Highland Perthshire Trail - 7 Days & 6 Nights7 Days & 6 Nights
- Explore Blair Castle and the surrounding Atholl Estate
- Visit the Pass of Killiecrankie and Loch Tay
- Enjoy highland hospitality and delicious local produce
- Discover the secrets behind whisky making at Edradour Distillery
- Walk through wonderful highland scenery of the Tay Valley
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
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:
- Wine, Whisky & More...
- Luxury & Unique Stays
- Historical Journeys
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.
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.
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.
- Overnight in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
- Baggage transfers
- Information pack
- Route notes and maps
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to the start / from the finish of the walk
- Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Optional taxi transfer from Kinloch Rannoch to Blair Atholl
When To Go
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 we believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
The weather in Scotland is 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. 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 the End
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
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.
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.
Midges are small biting insects (much like north American gnats) 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.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Blair Atholl
Blair Atholl offers real highland hospitality, beautiful scenery, a rich history and plenty to do and is easily accessed from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Atholl Arms Hotel always offers a warm welcome and after checking in you may wish to enjoy a stroll through Atholl Estates, or simply relax and enjoy the fine food and hospitality.
The house sits in its own large grounds overlooking the fields, golf course and the hills beyond. All rooms have en-suite facilities and are tastefully decorated to suit the style of the house. They also have flat screen TV/DVD, Ipod/radio dock, Tea/Coffee tray and hairdryer. Ironing facilities are available on request and free wi-fi internet access is available.
The Firs, a friendly, family-run guesthouse, offers quality B&B accommodation in the centre of Blair Atholl village. Rooms are individually furnished and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
There are few more imposing sights in the Scottish Highlands than the superb façade and highland grandeur of the Atholl Arms, standing proudly at the northern end of the village. The hotel’s 31 bedrooms have been thoughtfully and elegantly decorated. Each has its own individual character with all the modern facilities required by the discerning traveller. Each room has colour television, direct dial telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.
Start your journey with a relaxed walk on riverside paths to Killiecrankie, site of the first battle of the Jacobite victory and home of the unbelievable “Soldiers Leap”. From Killiecrankie you have the choice of three equally appealing routes to Moulin or Pitlochry, by mountain, moor or river. Moulin is a tiny village to the north of Pitlochry nestled on the slopes of Ben Vrackie.
The Moulin Hotel is a delightful haven of Scottish Hospitality and has been welcoming travellers since 1695. This quite superb, rather romantic inn blends old world highland hospitality with the comforts and service of a modern hotel. The hotel also boasts its own micro brewery whose traditional beers perfectly complement the hearty highland fayre.
The Acarsaid is a small family run hotel in the heart of Pitlochry, they have 19 bedrooms, all different sizes and shapes and they believe that your bedroom should be a bit of a home from home and as such the rooms are warm, welcoming places for you to relax in and enjoys a great nights’ stay.
Killiecrankie House was originally built as a private country residence for a local Church minister in 1840. It was converted into a hotel in 1939 and is now a family run hotel owned by Henrietta Fergusson. The hotel sits in four acres of wooded grounds facing the wooded hillside of Fonvuik across the Pass of Killiecrankie and the River Garry. Each of the ten bedrooms is individually decorated and has its own unique character. The rooms are elegantly decorated in rich colours and fabrics, and are provided with luxurious toiletries, white fluffy towels and fresh flowers. All offer wonderful views over the garden and surrounding countryside.
Tucked away in secluded wooded grounds in the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry, this beautiful early Victorian house has now been transformed into a 14-bedroom boutique B&B, providing a unique blend of the traditional with the luxury of contemporary design. The individually designed spacious deluxe rooms all have comfortable six foot wide beds and are decorated with stylish fabrics and furnishings.
As you leave Pitlochry you climb the watershed between the Tummel and Tay Rivers and the resulting views are breathtaking – Scotland at its very finest! Once the initial climb is over you will enjoy a relaxed descent towards the River Tay and Aberfeldy. The River Tay is Scotland’s Largest River and is world renowned for its outstanding salmon fishing, although anglers now share the river with an increasing number of white water rafters and kayakers. You cross the River Tay by way of Wades Bridge just before arriving in Aberfeldy, a small market town nestled on the banks of the River Tay and home to one of Scotland’s best tea shops.
Balnearn House is a delightful guest house located in Aberfeldy. Claire and Mark Dimmock welcome you to their comfortable home where comfort and a friendly atmosphere are a top priority. The house was built in 1900 and boasts open log fires and beautiful views over a much loved garden. Claire and Mark will be happy to book you into a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Balnearn is a Victorian style property set within approximately three quarters of an acre of grounds. They have 10 comfortable and well-presented rooms, 7 of which have shower rooms and 3 with bathrooms. All their rooms have flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers. If you wish to keep in contact they provide free Wi-Fi access for your convenience. Each room has a high standard en-suite or private facilities with high pressure showers and the majority have heated towel rails and we provide Scottish Fine Soap toiletries.
