Hiking in Scotland – 12 Days
September 25, 2018 Double: $4,195, Single: $4,695 (If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.) 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,…
September 25, 2018
Double: $4,195, Single: $4,695
(If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.)
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. At Culloden Moor, site of the bloody battle between Jacobite clansmen and the British army, you will 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! You’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 you to hike the highlands! For five days, explore glens, streams, and lochs. You’ll walk along ancient “coffin routes,” through meadows and wooded gorges, past giant boulders and castle ruins. You’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.
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, 10 nights accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 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
• Balmoral Castle
• Glenfarclas Distillery tour and tasting
• Culloden Moor
• Clava Cairns
• Kinloss Abbey
• Loch Ness cruise by Jacobite
• Urquhart Castle
• Nevis Gorge, Lairigmore and Kinlochleven
• Lismore and Ballachulish
• Ardgour, Strontain and Garbh Bheinn
• The Mamores and Kinlochleven
What to Bring
• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Pitlochry: Athol Palace Hotel (1 night)
Inverness: Palace Hotel (2 nights)
Onich: Alltshellach Country House Hotel (7 nights)
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DAY 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 10: 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 11: 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.