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    Wilderness Walking

    Autumn in Perthshire

    3 reviews

    Next Trip: 2nd - 6th Oct 2023 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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    Region: Perthshire and Southern Highlands
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Deluxe
    Max Group Size: 8
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    As the evening glimmers in golden light and the sky is filled with the noisy symphony of returning geese, Scotland reveals what may be its most romantic time of year – autumn. While hedgerows grow thick with bramble and berry, and the trees crackle with leaves the colour of flame, there is perhaps no better place to experience the beauty of the season than in the stunning region of Perthshire.

    Known for its forests, lochs, rushing rivers and soaring Highland mountains, Perthshire is also affectionately nicknamed: Big Tree Country. At the coming of autumn, the bewitching glens of this historic county begin to blaze with colour; the woods awash with the sights and sounds of autumn. The cathedral-like branches of beech trees, bright in their copper-coloured leaves bounce sunshine along winding woodland paths, mushrooms sprout and apples fall as salmon run up river and stags begin to roar. Crisp mornings, pink afternoons and evenings made for roaring fires – this season is a delight to the senses. Of course, visiting Scotland at any time of year is special, but there’s no denying that Perthshire, in autumn, is something rather spectacular.

    Trip Highlights

    • Walk through ancient forests, brilliant in fiery autumn colour.
    • Explore pretty Highland villages with their solid stone cottages and cosy cafes.
    • Stay in a beautiful hotel enjoying exceptional traditional Scottish cuisine.
    • Discover the captivating history of the area, visiting unique spots and ancient ruins.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Perthshire

    Arrive in the pretty village of Pitlochry this morning and meet your Wilderness guide. Begin your trip by visiting Wild Space, an engaging visitor centre and gallery. After a short transfer, stretch your legs with a lovely walk through a leafy woodland. Pass Ossian’s Hall, a folly where you can look out over the thundering falls of the River Braan. Cross an old stone bridge and stroll out into the open countryside. Later this afternoon, transfer to your charming accommodation and the welcoming warmth of a crackling fire. (L, D)

    Walk details: 6.5km/4 miles | approx. 2 hours | Ascent 140m/460ft

    Day 2 - Aberfeldy and the Crannog Centre

    Begin your day by following a burn over mossy rock and wind-blown leaves as you walk beneath a coppery canopy of beech trees. Listen to the rush of autumnal water as it cascades through the forest. Wander past Burn’s Seat, said to be where Robert Burns penned his poem, ‘Birks of Aberfeldy.’ Stone steps lead you higher into the narrowing gorge as waterfalls full of winter pulse and the sky opens up to reveal beautiful views over the crags. Return to Aberfeldy for lunch, taking the time to explore the pretty town and perhaps popping into the treasured local bookshop. Later this afternoon, visit the Crannog Centre, an engaging museum which tells the story of those who lived on the Highland lochs some 2500 years ago. (B, L)

    Walk details: 3.5km/2 miles | approx. 1-2 hours | Ascent 195m/640ft

    Day 3 - Tummel Falls and the Highland Chocolatier

    This morning join your guide on a beautiful walk that showcases the best of the autumn colour. Wander along riverside paths, passing over a footbridge above the rushing Tummel Falls. Reach a loch and enjoy stunning views over the water. While you walk, keep an eye out for deer, geese and red squirrels. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the local Highland Chocolatier and his world-class artisanal chocolate shop. Sip a delicious hot chocolate and sample some of his famous truffles before returning to your cosy accommodation for the evening. (B, L)

    Walk details: 10.75km/6.75miles | approx. 3.5 hours | Ascent 175m/575ft

    Day 4 - Schiehallion and Glen Lyon

    Visit the Dun Coillich Estate this morning to join a local ranger for some volunteering. With the estate sitting in the shadow of Schiehallion, you’ll learn more about the Mountain Woodland Project and spend your morning helping outside. ‘Schiehallion’, from the Gaelic’ Sith Chailleann’, means ‘Fairy Hill of the Caledonians’ and is home to important species such as ptarmigan, mountain hare and rare mountain willow. Afterwards, head to Glen Lyon, described by the playwright and poet Sir Walter Scot as the longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland. Walk through the birch woodland, enjoying views that stretch up and down the fiery valley. On your return, stop at a little church to see St Adomnan’s Bell – the oldest bell in Scotland. This evening, relax in comfort with a heartening dram or pot of tea. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 4.5km/2.75miles | approx. 1.5 hours | Ascent 165m/540ft

    Day 5 - Ascend to an Iron Age Hill Fort

    After a relaxed breakfast head off with your guide for a walk that rises gradually through the birch forests. As you walk chat with your guide about the captivating history of the area. Long occupied by the Picts, the landscape holds many captivating tales. The heathery summit reveals the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort and beautiful views over Strathtay. Once you’ve walked back down, enjoy lunch at a local cafe, bringing your autumnal adventure to a close. (B, L)

    Walk details: 6km/3.75miles | approx. 2.5 hours | Ascent 240m/790ft

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    Autumn in Perthshire

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    The itinerary is based on 4 nights at a vibrant and charming local hotel.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers; however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a room for single occupancy, a supplement of £385 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    On Day 1, lunch and dinner will be provided. On Day 2 – to Day 5 breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dinner is provided on the last night. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however, if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 4 nights accommodation in a local hotel.
    • All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness guide throughout your trip.
    • All transport throughout the trip, beginning and ending at Pitlochry Train Station.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 1-3

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    This trip also includes a chance to give back to the local communities and environment and do a voluntary activity – tree planting or another task depending on what the rangers require help with. It doesn’t matter if you have never done anything like this before, just be prepared to get stuck in and get your hands dirty!

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at 10:30 at Pitlochry Train Station.

    We aim to have you back at 15:00 on the last day.

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Graded Walking Holidays

    Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 reviews of Wilderness Walking – Autumn in Perthshire



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    James Fawcett

    Reviewed on 05/11/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Trip Date: 24/10/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I really enjoyed this trip. The colours, rivers, waterfalls, views and people were amazing! I would thoroughly recommend it.


    Annelies Verreth

    Reviewed on 01/11/2022

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: Belgium
    Trip Date: 24/10/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I am very glad I went on this trip. I enjoyed every bit of it. The autumn colors were amazing. My experiences with Wilderness Scotland has been nothing but positive and I will certainly travel with you again in the future ! Thank you for the very professional and yet still personal organisation !


    Katy Neale

    Reviewed on 31/10/2022

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 24/10/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Wilderness Scotland took all the stress out of planning a holiday and ensured we went on the best walks for the weather, showcasing the beauty of Perthshire.

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