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Perthshire In Style Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walking in Highland Perthshire, staying in stylish 4-star properties.
  • Exploring Blair Castle and the beautiful Atholl Estate, one of Scotland’s finest.
  • Dining each evening in exceptional Highland hotels.
  • Visiting Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery at Edradour.
  • Soaking up the views over rolling hills, mountains, rivers and forests.

Highland Perthshire is the Scotland you dream of, turreted castles framed by hills of purple heather, clear streams, dark tree lined lochs, kilted private armies and whisky distilleries.

Varied walks immerse you in the fabric of the landscape. Explore beautifully manicured highland estates, wild woodland bursting with plant and animal life, tranquil loch and riverside walks and wide open moorland with endless views.

Our hand picked authentic highland hotels will delight you in every way. Cosy bedrooms decorated in impeccable highland country style. Chefs who really believe that fine food starts with local produce and source game, meat and fish from the surrounding hills.

Day 1: Arrive Pitlochry. Transfer to Killiecrankie

As you step off the train in Killiecrankie you know that you are in the Highlands. The mountains of Perthshire surround you and the crisp fresh air is tonic for the soul.


Overnight: Killiecrankie Hotel, Killiecrankie


Day 2: Transfer to Blair Castle, walk to Killiecrankie

A short transfer after breakfast brings you to the magnificent Blair Castle and Atholl Estates. Enjoy an optional guided tour of Blair Castle, quite literally a walk through history and then perhaps a walk through the gardens and estate on one of six way marked trails.


Blair Castle is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating from the 13th century, its history extends over some 740 years, and it is still home to Europe’s last private army, The Atholl Highlanders.


Walk through ancient mixed woodland via the Pass of Killiecrankie back to your hotel, knowing that a roaring fire and wee dram will be waiting for you.


Walk: Atholl Estate walks of 1-12.5m, plus 4-6.5m from Blair Castle to Killiecrankie 


Overnight: Killiecrankie Hotel, Killiecrankie


Day 3: River Garry & Loch Faskally walk

Set off from the hotel laden with a mouth watering picnic for a superlative day of walking. A sheltered riverside path through ancient forest, which is particularly spectacular in autumn, leads to Garry Bridge. The Linn on Tummel, which was visited by Queen Victorian in 1844, is perfect for spotting leaping salmon.


Continue over the Coronation Bridge past the Priest’s stone to Loch Faskally. A tranquil stroll alongside the loch and River Garry is the ideal time for bird watching and plant spotting and takes you back to Killiecrankie.


Walk: 8.5-9.5 Miles 


Overnight: Killiecrankie Hotel


Day 4: Walk to Pitlochry

The easy option takes you on an easy forest road, bordered by clumps of buddleia and with great views over the golf course, to Moulin. More adventurous walkers, who tackle the Bealach route, will be rewarded with some of the best views in Scotland. The path climbs quickly onto open moorland, where you are likely to encounter red deer and grouse, to the Bealach.


A diversion to the summit of Ben Vrackie will tempt peak baggers before descending through woodland to Moulin. The village of Moulin dates back to 3000BC and some 2000 years ago, was a Pictish town of such importance that it was protected by a double circle of outlying forts, and was probably the Capital of the Province of Atholl.


Today it is home to the Moulin Inn & Brewery, established in 1695, 50 years before the Jacobite Rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. One of the very best traditional pubs in Scotland, there is no better place for lunch. A short walk brings you to the bustling town of Pitlochry and your hotel.


Walk: 6.5 miles 


Overnight: Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry


Days 5-6: Pitlochry walks

Pitlochry is a delightful town of Victorian buildings nestled into the Perthshire countryside. A number of gentle walks radiate from the town. One of our favourites is the picturesque woodland walk to Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest and possibly one of its most picturesque.


The distillery offers tastings and tours which bring the art of whisky making alive. The walk follows rushing burns, high waterfalls and if you tread quietly you should see some wildlife.


A number of other walks are available ranging from 3-7 miles, all of which offer something different. A lazy afternoon wander around Pitlochry, with perhaps a stop at a local tea or souvenir shop is the perfect way to end your time in Perthshire.


Walk: 3 - 12 Miles 


Overnight: Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry


Day 7: Depart Pitlochry

Pitlochry is on the main rail and bus routes from Central Scotland to Inverness and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness are all easily accessible.

 






Accommodation


One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. You will stay 6 nights in lovely 4-star country house style properties.

Occasionally the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary may be fully booked, in which case we would offer alternative hotels. We will of course let you know if this is the case.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.  This trip is available to solo walkers and again a supplement is payable for the single room and as some of the costs are not then shared between two people.


Meals


You will stay on a half board basis; 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners are included; evening meals are freshly prepared using  local seasonal produce where possible.

 



Killiecrankie Hotel



Killiecrankie Hotel

Killiecrankie House was originally built as a private country residence for a local Church minister in 1840. It was converted into an hotel in 1939 and is now a family run hotel owned by Henrietta Fergusson. Stay in a standard room (upgrades available at a supplement).


 

 

 


 

 

 



Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry



Knochendarroch Hotel - Pitlochry

Knockendarroch Hotel
The welcoming and luxurious Knockendarroch Hotel offers a secluded retreat with wonderful views across Pitlochry to the surrounding hills. Stay in a classic room (upgrades available at a supplement).


