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Walking in the Scottish Highlands

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Relaxing and impressive Highland walks, castles, history and whisky
  • Exploration of Blair Castle and the Hermitage with its towering Douglas firs
  • Killicrankie, site of the first Jacobite rebellion victory
  • Superior accommodations in captivating towns and villages
  • Whisky tastings galore at Dewars and Blair Atholl distilleries
Scotland is an absolute dream to explore on foot and this itinerary immerses you in its impressive Highland landscapes, intriguing history and culture. Visit the treasure-filled rooms of Blair Castle and the walled garden of Castle Menzies. See Soldier's Leap, a famous spot from the 1689 Battle of Killicrankie and the 18th century Ossian's Folly at The Hermitage. Why not taste (and purchase!) some of the award-winning chocolate at the Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully and sample the famous whisky at Dewar's distillery? The towns and villages of Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld where you will stay are full of character. The handpicked superior accommodations all offer a warm Scottish welcome. The relaxing walks in the rolling hills of Perthshire through towering forests, alongside rushing rivers and through peaceful glens are also sublime.

What To Expect

This tour immerses you an area of the Scottish Highlands which has towering forests, glens, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls. Relaxing walks bring you to historic castles, small intriguing museums, and famous distilleries. Free time has been built into the itinerary in order for you to have the luxury of experiencing this magical area of Scotland in-depth.

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

Grade & Terrain

The walks on this tour are rated between easy and easy to moderate and the distances range between 7km and 15km. They are relaxing walks and take you to historic sites, including castles and Jacobean battle sites. Some of the walks have actually been created in order for you to explore and discover the local sights as you walk and bring you to the characterful towns and villages that you will stay in. Some of the walks are flexible too as you can opt to do them if you wwant to. It is very worth doing these amazing walks, but, if you wish, you can take local transportation to get between places and avoid the longer walking days.

Navigation

All the walks on this itinerary are available in the Macs Adventure Smartphone App. You will find the walks on the app and simply download the walk to your smartphone and follow the little blue dot! Some walks have GPS tracks only and others have walking directions. But if you follow the little blue dot you will not get lost. A reminder though not to take the Ben Vrackie Lochan walk in bad weather.

Accommodation Information

On this tour you will stay in hand-picked 3* and 4* B&B's, guesthouses and hotels. All of the accommodations are superior and some are traditional buildings that have been converted, for example, a Victorian House converted into a hotel, a former house owned by a doctor which has been converted into a boutique B&B and a 5* restaurant that also has rooms. Mostly they are blend of old and new where possible. They are extremely comfortable and welcoming. 

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and confirm you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Breakfast

The majority of accommodations provide a cooked breakfast, so a traditional Scottish breakfast, with eggs, bacons etc. However some may also provide a buffet breakfast, so please be prepared for either. There should be plenty of choices to make sure that you have enough energy for the day ahead.

 

Included
  • Overnights in 3 and 4* B&B's, guesthouses, and hotels
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Taxi transfer Aberfeldy to Trochry (on day 7)
  • Information Pack via your Macs Adventure "My Account"
  • Access to maps and GPX tracks on the Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK & US office
Excluded
  • Travel to Blair Atholl and from Dunkeld
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrances to museums, castles, gardens, etc
Extras
  • Additional nights before and after the tour or along the trail

When To Go

The best time of year to visit Scotland is from early-April to mid-October when the weather is best, most attractions are open and the days are long. The weather is very unpredictable all year, so it is imperative to be prepared for wind, rain, cold, warmth and sunshine! Conditions (and forecasts) can vary substantially from one day to the next, so do anticipate a variety of weathers, and embrace them as the Scots do (with a good waterproof and windproof jacket on).

Getting to the Start

Blair Atholl is 80 miles north of Edinburgh on the main transport route through the Highlands. The village also has excellent public transport connections and is served by Scotrail trains and Citylink bus services from Edinburgh. The journey by train takes approximately 3H by bus and approximately 2H by train. By car the journey from Edinburgh takes 1H30 and Blair Atholl is well signed from the A9.

Getting from the End

Dunkeld, your departure point is on a trainline and you can take a train from here to Edinburgh. The journey takes around 1H45 to 2H. Buses are also available but the journey takes longer and you will need to change at least once.

General Information

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, and 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.

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 Arrival in Blair Atholl and overnight Day 2 Blair Castle & Estates Walk and Exploration 4 miles / 7 km Day 3 Walk to Pitlochry via Killicrankie 9 miles / 14 km Day 4 Explore Pitlochry. Optional Ben Vrackie Lochan Walk 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 5 Walk to Aberfeldy along the Rob Roy Way 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 6 Aberfeldy Day of Discovery and Castle Menzies walk 6 miles / 9 km Day 7 Morning transfer to Trochry. Walk to Dunkeld via The Hermitage 6 miles / 9 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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