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Mary Queen of Scots Way Highlights

Mary Queen of Scots Way Highlights

A shorter walk from Aberfoyle to Glendevon, showcasing the finest scenery and landmarks along the Mary Queen of Scots Way.

4 to 6 nights
41 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £380 per person

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About this route

The Mary Queen of Scots Highlights tour explores the first half of the trail from Aberfoyle – home to the Trossachs Discovery Centre – to Glendevon. This walking holiday enjoys stunning views across Loch Lomond and the Campsie Fells before following a selection of forest tracks, riverside paths and country lanes through the pleasant villages of Callander, Stirling and Doune, each with their own unique charm and stories to share.

This walk also boasts plenty of opportunity to spot a wide range of impressive castles, ancient hillforts and old drovers’ roads, which all offer amazing insight into the fascinating history of the Scottish lowland region. You’ll need strong navigational skills to tackle this remote route, where mobile signal is reliably unreliable, but it’s a stunning adventure for an experienced walker.

© Contours Walking Holidays Mary Queen of Scots Way Highlights map
41 miles (66 km)
21st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

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

Visiting well-preserved castles, including Doune Castle of Monty Python fame and Castle Campbell situated above Dollar Glen.

Roving across Scotland and taking in fantastic views over lochs, glens, and mountainsides.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
MQSWH1 From Aberfoyle to Glendevon(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£380
MQSWH2 From Aberfoyle to Glendevon(L) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£475
MQSWH3 From Aberfoyle to Glendevon(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£570

Mary Queen of Scots Way Highlights 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Important information

Map reading 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 that you carry a small foam pad or sit mat to lay over the barbed wire fences to aid you in your climb over them.


Travel to Aberfoyle where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Aberfoyle to Callander. 10 miles (16km)

Day 2

Callander to Bridge of Allan(T). 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 3

Bridge of Allan(T) to Glendevon(L). 18 miles (28.5km)


Depart from Glendevon(L) 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?

  • 4 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

Aberfoyle is an ideal base for exploring the Trossachs. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake in 1810, it's been busy ever since, and benefits from attractions such as the Scottish Wool Centre, the Trossachs Discovery Centre, and a host of shops and cafes.

Callander received a similar boost by Sir Walter Scott's work, as it, too, offers good access to the Trossachs. A larger, most spacious town than Aberfoyle, it hosts its own information centre and historic sites such as Tom na Chisaig, where one of the early Celtic saints is said to have preached to his congregation.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: MQSWH1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 21st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Aberfoyle
End of holiday: Glendevon(L)

Route Profile

Mary Queen of Scots Way Highlights 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, Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Aberfoyle) is at Stirling (about 20 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Glendevon) is at Gleneagles (about 6 miles away).

By Bus - There is a bus from Stirling to Aberfoyle Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday. There are no buses from Glendevon to Gleneagles, so a taxi would be required.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross/Euston stations to Stirling, where a bus/taxi will be required to reach Aberfoyle.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Glendevon to Aberfoyle.

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.

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