Perthshire & The Cairngorms – Cohen

August 2024

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Travel to Perthshire

Meet your Wilderness Scotland guide in Edinburgh this morning and begin your journey north. On your way, stop in the pretty village of Aberfeldy to enjoy a private tour of a spectacular 16th-century castle and learn about its place in the turbulent history of the Highlands. Before continuing, pop into a local, award-winning chocolate shop which makes the most delicious truffles. Arriving at your accommodation in the mid-afternoon, perhaps join your guide for a lovely short walk to explore the area, or simply take some time to relax.

Drive time: approx 2 hours plus breaks

Overnight: Ballintaggart | The Grandtully Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Schiehallion and Glen Lyon

Today we’ll aim high at set our sights on ‘Schiehallion’, from the Gaelic’ Sith Chailleann’, means ‘Fairy Hill of the Caledonians’ and is home to important species such as ptarmigan, mountain hare and rare mountain willow. Afterwards, head to Glen Lyon, described by the playwright and poet Sir Walter Scot as the longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland. Walk through the birch woodland, enjoying views that stretch up and down the valley. Return to your accommodation later this afternoon and indulge in a glass of your chosen spirit before dinner.

Drive time: approx 1 hour with breaks

Overnight: Ballintaggart | The Grandtully Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Into the Highlands

Continuing north this morning, we’ll head for the Cairngorms National Park. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a circumnavigation of The Uath Lochans, known locally as the Paw Print Lochans, which are a hive of biodiversity. Raised boardwalks wind through reedy marshlands. Look out for a glimpse of the occasional frog and the glittering wings of dragonflies as they dart over the wetlands. Climbing a short way to Farleitter Crag, this small hill offers incredible elevated views of the water, forest and surrounding Cairngorm Mountains. Relax into your accommodation this evening and enjoy your first Highland dinner.

Drive time: approx 2 hours plus breaks

Overnight: Cairngorms | Coig Na Shee
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Hiking in the Cairngorms

Spend the day exploring the beautiful walking trails of the Cairngorms National Park with your guide. Depending on the weather and how you’re feeling, there are many wonderful walking options to choose from. Perhaps opt to get up high and traverse the great weather-beaten Cairngorm plateau that stretches magnificent and vast below an arching sky. Or, if the sun burns bright, stay low in the leafy labyrinth of the valleys, winding your way to a loch that shimmers deep and dark amongst the pines. This evening return to the welcoming warmth of your accommodation before a peaceful evening in the heart of Scotland’s largest and wildest National Park.

Drive time: TBC, depending on chosen walk for the day but likely no more than 1 hour

Overnight: Cairngorms | Coig Na shee
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Hiking in Balmoral and a Royal Lochnagar Distillery Tour

This morning, we’ll leave the northern side of the Park behind us and head south. Upon arrival, head out with your guide for a stunning hike in the beautiful Balmoral Estate. A Highland residence of the Royal Family since it was bought for Queen Victoria in 1852, walk through the ancient Caledonian pine forests, listening out for the white-water rush of a river and the bright sing-song call of a blackbird. Whether you fancy a mellow circular walk or a more demanding high-level stomp, your guide will be able to suggest the perfect option for you. After lunch, enjoy a private tour and tasting at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which was issued with a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1848. Learn about the history of Scotland’s most famous tipple while also having the chance to indulge in a tasting.

Drive time: approx 3 hours plus breaks

Overnight: Cairngorms | Darroch Learg
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Exploring Linn O’Dee

Join your guide this morning for a walk through the intriguing and beautiful landscape of the Highlands. Hike along the banks of the River Dee, which rises from a spring on the Braeriach plateau in the Cairngorms and empties into the dark waters of the North Sea. Stop to admire Linn O’Dee, where the river cascades through a narrow chasm, overlooked by an old stone bridge. Visit the waterfall further up the glen, winding your way through old pinewoods that tang with sunshine and resin. This evening return to your accommodation and relax after an invigorating day spent in the fresh air.

Drive time: approx 1 hour plus breaks

Overnight: Cairngorms | Darroch Learg
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Return to Edinburgh

After a hearty breakfast, transfer south to Edinburgh where your guide will drop you at your chosen location and bid their farewells. Along the way, you may wish to stop for a short leg stretch and a mid-morning pick me up in the beautiful village of Dunkeld.

Drive time: approx 3 hours plus breaks

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 7
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24-hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is £4,165 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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