Walking Tours

Through towns and small villages, by military roads and drover’s routes, passing lochs and ruins whilst making connections and embracing customs, or – if you wish – more extensive hiking.

This custom tour includes a completely different type of walk and can be adapted to be a long or a short break in Scotland

The Old Trails

Day 1 – Tour from Edinburgh accommodation, to the Antonine Wall at Camelon, tour of Glasgow, lunch at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum KG cafe, to Dumbarton Castle, via Loch Lomond to Glen Fruin (battle of the Colquhouns and MacGregors); up Loch Long and via the Arrochar Alps and the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’. Well-appointed, quality accommodation which we can book or source for you.

Day 2 – Loch Fyne to Lochgilphead and along the Crinan Canal to Tayvallich, Loch Coille Bharr walk (easy walking for 2 hours) past a cross slab beside a holy well and the ruin of an old water powered meal mill; visit Castle Sween and Kilmory Knap Chapel with the MacMillan Cross, tea and shortbread at the Crinan Hotel. Well-appointed, quality accommodation.

Day 3 – Walk from Kilneuair: on Loch Awe, on old drovers’ road on Loch Fyne (4 hours), visit Kineuair Chapel (reportedly of St. Columba and a market cross); tour Dunadd Fort at the gloamin’ (dusk). Well-appointed, quality accommodation to suit.

Day 4 – walk to Achnabreck cup and ring marked rocks; visit Kilmartin House and Museum, walk to the Nether Largie Cairns, explore the Temple Wood Stone Circles. Sumptuous accommodation to your taste.

Day 5 – visit Tarbert harbour; walk up and explore Dun Skeig, an iron age hill fort; walk the beaches of the west of Kintyre, visit St. Columba’s Well and Footprint and Keil Caves at Southend; Campbeltown. Comfortable accommodation to suit.

Day 6 – Head for Oban and Castle Stalker before following the Appin Murder Trail to Glen Coe; walk up and into the Lost Valley at Glen Coe (fairly strenuous for 2 1/2 hours); have lunch in the peace and grandeur of the valley; head across Rannoch Moor to Glen Orchy for one of Scotland’s loveliest and least driven glens; down the east side of Loch Awe to Dunchraigaig.

Day 7 – via Inveraray to Glen Dochart, view the Falls of Dochart before taking the south road along Loch Tay; walk the old road from Ardtalnaig to Dunan (3 1/2 hours). Quality accommodation to suit.

Day 8 – travel over the shoulder of Schiehallion to Tummel Bridge to investigate Wade’s Bridge and the old major junction to the Isles; take in the Queen’s View and walk to the Upper Bruar Falls; fish tea in Pitlochry combined with cashmere shopping; afternoon stroll to the Hermitage and to Rumbling Bridge; stay in comfortable well-appointed accommodation.

Day 9 – walk from Blairgowrie on Wade’s Military Road towards Bridge of Cally, lunch on Cochrage Muir, take the Cateran Trail (old reivers trail) back to Blairgowrie (10 miles); back to Edinburgh.