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Walking Level 2Perthshire, Argyll en de Eilanden

Deze reis heeft alles in zich wat Schotland heeft te bieden: wandelingen in Hooglanden in Perthshire en onderweg naar Oban, spectaculaire wandelingen langs de kust vanuit Oban, bezoek aan de uitgebreide archeologie in Kilmartin Glen en wandelingen op de eilanden Kerrera, Mull en Ulva.

Hoogtepunten

  • Wandelen op Kenmore Hill met schitterend uitzicht over Loch Tay
  • Rit over Rannoch Moor en door Glen Coe
  • Wandeling op het eiland Kerrera
  • De monumenten uit de Steen en Bronstijd in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll
  • Tobermory op het eiland Mull
  • Wandeling op het eiland Ulva
  • Boottocht naat de eilanden Lunga en Staffa

Perthshire, Argyll en de eilanden luxe wandelrondreis Schotland

Highland Perthshire
Highland Perthshire ligt naar Schotse begrippen ver van de zee. Highland Perthshire onderscheidt zich van de rest van Schotland door hoge bergen, lange en diepe dalen en vele bossen en is daarmee in sterk contrast met de kust van Argyll. Perthshire is nooit een land van kleine boerenbedrijven geweest, daarvoor was het te vruchtbaar en te dun bevolkt. In plaats daarvan vinden we rijke landgoederen en grote boerderijen, bossen met herten en rivieren met zalm.

Walking on Kerrera, Argyll

Isle of Kerrera, Argyll

Vele generaties van de zogenaamde 'Planting Dukes of Athol' hebben het landschap gecreëerd, zoals we het vandaag zien. Tussen 1738 en 1830 hebben zijn ongeveer 27 miljoen naaldbomen geplant. Het resultaat is dat Perthshire nu bekend staat als 'Big Tree Country'. Het heeft niet alleen een groot aantal enorme bomen, in Fortingall staat een taxusboom die minstens 3.000 jaar oud is en deze is daarmee het oudste levende organisme in Europa.

Argyl
Argyll in de westelijke Hooglanden heeft een lange kust waar de zee diep insnijdt. Daarachter ligt een landschap van weiden en veengebieden omgeven door heuvels, dalen en meertjes. De kust, waar 'crofts' (keuterboerderijtjes) nog steeds kunnen worden gevonden en kreeftenvissers hun kreeftenpotten uitzetten, is een uniek wild landschap met vele eilanden, groot en klein. De bergen van Argyll zijn ruiger dan die van Perthshire en de dalen steiler en korter met wilde rivieren en watervallen. Hoe dichter je bij de Atlantische kust van Argyll komt, hoe meer de wind de bomen misvormt en beperkt in hun groei.

Het eiland Mull
Mull is één van de grootste Hebriden-eilanden, maar het is aangevreten door zo veel zee-armen, dat de zee vanaf bijna het hele eiland te zien en te horen is. De hoge kliffen, zandstranden en rotsachtige baaien met grotten en bogen zorgen voor een verrassing na iedere bocht.

Otter on the Isle of Ulva

Otter on the isle of Ulva

Een smalle landstrip verdeelt het eiland in een noord en zuid. De zuidelijke helft Heeft in het centrum hoge berden, waaronder de 966 meter hoge top van Ben More. Tobermory (Mary's Well), de "hoofdstad" vasn Mull is in noord-Mull. Hier is een gelaagd landschap veroorzaakt door vulkaan uitbarstingen 50 miljoen jaar geleden. De verticale randen hiervan zorgen voor vele watervallen en tenwesten van Mull liggen de lava eilanden Staffa, Treshnish en Ulva.

Natuur
De natuur weerspiegelt de verschillen tussen Perthshire en Argyll op vele manieren, bijvoorbeeld met grote kuddes met edelherten en meer vogels van koud berglandschap, zoals de sneeuwhoen en sneeuwgors op de bergen van Perthshire, terwijl in Argyll veel dieren die bij de kust leven voorkomen, zoals zeehonden en vele soorten zeevogels, waaronder papagaaiduikers. In beide gebieden komen steenarenden en otters voor en daarnaast een groot aantal andere soorten.


Day-by-day Programme

The programme will be subject to variables such as weather and the abilities of the group and changes may also be made to take account of lambing, deer stalking, etc. Any such alterations will always take into account the need to maintain the overall character of the holiday.

