Just around the coast from the Eden community on Ardnamurchan lies the equally remote Knoydart Peninsula. A simple but comfortable alpine-style lodge with single rooms is the base for some challenging guided walks over the Knoydart passes and around the stunning islands of Eigg and Rum. Most days start with a boat ride, a chance to see whales and dolphins and a take in the spectacular coastline.
Wilderness Scotland (01479 420020; wildernessscotland.com) has full-board weeks for £1,295 from April to September.
Northern Lights in Finland
Novices can try leading a dogsledding team, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in Finland’s Oulanka National Park. A sighting of the Northern Lights is virtually guaranteed. The bas itself a very comfortable wooden lodge (group size averages 15) with the option of a night staying in an igloo. is