Guided walks Scotland

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Guided Walks in Scotland

Emma O'Shea the Pitlochry Walk GuideLooking for guided walks in Scotland there is no one better than Pitlochry based guide Emma O'Shea. Emmas is an accomplished summer and winter qualified Mountain Guide. A qualified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (in layman’s terms, 'a mountain medic'). 

Emma also volunteers as a civilian volunteer member of Tayside Mountain Rescue Team. So has experience of walking in all the testing conditions the weather can through at you on a walk.

Group Walking Holidays

Whether you are looking for a group walking holiday or want to walk on your own, Emma will guide you. She can help choose routes that are suitable for all abilities.  Remember she is a mountain guide too so you can have a mixture of high level and easy walk holiday.Guided walks Scotland

You can choose whether you want a gentle walk holiday or make use of her mountain guide knowledge to discover some of the wonderful hills that surround Pitlochry.

Guided walks can be half day on easy walks of guided to your first Munro and multi-day expeditions, summer and winter.

Ideal walking group sizes:-

  • Low level walks for groups of up to 16 people.
  • High level walks for up to 8 people.
  • Larger groups can be accommodated, with additional support.

Remember Emma runs compass and map navigation courses too.

Mountain Guided Walks - Summits and Ridges suggestions:-

Ladies guided walk on the summit

  1. Schiehallion - ideal for a first Munro.
    Schiehallion is one of Scotland’s best-known hills and is a Munro, a mountain of 3000ft in height. It is known locally as the Fairy Mountain and is also where an experiment to calculate the mass of the earth took place in the 1700s. This is a sustained climb with rough, stony ground in places reaching a high point of 1083m (3538ft). Distance 7 miles, height gain 730m, approximate hill time 6 hours. This walk starts and finishes at Braes of Foss, a 45 minute drive west of Pitlochry.
  2. Pitlochry’s Ben Vrackie – a family summit friendly mountain.
    Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry’s family friendly mountain, affords excellent views of Highland Perthshire and beyond on a good day. The ascent to the 841m (2740 ft) summit is an achievable climb for the more energetic, passing through woodland, open moorland and by a small loch, before the final steeper climb to the summit. Distance 7 miles, height gain 720m, approximate hill time 5 hours.
  3. Ben Lawers – climb the 10th highest mountain in Scotland.Guided walks Scotland
    This walk starts and finishes in Pitlochry. Ben Lawers is the 10th highest mountain in Scotland. Overlooking Loch Tay, the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is a fascinating area renowned for its rare arcticalpine flora. Distance 7 miles, height gain 950m and approximate hill time 6 hours. This walk starts and finishes at Ben Lawers Car Park, a 1 hour drive west of Pitlochry.
  4. Beinn a’Ghlo – long mountain walk over 3 Munros.
    Beinn a’Ghlo is a longer mountain walk for the more energetic over up to 3 Munros exploring the immense glaciated scenery at the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Distance 14 miles, height gain 1240m and approximate hill time 9 hours. This walk starts and finishes near Blair Atholl, a 20 minute drive north of Pitlochry.
  5. Tarmachan Ridge – entertaining mountain ridge walking.
    The Bealach and the Pass of Killiecrankie is a varied route offering an interesting combination of an upland pass or bealach with great views on a fine day, returning through the Pass of Killiecrankie famous for its Jacobite history and by wonderful Loch Faskally. Distance 10 miles, height gain 625m, approximate walk time 6 hours. This walk starts and finishes in Pitlochry.

Easy Walks - Forests and Glens here are some of my favourites:-

  1. Pass of Killiecrankie and Linn of Tummel, an attractive low-level route through woodlands and along the banks of the Rivers Garry and Tummel. This walk is steeped in Jacobite history associated with the Battle of Killiecrankie, the first of the Jacobite uprisings in 1689, whilst Queen Victoria also visited the nearby Falls of Tummel. Distance 7 miles, height gain 150m, approximate walk time 4 hours. This walk starts and finishes 2 miles north of Pitlochry at the Garry Bridge car park and can be easily shortened or lengthened as time and energy allow.
  2. Birnam Hill - ascend the wooded Birnam Hill positioned on the Highland Boundary Fault and linked to Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Superb views from the summit with an option to visit the Birnam Oak too. Distance 4 miles, height gain 400m, approximate walk time 2.5 hours. This walk starts and finished in Dunkeld and Birnam, 12 miles south of Pitlochry.
  3. Glen Tilt – explore this picturesque and dramatic steep-sided glen on a low-level woodland and river circuit. Distance variable 3-12 miles, height gain up to 300m, walk time 2 – 6 hours. This walk starts and finishes in Blair Atholl, 7 miles north of Pitlochry.
  4. Rannoch Moor and “The Road to the Isles” – take the train from Rannoch station to the remote Corrour Halt and return on foot along the footpath known as “the road to the isles”. Distance 10 miles, height gain 200m, approximate walk time 5 hours. This walk starts and finished at Rannoch Station, 40 miles west of Pitlochry.
Guided Nature walks

Globe flower seen on a guided nature walkGeneral and specialist nature walks. All walks will include information about the flora, fauna, geology and history.

Example of nature walks - Caledonian pine forest habitat; the upland montane environment; geology and landforms; wild flower and fungi identification; and evening bat walks. Outdoor instruction can include navigation courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and winter skills.

For Guided Walks in Scotland contact, Emma O'Shea Tel:- 07747 883464 E-mail:-