Luxury hiking tour Highland Perthshire, Argyll & the Isles, Scotland

 

  1. Friday: Glasgow - Fortingall, Highland Perthshire
  2. Saturday: Loch Tay
  3. Sunday: Castle Menzies and Glen Tilt, Blair Atholl
  4. Monday: Journey to Argyll, Glen Coe
  5. Tuesday: Isle of Kerrera and whisky distillery tour
  6. Wednesday: Kilmartin Glen
  7. Thursday: Oban - Isle of Mull
  8. Friday: Isle of Ulva
  9. Saturday: boat trip to Lunga and Staffa
  10. Sunday: Isle of Mull - Glasgow

Friday: Glasgow - Fortingall, Highland Perthshire
We will meet you in the city centre or at Glasgow International Airport in the afternoon. The journey will take us northwards via Stirling and through the Trossachs to Fortingall, near Aberfeldy.

Walking in Kenmore, Loch Tay, Highland Perthshire

Loch Tay from Kenmore Hill, Perthshire

Saturday: Loch Tay
We will spend today at the mouth of Loch Tay, where our first walk takes us deep into the gorge of the Acharn burn, with its spectacular falls. Popular with travellers since Victorian times, the Acharn falls are reached through the 'Hermit's Cave', an artificial, stone construction, planned in the 1760s by the 3rd Earl of Breadalbane to give the most dramatic approach possible. Judge for yourself whether or not he succeeded! ?

Our next stop is the Scottish Crannog Centre, an authentic reconstruction of an early iron-age loch-dwelling in Loch Tay. This re-creation is based on excavation evidence from the 2600-year-old site of 'Oakbank Crannog', one of 18 preserved in Loch Tay.?

The afternoon is reserved for a circuit on Kenmore Hill with spectacular views across Loch Tay to the Ben Lawers range, the unmistakable cone of Schiehallion and towards the Cairngorms. Kenmore Hill has been planted with Scots pine and other native trees to allow the recovery and expansion of the remnant Caledonian Forest. The area is home to black grouse, but we will need to be lucky to see these elusive birds, whose numbers have long been in decline. Their recovery is one of the aims of encouraging native forest to re-establish itself.
5.5 miles/9 km, 1150ft/350m of ascent

Castle Menzies, Perthshire

Castle Menzies

Sunday: Castle Menzies and Glen Tilt, Blair Atholl
Before heading northwards to Loch Rannoch, we will walk in Weem Wood and visit Castle Menzies, the seat of the Menzies Clan. Prince Charles Edward Stuart - 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' - stayed here for 2 nights in 1746 on his way to the north, where, not long afterwards, his army was defeated by the forces of the Duke of Cumberland at Culloden.

We will spend the rest of the day near Blair Atholl in Glen Tilt. The River Tilt follows a geological fault through the hills for much of its length. This has created a steep gorge in places, but also makes an excellent route for travelling through the hills with little climbing. Glen Tilt was once a busy route linking Braemar and places north of the Cairngorms to markets further south. Our walk enjoys the variety of the glen, starting through the woods and then heading out to the open hillsides.

6 miles/9.5 km, 820ft/250m of ascent

Monday: Journey to Argyll, Glen Coe
Westwards, today, to Argyll, where we will stay for the rest of the week. Our route first takes us through Glen Lyon before crossing back to Loch Tay near to its mid-point. High above the loch, at the Ben Lawers car park, we’ll take time out for a walk along the nature trail, set among remarkable arctic and alpine flora.

Our journey continues along the side of Loch Tay to Killin, then through Glen Dochart, up across Rannoch Moor and ultimately into wild Glen Coe. Although everyone has heard of Glen Coe, and may suspect a ‘tourist trap’, the reality always has the power to inspire, no matter how many previous visits one has made. We will take a short walk to Signal Rock, at the heart of the lower glen, before a well-deserved pint (or whatever you prefer to drink) in the Clachaig Inn - a haunt of cattle drovers down the centuries until railways and steamers killed the trade. Our final stretch to Oban, our base for the rest of the week, takes us alongside, first, Loch Leven and then Loch Linnhe, passing close to the site of the killing of Campbell of Glenure, for which James Stewart was hanged near Ballachulish and around which Robert Louis Stevenson built the tension in his novel ‘Kidnapped’.

