Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour
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Scotland National Parks Walking & Hiking Tour

Scottish Highlands & Loch Lomond

Regal castles nestled among moody mountains. Lofty crags reflected in shimmering lakes. Splendid country estates with championship golf courses. Spend your days exploring the remote corners of Scotland’s rugged wilderness by foot and your evenings unwinding at elegant abodes. Uncover the geology and culture of a beguiling landscape steeped in history. Three luxurious hotels, two spectacular national parks, one incredible trip.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $5,099 pp dbl occ
($1,250 for sgl occ)

Scotland Walking and Hiking
Scotland Walking and Hiking

Scotland

Start/End Edinburgh

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Discover two crown jewels of Scotland’s public lands: Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Parks
  • Follow ages-old footpaths over heather-strewn leas and rolling green hills dotted with castles and lochs
  • Pause in small villages to connect with locals, perhaps over a spot of tea or dram of Scottish whiskey
  • Stroll amid medieval and neoclassical gems in Edinburgh, the picturesque capital city bookending your trip
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Set out from the lovely historic villages of Dunkeld and Birnam, planned by the Dukes of Atholl in the 1700s, now the gateway to the Scottish Highlands | Walk through picturesque deciduous woodlands along the River Braan to beautiful Black Linn waterfall and its confluence with the River Tay | Stand in awe of the ancient Birnam Oak, immortalized in Shakespeare's Macbeth | Take in the spectacular natural beauty of the Royal Deeside and Cairngorms National Parks | On the way to her Balmoral estate, trace the route of Queen Victoria | Explore the Muir of Dinnet and sparkling Loch Kinord | Circumnavigate Burn O'Vat, a glacial pothole formed after the last ice-age with a long history as a hiding place for fugitives, including outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor | Toss a caber at the Highland Games Centre in Braemar, where the Braemar Gathering has been a highlight on the sporting calendar since 1832.

Darroch Learg Hotel
Darroch Learg Hotel
Ballater
| Premiere Hotel

Set on a sunny wooded slope of Craigendarroch, creature comforts and serenity are on offer at this family-run hotel.

Day 3

Follow an ancient path used by cattle-thieving Cateran marauders in the Middle Ages | Straddling the border between Perthshire and Angus, the Cateran Trail is a spectacular walk through a quiet corner of the Cairngorms Highlands | Explore an authentic Scottish landscape of spittals, moors, hills, heaths, bogs, and glens | Take in glorious views of the Grampian Mountain range, whose peaks are often shrouded in mist | Settle into plush country house life at an elegant estate set within Cairngorms National Park | Set out on the steep trail to the Falls of Bruar to see its series of cascades and falls, which inspired a 1787 poem by Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns.

The Old Manse of Blair, Scotland
The Old Manse of Blair
Blair Atholl, Cairngorms National Park
| Premiere Hotel

This boutique country house hotel in the heart of Highland Perthshire combines traditional elegance with modern luxury.

Days 4-6

Discover the picturesque bens, glens and lakes of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park | Visit the Victorian seaside town of Helensburgh—home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural masterpiece, Hill House, which serves as a starting point for the coast-to-coast John Muir Way | Climb Gouk Hill for stunning views seaward and toward Campsie Fells and glistening Loch Lomond | Cross Stoneymollan Muir and descend to exquisite Cameron House, a resort bursting with Gothic grandeur | Ascend an iconic Scottish summit, Conic Hill, situated on the Highland Boundary Fault and offering awe-inspiring views of Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps (and Glasgow on a clear day) | Stroll the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before returning to Edinburgh.

Cameron House
Cameron House
Loch Lomond
| Premiere Hotel

An elegant resort and golf course set on the shore of shimmering Loch Lomond. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip is mostly rolling, with some moderate and occasionally steep ascents and descents. Many of our hikes are on uneven narrow and rocky trails and dirt paths that can be wet, muddy and boggy. We also traverse some steep mountain paths with rocky outcrops. Please note that on most days the van will be unable to intersect the route.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 13 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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