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Introductory Hill Walking Holidays

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.

During your stay you will enjoy a selection of walks guided by our expert Gavin Clarke. Walks will occasionally involve (but not in all cases) treks over pathless heather and rough terrain. Distances for walks are between 6 to 9 miles, climbing up to a maximum 3000 feet, which will gradually increase throughout the week. Duration of walks is approx. 5 to 7 hours.

Example walks include:

GlenDochart to Balquhidder via Kirkton Glen
This is a gentle walk to break those boots in, crossing a pleasant hill pass between two major glens. We start at Ledcharrie farm in Glen Dochart and follow the old hill track, past some ruined sheilings to Lochan an Eirannaich. From there we drop down to Balquhidder on more recently constructed forestry tracks. At Balquhidder you can visit Rob Roy’s grave. (6 miles & 1500ft of ascent).

Tigh Mor to Kinlochard via Ben Venue
Starting from Loch Achray we follow forestry tracks to reach the hill path which follows Glen Riabhach up onto the shoulder of Ben Venue. If time and weather permits we can go up to the summit before dropping down Ledard Glen to reach Kinlochard. (6 miles & 2000ft of ascent).

Aberfoyle to Brig o’ Turk over the Menteith Hills
Explore Aberfoyle to Brig o’ Turk, via the Menteith Hills. Depending on the weather, we can go over the hills themselves or follow the lower level route below them. (Up to 9 miles & 2000ft of ascent – depending on exact route taken).

What’s included?
Your five or six night stay will be in the comfort of Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board (including packed lunches to take on the hikes); all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00).

Dates & Prices 2019

Sunday 31st March – Friday 5th April 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 20th – Friday 26th July 2019 – £625 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 25th – Friday 30th August 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – FULL
Sunday 8th – Friday 13th September 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – BOOK ONLINE

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Terms and Conditions

A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

Sunday 
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Walk (picnic lunch is included)
16:00 Return to Gartmore House
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Morning walk in the local area
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to enjoy another walk this afternoon
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Walk (picnic lunch included)
16:00 Return to Gartmore House
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

What you need to bring:
– Layered outdoor gear
– Non-cotton trousers
– Walking boots (waterproof if possible)
– Waterproof jacket and over-trousers
– Day pack for food and spare kit
– Gaiters (advised, but not essential)
– Walking poles (you can borrow these from your tutor if you don’t already have them)

Tutor Gavin Clarke

Gavin Clarke is a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor who was introduced to the Scottish Hills by his Mum as a 14-year old in 1966 and has, since then, spent pretty much all his spare time exploring the hills and glens of Scotland.  Since 2009, Gavin has been guiding parties as a freelance Mountain Leader, largely around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs (mostly on behalf of Gartmore House). This is his natural stomping ground, and where he started his freelance work in 2012 with Arthur Jones, a now-retired Aberfoyle Summer Mountain Leader. Gavin also spends a bit of time playing in local Stirling Ceilidh bands.

 

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

The Falls of Dochart
The Falls of Dochart
Loch Achray
Loch Achray
Ben Venue
Ben Venue

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