Hiking in Scotland – 13 Days
September 24, 2018 Double: $4,495, Single: $4,995 (If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.) Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp. TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT Kilts, bagpipes, single malts, highland battles,…
September 24, 2018
Double: $4,495, Single: $4,995
(If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.)
Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.
TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT
Kilts, bagpipes, single malts, highland battles, lochs, and legendary monsters. Absorb the symbols of Scotland and go afield, tramping Scotland’s bonny trails. With three levels of adventure (easy, medium, or difficult), you can stroll about or storm the highlands! Five days of hiking combined with spectacular sightseeing, this tour offers the best of both worlds!
Pitlochry’s trails weave through moorland to the Falls of Bruar. The Walk at Hermitage follows the River Braan to Ossian’s Hall, a stone pavilion built over a gorge in 1750 that provides stunning views. At Culloden Moor, site of the bloody battle between Jacobite clansmen and the British army, we’ll stand where 1,200 Highlanders (bearing Lochaber axes, and pitchforks) lost their lives in 1746. Sombre Clava Cairns is a 4,000-year-old cemetery surrounded by a ring of sacred standing stones. Legendary Loch Ness overflows with mythical tales of sea monsters, history, and gorgeous views. The Loch contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined! We’ll sail through Scotland’s Great Glen and visit the crumbling bones of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.
The dramatic Scottish landscape rolls out green for miles, calling us to hike the highlands! For five days, we’ll explore glens, streams, and lochs. We’ll walk along ancient “coffin routes,” through meadows and wooded gorges, past giant boulders and castle ruins. We’ll climb steep gullies and ridges, over wire bridges, and higher still to the weightless air of Scotland’s magnificent peaks.
Glencoe means “Valley of Weeping,” which aptly describes the beauty of Scotland’s grandest and most famous Glen. It is dominated by three massive spurs, known as the Three Sisters, and enclosed by the steep Aonach Eagach ridge.
The first written mention of this romantic valley is the Glencoe Massacre when, in 1692, the resident MacDonalds became victims of government clan suppression. Hike to Signal Rock, where the MacDonalds once gathered or, for a bigger challenge, climb from Kinlochleven over the Devil’s Staircase or ascend the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian – the highest peak in Argyll!
Tired and happy after a good day of hiking, we’ll retire down the way from Glencoe at the Alltshellach Country House Hotel. A lovely highland residence on the shores of Loch Leven, it overlooks the island castle that imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots in 1566.
Fill your soul and your camera with five days of Glencoe’s glacial valleys, deep gorges, crashing waterfalls, and highland climbs that end near the clouds.
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 11 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• 5 days of guided hiking in the Glencoe area
• Falkirk Wheel
• Walk at The Hermitage
• The Scottish Crannog Centre
• Falls of Dochart
• Balmoral Castle
• Glenfarclas Distillery tour and tasting
• Culloden Moor
• Clava Cairns
• Kinloss Abbey
• Loch Ness cruise by Jacobite
• Urquhart Castle
Pitlochry: Athol Palace Hotel (2 nights)
Inverness: Palace Hotel (2 nights)
Onich: Alltshellach Country House Hotel (7 nights)
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Hiking in Scotland – 13 Days
Day 1-2: Fly to Glasgow, Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, Pitlochry
You arrive in Glasgow after your overnight flight where you will be met by your DeNureTours tour director and coach. You depart for the The Falkirk Wheel. It is a perfectly balanced structure – the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. The unique shape of the structure is claimed to have been inspired by a Celtic double headed spear, a vast turning propeller of a Clydebank built ship, the ribcage of a whale or the spine of a fish, you be the judge.
A short coach ride takes you to the magnificant Kelpies. The name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses. The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the industrial layout of the area. Each stands over 30 m tall and weigh over 300 tons. The stainless-steel skin reflects the light of day and night making it and amazing sight in all weather.
Your days journey ends in beautiful Pitlochry. Situated in the heart of the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire, the town sits below Ben Vrackie, the speckled mountain and beside the River Tummel, in some of the most magnificent scenery in Scotland. With a backdrop of surrounding hills and beautiful woodlands, it is wonderful walking country.
Stay: Athol Palace Hotel, Pitlochry
Day 3: Walk at the Hermitage, Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Falls of Dochart
Although the Hermitage looks like it developed naturally, it is a planned landscape. In the 1750s John Murray of Strowan set out to establish public pleasure grounds along the floor of the valley, designed to make the most of natural features such as the waterfalls on the River Braan. Murray’s major contribution was the planting of large numbers of trees, and the building of what he called the Hermitage, a stone viewing pavilion which projected out over the edge of the gorge giving visitors a spectacular view of the River Braan and the Black Linn Falls. Enjoy a walk in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
A unique experience awaits you at The Scottish Crannog Centre. Here you get to view a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,500 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay. Learn how they lived and worked.
