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Scottish Coast to Coast

A self-guided walking holiday across the breadth of Scotland from the Firth of Clyde to the North Sea.

11 to 15 nights
156 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £1035 per person

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About this route

Along the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way, and Mary Queen of Scots Way, the Scottish Coast to Coast clambers the wooded hillsides between the vast lochs of Argyll and the Trossachs on its way to the Kingdom of Fife. The Struth Ban waterfalls, Loch Lomond, and Drumcarrow Craig all fall into this trail’s impressive scope, as it guides you across the breadth of a country known for its wild and beautiful landscapes.

Those keen to learn more about the country's colourful history should stop at the Trossachs Discovery Centre to learn about the rich countryside, or visit Falkland Castle to experience its lavish interior. Falkland village itself features over 100 listed buildings, as though the surrounding countryside wasn’t fantastic enough in itself.

© Contours Walking Holidays Scottish Coast to Coast map
Portavadie to St Andrews
156 miles (249 km)
27th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Admiring the sights and sounds of the many waterfalls along the trail, from the Struth Ban Falls to those crashing down the hillside opposite the Allt Robuic Gorge.

Visiting well-preserved castles. Falkland Palace is particularly lavish inside, while Doune Castle rose to fame as the set for scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spotting exemplary examples of Scottish engineering, from Victorian aqueducts to Gartchonzie Bridge, a grade B listed structure.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SCCW1 From Tighnabruaich to St Andrews 11 nights, 10 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£1035
SCCW2 From Tighnabruaich to St Andrews 12 nights, 11 days walking Demanding£1130
SCCW3 From Tighnabruaich to St Andrews 14 nights, 13 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1315
SCCW4 From Tighnabruaich to St Andrews 15 nights, 14 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1410

Scottish Coast to Coast 11 nights, 10 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

On this trail it will be necessary to catch a ferry between Tarbet and Inversnaid. This ferry is operated by Cruise Loch Lomond. See details here. It will be necessary for you to catch the 10am ferry from Tarbet (10am is the first ferry of the day) taking your luggage with you to Inversnaid. You will need to drop off your luggage at the Inversnaid Hotel before setting off on your walk to Aberfoyle, we will then arrange to move your luggage to Aberfoyle for you. Kindly bear in mind that this 17 mile day will probably be a late finish day as you would not be able to start your walk until around 10:45 after catching the ferry and dropping off your luggage. There is no suitable stop in-between Inversnaid and Aberfoyle to break up this day. The cost of the Ferry is NOT included in your holiday cost, you will need to purchase your own ticket. Tickets can be purchased on the day.

Map and compass skills are essential for this trail.  It will also be necessary to climb over a handful of barbed wire fences on this trail. We recommend therefore to pack and carry with you a small foam pad/sit mat to lay over the barbed wire fences to aid you in your climb over them.


Travel to Tighnabruaich where your first night's accommodation has been booked
Transport is provided from Tighnabruaich to Portavadie for the morning of your walk.

Day 1

Portavadie to Glendaruel(L). 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 2

Glendaruel(L) to Strachur(L). 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 3

Strachur(L) to Lochgoilhead. 9 miles (14km)

Day 4

Lochgoilhead to Tarbet(L). 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 5

Tarbet(L) to Aberfoyle. 17 miles (27km)

Day 6

Aberfoyle to Doune. 18 miles (29km)

Day 7

Doune to Dollar(L). 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 8

Dollar(L) to Glenfarg. 18 miles (29km)

Day 9

Glenfarg to Kingskettle(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 10

Kingskettle(T) to St Andrews. 17.5 miles (28km)


Depart from St Andrews after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 11 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Book an extra night to explore the towns and villages along the route, or take a day to rest, relax, and catch up on those postcards.

Choose Strachur for the chance to relax on the shores of Loch Fyne. Aberfoyle provides a good base from which to explore the Trossachs, with discovery centres in both towns and the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle.
Interested in game of golf when your walk is complete? Book an extra night in St Andrews, and open up not just the putting greens but a wealth of historic sights, the shops, and the beach at East Sands.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 155.5 miles (249 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: SCCW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 27th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Portavadie
End of holiday: St Andrews

Route Profile

Scottish Coast to Coast Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Portavadie) is at Gourock (about 30 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (St Andrews) is at Leuchars station (about 5.5 miles away).

By Bus - Few bus services run to Portavadie and from St Andrews.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Gourock. From there the ferry will be required from Gourock to Dunoon, where buses then run to Portavadie.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from St Andrews to Leuchars rail station. From there take the train Gourock, and then catch the ferry to Dunoon. From Dunoon a taxi will be required to Portavadie.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Beach Below Kames Hotel" by Deborah Edge (2019) "Beach Below Kames Hotel" by Deborah Edge (2019)

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