Trossachs, Oban & Islands

INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAY

 

Scotland - Trossachs National Park, Oban & Islands

grade moderate guided walking jura

7 nights - £835 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking across Trossachs, 3 days exploring Oban and nearby islands with choice of walks

4 nights - £495 - 3 days walking across Trossachs

A unique independent walking holiday traversing the Trossachs National Park in Scotland, a land of beautiful lochs and glens, forests and tumbling rivers. The week long break continues with the choice of walks on nearby islands including Kerrera with its ruined chateau and wildlife, and Mull with its famous capital Tobermory. Visit an excellent local whisky distillery.

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Trossachs

The Trossachs are situated on the physical boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland and encapsulate much of the beauty and wilderness of Scotland. A region of wild glens and sparkling lochs, the Trossachs are often regarded as the ‘Highlands in miniature’. Here the contrast between Highlands and Lowlands is stark as your independent walking holiday leaves Aberfoyle, the southern gateway to the Trossachs, for your reasonably gentle walk across the Trossachs National Park. The region contains a number of beautiful and stark mountains which provide picturesque backdrops to the serene lakes.

Your walking holiday takes you through the charming town of Callander set at the foot of the high mountains such as Ben Ledi. The trail then passes past the beautiful Loch Lubnaig and Loch Strathyre to reach Kingshouse before taking either the spectacular Glen Ogle or Glen Kendrum to arrive at Killin, an attractive village a little removed from the west end of Loch Tay.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Scotland was created in 2002. The woods, mountains, lochs and coasts of the park are rich in wildlife. Otters, deer, osprey and the capercaille or ‘horse of the woods’- the world’s biggest grouse are just some of the wildlife present. The park contains 21 mountains over 3000ft in height.

Oban

Oban is a busy fishing port with great local traditions and provides an excellent base for exploring and walking on a couple of the numerous islands off the Scottish coast. Oban, which in gaellic means "little bay", occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour. The modern town of Oban grew up around Oban distillery that was founded there in 1794. It is now an important attraction along with the town's harbour and McCaig's tower. It is a small distillery which is known for its 14 year old whisky that falls between the dry, smoky style of the Scottish islands and the lighter, sweeter malts of the Highlands.

Islands

Each island has its own unique character with stunning wild scenery, rich fertile valleys and beautiful historic settlements and castles. Kerrera is a relatively small island which in 2005 had a population of about 35 people. The island is hilly rather than mountainous and its grassy slopes are farmed with sheep and highland cattle. Kerrera is best known for the ruined Gylen Castle, built in 1582. It also has important populations of Seal and seabirds, which you can look out for on your walking day on the island. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and the fourth largest Scottish island. Much of the population lives at Tobermory, with its pretty coloured houses surrounding the harbour. The island has a mountainous core, the highest peak on the island being Ben More, which reaches almost 1000m in height.

On your self guided walking holiday you can also visit the small island of Iona, a beautiful island which was the site of an important monastery founded in 563 by the monk Columba, who had been exiled from his native Ireland. The monastery was hugely successful, and played a crucial role in the conversion to Christianity of populations of parts of Scotland and England. A large number of satellite institutions were founded, and Iona became the centre of one of the most important monastic systems in Great Britain and Ireland. Lismore is a  fertile, low-lying island which was once a major centre of Celtic Christianity. Other attractions on Lismore include two ruined 13th century castles, and a broch, which is a dry stone roundhouse structure found in the northern isles and highland coastal areas. Many date from about 2000 years ago, although their exact purpose is still unclear.

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