist your ankle or fall of your bike.

As a company we take a number of steps to minimise the risk of injury to our staff and customers:

  • Our instructors and guides are all fully-trained in the activities they are delivering, and must undergo not only activity-specific training, but also venue-specific training.
  • In Your Element has a comprehensive Safety Procedures and Risk Assessment Document, which is updated on an ongoing basis and audited externally by the activty licencing authority.
  • All our instructors are first-aid trained.
  • Prior to all activity sessions, participants are given a safety briefing and where required, coaching.
  • If weather is looking rubbish, we’ll consider the resulting risk of continnuing with an activity session.
  • We have industry-leading liability insurance should a serious injury ever occur.

In Your Element has an excellent record for safety, so you should feel assured that you are in good hands,  If you do sprain your ankle or get a scrape or 2, we’ll be able to help out where required. However, the odd minor bump or bruise is often a sign that you’ve had a great time and shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

We offer a several activities and have a variety of booking terms in conditions.  You will be given the opportunity to read these prior to booking, so please take the time to do that so you know what’s what.

In general though:

  • You have up until 48 hours before booking to cancel a scheduled activity session that is booked online – this might be TreeZone, a canoe tour, archery or axe-throwing session.
  • For private group bookings, the cut-off point for a refund is 4 weeks prior to the booking date unless we can find replacement business.  There are some extenuating circumstances, but you should bear this in mind when booking.
  • Multi-day Adventuers Holiday typically have a cut-off point of 6 weeks prior to the booking date.


One of the great things about Scotland is that it rains regularly.  That means we don’t often have water shortages like some other countries!

So, it it’s raining all you need to do is bring a waterproof coat.  It might be worth bringing a change of clothes for afterwards if your legs and feet get wet.

We’ll only cancel an activity session when we feel it will be dangerous to continue.  Think flooded river gorges or swollen rivers.  We might also cancel if there is thunder and lightning forecast or strong winds.  If there are blizzards on the way, that sometimes causes issues too!

Safety is always out first priority, so if we think there is a risk, we will cancel and refund your booking or offer you the chance to reschedule.

So, in short…. remember your waterproof and embrace the precipitation!

Generally speaking, you won’t need any specialist clothing or equipment, but where you do, we will provide it for you.

As a rule of thumb, wear clothing suitable for outdoor activity.

  • So, ideally synthetic/ sporty/ merino clothing, but not cotton/ denim as it stays wet if it gets wet.  Think layers – so you can add or remove as required.
  • Remember to bring waterproofs – it is Scotland afterall.
  • Hats for the cold or the sun.
  • Shades so you look good!
  • Suitable shoes – ideally robust outdoorsy trainers or boots.
  • You might want to bring a midge head net (mainly for late June, to early September).  You won’t always need one of these but they can save the day sometimes.
  • For water-based activities, bring a towel.
  • Water bottle and a snack.

If there’s anything else you need on the day we will let you know when you book.

As a mobile activity company, In Your Element is in the enviable position of being able to offer activity experiences just about anywhere across Scotland.

Although there are a large number of scheduled activity sessions in fixed locations at fixed times we can also offer tailor-made experiences at many other venues and locations.

Our Main Activity Locations are:

  • Aviemore
  • Inverness & Loch Ness
  • Fort William
  • Loch Lomond (Including Forest Holidays Argyll & Forest Holidays Strathyre)
  • Loch Tay Highland Lodges

If you’re not intending to visit one of the areas mentioned, don’t despair. As a mobile activity company, we may be able to bring an activity to a location near you.

We know of lots of venues across Scotland but can also come to your exclusive use venue or accommodation if there are suitable grounds, perhaps use a park nearby or even your garden.

If you have an event in mind and are looking for group activities, get in touch and we can advise on the what, where, and how.

Medical Conditions

We are not able to give medical advice so we recommend checking with your doctor before you book.

I live with a disability. Will I still be able to take part?”

That depends a lot on the type and severity of the disability you live with.  We will always try our best to accommodate people and so far we have had an amazing variety of people who have successfully participated in many of our activities. However, if you are at all unsure, it is best to get in touch before coming along, to discuss things in more detail.

TreeZone Treetop Adventures

We have some more information for you at our Aviemore and Loch Lomond courses, and if you want to come and have a look around before you book to get a clearer idea of what TreeZone entails, then pop in and we’ll happily show you around and discuss your needs.

Alternatively, contact us to chat with us.

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