On this hiking tour in Scotland, inspiration wears many faces, from misty lochs and highland walks to elegant country inns.
For centuries, Scotland’s romantic highlands have inspired legends and lore. From your vantage point atop the Devil’s Staircase on this Scotland walking tour, it’s easy to see why. Windswept hillsides roll down towards distant lochs in all directions—the same dramatic landscapes that have fueled imaginations from Shakespeare to Sir Walter Scott, Harry Potter to Outlander. Walking these wild lands is also fueling your appreciation for Scotland’s more settled charms: the village streets of Killin, Macbeth’s ancestral castle at Glamis, learning the art of kilt-fitting, traditional music at a festive dinner on a local sheep farm, or sipping whiskey at trail’s end. Hitting the Rob Roy Way again, you descend towards the green valley of Glencoe, where your inn’s cozy trio of pubs promises another welcome dose of inspiration.
- Taste the honey-smooth, smoky flavor of handmade Scotch at the Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, home to one of America’s top-selling Scotch whiskeys.
- Learn about the exploits of Rob Roy MacGregor, a noted Highland outlaw (1 Feb. 1671–28 Dec. 1734).
- Cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine, the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s poem, “Lady of the Lake” and the novel “Rob Roy.”
- Meet a local family at Ledard Farm, where you will be offered a glimpse of traditional Scottish culture with music, stories, and a hearty meal.
- Walk amid the splendor of Scotland’s peaceful interior, hiking through forests of ancient pines, past verdant pastures, and alongside gentle brooks and shimmering lochs.
- Enter a world of privileged splendor at Glamis Castle, the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the childhood home of The Queen Mother.
Ballathie House Hotel
Situated within its own private estate overlooking the River Tay, gateway to the Scottish Highlands, this charming country house provides luxurious accommodation in tranquil surroundings. One of the UK’s leading country house hotels, Ballathie House aims to offer a traditional taste of the Scottish Highlands. It features 41 beautiful en suite bedrooms, each one naturally cooled without air conditioning, individually decorated, and spread out over the main house, Riverside Building, and the Sportsman Lodge. There is also award-winning cuisine in the hotel’s 2AA Rosette Restaurant. Set in Kinclaven, Stanley, just 11.8 miles from Perth city center, which is home to a theatre, concert hall, and specialist shops, Ballathie House occupies an ideal position from which to explore the many attractions of the Scottish Highlands.
Blythswood Square Hotel
This iconic five-star historic hotel has a prestigious address overlooking a private garden square right in the heart of Glasgow. It is within walking distance of some of the city’s most well-known historical landmarks and shopping areas. These Georgian townhouses were originally home to wealthy merchants and now its painstakingly restored original features and modern touches, including air conditioning and a luxury spa, combine to create a timeless elegance and glamour.
Nestled in the very heart of Glencoe among the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a welcoming and hospitable lodging for travelers for over 300 years. This three-star inn has 23 guestrooms, and three award-winning bars, each with its own distinctive and lively character. Real ales, malt whisky, good food, and fresh coffee are served in all of them—choose the atmosphere that suits you best.
MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel and Resort
Nestled on the banks of Loch Ard, within the Queen Elizabeth Forest, this relaxing country retreat features well-appointed, un-air conditioned guestrooms with landscape-inspired décor and in-room WiFi. Enjoy the pool and spa facilities, as well as walking trails in the surrounding countryside. The restaurant’s terrace looks out over Loch Ard.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Glasgow
- One night at the Blythswood Square Hotel
- Small-group airport transfer
- One breakfast
1 Night From $248
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $198
Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.
Upon arrival at Glasgow Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer will take you to the Blythswood Square Hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (No meals included.)
If you are delayed for any reason, we kindly request that you contact our emergency assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance. This service is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to assist you with any type of travel delay.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Country Walkers provides you with City Information including recommendations on what to see and do in Glasgow during your stay.
Accommodation: Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
Included Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, the day is yours to explore. A visit to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens set in historic Glasgow Green or to Glasgow Cathedral, standing proudly in the heart of the city, won’t disappoint. Or, take a train from the nearby central station for a day in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Here, for a taste of British high-drama, visit the legendary Edinburgh Castle, atop the volcanic Castle Rock and flanked by the city’s Old Town of Reformation-era buildings and quaint pub-lined alleys. Browse the shops of the Royal Mile or climb the peak of Arthur’s Seat.
Whatever you choose, enjoy returning to your five-star hotel—a luxurious, historical retreat in the heart of the city.
Accommodation: Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
Included Meals: Breakfast
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch|
|Local (expert!) guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|Two extra nights in Blythswood Square, Glasgow|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Growing up on a small farm in northern England Rob Richardson always had an affinity for the outdoors and Scotland was a regular family holiday destination. With a desire to understand the natural world, Rob studied geology at university. Moving to Scotland in 2011, he set off to explore the highlands and islands of his home country, be it on foot or by bike. Rob now spends the majority of his time helping others discover the wonders of the great outdoors, whether through teaching geological field classes, mountain guiding, or helping visitors get a little off the beaten track.
Cat Trebilco fell in love with Scotland at age 6 on a family visit and was a frequent visitor to the mountains of the Scottish Highlands before permanently moving to Edinburgh in 2012. Considering Scotland to be her spiritual home, and with her love of nature, wildlife, and the stunning views that Scotland has to offer, she became a part time mountain guide in 2009. By 2013, she had quit her corporate job to work full time in the great outdoors! Cat is also a qualified life coach and takes people out into nature to help them discover their true path in life. Cat loves to sing, which she often does when walking in the mountains, sometimes without noticing that she’s doing it!
Alan Wright is very proud of his Glasgow roots but has lived most of his life just outside Stirling, which is on the edge of one of Scotland’s only two National Parks. His love for the outdoors began over 25 years ago and he has hiked extensively all over the Scottish Highlands and Islands giving him a wealth of knowledge and wonderful experiences. Following a career in the finance sector, he changed gears and qualified as a mountain guide in 2014 so he could spend his time following his passion for the wonderful landscape, varied wildlife, and remarkable history that his country has to offer.