Wed 15th May 2024
- Tue 21st May 2024
Scotland is one of our special places that we want you to explore with us. This is a brand new trip to give you adventurous women the chance to climb some mountains and explore this lesser known, beautiful area of Perthshire. As well as mountains the area is steeped in history and culture and the story of Braveheart ! Do join us …
Date: Wednesday May 15th to Tuesday May 21st – 6 nights/ 6 walks
Guide: Sue Blaikie
Walking Grade: 3 Goats as this is a holiday to stretch your legs and try some of the Scottish mountains including a couple of Scotland’s Munros ( mountains over 3000ft) Ben Chonzie. Walks will be up to 28kms and you will be walking for full days on some uneven terrain.There will be some cultural trips and options to have rest times and perhaps a spa!
This is for women who have a good level of fitness and would like to walk in the mountains of this wonderful area of Scotland.
Base: our base is the charming town of Crieff in the heart of Perthshire and a hub for exploring this beautiful area. We stay in two family run neighbouring guest houses – The Merlindale and The Fir Tree. Both small so we use both and we will meet to walk and to eat together each evening. You can be sure of a warm Scottish welcome with a hearty local breakfast to kick start your day.
Getting there: there are many routes to Crieff and we can advise depending where you are coming from.
Stirling is the easiest place to get to with trains connecting from Edinburgh and Glasgow. We will arrange taxi pick ups from Stirling to Crieff and return – a journey by car of approx. 30 minutes.
Arrivals: Arrive by 4pm for check in, a briefing with your guide at 17.00 and a short orientation walk before dinner together in Crieff.
Departures: There will be an option of a morning walk so plan trains/travel after 14.00 if you would like to walk.
Price: £1,195 per person solo occupancy in ensuite room.
If you bring a partner/friend and share a room the price is £995 per person.
- 6 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation in en-suite solo occupancy room
- All packed lunches for walking days
- 2 dinners – welcome meal and final night in local restaurants
- Expert local guiding for the week
- Pick up and return – from Stirling Train Station
- Local Transport needed for walks
- A visit to Stirling Castle
- Travel to Stirling
- Dinners on 4 nights – there are lots of local cafes/restaurants
- Additional excursions
- Additional drinks not included above
Perthshire in Scotland is an area overflowing with natural beauty. It has it all with glens, Munro mountains,waterfalls,forests,moors,rivers,woodlands and gardens. The hiking is fantastic and we can’t wait to show you around.
Our base in Crieff is a Scottish market town in Perth and Kinross on the A85 road between Perth and Crianlarich, It has become a hub for tourism with many different activities locally and some great cafes and restaurants. It is the perfect spot in Perthshire to explore from.
Please note that itineraries can always change due to the weather. Our guides know the area and please trust that they will plan your holiday to give you the best experience. Flexibility and a sense of adventure is always helpful. Expect to be doing full days of hiking.
You guide will brief you each evening/morning about the days walk.
Day 1 : Arrival for check in around 16.00 followed by a briefing with your guide at 17.00 and a short local orientation walk . Dinner together in Crieff.
We aim to do these walks in the order below but walks may change depending on the weather. We always start with a walk to stretch legs and for the group to get used to the area and terrain. We will do 5 good walks with options for rest or other cultural activities.
Walk 1: approx 20 kms. Ascent 280m and Descent 331m – a chance to stretch legs and prepare for higher walks. Crieff to Comrie and Cultybraggan WW II camp
We leave Crieff and walk along beside the river Earn before picking up a disused railway track to the delightful village of Comrie. We stop for a cuppa before heading along the river and the Diels Cauldron loop which brings us back into Corrie where we will visit “Earthquake House’, the smallest listed building in Europe. From here we get a bus for the short 15 minute bus ride back to Crieff.
Walk 2: Circular loop up to Ben Chonzie one of Scotland’s 282 Munro Mountains (over 3000ft) approx 28km and ascent 1166m and descent of 1208m.
A wonderful adventure to climb a Munro . This is a big walk day up Ben Chonzie with great views of surrounding hills and Loch Turret . There are a variety of ways to walk this loop and your guide will brief you on the morning of the walk as it will depend on the weather. The walk is over tracks, country roads, uneven paths which are often loose rock and across heathery ground which can be potentially boggy.
Walk 3: To Stirling – the land of Braveheart. 21kms. Ascent 648m and descent 630m.
A 30 minute bus trip to Dunblane where we start our walk. We walk south along the Allan Water river before heading east and the option of Dumyat hill (190metres) which overlooks Stirling. We then head down through Stirling University campus to the Wallace monument – this is the land of Braveheart and William Wallace who defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling bridge in 1297.
After this we walk into Stirling via the remains of Cambuskenneth Abbey to Stirling Castle. There is an option to visit the castle or to spend time in Stirling.
We return by bus to Crieff – a journey of about 1 hour.
Walk 4 : Ben Vorlich (another Munro) Distance approx 25km. Ascent 1099m and descent 1093m.
Transport to Lochearnhead and then a circular loop to Ben Vorlich with fantastic views over Loch Earn.
We have an option this day to do a shorter walk of 18km from Lochearnhead to Killin. Your guide will discuss with you the night before.
Walk 5 : The Comrie Loop and Cultybraggan Prisoner of War camp approx 20km. Ascent 270m. Descent 278m.
We take a 15 minute bus ride to Comrie where we do a circular loop, visit the Cultybraggan POW camp with a couple of optional hills en route.
Walk 6: a last day walk of 10km. Ascent 282m. Descent 288m.
We walk through the woods and hillside known as the Knock to the Glenturret Whisky distillery. There is an option to stay on and do a whisky tour and have a cuppa and cake or lunch. Please plan travel to allow for a morning walk.