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Trossachs Trail - 6 Days & 5 Nights

6 Days & 5 Nights 4.4 Read 17 reviews
  • Explore lush glens brimming with life and surrounded by mountains
  • Discover the history of “Rob Roy Country”
  • Walk the remote Buckie and Finglas glen, hunting grounds of the old Stewart kings
  • Enjoy Highland scenery conveniently located near Glasgow and Stirling
  • Stay in welcoming country inns and B&B’s
Explore the lochs, glens and mountains of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park on foot. The Trossachs Trail explores the most picturesque area of the Trossachs, an enchanting area filled with rivers and forest, rich in both scenic beauty and historical interest. The Trossachs inspired Sir Walter Scott to write “Lady of the Lake” and “Rob Roy”, both of which popularised the Highlands of Scotland. Your walking break starts in Callander, a charming town often called the 'Gateway to the Highlands'. You begin with a wander along Loch Venachar and then climb over the Menteith Hills to Aberfoyle, enjoying wonderful views to the south. Turning north you walk through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and over the Duke’s Pass to the hamlet of Brig o’ Turk. The route continues through Glen Finglas and to Balquhidder, a beautiful glen famous as the site of Rob Roy’s Grave.
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What To Expect

If you only have a few days available for walking in Scotland, the Trossachs’ Trail will help you discover some of the very best highland scenery in Scotland. The walking is on good trails and footpaths and relatively easy although the trail is not marked so you will need to be able to read a map and follow directions.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Featured in our collections:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

The way is on well maintained footpaths, bridleways, forestry and farm vehicle tracks, tarmac cycle path, across fields and on some minor roads. It does involve some steep ascent and descent, but in general the walking is fairly easy. We grade this tour easy to moderate.

Navigation

The Trossachs Trail is generally clearly defined on the ground but waymarking is sparse so you will need to be comfortable reading a map and know how to use a compass. You will have detailed route notes and maps to guide you.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3 or 4 star B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is always included. You can see a list of some of the accommodations that we use for the trip by scrolling down the page. They are all subject to availability.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.

Solo Walkers

This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement payable.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.

Included
  • 5 Nights in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Callander
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

The Trossachs Trail is available to start on any day of the week. A great time to go is between the end of March and beginning of October.

Getting to the Start

Callander is well served by public transport and has plenty of parking. It takes 1h30 and 2h00 to reach Callander from Glasgow or Edinburgh respectively. (Train & Bus). From Glasgow there are frequent departures from either Queen Street Rail Station or Buchanan Bus Station. You can find further details for this section of the journey by going to City Link for busses or Scotrail for trains

Once in Stirling you simply take the number 59 Bus from the bus station which takes you to Callander. By either method, the whole journey takes around 1.5 hours.

Should you be driving to Callander there is only on-street parking available and depending on where you stay we can try to organise you to leave your car with your accommodation provider.

Getting from the End

Should you take the shorter WSSTT1 ending in Balquhidder, you can simply take the C60 bus from the hotel back to Callander or you can take a taxi, which can be ordered at reception.

Journeys by public transport can be planned online at Travelline Scotland. It is better to book train travel in advance as this is substantially cheaper and you can do so at the Train Line or on the relevant train operator website. Local bus tickets are normally purchased on board the bus.

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

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.

Walking Direction

We recommend you walk clockwise from Callander as it provides you with the best vistas.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Callander Day 2 Callander to Aberfoyle - 9 Miles 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Aberfoyle to Brig o Turk - 9 Miles 9 miles / 15 km Day 4 Brig o Turk to Balquhidder - 11 Miles 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 Balquhidder to Callander - 12 Miles 12 miles / 20 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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