• Walk in Cairngorm National Park, jewel of the highlands
  • Walking tour of Culloden Battlefield
  • Visit 750-year-old Blair Castle
  • Walking tour of the historic Old Town of Edinburgh
  • Whisky tasting

Travel through Scotland's turbulent and intriguing history while enjoying the contrasting and rich scenery of the Central Highlands arriving finally in Edinburgh, the ancient capital. From Culloden Moor where Highland life changed forever, to the mountainous splendour of the Cairngorm National Park, then the dramatic contrasts of the lower hills, glens and forests, we see ancient standing stones and pass scenes of historic conflicts. We explore the estate of the Dukes of Atholl and visit their ancient family home, Blair Castle, set in the most beautiful grounds. We finish our journey in Edinburgh first with a walk down the Royal Mile followed by a climb to the top of Arthur's Seat for panoramic views of the capital city of Scotland. As for refreshment, we will dine on the freshest Scottish produce including salmon and local Angus beef and - to finish on a high note - we will enjoy a private whisky tasting evening.

Sunday Overnight: Muckrach Country House Hotel

Rendezvous in Inverness for a guided tour of Culloden Battlefield to set the scene for a deeper understanding of the historical context and development of the nation of Scotland. We learn more about the struggle between the Highland Clans and British Government rule which pitted father against son and ended in what was tantamount to civil war. We visit the Clava Cairns, an iron age burial site with standing stones, en route to our first hotel in the Cairngorm National Park for our Welcome Talk and Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Muckrach Country House Hotel

This morning we head to the Cairngorm Mountains, traveling through one of the few remaining areas of Caledonian pine forest and now part of a National Park much loved by locals and visitors alike for its wildlife and outdoor pursuits. If weather permits, we take a funicular from the Cairngorm base station to the Ptarmigan top station. (Those who would like, may make the hike on foot). We walk from the top station to the summit with a mountain guide to learn about the local ecology. We lunch at the observation platform with stunning panoramic views. Our afternoon walk offers the chance to enjoy the woodlands, lochs and trails of Glenmore. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tuesday Overnight: Killiecrankie House Hotel

We transfer to Glen Tilt and walk to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. We have lunch and then a tour of the 740-year-old castle and grounds, in the midst of one of the most spectacular settings of Highland Perthshire. We arrive to a warm welcome at Killiecrankie House Hotel, our base for the next three nights.

Wednesday Overnight: Killiecrankie House Hotel

We walk out from our hotel along the hillside past the golf course to the tiny village of Moulin, nestling in the hills above the town of Pitlochry. From there we walk past the ruins of 14th century Black Castle to admire the Black Spout waterfall then descend through the woods through Pitlochry for lunch. We walk up the River Tummel, crossing the huge hydroelectric dam and see the salmon ladder which allows the fish to bypass the dam as they swim upriver. Passing Loch Faskally the walk continues up the River Garry and ends at a spot below the hotel near the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie where, in 1689, a fleeing Government soldier is said to have made a superhuman leap of 18ft to escape the pursuing Jacobites. We return to Killiecrankie House for dinner and overnight.

Thursday Overnight: Killiecrankie House Hotel

Today our walking takes us to the Dunkeld area through a landscape planted by the Dukes of Atholl with a romantic viewing gallery over the River Braan. We see the remains of an ancient forest including the Birnam Oak, so memorable for Shakespeare that he wrote it into ˜Macbeth. We visit Dunkeld Cathedral and end with a walk in the hills above the village where ospreys can sometimes be seen. You can choose to take time out to explore this delightful village.

Friday Overnight: The George Hotel

We leave Killicrankie for our final destination -Edinburgh. With Morag Dunbar, our Walk Manager and Scottish Blue Badge Guide, we explore Calton Hill for beautiful views of the city, descending by secluded pathways into the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, enjoying some of the hidden surprises of the Royal Mile with lunch near Holyrood Park. The afternoon concludes with an invigorating walk up Arthurs Seat to enjoy the most dramatic 360 degree views or, alternatively, the chance to do some independent sightseeing. In the evening we gather at the hotel to walk to a private Whisky Club to enjoy a Single Malt whisky tasting and Farewell Dinner.


The Walk is finished, but we recommend spending the weekend in Edinburgh taking in some of the many sights including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Our Edinburgh Hotel is centrally located near the train station and conveniently placed for airport bus transfers and the new tram system.
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Terrain: Gentle hill walking,woodland tracks, well laid trails.Options for more or less vigorous walking. 8-12 miles walking per day.


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(Single Supplement $565.00)
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From Sep 10 to Sep 16 (more dates)
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Arrival: Inverness
Departure: Edinburgh


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Hotels - Where we stay

Muckrach Country House Hotel

Muckrach Country House Hotel

Muckrach Country House Hotel is an intimate and luxurious haven amid the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park and has recently undergone complete refurbishment. Originally built in 1860 as a shooting lodge on the estate of Clan Grant, this splendid Victorian building set in 10 acres of grounds, looks out across wonderful mountain views. The bedrooms have been individually and luxuriously decorated and furnished, with contemporary bathroom suites. All rooms have WiFi access, smart TV, iPod dock and speakers, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe, complimentary water and condiment tray. The restaurant is located in the conservatory offering delightful views of the gardens and mountains beyond and head chef, Rayner Muller, prepares delicious but unpretentious meals using the freshest of Scottish ingredients from local suppliers. Archie, Muckrach's Highland bull, is a tourist attraction in his own right, as is the magnificent Wellingtonia tree in the gardens, planted more than 150 years ago.

Killiecrankie House Hotel

Killiecrankie House Hotel

Henrietta Fergusson, a personal friend of The Wayfarers, welcomes us to Killiecrankie House. Henrietta and her staff make every effort to ensure that guests feel at home and, returning to the hotel each night feels like staying at the comfortable home of a friend with impeccable taste! The hotel sits in four acres of wooded grounds and the front of the house faces the wooded hillside of Craig Fonvuick across the Pass of Killiecrankie and the River Garry. It is a wonderfully tranquil setting. The hotel takes great pride in its award winning restaurant. All bedrooms are ensuite and, having been recently refurbished, no detail in elegant decor or luxurious comfort has been overlooked. Every room has its own en-suite bathroom as well as luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, TV, radio, phone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

The George Hotel

The George Hotel

With a prime location in a prominent 18th century building on the Scottish capital's famous George Street, the George Hotel is one of Edinburgh's leading hotels. All of the 249 beautifully decorated bedrooms are fully equipped with the latest technology. They have modern, ensuite facilities, plasma TV with cable and movies on demand, free WiFi, safe.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants