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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 single malt whiskey at the Blair Athol Distillery, where water from the Grampian mountains blends with ancient Highland malt to create the mellow and deep, well-rounded signature taste.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2023 Pre-Tour Extension - Glasgow
- One night at the Blythswood Square Hotel
- Airport car service on arrival
- Daily breakfast
- City information
1 Night From $245
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $245
All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.
Start off your first day in Glasgow right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.
After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|17 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches 6 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour|
|Two extra nights in Glasgow|
|Airport car service for arrival and departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
The rural scenery and relaxed pace made for an excellent way to see this part of Scotland. Our leaders, Cat & Alan were top notch! Both are passionate about Scotland and this came through in the wide range of historical knowledge and stories they shared. Cat's singing of Scottish ballads was delightful! Mid September provided cool temperatures and abundant sunshine, excellent conditions for walking. The Kelingrove Art Museum was the highlight of the Glasgow pre-trip. It would have been nice to tack on Edinburgh as a pre- or post- trip option. Not seeing Edinburgh was my only regret but, overall,…
Scotland: The Highlands
Somehow we ended up with beautiful weather for seeing the glorious scenery. The 3 guides were super, especially Alan who was always thinking out the next step and planning for any contingencies. We enjoyed all of our fellow hikers also.
Scotland: The Highlands
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Having lived most of her life in Scotland, Gill McMillan takes great delight in sharing this beautiful landscape with others. She has been a full-time professional guide for the past 7 years, but her love for hiking started much earlier, taking her to places like Nepal, Morocco & Canada. Her greatest accomplishments include climbing all of Scotland’s 282 Munros completing the Camino de Santiago, and trekking the length of Scotland. Gill has picked up many skills during her adventures including her love of wildflowers and local folklore. Luckily, Scotland has an endless supply of stories for Gill to share with all CW guests.
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!
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.
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.