Hike the Highlands of Scotland with E.A.
July 10-16, 2019 (subject to change)
Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh and travel to The Trossachs
We'll meet in Edinburgh and drive up to The Trossachs, passing through Falkirk and touring Bannockburn and Stirling. We'll discover the history of 'Rob Roy Country' en route before stopping on the outskirts of Callander for a short hike to Bracklinn Falls via an old Roman Fort known as Tamnafalloch (hill of strife) which is a natural hillock and the highest point of a ridge overlooking the nature reserve of Flanders Moss.
Day 2 - Cruise and hike Loch Katrine
After a hearty breakfast we'll transfer to Loch Katrine to take a cruise on an original 19th century steamship that has plied the waters of Loch Katrine for over 100 years. As you travel, the tales and legends of the loch will be narrated by a member of the ship’s crew, and you will be struck by the beauty of the landscape, the very scenery which captured the imagination of Sir Walter Scott, inspiring him to write his poem “The Lady of the Lake”. Then we will hike the edge of the Loch learning about historical character from the area.
Day 3 - Hike from Balmaha to Rowardennan
Today we'll make a visit to the ruins of Buchanan Castle (no entry permitted and you can't get up close due to it's state of disrepair but an impressive sight none the less) before setting off for a 7 mile hike along the West Highland Way from Balmaha running up the east shore of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan (approx. 3-4 hours walking). Loch Lomond is the immortal subject of ballad and legend and is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain! We'll then transfer further north to Glencoe (approx. 2.5 hours drive) where you'll be staying for the next two nights. Your journey through through Rannoch Moor and the Grampian Mountains will be a spectacular one, so have your cameras at the ready!
Day 4 - The Devil's Staircase
We'll travel from Glencoe Village through the Pass of Glencoe to Altnafeadh where you'll follow the West Highland Way up and over the Devil's Staircase, aptly named by the soldiers who were part of the road building program in that area. This section of the West Highland Way is only approximately 6 miles but will take you around 3-4 hours to complete. On arrival in Kinlochleven, we'll transfer to the Glencoe visitors centre where you can learn more about the massacre of February 1692 and back in Glencoe Village you can visit the memorial commemorating the MacDonald Clan who perished during this tragic event.
Day 5 - Hike Kinlochleven to Fort William
A big day of hiking awaits us today as we travel the final 14 miles of the West HIghland Way (approx. 6-8 hours). We journey from Kinlochleven, through Larigmor and into the Nevis Forest to emerge from the hills high above Fort William. Our comfortable guest house awaits us this afternoon where you can relax before a free evening in Fort William or an early night depending how you are feeling.
Day 6 - Mallaig and the Glenfinnan Monument
We take to the rails today with a 1.5 hour train ride from Fort William to Mallaig, passing through some of Scotland's most atmospheric scenery. You will cross the famous 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (featured in the Harry Potter movies), which offers views of the poignant Glenfinnan monument at the head of Loch Shiel. On arrival in Mallaig we'll take a 4 mile round trip walk (approx. 1-2 hours) to Loch an Nostarie, a pretty hill loch which will invoke a sense of peace in these pleasant surroundings. Following lunch we'll drive the route back to Fort William, stopping for an up close visit to the Glenfinnan monument. This evening we'll enjoy a final meal in Fort William.
Day 7 - Monach of the Glen and a wee dram
We travel through Monach of the Glen country today en route to Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest distillery in Scotland! It may be early but a wee dram will then see us on our way for lunch in Pitlochry before we return to Edinburgh where our journey ends and you continue under your own arrangements.
$2000 per person based on two people sharing - if you are a single person and are willing to share we will match you up. A supplement of $350 for a single person
$300 due on booking the balance due 10 weeks before the departure.
Price will go up in Jan so book now.
Included in the price:
- 2 nights accommodation in the Trossachs
- 2 nights accommodation in Glencoe
- 2 nights accommodation in Fort William
- Breakfast and Lunch throughout
- Mini Bus Transport throughout
- Loch Katrine Cruise
- Entrance to Glencoe Visitors Centre
- Fort William to Mallaig Train
- Whisky Tour
- E.A. Channon as a guide
- Paulette Channon as organizer
If you cancel before the balance is due you will receive a full refund.
Once the balance is paid and the accommodations are lined up we are unable to offer a refund. Accommodations will start to be booked in March.
If for any reason we need to cancel the trip you will receive a full refund.