Enjoy the magnificent drive along Loch Tay to the beautiful Falls of Dochart. They run through the small town of Killin, in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The famous white waters of the Falls of Dochart can be viewed from the village’s bridge. Admire the misty spray rising in the air as the waters of the river crash into the rocks then flow around the Islands of Inchbuie, known as the traditional and ancient burial place of Clan Macnab. The Breadalbane Folklore Centre is found nearby, where you can learn more about the area’s history.
Meals: B, D
Day 4: Balmoral Castle, Glenfarclas Distillery, Inverness
Today you visit Balmoral Castle. It has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria’s reign, successive Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate. Today, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in running and improving the Estates.
Travel the Whisky Trail to Glenfarclas Distillery. Glenfarclas translates as valley of the green grass. The distillery is owned and run by the Grant family. The distillery has approximately 68,000 casks maturing on site, in traditional dunnage warehouses, with stock from every year from 1953 to the current year. The visitor centre includes the “Ship’s Room”, a tasting room, with panelling from the RMS Empress of Australia – Enjoy a tour and tasting before travel to Inverness.
A city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, Inverness is the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history.
Stay: Palace Hotel, Inverness
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Kinloss Abbey
Your morning begins with a visit to The Culloden battlefield experience. Find out more about the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of Culloden. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour Culloden was a short but bloody battle – the last to be fought on British soil. The site has been restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746.
On a gravel terrace above the River Nairn stands one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric monuments. The Clava Cairns make up an ancient cemetery, which is dominated by a line of three cairns enclosed by stone circles. Throughout four millennia, the Clava Cairns have been regarded as a special place.
This afternoon visit Kinloss Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1150 by King David I and was first colonised by monks from Melrose Abbey. It received its Papal Bull from Pope Alexander III in 1174. The abbey become one of the largest and wealthiest religious houses in Scotland. Few of the monastic buildings remain standing today. The remains of the abbey are now situated within a graveyard owned by the local authority.
Meals: B, D
Day 6: Loch Ness cruise, Urquhart Castle, Altshellach
This morning take a cruise on Loch Ness. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is the largest body of water in the Great Glen. It is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as “Nessie”. You will disembark at Urquhart Castle. Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history awaits you at the Castle. A taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage. This is where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.
You then travel to your hotel for the next 7 nights. Alltshellach is situated in a stunning location; on the shores of Loch Leven, with the spectacular views of the mountains of Glen Coe. Once the home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles, it is now a very comfortable base for your Guided Walking holiday. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens that slope down to the loch shore. The heated indoor swimming pool, with its stunning views, is popular with guests, as is the Highland Bar − well-stocked with whisky and local beer, there is always a social buzz after a day on the hills.
Stay: Alltshellach Country House, Onich
Meals: B, D
Day 7: Hike Nevis Gorge, Lairigmor and Kinlochleven
Explore the dramatic Nevis Gorge and Steals waterfalls in the shadow Ben Nevis, or head to the mountains to the north of Lock Leven, with the option to ascent to the summit of Mam na Gualainn.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Hike Lismore
Today’s hike explores two contrasting landscapes. Our easier walk heads to the tranquil island of Lismore for a day far reaching sea views. The medium and harder walks ascend to the summit of Sgorr Dhearg and Being a’bheireir, the twin peaks visible from Alltshellach.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 9: Hike Glencoe
The immense valley of Glencoe carved its way through some of Scotland’s most dramatic mountains. Discover the valley’s turbulent history and connections to the Clan MacDonald on our easier hike, or tackle one of the impressive peaks that tower over this crucible of Scottish history.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Free day
Enjoy a free day to explore the Western Highlands independently or relax for the day at the hotel.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 11: Hike Ardgour
Today we take the Corrna Ferry across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Peninsula for a choice of valley or mountain walks.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 12: Hike The Mamores
Our easier hike heads to the lower slopes of Ben Nevis for a classic route below the north face. Meanwhile the medium and harder walks head to the Mamores Mountains – a range of towering peaks, including the rugged summit of Stob Ban.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: Return flight home
After breakfast at the hotel, your coach will deliver you to Glasgow Airport for your return flight home.
DAY 7: Nevis Gorge, Lairigmor and Kinlochleven
7 miles (11.5km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent
We follow the River Nevis upstream through meadows to reach the wooded gorge where the ‘Eas an Tull’, the Torrent, churns dramatically between giant boulders. Emerging into the wide vistas of the Steall Meadow with views of the magnificent An Steall waterfall, we visit the wire bridge at Steall before returning to Achriabhach.
8 miles (13km) with 2,050 feet (620m) of ascent
Starting at Callert on the northern shore of Loch Leven, we take a steep path up to a pass on the main ridge. Crossing the ridge, we contour round behind Mam na Gualainn, then descend into Lairigmor the adjacent valley and join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven.