 

 

 

Availability

This tour is available from March to November, to start on any day of the week. 


Time of Year

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better and the midges have not yet appeared. Although having walked in Perthshire at all times of the year we believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a solo supplement payable. A limited number of single rooms are also available. There is a supplement payable for this.


Grade

This trip is graded easy to moderate. You can choose from a number of walks each day and do as much or as little walking as you choose.


Navigation

The walks are generally well way marked and our comprehensive route notes will guide you every step of the way. Some basic map reading skills are required for the more challenging walks.


Baggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred between hotels as per your itinerary so you only have to walk with a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to and from Pitlochry

Pitlochry is 70 miles north of Edinburgh on the main transport route through the Highlands. By car the journey from Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. The village has excellent public transport connections and is served by 3-4 trains from Glasgow (1h45), Edinburgh (2h00) and (1h30) Inverness each day.


When planning your journey by public transport in Scotland we recommend the Traveline Scotland website.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 4 star country hotels.
  • 6 Breakfasts.
  • 6 Dinners.
  • 1 Picnic lunch.
  • Transfers from Pitlochry train station to hotel on Day 1 and from hotel to Blair Castle on Day 2.
  • Luggage transfer between hotels.
  • Maps, route notes and information pack.
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Travel to and from Pitlochry.
  • Lunches (excluding Day 3, where a picnic lunch is included from Killiecrankie).
  • Entrance fees and admission charges (e.g. Blair Castle and Edradour Distillery).
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Mountain rescue/emergency assistance.

Extras

  • Single room supplement.
  • Solo walker supplement.
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
  • Accommodation upgrades.

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the below answers useful.

How fit do I need to be?

The better your level of fitness the more you will enjoy the this trip, although you can choose from a variety of walks each day and make the hikes as easy or demanding as you wish. Most days involve between 3-5 hours walking, although shorter and longer options are available. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the hotels we use are extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. However, we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.  Your comprehensive info pack will have a kit list of things to bring with you. 

When is the best time of year?

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better and the midges have not yet appeared. Although having walked in Perthshire at all times of the year we believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.

What are the midges like?

Midges are small biting insects (much like north American knats) which are prevalent in the summer months. They are particularly bad on still, overcast days but do not bother you if you are moving, the wind is blowing, sun is shining, it’s raining, or you are inside so as long as you carry repellent for the odd occasion you may need it they shouldn’t have any impact on your experience.


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  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Great itinerary, wonderful rooms and food!
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

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    Comments about macs adventure Perthshire In Style:

    Great for people that love to walk/hike and have a nice meal at the end of the day.

     
    4.0

    Trails and walking were great

    By Napier fan

    from Maine US

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    • Poor Accommodations

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    Comments about macs adventure Perthshire In Style:

    Trail recommendations were excellent.
    Locations of lodging were excellent.
    Killiecrankie Hotel was wonderful !
    Macs staff (Caroline) was very helpful.

     
    4.0

    We Loved It!

    By Scott and GG

    from Sherman, Texas

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Poor Accommodations

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Perthshire In Style:

    We so enjoyed ourselves. Your walking recommendations were spot on. Our favorite walk was the 9 mi walk around the Blair Castle grounds. Just stunning.
    Second favorite walk was to Pitlochry, over the "gentle assent" path. Wish we could have done Ben'y Varakie, but just didn't have the stamina that day. Maybe next time....
    Our only complaint, the only reason I did not give you 5 stars were the accomendations at Atholl Arms in Blair Atholl.
    Our room was absolutely terrible!!!! Not clean, smelly; of must and mildew. Shower walls had mildew on them as did the shower curtain. Twin beds, in a worn out saggy room, with even worse mattresses. We did not complain. Not comfortable doing so, since we were entrusting them with our luggage after check out. The staff, in particular, a dark headed woman,were not very friendly or helpful. Did not show us to our room or assist us with struggling with our luggage up the stairs. An older blondish/whiteheaded woman on the last day was much nicer. I would rather to have had, to find our own dinners and stayed at B & B than to have stayed there. I have read reviews for the Atholl Arms on TripAdvisor and some are good reviews, with no complaints. It makes me wonder if they put Mac's clients in lesser rooms. It was not a superior room at all!
    As far as the other hotels. They were wonderful. The Killiecrankie Hotel was our favorite. Henrietta Ferguson knows what she is doing, in every possible way. She made us feel so welcome, her staff was superb.
    The Knochendargon (sp) was great also. Nice big comfortable room, clean, well taken care of. Very helpful staff. Helped arrange for taxis service for Pitlochry and when we returned to Edinburgh.
    Bottom line for us, the trip was a great success. Loved the walks, your packing recommendations were very helpful, just so enjoyed it.

     
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      Comments about macs adventure Perthshire In Style:

      Friendly people at all of the hotels, nothing was to much bother, from drying out our wet clothes to telling you where the nearest cash machine was! Missed a couple of Way Markers because the grass was too long in places but most of the others were very easy to follow.

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        Comments about macs adventure Perthshire In Style:

        The docuumentation for the trails was very good; the Map in it is a little small; we should have brought our own. Google map worked OK though. Accommodations and food were impressive. Wish we had booked a longer walk (more days), so we will do it again.

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