This is our most popular itinerary on the Highland Perthshire Trail, with 7 days of walking. 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.
Enjoy the warm highland hospitality and delicious local produce in your carefully selected hotels, inns and guesthouses. Discovering the secrets behind whisky making at The Edradour Distillery and walking through the wonderful highland scenery of the Tay River Valley will make for a memorable walking holiday.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Highlands of Scotland soon.
Highland Perthshire Trail (9 Days & 8 Nights)
Day 1: Arrive Blair Atholl and Overnight
Day 2: Blair Atholl Castle and Estates: up to 12.5m
Day 3: Walk to Moulin/Pitlochry 10.5m - 13m
Day 4: Discover Pitlochry: 5-10m
Day 5: Walk to Aberfeldy: 9.2m
Day 6: Walk to Kenmore: 5.5-7m
Day 7: Walk to Fortingall: 7m
Day 8: Walk to Kinloch Rannoch: 7-11m
Day 9: Onward Travel
One of the highlights of this walking holiday is the very high
standard of the accommodation you will enjoy. The hotels and guesthouses
we use are hand-picked to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your
stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and
delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as
the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early,
especially in high season. You will find descriptions, photos and
weblinks to the accommodation that we strive to use for the trip below.
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as
all our holidays are priced per person based on two sharing there is a
single supplement payable to cover the additional costs we incur. If you
require single rooms within your party we will of course try to
accommodate your request subject to availability. Please note that
singles may not be of the same standard as twins.
Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not
included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your
accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on
request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook
also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the
way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and
restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.
Atholl Arms - Blair Atholl
The Atholl Arms is a really traditional highland hotel, big on heritage and hospitality.
The Moulin Hotel - Moulin by Pitlochry
A delightful Haven of authentic Scottish highland hospitality since
1695 , The Moulin Hotel embraces a warm and welcoming world of peace,
tranquillity and traditional Scottish hospitality.
Balnearn - Aberfeldy
Balnearn is a Victorian- style property set within approximately three-quarters of an acre of grounds.
Kenmore Hotel - Kenmore
Nestling on the banks of the River Tay the Hotel is famous for its warmth, charm, Highland hospitality and vivid history.
Fortingall Hotel - Fortingall
The Fortingall Hotel nestles in the middle of the historic Arts and
Crafts village of Fortingall, hugging the contours of the hill at the
foot of beautiful Glen Lyon in Highland Perthshire.
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 the trail in every summer month I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as all our holidays are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs we incur. If you require single rooms within your party we will of course try to accommodate your request subject to availability. Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins.
Grade & Terrain
This walk is graded easy to moderate and includes daily walking between 5-13 miles following good tracks and paths over undulating terrain for at least 6 to 7 hours. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this tour.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
Much of the walk is not way-marked however you will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.
Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
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.
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/from Blair Atholl
Blair Atholl is 80 miles north of Edinburgh on the main transport route through the highlands. By car the journey from Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours and Blair Atholl is well signed from the A9. The village also has excellent public transport connections and is served by First Scotrail trains and Citylink Bus services from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness.
Getting from Kinloch Rannoch
Despite its remoteness Kinloch Rannoch is well served by public transport. Broons Buses and Taxis run to Rannoch Station (Trains to Glasgow and Fort William/Mallaig) and Pitlochry (Trains/buses to Inverness/Glasgow/Edinburgh/Blair Atholl).
- Hand picked bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack, route notes and map for the group leader.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Single room supplement.
- Extra nights before, during or after your holiday.
- Return taxi transfer from Kinloch Rannoch to Blair Atholl.
Planning a trip on the Highland Perthshire Trail can be daunting,
especially if this is your first long distance walking holiday. We are
often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the
How fit do I need to be?
At 55 Miles the Highland Perthshire Trail is a fair distance and the
higher your level of fitness the more you will enjoy the experience.
Most of our itineraries involve between 5 to 8 hours walking daily so
you should be comfortable walking on good tracks and paths over
undulating terrain for at least 6 to 7 hours. If you currently don’t
enjoy that level of fitness regular walking in hilly terrain
supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to
your walk is recommended. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to
draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the
Highland Perthshire Trail is extremely popular especially over April/May
and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website
and 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.
How do the baggage transfers work?
Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and
moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your
luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
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 the trail in every summer month
I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful
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.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many
of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets and several
sections of the way are closed to dogs as they are permissive paths
through farm land.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport, local taxis or our baggage van may be
able to move you to the next overnight stop. Full details are included
in your info pack.