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An earlier comment lamented at how this trail is incorrectly classified as a moderate difficulty trail, and how it was too difficult for kids and for adults who aren't properly fit. More than 3 hours of walking later, I agree and disagree.

When I started out, I looked at the less than 300m elevation and quietly sniggered at our lamenting friend - 270m over 8.9km is usually child's play.
Having walked up and down from the 3rd floor of my Victorian flat in London to pick up deliveroo several times a day, I was convinced this would be a walk in the park.

And as I walked from Otford to the starting point by a serene afternoon cricket game and a slightly smelly stable, the ground was as flat as some folks think the world is and life looked good.

But the 270m elevation happend all at once, after you're past the first straight. At one point it was so steep that steps were built in. I dragged myself up the slope, each step making me wince while also watched grey-haired veterans make an easy job of it.

The view, however, is worth it - gentle rolling hills follow, walking through farms and meadows which are a riot of flowers in spring (I visited in June). There are woods too, and lovely, dark and deep - on a sunny day, the contrasts between the open and closed sections of the trail are immensely enjoyable.

Having born and raised in India where to be alone is a luxury, it was also a pleasant surprise to find strangers friendly and keen to stop for a chat - back home, we'd do our best to pretend the other didn't exist.

Is this an easy trail for a 110kg 6 foot man who is 31 years old? No, but the juice was worth the squeeze.

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

walking
1 day ago

Great easy walk

hiking
1 day ago

We booked the Rob Roy way with Hillwalk Tours, so we had B&Bs booked along the way and also had luggage transport, so we only needed to bring our daypacks. We did it in 6 days (18, 15, 26, 24, 16, 16km) and only skipped one short part that's all along a narrow main road.
Absolutely loved the landscapes and the scenery! the people all along the way we're exceptionally friendly and nice. The track is not very well marked most of the way (it follows the cycle route 7 for long parts which is very well signposted, but the parts that differed often weren't marked at all especially between Drymen and Ardeonaig. From Acharn on it was well marked.)

We had an absolutely fantastic stay, the walk wasn't to hard, but still challenging enough for semi fit people to be a good balance.

Especially the stretch from Acharn to Aberfeldy is absolutely stunning - especially the last leg when you go by so many beautiful waterfalls!

Strongly suggest to bring a change of shoes as there's some part over a moor, that will soak even the best shoes completely in bad weather, unless it's wellies...

hiking
2 days ago

Lovely walk and great sights of Elham from on top of the hill. Some parts are very overgrown so don't wear shorts!

Such a lovely walk, only took around 3 hours

the views along the route are amazing with great views of dover castle and the white cliffs along the way. the hike isnt too difficult and you can continue hiking past the lighthouse if you would like to spend some more time on the hike. it is about an hour or so to the lighthouse and another back plus time to sit and take pictures. overall a good hike with interesting scenery there is a shipwreck you can see on the shore that is pretty cool as well.

Nice trial. Pitty is was cloudy and windy.

walking
2 days ago

Walking

hiking
3 days ago

Weather: it rained nearly every day, which added “atmosphere” and challenges, but low clouds also blocked many of the mountain views (we saw them on the train ride back)

What’s great: 96 miles (we did it in 7 days). You can stay in villages along the way (don’t have to carry a heavy pack). You can also have your extra luggage transported between lodgings.

The experience: walking an average of 14+ miles a day is good for the soul. My mind found absolute bliss on the trail - even in heavy rain and wind. Loved that aspect (and am struggling a wee bit being back in cities).

The views: the Highlands and Loch Lomand are beautiful. I’d estimate that is about 33% of the trip. Another 33%+, though, is walking across / near pastures / road / train tracks. The remaining 1/3 was in forest or near streams / rivers. So while my mind was able to escape with the rhythm of hiking, I never really felt a wilderness escape. Just adjust your expectations accordingly (ie this is not total wilderness immersion like hut-to-hut trips in New Zealand, Tasmania or other parts of the world).

