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.
Walk with Odyssey Traveller
The Scotland's Great Trails small group walking tour is one of many hiking and walking programs regularly offered by Odyssey Traveller. These tours are designed for the active mature or senior traveller to enjoy in a small group holiday and learning environment. Click through the link to know more.
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- A high level of fitness is required for this tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 13.
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.
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.
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.
Overview: The end of breakfast marks the end of the tour and our services.
What’s included in our Tour
- All lectures, excursions, entrance fees, and local guides.
- Services of a Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
- Ferry services.
- Transport in comfortable and modern coaches.
- 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners.
- 13 nights of accommodation.
- Gratuities and necessary tips.
What’s not included in our Tour
- Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
- International airfares and departure taxes.
- Comprehensive travel insurance.