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Have you walked the Mary Queen of Scots Way?

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda ✪Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

Has anyone experienced walking the Mary Queen of Scot’s way? I realise it isn’t signposted but it seems a pretty interesting route to take. I see on the History of Scotland site this suggested route

Stage 1 Arrochar to Loch Lomond 

The Mary Queen of Scots Way begins at the head of Loch Long and goes into Arrochar village, joining the Cowal Way, past Ben Vorlich and on to Inverglas. 

Stage 2 Loch Lomond to Aberfoyle 

Head along the West Highland Way through ancient woodlands, on to Gleann Gaoithe and ending this section at Loch Dhu. Travelling past two aqueducts past Duchray Bridge and Duchray Castle, past Lochan Spling and Kirkton through to Aberfoyle. 

Stage 3 Aberfoyle to Callendar 

Out of the town to Craig of Monievreckie and views towards Inchmahome Island, where Mary Queen of Scots stayed, through forest and moorland to Loch Venachar and on through the woods to Callendar. 

Stage 4 Callander to Dunblane 

Leave Callander for Drumdhu Wood and through to Keltie Water, Brokentree Wood, past Old Kilmadock Cemetery on to Doune Castle, before reaching Dunblane. 

Stage 5 Dunblane to Tillicoultry 

This section continues along Baxter's Loan over Allan Water, around Cocksburn reservoir to Balquharn and entering Tillicoultry. 

Stage 6 - TIllicoultry to Glendevon 

Leave the town by Devon Way past the Dollar Burn, along to Castle Campbell and via Cadgers Way into Glendevon. 

Stage 7 - Glendevon to Glenfarg 

Continue to Borland Glen, over Coul Burn into Corb Glen through forest with views to Loch Leven, then on to Glenfarg. 

Stage 8 Glenfarg to Falkland 

Continue up to Arngask Farm to Yellow Hill and then down to Bannarty, on to the ruins of Ballo Castle and down towards Falkland and its splendid palace, a favourite of the Stewart monarchs. 

Stage 9 Falkland to Ceres 

Leave on the road to Newton of Falkland through woodland to Kingskettle, the Shoreland, Balmacolm and finishing at Ceres. 

Stage 10 Ceres to St Andrews 

Continue through woodland and farm tracks to Kinnimonth Hill and on to Drumcarrow Craig, with its splendid views. After a glimpse of the North Sea carry on through Denhead, around Craigtoun Country Park and through to your destination at St Andrews. 

Just looking to see if anyone has done this before and if 10 days is about right? Looking to get some hotels booked up. Dreaming of a night in St Andrew’s to rest our legs! 


Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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