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Heart of Scotland Walking Tours

In The Heart Of Scotland
 8 days 7 nights
Pitlochry - Loch Faskally - Killiecrankie -Soldier's Leap
Blair Atholl Edradour - Glencoe - Ben Vrackie - Edinburgh

The heart of Scotland is a country of mountains, lochs and rushing waters. Here you can enjoy walking in idyllic surroundings while making new friends. Your tour guide knows the area intimately and will be delighted to introduce you to Scotland's culture, country and people.

Day 1:
Arrival in Pitlochry
Discover Scotland's best kept secret: Pitlochry in the county of Perthshire. Pitlochry is a friendly, picturesque little highland town on the banks of the River Tummel and Loch Faskally, with numerous shops and banks, restaurants and cozy, traditional pubs. It is also one of Scotland's most beautiful walking areas. Upon arrival at the airport you will receive a transfer to your hotel in Pitlochry. The hotel is a fine Victorian building situated peacefully above the attractive little town. You will be welcomed with drinks and dinner.

Day 2: All-day Walk
Discover the neighborhood through a peaceful, guided walk in which you will see the picturesque River Tummel, Loch Faskally, River Garry, Pass of Killiecrankie and the Soldier's Leap. Loch Faskally is rich in wildlife and migrating Atlantic salmon may be seen. The Pass of Killiecrankie is a wooded gorge through which the River Garry tumbles over rocks and waterfalls. The pass is the famous historical site where the Jacobite Highlanders were victorious over a government force in 1689. A soldier of the government army, in his desperation to escape, is supposed to have jumped 18 feet across the gorge. The site of this feat is known as the Soldier's Leap. The walk can be extended to Blair Atholl with a visit to Blair Castle (additional cost). Dinner together.

Day 3: Half-day Walk to Edradour
This half-day walk takes you to Scotland's smallest whisky distillery, Edradour. This scenic excursion and sampling of Scotland's "water-of-life" is included in the tour price. The afternoon is free for your choice of activity which could consist of cycling, mountain biking, swimming, sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, golf, tennis, riding, fishing or mountaineering. The possibilities are almost endless.

Day 4: All-day Walk
A varied walk through the woods with fine views of Loch Tummel and the Queen's View. The view westwards along the loch, with woods and meadows on its banks, heather clad hills above and the peaks of Glencoe in the distance, was a favorite with Queen Victoria. Dinner together.

Day 5: Organized Outings
Various organized outings as described below may be booked.
1. By bus - A Highland excursion: Loch Ness, Inverness, the prehistoric site of Clava Cairns, the Caledonian Canal, Fort William, the Western Highlands, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and the Trossachs.
2. By train - To Edinburgh for an interesting city sightseeing tour or the option of an amusing afternoon's treasure hunt in the Old Town.
3. By bus - Discover Royal Deeside with the Queen's castle at Balmoral, Aberdeen, the North Sea coast, romantic Dunnottar Castle, Dundee and Perth.

Day 6: All-day Walk
Today we climb Ben Vrackie (841 m) on a varied and beautiful round walk. Dinner together.

Day 7: All-day Walk
This walk will be adapted to the wishes and abilities of the group. Later in the day we will possibly be entertained to a Scottish evening (still to be confirmed) consisting of traditional music and dancing. Dinner together.

Day 8: Departure
Airport transfer to Edinburgh and departure or connection to the next tour program.

"Spring walks" May 25, June 1,15,22
"Summer walks" July 6-13, Aug 3-10, Aug 31- Sept 7
"Autumn walks" Oct 12-19

Tour includes:

Transfers to all the walks described, 2 airport transfers - to and from Edinburgh Airport, accommodation for 7 nights in double/twin room with en suite shower/bath/WC, TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, 5 full dinners with menu to choose from, 7 full Scottish breakfasts, 4 guided walks as described, entry to some attractions, e.g. whisky distillery, welcome drink, and the evening program as described.

Not included:
Excursion by bus or train

Prices per person:
$1080 in double room, $1080 in triple room, $1301 n single room.


Last Modified 08/12/03

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