Mountains, Lakes & Forests - Guided Walking Holiday
Southern Highlands -
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
- 28. May
- 08. September (Women's Hiking Tour)
Arrival and transfer from Glasgow to Balmaha, Loch Lomond
The Foothills of Ben Lomond
- Hiking along the famous West Highland Way
- Scenic, informative history trail on past livelihoods
This versatile walk on the romantic east shore of Loch Lomond explores the shores of Loch Lomond along Scotland’s most famous long distance trail.
In the afternoon we walk up into the gentle hillside at the foot of the loch's big mountain, Ben Lomond (974m) to the remains of an ancient settlement, Ardess, which reveals traces of a remarkably industrious and industrial past.
A super introduction to Highland landscapes and not too taxing a hike for a first day.
(4 hrs walk, 5 km + 2 km, undulating, 60m alt)
The Trossachs, Loch Katrine and the shores of Loch Lomond
- The beautiful 'Trossachs' Forests of Rob Roy
- Sail on the elegant Victorian steamship 'SS Walter Scott'
- Walk in Loch Lomond's romantic and rugged wild country
The lush and dense Trossachs forests, dotted with picturesque lakes, were the home of Scotland's famous Rob Roy who roamed the area to rob from the rich and provide for the poor. Loch Katrine, the biggest of the Trossachs lakes, is set amidst rugged hills and features as the romantic backdrop in Walter Scott's 19th century legends and poems.
The day begins with a drive through this beautiful area to Loch Katrine where you board the 19th century steamship" Sir Walter Scott". Following the 45 minutes sailing to the northern end of the lake is a brief journey to Loch Lomond. After lunch we spend the afternoon walking along the shore past 'Rob Roy's Cave' enjoying magnificent views across the water to the peaks of the southern Highland mountains.
(4 hrs walk, 8 km, undulating)
The Arrochar Alps - Craggy Peaks and Glaciated Valleys
- Explore Buttermilk Glen and conquer Bealach a'Mhaim pas
- Experience wild glaciated valleys and craggy mountains
Highland scenery at its best: we drive along the high road and the bonny banks of this largest of freshwater stretches in Britain enjoying wide views across to the grandiose heights of Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the 'Munros'.
Straight from the sea rise the bizarre and domineering formations of the Arrochar Alps to the west of Loch Lomond. Unconquerable as they seem it is a delight on relatively good paths to hike amongst this mass of rock and experience a whole array of different landscapes with spectacular views across the wide estuary of the Clyde and wild mountains to the west.
An invigorating and satisfying walk covering a hight of 500m. You will want to come back for those peaks next time! (4 - 5 hrs walk, 6 km, 500m)
In the afternoon, a visit to the picturesque small Highland town Inveraray introduces you to some Scottish history and Clan politics.
Ben A'an in the Trossachs & cycling along Loch Katrin's shores
- Climbing this mini volcano is fun and offers grand views
- Enjoy a fabulous cycle ride along the shore of Loch Katrine
We climb an ancient mini volcano which offers superb views of the Trossachs and gives an excellent idea of the local geography. A great hike of about 3.5 hours and 3 km for those who like an invigorating option.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a fabulous cycle ride along the scenic shores of Loch Katrine.
Waterfalls, Wild Goats and Kilts in Glen Falloch (Loch Lomond)
- Spot some feral goats and ancient ruins in wild country
- Catch a boat for a dram in one of Scotland's oldest pubs
This delightful and gentle walk along an old cattle drovers' path takes us past the great Ben Glass waterfall to the rugged hills of Loch Lomond's northern end. Wild goats are roaming these lovely forests of birch -, oak - and hazel trees and ruins of old settlements point to a lively history of the area. There are grand views, particularly when Loch Lomond appears like a discovery. Once at the shore of the loch we signal the ferryman who is to rescue us back to civilization.
(4 hrs walk, 8 km, undulating)
You benefit from a drive along the complete length of Loch Lomond's western shore and you have the opportunity to enjoy a pint or a wee dram in one of Scotland's oldest and most popular pubs, the Drovers' Inn. Here the sight of a Highlander dressed in a kilt is guaranteed!
West Highland Way & Inchcailloch Island
- A splendid hike on Scotland's famous long path
- Boat to a lovely island: wild deer, birds, 13th century ruin
This is a wonderfully relaxing and varied hike. A gentle elevation with ever changing views over the hills and the wide, expansive landscapes changing from the Lowlands to the Highlands. The peak of Conic Hill marks a spectacular geological fault line and offers panoramic views as far as the coast, the Isle of Arran and the Highland mountains. (3 hrs walk, 6km, 361 m alt)
After picnic lunch we take a short boat ride from Balmaha across to the romantic island of Inchcailloch where we walk its magic woods and come across ancient history of local clans and hermit saints - and great views over the loch. (1 hr walk, 2km, 87m alt)
Departure and transfer to Glasgow Airport/ Train Station for 17.30 hrs.