13 days
Duration
British Isles
Destination
Level 4 - Challenging
Activity

Walk the Formartine, Buchan Way & Rob Roy Way

Experience two of Scotland's Great Trails on this guided walking tour with Odyssey Traveller: the Formartine and Buchan Way and Rob Roy Way. Discover the country on these long-distance walks that will take you through scenic glens, rolling farmlands, and beautiful lochs, with plenty of interesting stops along the way. We will walk up to 15 kilometres per day with the help of a dedicated Odyssey Program Leader and local guides.

The Formartine and Buchan Way follows a former railway line, starting in Aberdeen and ending in the seaside town of Fraserburgh. Included is a scenic drive through Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, as well as tours of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, where we will learn the history of Scotch whisky, and Stirling Castle, where Mary I of Scotland was crowned.

The walking tour on the Rob Roy Way--named after Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish outlaw turned folk hero--starts on Day 6 of the tour in Drymen and ends in Pitlochry. Along the way we will see beautiful Loch Lomond, and transfer to Edinburgh for a city tour and to view Edinburgh Castle.

The Formartine and Buchan Way is on largely flat terrain while the Rob Roy Way's terrain is more varied. For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right-hand side of this page.

Walking some of Scotlands great Trails has been offered  to the active mature walker along with walking tours in the United Kingdom. As a result, this is a holiday program suited to a senior couple or solo travellers who enjoy a good walk. The total number of participants in this tour will be 12 or fewer with the addition of an Odyssey program leader.

Articles published by Odyssey Traveller for Walking and Hiking tours for seniors

To help you prepare for any walking program whether with Odyssey or another company this list of articles is intended to help you prepare for your holiday.

Articles about Scotland published by Odyssey Traveller.

The following list of articles published by odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland when visiting;

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External articles to assist you on your walk in Scotland.

The following external links should assist you in planning your trip to Scotland as a tourist and a walker.

 Walk with Odyssey Traveller

Walking in Scotland along the the Formartine, Buchan Way & Rob Roy Way  is only one of many walking tours offered by Odyssey Traveller, please click here to view the complete list of walking tours offered. These active tours are designed for the mature traveller to enjoy in a small group holiday and learning environment.

We also publish articles to give more information to our loyal and prospective clients. You can start by reading our our country spotlight on Scotland.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

About Odyssey Traveller

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada  and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Odyssey Traveller scholarship for Australia & New Zealand University students.

We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details. 

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Every International small group tour taken typically contributes to your membership level in our Loyalty Program for regular travellers. Membership of the alumni starts when you choose to take your first international small group tour with Odyssey Traveller, discounts in tour pricing for direct bookings accrue from your third tour with Odyssey Traveller. To see the discounts and benefits of being a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond alumni member with us, please see this page.

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Tour Notes
  • A high level of fitness is required for this tour.

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Overview: Upon arrival in Aberdeen, we will make our own way to the hotel. In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner with the Odyssey Program Leader. The city of Aberdeen in northeastern Scotland will be our home base for the Formartine and Buchan leg of this tour.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aberdeen

Overview: Today we will transfer to Dyce, where the Formartine and Buchan Way starts. The Formartine and Buchan Railway was one of the hundreds of railways closed by the “Beeching axe”, named after Dr Richard Beeching who was hired by the British government to identify the lines that were losing money (and subsequently had to be closed) in the 1960s.

We will spend the full day walking the trail with a local guide, stopping along the way for pictures, views, and for lunch. The Aberdeenshire Council, which manages the trail, recommends binoculars to better see the native species of birds that can be found along the footpath.

We will arrive in Ellon and transfer to Aberdeen where we will stay overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aberdeen

Overview: We will be transferred to Ellon to the same point where we finished the previous day. Along the way we will see the charming town of Auchnagatt where traces of the railway station can still be seen. Upon arrival in Maud, we will transfer back to Aberdeen.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aberdeen

Overview: The small village of Maud rose to prosperity in the nineteenth century as a railway junction of the Formartine and Buchan Railway that ran through the town, splitting into routes heading towards Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

We will begin the day transferring to Maud at the same point where we finished the previous day, and walk the trail to Fraserburgh, a seaside town with a bustling fishing harbour. We will transfer back to Aberdeen for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aberdeen

Overview: Today we will leave Aberdeen and travel to Stirling. On the way, we will enjoy a scenic drive through Britain’s largest national park, Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. We will stop at Ballater at the eastern gateway to the park and have a guided tour of Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which produces single malt Scotch whisky, to learn the history of Scotch whisky.

We will continue our journey to Stirling for a guided tour of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s largest and most important strongholds. This was where Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scotland in 1543.

From here we will transfer to our hotel. For the Rob Roy Way, Stirling will be our home base until Day 9.

Accommodation: Hotel in Stirling

Overview: Today we will transfer to Drymen, where the Rob Roy Way starts. This trail is named after Rob Roy MacGregor, a Highland outlaw who had the reputation of being a “Scottish Robin Hood”. Rob Roy Way covers the lochs, glens, and forests where he lived his life until his death in 1734.

We will spend the day walking from Drymen to Aberfoyle, with plenty of stops along the way. Upon arrival in Aberfoyle, we will transfer to our hotel in Stirling.

Accommodation: Hotel in Stirling

Overview: We will transfer to the same point in Aberfoyle where we ended the previous day, and walk on a forest path and open grazing land to Callander. From Callander we will transfer to Loch Lomond, where we will have free time to explore the area and enjoy the beautiful view. We will then be transferred back to Stirling for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel in Stirling

Overview: We will transfer to Callander and walk with our local guide to Strathyre. We will pass by the impressive Falls of Leny and see the Ben Ledi mountain dominating the skyline.

Upon arrival in Strathyre, we will be transferred to Stirling.

Accommodation: Hotel in Stirling

Overview: From Strathyre, we will walk to Killin, where we will see the white waters of the Falls of Dochart and climb up Glen Ogle. We will transfer to Pitlochry where we will be staying until Day 12.

Accommodation: Hotel in Pitlochry

Overview: We will transfer to Killin and walk towards Ardtalnaig. Along the way the countryside will offer us peaceful views of the Highland’s glens. We will transfer to Pitlochry at the end of the day’s walk.

Accommodation: Hotel in Pitlochry

Overview: We will transfer to Ardtalnaig and walk towards Aberfeldy. This walk will take us through a scenic trail through the woodlands of the Birks of Aberfeldy which line a gorge. (Birks is the Scottish word for birch, referring to the forest’s birch trees.) Our descent towards the town will give us a breathtaking view of the whole of Aberfeldy and surrounding borders.

Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel in Pitlochry.

Accommodation: Hotel in Pitlochry

Overview: We will transfer to Aberfeldy and spend half the day walking the trail. We will return to Pitlochry where the trail finishes, and transfer to Scotland’s hilly capital, Edinburgh.

At Edinburgh we will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour to view the main sights, including Edinburgh Castle.

Accommodation: Hotel in Edinburgh

Overview: The end of breakfast marks the end of the tour and our services.

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Enjoy a scenic drive through Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
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Tour the Royal Lochnagar Distillery and learn the history of Scotch whisky.
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Experience a tour of Stirling Castle, where Mary I of Scotland was crowned.
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Relax and enjoy the views of the beautiful Loch Lomond.
5
Tour the city of Edinburgh and walk through the historic Edinburgh Castle.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 13 nights of accommodation.
  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners.
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and local guides.
  • Services of a Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coaches.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Detailed preparatory material.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
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