Walking on Kerrera, Argyll

Gylen Castle, Isle of Kerrera

Tuesday: Isle of Kerrera and whisky distillery tour
The Isle of Kerrera is set across the mouth of Oban Bay, acting as a natural breakwater for this important west coast harbour. Although it is close to the bustling tourist centre of Oban, Kerrera is a world apart. The island has only 40 residents and cars are banned except for those owned by the inhabitants.

A historically and geologically fascinating island, Kerrera gives a new and more interesting view as we round each successive turn of the coast. A highlight is the sudden appearance of Gylen Castle against the backdrop of the Firth of Lorn and the mountainous Isle of Mull.

We will finish the day with a tour of the Oban whisky distillery.

6 miles/10km and 330ft/100m of ascent

Wednesday: Kilmartin Glen
Southwards today to Kilmartin Glen with its prehistoric and early historic monuments. Kilmartin House Museum, our first stop, sets out the story of the glen down the ages with an inspired combination of imagination and clarity. Our walk takes us along a good cross-section of Kilmartin’s prehistoric and early historic monuments - a stone circle, burial cairns and iron-age forts and sculpted stones.

Dunadd was the capital hill fort of the Scots – Iron Age Celtic colonists from the Irish kingdom of Dalriada - from at least the 6th century to the 8th, and probably longer. No visitor to this area with any feel for the history in a landscape should miss it. A short walk and a little climb to the top of the hill reward you with the opportunity to place your feet in the carved print where Kings of Scots may well have placed theirs on being crowned.

Up to 5 miles/8km and little ascent

walking on Glengorm Estate

Dun Are, Isle of Mull

Thursday: Oban - Isle of Mull
We will take the ferry from Oban to Craignure, on the Isle of Mull.

We have seen Duart Castle from the ferry and it will be our first stop on Mull. The castle is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean – for 400 years the base of their sea-borne power. The castle was abandoned from 1751 until 1910, when what was left of it was purchased by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 26th Chief, who set about the enormous task of restoring the building to the impressive state we see it in today.

After our visit we continue our journey past Tobermory for a short walk to Dun Ara on the Glengorm Estate. Dun Ara Castle, now in ruins, is located on a prominent rocky platform. Almost nothing is known of the history of this castle. However it is probable that Dun Ara was a stronghold of the Mackinnons, who appear to have held lands in Mull at least as early as 1354. There is a harbour on the west side of Dun Ara and it is thought that access would have mainly been by sea.

4 miles/2.5 km, 300ft/92m of ascent

Friday: Isle of Ulva
The isle of Ulva, ancient home of the Clan MacQuarrie, is privately owned, but the people living on the island intend to have a community buyout.

Formerly home to 600 people, many of whom made their living from the collection and exportation of kelp, Ulva was the scene of harsh clearances in the 19th century. Today there are only 16 residents, who share their island with golden eagles, buzzards, otters, seals and lots of other wildlife.

Mature mixed woodland and parkland, around the big house near the ferry, give way to the wilder west end of the island. The south shore leads to a tangle of little islands and bays lined with basalt columns.

The grandparents of the explorer and missionary David Livingstone once lived on Ulva and our walk will take us up to Livingstone’s Cave and Croft. In the cave, archaeologists found flint artefacts and fragments of human bone which can be dated back as far as 5650 BC.

5 miles/8km and 500ft/150m of ascent

basalt columns Staffa

Isla of Staffa

Saturday: boat trip to Lunga and Staffa
We finish our holiday with a daytrip by boat to the Isles of Lunga and Staffa.

The Isle of Lunga is one of the Treshnish Isles west of Mull. It is an uninhated island, famous for its seabird colonies, especially puffins and wild flowers. There is also a seal colony.

Staffa is another uninhabited island, best known for its magnificent basalt columns. Their effect is most overwhelming at An Uamh Binn (musical cave) or, as it is more commonly known Fingal’s Cave, which has enthralled and inspired travellers for hundreds of years.

Short walks on Lunga and Staffa.

Sunday: Isle of Mull - Glasgow
We will take the ferry back to Oban and we'll drive, via the Pass of Brander, back to Glasgow.


Perthshire, Argyll & the Isles luxury walking tour photos

Loch Tay, Perthshire

Loch Tay, Perthshire

Acharn Burn, Perthshire

Acharn Burn, Perthshire

Glen Coe, Argyll

Glen Coe, Argyll

Isle of Kerrera

Isle of Kerrera

Templewood Stone Circle, Argyll

Templewood Stone Circle, Argyll

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Isle of Ulva

Isle of Ulva

Puffins on Lunga

Puffins on Lunga


Ben ik fit genoeg?

