- Enjoying some of Scotland’s best views over lochs and mountains.
- Discovering the history of “Rob Roy Country”.
- Walking in remote Glen Buckie and Glen Finglas, the old hunting grounds of the Stewart kings.
- Welcoming and friendly country inns and B&B’s handpicked by us.
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. If you have chosen the shorter break this is where your journey ends, or for those continuing to Callander you have a magical final day’s walking down Strathyre to look forward to.
Arrive Starting Point: Callander
Callander is a bustling little highland town situated at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It takes 1h30 or 2h00 to travel to Callander from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.
Callander to Aberfoyle - 9 Miles
Leaving Callander on the Invertrossachs Road you quickly reach tranquil Loch Venachar and then head to Aberfoyle via the Menteith Hills. A lovely day of walking through forests, along lochs and across open moorland to Aberfoyle passes all too quickly.
Aberfoyle is popular with day trippers from Glasgow and has several tourist shops, restaurants and an award-winning local butcher offering tasty packed lunches.
Aberfoyle to Brig o' Turk - 9 Miles
Today's walk starts off in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, part of Scotland’s first National Park. In autumn it is a riot of colour and you will enjoy expansive views to the south as you climb over the Duke’s Pass. Descending to Brig o’ Turk you pass a number of small tranquil lochs and the views of Bens Venue, Ben A’an and Ben Ledi are spectacular. If you are lucky you may spot red or roe deer, red squirrels and even capercaillie.
Brig o’ Turk is a small hamlet, nestled in the heart if the Trossachs. Due to a lack of preferred accommodation at this location you shall be provided with short return transfers to a nearby property for this night of the itinerary.
Brig o' Turk to Balquhidder - 11 Miles
Today’s walk is mainly out in open mountain country, walking through glens and skirting the base of heather clad hills. The first section leads you up to Glen Finglas, the old hunting grounds of the kings of Scotland, now an important reservoir. You soon reach Glen Meann, which leads you through some rugged, big sky country and down to Balquhidder.
Balquhidder is famous as the site of Rob Roy’s Grave and enjoys a picturesque location at the head of Loch Voil.
If your walk is ending in Balquhidder you can take a bus (30 minutes) or taxi (20 minutes) back to Callander and then onwards.
Balquhidder to Callander - 12 Miles
The walk from Balquhidder through Strathyre, along Loch Lubnaig and to Callander is a personal favourite. Beautiful scenery, good trails and great chat mean the miles fly past and you are back in Callander all too soon.
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.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement payable.
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.
Abbotsford Lodge - Callander
Abbotsford Lodge is a stunning B&B on the outskirts of Callander. Tastefully decorated throughout it has beautiful en-suite rooms and a comfortable guest lounge where you can sit with a quiet drink, relax and unwind.
Forth Inn - Aberfoyle
The Forth Inn is a family-run Inn which is the lively heart of the local community as well as a comfortable escape.
Mhor 84 Hotel - Balquihidder
Set against the backdrop of the wonderful scenery of highland Perthshire the Mhor 84 is a small friendly, hotel situated in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This striking historic building Faces towards Balquhidder, Loch Voil, the western hills and the setting sun.
The Trossachs Trail is available to start on any day of the week from March to October.
Time of YearA great time to walk the Trossachs Trail is between the end of March and beginning of October.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable. This walking trip is also available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement payable.
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.
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.
We recommend you walk clockwise from Callander as it provides you with the best vistas.
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.
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 Callander
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.
Return from Balquhidder
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.
- Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack 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.
- Single room supplement.
- Additional nights
We are often asked the following questions by walkers planning The Trossachs Trail and I hope that you will find the following information useful.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
How fit do I need to be?
If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. 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?
As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as The Trossachs are extremely popular. If booking at short notice 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.
When is the best time of year?
The Trossachs Trail is very enjoyable at any time between the end of March and beginning of October although my personal favourite time of year is the spring and Autumn.
What is the best way to get to/from the walk?
We recommend you travel by bus. If you are driving we recommend leaving your car in Stirling where on street and secure long-term parking is available. We can also try to arrange to park with your accommodation in Callander.
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.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.