The Ailean Chraggan Hotel and Restaurant is all about Scottish hospitality in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Each of the five spacious en-suite rooms has been tastefully refurbished to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Their restaurant has a reputation for consistently high quality traditional food, they use the freshest fish and shellfish, seasonal game and local produce.
Carn Dris is a beautiful Edwardian house situated close to the popular highland Perthshire village of Aberfeldy. Originally a Manse, it was built at the turn of the last century. Its position commands a panoramic and enviable view over the Tay Valley. The owners, Heather and Ian offer the warmest welcome to their family home. They pride ourselves on offering a high standard of comfort and service. Bed and Breakfast is taken in relaxed, period surroundings. There are three spacious guest bedrooms, two doubles and one twin. They are elegantly decorated to match the period style, and a wealth of original Edwardian features remain intact. All rooms benefit from en suite facilities, TV, and tea & coffee upon arrival.
Your days walk starts in spectacular fashion as you climb a good path parallel to the Birks of Aberfeldy, a deep gorge and series of waterfalls that is particularly impressive after heavy rain. The remainder of the day is spent in woodland, the native woodland being a particularly good habitat for wildlife and birds so keep your eyes and ears open. You should also start to glimpse the expanse of Loch Tay as the end of the days walk draws near in Kenmore. Kenmore is a small highland community nestled on the banks of the River Tay where it flows from Loch Tay. The main street is dominated by the gates of Taymouth Castle which is now home to an exclusive golf club. The Crannog Centre is a mile west of the village and offers a fascinating insight into the life of iron age Scots.
The Kenmore Hotel was founded on the 3rd of November 1572 and claims to be Scotland’s oldest hotel. A beautiful setting and historical location offer a touch of paradise unspoiled by time. Rooms, restaurants and bars offer superb views of the mountains and river. The restaurant boasts innovative Scottish Cuisine combined with new world delicacies; all enjoyed overlooking the River Tay.
The Kenmore Hotel which is privately run hotel that is famous for its warmth, charm, highland hospitality and vivid history. Behind the traditional façade they have 40 charming and individually designed rooms; the rooms are freshly decorated to a high standard and have all the modern amenities you require for a great overnight stay. In the evening you can dine in their contemporary Grill Room restaurant and then relax with a coffee of glass of wine in their cozy Poet’s Bar.
Choose one of several routes as you head ever deeper into the Scottish Highlands as you walk over or around Drummond Hill to Fortingall. As you leave Kenmore and enjoy the expansive vistas over Loch Tay you can’t help but be inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the landscape. Fortingall is famous for having the oldest tree in Scotland and reputedly the birth place of Pontius Pilate - the son of a Roman Legionary and a local Girl - the Yew Tree in the Churchyard would have been there at that time! I am sure that you will have time to learn all about it. Fortingall is known as one of the prettiest villages in Scotland and was designed by James Marjorybanks McLaren, who taught Chares Rennie Mackintosh.
Walking: 5 – 8 miles
The Fortingall is a special treat, a luxurious highland hotel at the centre of the conservation village of Fortingall which offers luxury country house style rooms. The accommodation is perfectly complemented by delicious food sourced locally and beautifully prepared and presented.
The Fortingall Hotel is a charming country house which offers great hospitality. They have 10 guest rooms which all have luxury en-suites, flat screen TV, fluffy robes, luxury toiletries and a decanter of whiskey. They have a good reputation for great cuisine using local sourced produce and creating imaginative menus.
A dramatic and challenging days walking to end your highland journey on a high note. Your route takes you through the remote highland glen that joins Fortingall and Kinloch Rannoch, an ancient right of way that is still used today. The towering bulk of Schiehallion dominates through most of the day and provides a fitting background to what has been an inspiring journey through the heart of Scotland. Kinloch Rannoch is a small and isolated village, take time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Schiehallion.
Bunrannoch House is an old hunting lodge situated in woodland on the outskirts of Kinloch Rannoch and enjoys high level views of Loch Rannoch and the surrounding mountains. Bunrannoch House is well known locally for its warm hospitality and fine menu sourced from local suppliers and lovingly prepared. It provides a haven of tranquillity and is the ideal base to relax and take time out from modern life.
Stunning views surround this grand hotel where you will receive traditional Scottish hospitality. Meals can be enjoyed in the Ptarmigan restaurant or the Schiehallion Bar. At Macdonald Loch Rannoch they use only the freshest of ingredients to provide fantastic food, expertly prepared, in beautiful surroundings with superb service. You may wish to enjoy the delights of the Craig Varr leisure complex, the perfect way to relax after a long days walking.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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