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 tour features some great places for walking and folklore in Lothian, Fife, Highland Perthshire, Deeside, Aberdeenshire and Angus, as well as two pub music sessions

Walking and Folklore Tour

Day 1: Walk up Arthur’s Seat, visit to Craigmillar Castle and Rosslyn Chapel, and then drink at Captain’s Bar. Stay overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 2: Visit Dunfermline Abbey and Malcolm’s Tower, Abbot’s House, Limekilns and Culross, Stirling Castle, through the Trossachs to stay at the Balnearn House in Aberfeldy.

Day 3: walk to the House of the Cailleach in Glen Cailleach, pub music session in the evening. Stay as night before.

Day 4: Walk up Schiehallion (in Scots gaelic – the mountain of the fairies). Stay as night before.

Day 5: Walk to Lawers village, deserted from the 19th century and home of the Lady of Lawers, walk to the Praying Hands of Mary in Glen Lyon, visit Fortingall and the Yew Tree, evening in Pitlochry including the Moulin Hotel with its’ own brewpub. Stay at the Craigatin Guest House in Pitlochry.

Day 6: Through Strathardle (watching sheepherding) to Glenshee and into Royal Deeside, walk the Clais Fhearnaig circuit including part of the Lairig Ghru classic drover’s route. Stay at the Boat Inn in Aboyne.

Day 7: Over the Cairn o’Mount, old drovers road to Fettercairn, stop for lunch at Laurencekirk in the heart of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s beloved Mearns countryside, visit Catterline and then to Dunnottar Castle and eat at The Tolbooth Restaurant in Stonehaven and stay at Shorehead Guest House in Stoenhaven .

Day 8: Visit Brechin with its’ cathedral and 11th century round tower, and then Forfar- the old centre of Forfarshire with its Meffan Museum and Forfar Bridies, to St. Andrews for a stroll around its medieval streets and including the university museum, St. Salvator’s chapel, the harbour and St. Leonards. Back to Edinburgh via magical Dunino Den and the villages of the East Neuk.