Trekking in the Scottish Highlands

What to expect:

You may remember the incredible Rob Roy movie with Liam Neeson from 1995. It tells the story of Scotland’s most famous outlaw who lived in this area in the late 17th century. I certainly was great fan of this movie (and Mr. Neeson) in my teens, so I cannot wait to hike through the scenery pictured in this great movie. On this trek we walk through the heart of the Scottish Highlands passing numerous lakes, climbing peaks, and coming through friendly villages with welcoming pubs.

Physical requirements:

The 7 sections of the trek are quite different and vary in length from 15 to 30 kilometres and in altitude gain from 100 to 600 meters. On average, we hike about 5 hours each day (not including breaktime) on forest roads, disused railway track bed and moorland footpaths. A very good fitness level is needed, yet the paths are broad and easy to walk on.  

Service included:

  • Organised hiking by a qualified mountain guide
  • A group of max. 9 guests (min. 5 guests)
  • 8 hotel nights in double or twin rooms
  • 5x breakfast
  • Public transport from Glasgow to the start and from the end of the trek

Extra costs on tour:

  • Transport to Glasgow
  • 3x breakfast
  • Lunch, dinner, and beverages during the trip

Accommodation:

The 3-star hotel in Glasgow is located a 10-minute walk from the main station right in the city centre. On the trek we stay in 3-star hotels and one authentic bed & breakfast. Please contact me for further details of the accommodation facilities.

Travel:

It is possible and recommended to travel by train to Glasgow, in the North of Great Britain, which is well connected to the rest of the country and to Europe. There are various daily direct connections and a night train from London to Glasgow. London connects well by train to Europe via Brussels and Paris, whereas Brussels connects via Cologne to Germany. It is possible to travel from Cologne to Glasgow within a day by train. I will travel by train only and am more than happy to assist with booking tickets. Please get in touch!

Programme:

Day 1 – Arrival
We meet at the hotel in Glasgow, where we'll also spend our last night, so extra luggage can be stored at the hotel during the tour. There is a pre-tour briefing and discussion of the packing list in the afternoon, once everyone has arrived, and a joined dinner in the city centre in the evening. 

Day 2 – Aberfoyle
18 km, ↑↓ 200 m, 5 hrs 
We take a train from Glasgow to Drymen, where we start our hike. We start gently today walking through green meadows and lush forests until we pass the roofless Kirkton Church and reach the crossroads in Aberfoyle.

Day 3 – Callandar
17 km, ↑ 350 m, 5 hrs 
Our day starts on forest paths until we hike north-east through the Menteith Hills to reach a picturesque lake before we descend to Loch Venachar and reach Gartchonzie Bridge just before heading into Callandar. The peak of Callandar Craig above the town invites for a short afternoon hike with splendid views over the highlands.

Day 4 – Strathyre
15 km, ↑↓ 100 m, 4 hrs 
We start on a cycle route along a river that opens into Loch Lubnaig, where we descent to the shore. After a short break by the water we take a short climb to enjoy splendid views over the waters that often provide superb reflections and a tranquil experience.

Day 5 – Killin
23 km, ↑↓ 350 m, 6 hrs 
We hike through the forest with gorgeous views across the valley before descending towards Loch Earn. Passing the lake we continue to Glen Ogle and walk over a magnificent bridge, Glenogle Viaduct. We pass lake Lochan Lairig Cheile and follow the path through forests until we reach Killin.

Day 6 – Ardenoig
16 km, ↑↓ 450 m, 5 hrs 
Our day starts uphill to Lake Lochan Breaclaich. The path goes right through the West Highlands high above before it winds down to Ardenoig at the shores of Loch Tay.

Day 7 – Aberfeldy
29 km, ↑↓ 600 m, 8 hrs 
The first 10 km of the path stretch along the shores of the lake until Acharn. From here the path goes uphill to Acharn Waterfalls with Hermit’s Cave and the trek continues on forest tracks and grassy paths, parallel to River Tay. Shortly after we enter the Birks o' Aberfeldy, a wooded gorge featuring fine waterfalls and birch trees, until we reach Aberfeldy. As this is a longer section of the trek, there is the opportunity to shorten it by up to 17 km. From Acharn there runs a bus with a few stops parallel to the trek all the way to Aberfeldy.

Day 8 – Pitlochry
15 km, ↑↓ 300 m, 4 hrs 
The day starts easy on pavement, riverside paths, and railway track bed leading to Grandtully. From here we navigate through Fornab Forest and end at Pitlochry by its Memorial Garden. After a last hearty pub lunch we take a train back to Glasgow.

Day 9 – Departure
We finish our hiking week over dinner the night before. Everybody can meet up for breakfast, yet you can start your travel home at any time today.

Note that our hiking days may differ from the described programme due to weather and path conditions or the physical ability of the group.

Event Information

Start 02-06-2024
End 10-06-2024
Slots 9
Registered 1
Available 8
Price 1.545,00€
Location Glasgow, UK