8 miles (12.5km) with 3,200 feet (980m) of ascent
From Callert we follow the route of the Medium Walk onto the main ridge. We veer east over Callert Lump, then continue on the undulating ridge to Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, before descending to join the West Highland Way to Kinlochleven.
DAY 8: Lismore and the hills beyond Ballachulish
9½ miles (15.5 km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent
We take the ferry from Port Appin to the Isle of Lismore and head across the point to the picturesque old fishing village of Port Ramsay. From here the route crosses back to the eastern shores to visit the Pictish Broch at Tirefour before lunch along the shores of Loch Balle a’Ghobhiann. Returning to the western shores we may visit the Island Heritage Centre and the ruins of Castle Coeffin, before following a low ridge past the trig point marking the islands highest point (just 82 metres) and return to the ferry via Port Ramsay. Easy gradients and lots of interest make this our most popular easier walk.
9½ miles (15km) with 3,900 feet (1,180m) of ascent
The walk starts from St John’s Church at virtually sea-level, on the southern shore of Loch Leven. The walk climbs up through forestry tracks and rougher ground to reach the pink quartzite summit of Sgorr Dhearg, then returns down through forestry tracks, and over the Ballachulish Bridge with its wonderful views down the loch to Ardgour and back to Alltshellach.
9½ miles (15.5km) with 3,850 feet (1,160m) of ascent
From St John’s church we follow forestry tracks through Gleann a’Chaolais to reach a woodland path winding uphill alongside the stream to reach the upper slopes. A steep stony gully leads up onto the main Beinn a’Bheithir ridge which is followed eastwards to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1,001m). We descend back into Gleann a’Chaolais and via forestry trails to the Ballachulish Bridge which we cross to return to Alltshellach.
DAY 9: Glen Coe
8 miles (12.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent
Starting at the National Trust Visitor Centre in dramatic Glen Coe we follow woodland trails to Glencoe village and onwards to the scenic ‘Hospital Lochan’. We then head down forestry tracks to the finish at the Clachaig Inn, a climber’s hostelry steeped in history. Signal Rock, which tradition has as the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glencoe at times of emergency, offers an optional historic short loop from here.
8½ miles (13.5km) with 2,900 feet (880m) of ascent
From Glen Coe we ascend Sron Garbh, then follow the long, undulating ridge eastwards to Stob Mhic Mhartuin. We descend to the West Highland Way and down the zigzags of the Devil’s Staircase to Altnafeadh, then on to the Kingshouse.
6½ miles (10.5km) with 3,800 feet (1,160m) of ascent
From Glen Coe we head up through Coire nan Lochan to the twin summits of Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian – the highest peak in Argyll. We descend through another of Bidean’s magnificent corries back into Glen Coe.
DAY 11: Ardgour – Strontian and Garbh Bheinn
8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent
Crossing on the Corran ferry to Ardgour, we start our walk at the one-time lead mining centre of Strontian and follow the river towards the long-abandoned Bellsgrove lead mines below Druim Glas. We return through the Ariundle Nature Reserve.
9½ miles (15km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent
From Strontian we ascend on an ancient ‘coffin route’ to Bealach nan Cairn overlooking Loch Shiel, then follow the ridge eastwards to Meall Iain, eventually descending through the old workings of the Whitesmith Mine back to Strontian valley.
6½ miles (10km) with 3,150 feet (960m) of ascent
From Glen Tarbert we walk up through forest to join the west ridge of Garbh Bheinn and follow the ridge to the summit. We descend over the long ridge of Sron a’ Gharbh Choire Bhig and back into Glen Tarbert.
DAY 12: The Mamores and hills around Kinlochleven
8 miles (12.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent
From the lower gondola station below Aonach Mor we follow pleasant forestry trails alongside the River Lundy and then ascend the ‘North Face path’ through forestry to reach a viewpoint with magnificent views across the Allt a’Mhuilinn to the North-east face of Ben Nevis. Crossing open hillside on tracks we descend past the Glen Nevis Distillery to follow the Great Glen Way past Inverlochy Castle into Fort William.
7½ miles (12 km) with 3,350 feet (1,020m) of ascent
From Achriabhach in Glen Nevis we head up into the heart of the Mamores via Coire an Mhusgain and enjoy dramatic scenery to reach the high point near Sgurr an Iubhair, on the famous Ring of Steall, before descending to Kinlochleven.
8 miles (13km) with 4,100 feet (1,240m) of ascent
From Achriabach we ascend steeply on the northern spur to the airy summit of Stob Ban at 999 metres. After enjoying the spectacular views and the slopes of Sgurr an Iubhair we complete a traverse of the Mamores by following a rough stalker’s path down Coire na h-Eirghe to Kinlochleven, with hopefully time for a drink at the Ice Factor.