Walking Holidays in Scotland
Our guided walking holidays are a wonderful way to experience the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Scotland is criss-crossed with a huge number of hill tracks, some created fairly recently while others have been used over the centuries by successive generations. The Trossachs has its fair share of these and the aim of the week is to explore some of them – not only in the physical sense but also to touch on some of the history about them and to look at the environment through which they pass.
Walking breaks at Gartmore House are priced £345 per person and include pick up from Sterling (if required), 5 nights accommodation, full board and a professional guide.
Day 1 – GlenDochart to Balquidder via Kirkton Glen
This will be a gentle day to break those boots in, crossing a pleasant hill pass between two major glens. We will start at Ledcharrie farm in Glen Dochart and follow the old hill track, past some ruined sheilings to Lochan an Eirannaich. From here we drop down to Balquidder on more recently constructed forestry tracks. At Balquidder we should also have time to visit Rob Roy’s grave. (6 miles & 1500’ of ascent).
Day 2 – Ballimore to Brig o’ Turk via Glen Meann
Our starting point is Ballimore Farm – a couple of miles above Balquidder. The path is in places indistinct but passes through some attractive terrain, gradually ascending to the pass at the head of Glen Meann, from where we can look down on Loch Finglas. The descent to Brig o’ Turk is on newer estate tracks & eventually a minor road. (8½ miles & 1500’ of ascent).
Day 3 – Tigh Mor to Kinlochard via Ben Venue
Starting from Loch Achray we will follow forestry tracks to reach the hill path which follows Glen Riabhach up onto the shoulder of Ben Venue. If time and weather permit we may go up to the summit before dropping down Ledard Glen to reach Kinlochard. (6 miles & 2000’ of ascent).
Day 4 – Aberfoyle to Brig o’ Turk over the Menteith Hills
Communities were frequently joined by a network of tracks rather than just a single one. Today, we explore an alternative route from Aberfoyle to Brig o’ Turk, via the Menteith Hills. Depending on the weather, we can either go over the hills themselves or follow the lower level route below them. (Up to 9 miles & 2000’ of ascent – depending on exact route taken).
Gartmore House has 23 en-suite bedrooms many with wonderful views. Tea and coffee making facilities available in all rooms, comfortable lounge, dining room and library to relax in and 75 acres of grounds to enjoy.
Dates and prices
Sunday 6th – Friday 11th August 2017 – £345 per person
Sunday 20th – Friday 25th August 2017 – £345 per person
2018 walking holidays
Next year our walking holidays are changing. We will no longer be offering a walking guide. We shall provide advice and walking maps, along with a daily packed lunch and dinner, bed and breakfast for people who wish to go out and explore the area themselves. Dogs are welcome.*
2018 dates and prices
Sunday 6th – Friday 11th May 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
Monday 20th – Sunday 26th August 2018 – £579 per person (6 nights)
Sunday 7th – Friday 12th October 2018 – £499 per person (5 nights)
How to book
*Please note dogs are allowed in Gartmore House but they are not permitted in the dining areas. They must be kept on a lead in public areas of the house.
The Falls of Dochart