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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6: All-day Walk
Today we climb Ben Vrackie (841 m) on a varied
and beautiful round walk. Dinner together.
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.
Airport transfer to Edinburgh and departure or connection to the
next tour program.
"Spring walks" May 25, June 1,15,22
walks" July 6-13, Aug 3-10, Aug 31- Sept 7
"Autumn walks" Oct
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.
by bus or train
Prices per person:
in double room, $1080 in triple room, $1301 n single room.