De wandelrondreis is een goede introductie in wandelen in Schotland en geschikt voor mensen die regelmatig wandelen. Het programma is een combinatie van wandelen en het bezoeken van interessante plaatsen. Per dag wandelen we ongeveer 10 km / 4 uur. De wandelingen zijn op onverharde wegen en paden. Deze zijn over het algemeen ruig en rotsachtig en hier en daar steil. We klimmen echter nooit honderden meters aan één stuk.

Twijfelt u nog of deze vakantie geschikt is voor u, neem dan gerust contact op om het te bespreken.


Accommodatie in luxe hotels

We overnachten in kleine luxe hotels die een reputatie hebben voor service and excellent Schots eten. U kunt hier in comfort uitrusten na uw dag wandelen. Avondmaaltijden zijn in de hotels en inbegrepen in de prijs.

Fortingall HotelPerthshire: Fortingall Hotel
We will stay for the first 3 nights in Fortingall Hotel, near Aberfeldy. It nestles in the middle of the historic Arts and Crafts village of Fortingall. The hotel’s Victorian heritage can be recognised through its calm, muted colours and by the use of tweed in the furnishings. This décor is carefully paired with modern bathroom fixtures and fittings, making a stay at Fortingall Hotel comfortable, relaxing and hospitable.

It has been awarded two AA rosettes for its award-winning, imaginative cuisine using locally-sourced produce, and the beautiful public rooms are adorned with an array of fascinating antiques and artwork. All-in-all, the perfect place to dine and then to unwind in front of a log fire.

Perle Oban HotelArgyll: Perle Oban Hotel
Perle Oban, or The Grand Hotel as it was known, was built in the late 19th century for first class passengers of these railways and added an extra touch of luxury to their journeys.

The new owners have taken Oban's sophisticated past and used it to build what is now a brand new luxury hotel. Inspired by the nature encompassing the hotel, all interiors have been influenced by the colours and textures of the seascape; imagine an expanse of blues, natural materials, and rich textures.

All the bedrooms have been designed so you can enjoy decor inspired by the dramatic surrounding landscape within the comfort of your room.

Hotel Tobermoty

 Mull: Highland Cottage
This award-winning small hotel and fine-dining restaurant sits above the island "capital" of Tobermory. The hotel is set amidst the quiet elegance of the town's conservation area, yet only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Tobermory's Main Street.

Highland Cottage is a haven of genuine hospitality, well-appointed comfortable bedrooms and exceptional 2 Rosette cuisine - every bit a genuine home-from-home.

 


Data en Prijzen

Omschrijving 10 dagen (vrijdag tot zondag), accommodatie in Perthshire (3 nachten), Oban (3 nachten) en Tobermory (3 nachten) in zorgvuldig geselecteerde luxe hotels.
Wandelingen Tot 10 km per dag (maximaal 4 uur) over (ruige) paden en onverharde wegen, afgewisseld met bezoeken aan bezienswaardigheden.
CodeDatumHotelBijzonderheden
PA91 7-16 juni 2019 €3150,- Luxe hotel accommodatie in landhuizen, alle maaltijden zijn inbegrepen.
Eénpersoons kamer: €640 extra.
Groepen van 4 of meer personen kunnen ook op andere data boeken. Informeer hiernaar.

Wat is inbegrepen:

  • De diensten van een goed opgeleide, goed geïnformeerde en vriendelijke Schotse gids.
  • Kleine internationale groep, gewoonlijk vier tot zeven deelnemers.
  • Een aantrekkelijk en goed doordacht programma (8 wandeldagen).
  • Verblijf in zorgvuldig geselecteerde luxe hotels (in tweepersoons kamer), inclusief ontbijt, diner en lunchpakket op de dagen dat we wandelen.
  • Transport met eigen minibus, trein, veer- en andere boten als nodig gedurende uw wandelvakantie en van/naar Glasgow/Glasgow Airport aan het begin en het einde van de week.
  • Toegang tot musea en andere bezienswaardigheden die in het programma zijn opgenomen.
  • Korte bijeenkomsten 's avonds om het programma van de volgende dag te bespreken.

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  • Persoonlijke zorg en aandacht bij alles wat we voor u doen.

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