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Stepping Through Time

Date:
March 31, 2021
Carnasserie Castle, Ormaig, Old Poltalloch and Kilmartin Glen. A walk through the ages encompassing the impressive ruins of Carnasserie Castle, the prehistoric rock art at Ormaig, the ruins of Old Poltalloch and ancient sites in Kilmartin Glen.
Well suited to those who wish to explore historic sites off the beaten track, this walk requires a good degree of fitness. Mainly tracks and paths but some sections are steep, muddy or uneven.
  • Discover impressive and well-preserved historical sites spanning 5000 years
  • Explore stunning castle ruins, beautiful rock art and wonderful scenery
  • Feel at peace in tranquil glens and forests
  • Enjoy glimpses of the sea as we skirt the coast
  • Visit a fabulous viewpoint overlooking Kilmartin Glen
  • Imagine the past as we pause in the afternoon light under ancient standing stones

The area surrounding Kilmartin is steeped in ancient history and archaeological sites many of which are still being discovered, or rediscovered having been overplanted with forestry or used for agriculture in more modern times. Settled by man, after the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago, this area is rich with his remains. Vast burial cairns and hidden cists (stone-built coffins), fascinating carved rocks with intricate designs and patterns, standing stones and stone circles, dot the landscape in scattered profusion throughout Kilmartin Glen and the local area. It is one of the richest areas for prehistoric sites in Scotland. To add to this are the remains of old farmsteads, crofts and the imposing and eerie Renaissance built Carnasserie Castle not to mention the tumbling ruins near Old Poltalloch built in relatively modern (Georgian) times. And with lovely scenery, woodlands, coast and glens this walk is certainly one to satisfy inquisitive minds.

The tranquility and peace found exploring the historic sites off the beaten track are always a favourite; you may have to walk further but the feeling of discovery is always enhanced by that extra wee effort.

All guided walks include the following:
  • Your friendly qualified guide for the duration of your walk
  • Group Safety Equipment
  • Emergency First Aid Kit
  • Walk joining information
  • Kit List
  • Friendly advice
Optional bonus section. We also recommend a visit to the museum, café, church or hotel during your stay in the area.
  • Discover impressive and well-preserved historical sites spanning 5000 years
  • Explore stunning castle ruins, beautiful rock art and wonderful scenery
  • Feel at peace in tranquil glens and forests
  • Enjoy glimpses of the sea as we skirt the coast
  • Visit a fabulous viewpoint overlooking Kilmartin Glen
  • Imagine the past as we pause in the afternoon light under ancient standing stones
Full Day
Intermediate
Grade 3-4 Moderate to Hard
* See below for more information
2-8

Additional Information:

Make this a private booking

All our activities can be booked for private groups as bespoke experiences.

Prices and terms & conditions for bespoke experiences apply.

Not suitable for children

Although we do not recommend this level for children please check with us if your child is over 12, used to walking at this grade and has the right equipment.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (see terms)

Women only option

All our activities can be booked for women only groups either as bespoke experiences or where advertised.

Dog friendly

Yes, we welcome well behaved dogs on the majority of our walks (and you may well meet our trusty team member and Collie, Rowan).

Historic Environment Scotland are now allowing dogs on the sites we visit, as long as they are kept on a short lead and in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (last updated by HES, March 2021).

Optional bonus section. We also recommend a visit to the museum, café, church or hotel during your stay in the area.
Price:
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Walk Grades

Grade 1 - Easy

Relaxed walks on mainly flat or graded paths and tracks within easy access of a road/parking with little or no steep ground. These walks are designed to take in a specific tourist site or experience - perhaps to visit a ruined scottish castle, wildlife centre or ancient carved stones - and are suitable for a wide range of abilities, typically never more than 3 miles or 2 hours of walking.

Grade 2 - Leisurely

Leisurely walking on paths and tracks with occasional steep or uneven sections or steps. Designed to offer an immersive and relaxing experience connecting with nature and the outdoors these walks help promote wellbeing and may include walks around lochs, along beaches, through woodland and glens, to visit a specific historic or geological site, to learn about foraging for wild plants or to reach viewpoint. These are suitable for a wide range of abilities and are typically 3 to 6 miles with up to 5 hours of walking and 300m of ascent and descent.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Expect a full day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain. There are likely to be some steep or uneven sections or steps. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include easier hill summits, coastal walks, sections of long distance trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track and sunset walks. Walks are typically 6 to 8 miles with 4 to 6 hours of walking and no more than 600m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Hard

An active day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain which is likely to have steep rough sections. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include hill summits, coastal sections with a lot of ascent and descent, remoter areas, longer sections of trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track, trig point hunters and Wainwright baggers. Walks are typically 7 to 12 miles with 5 to 8 hours of walking and up to 800m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Challenging

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths but is likely to include rugged steep pathless terrain, requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the easier Munros and Corbetts, the higher Lakeland and Welsh fells, challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and long distance backpacks such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way. Distances vary but are typically 10-25 miles with ascents of up to 1600m. A full days walking may take anything from 6 to12 hours.

Grade 6 - Severe

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths, rugged steep and rough pathless terrain, exposed ridges and non-technical scrambles requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the harder or more remote Munros and Corbetts, routes such as Striding Edge in the Lake District, high level or remote long distance backpacks or ultra long distance events. Distances vary but are often over 15 miles with ascents often exceeding 1000m. An example is the Patterdale Round which takes in 17 Wainwrights, is 30 miles and has over 3000m of ascent. A full days walking may take anything from 8 to16 or more hours.

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