People: the majority were friendly. Never felt unsafe. Mostly Europeans (not many Americans) and quite a few Scots. The Way never felt crowded (except day hikers at Conic Hill).

Advice: take your time. Take breaks. Find an easy pace - 14+ miles will wear on you if you pound out the miles. 7 days means you probably have one 20 mile day - I was a bit jealous of the people who took an extra day.

Cost: it was pretty reasonable. I used Gemini Walks, who arranged all lodging and luggage transport. I heard only positive reviews of other trip planners as well.

I asked our hotel clerk - tell me about walking here in Scotland. He looked puzzled. I clarified - you drive on the left... “Oh! he says, yeah, there are no rules. It’s a madhouse. Everyone for themselves.” If you don’t mind the rugby scrum of narrow pavement (sidewalks) with thousands of tourons (tourists + morons) then maybe you’ll enjoy the Royal Mile. The old architecture IS interesting, just too many people for my taste.

hiking
3 days ago

Great views and a nice way to escape some of the hordes of tourists in Edinburgh (not all of them tho). Clockwise gets you to the top faster (along a sloping path), but you have to come down the “infinite steps,” which were a bit slick. Obviously counter-clockwise means you climb the uneven, stone steps that, seriously, seemed to last forever!

Love this hike! Nice one that’s not too challenging to explore the highlands

walking
3 days ago

Great walk. Easy. Not a sole to be seen on the walk.

walking
3 days ago

Great easy track

Has a bit of every thing took me approx 3 hours to complete with a mix of trail running and walking

hiking
4 days ago

Very easy trail to hike and not crowded at all when I went.

hiking
4 days ago

I did a variation of this hike. I didn’t do it as an out and back but rather went off trail NW. So it was more of a Bynack More and Stac an h-Iolaire hike. Totaled 12.75 miles 3324ft elevation gain and completed it in 7.5hrs. I stopped twice to snack and I’m not sure how many times to take photos. I truly enjoyed the hike but if you’re not up for going off trail the out and back would still be incredible. The link below has a description of the hike and a gpx file you can download.

https://www.wildernessscotland.com/blog/top-5-walking-routes-in-the-cairngorms-bynack-more-and-stac-na-h-iolaire/

mountain biking
4 days ago

A great ride for novice mtn biker

Part pilgrims way, part farmland with good views, lots of stinging nettles!

walking
6 days ago

Breathtaking scenery and fabulous views. It wasn’t to crowded when we arrived but it was early on Sunday morning. It was getting busier when left a couple of hours later.

Great walk. Saw reindeer which was unexpected

mountain biking
6 days ago

Fun track and very relaxing, easy difficulty level. It would probably take 1-2 hours for most people.

hiking
6 days ago

Very nice walk in the forest. We made it with two little childs and it was fine.
The path is well marked and some of the views are just amazing.

mountain biking
7 days ago

great trails, you can follow it in to portreath for a more challenging and technical ride!

hiking
7 days ago

Just completed this in June 2018 over a 10 day period. Some complete this in as little as 4. Overall moderate difficulty. Though some days are more challenging.Highly recommended. See my 10 recordings for a daily record and description for each days hike. Look me up on facebook for a complete photo record of each day. We booked the hike with Macs Adventures who we highly recommend.

Somewhat steep trail with amazing views the entire way up. As with most popular trails, it does get crowded, so get there early. Also, “early” is not that early on Skye. We arrived at about 8:30 am and were some of the first people on the trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing views for the entire trail. Remote location, but it is worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty and easy, but crowded.

Easy trail that ends in a cool town - Kinlochleven- with a few decent restaurants. NOTE: Kingshouse is under construction and NO parking is allowed there. However, you can park at Glencoe ski resort or 2 miles west of Kingshouse where the Devils Staircase begins, this skipping the two miles of trail that follows the road.

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