A Coast to Coast route from Perth

  • Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Perth / Fort William
  • Distance 191 km / 119 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - October
  • Price From $1,820

Overview

Explore the central part of the Scottish Highlands on a tour of medieval ruins, river-crossed villages and mountain-protected lakes, from the ancient capital, Perth's "Fair City" on the banks of the River Tay— Scotland's longest — to the UK's outdoor activity capital, Fort William. 

This coast-to-coast adventure will take you through the lush forests of Dunkeld Hermitage to the town of Aberfeldy. Walk among oaks, ash trees and elms to the village of Kenmore, at the northern end of Loch Tay. 

Cross the heart of Perth between waterfalls and mountains to the village of Kinloch Rannoch, on the edge of Loch Rannoch. Before you arrive in Fort William, discover Rannoch train station on the West Highland Line, the most remote railway station in the British Isles that crosses through Rannoch Moor.

  • Visit when in Perth Scone Palace, the coronation place for Scottish kings.
  • Explore Crannog, an artificial island of wooden houses built 2,500 years ago. 
  • Visit Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery and try the famous single malt malt whisky.
  • Discover the Jacobite steam train, the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter saga.
  • Admire the Birnam Oak, a surviving tree of the now extinct Birnam Forest.
  • Climb Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain located in Fort William.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Baggage transfer service
    • Information dossier with maps and route details
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Travel to Perth and Fort William
    • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
    • Personal equipment
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel assistance insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You arrive at Glasgow Airport, which is less than 1 hour and a half's drive from Perth. You can also reach Edinburgh Airport, just 1 hour away or the small Dundee Airport, 30 minutes away. Another option, farther away, is Aberdeen Airport, about a 2-hour drive away.

    By car, take the M90 route from Edinburgh and the M80, M9 and A9 from Glasgow, the fastest routes to the Perthshire region.

    If you prefer, take a direct train from Edinburgh (1 hour 15 minutes) or Glasgow (1 hour 20 minutes), to Perth train station.

    For the return from Fort William, you can take a bus to Glasgow, on a journey of approximately 3 hours, or a train, a 4-hour journey through the spectacular Scottish landscapes. Another option, if convenient to your next destination, is Oban Airport, just 60 km from Fort William.

    FAQs

    The route is available between April and October, so any time you choose between these months will give you an amazing experience, as the weather is pleasant and cool for walking.

    Even in summer, when it is usually very hot in several countries, in Scotland you will enjoy some very pleasant days to explore the various natural landscapes that this adventure has for you. Keep in mind that during summer months, mosquitoes (midges) appear on the route, so we suggest wearing repellent.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area. 

    This route is rated with a medium-high difficulty level, with some demanding ascents and descents, especially in the most remote stretches. The walks can be up to 28 km and 8 hours daily, approximately.

    Therefore, we propose several itineraries with different levels of intensity and we recommend you have walking experience, in the handling of navigation instruments (maps and compasses) and follow an active lifestyle.

    If not, you can prepare some months before starting the route by walking daily on mountainous terrain. You can also improve your endurance with cardio exercise.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.  

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.