Take Time Out to Explore the Stevenson Way

Scotland has some exceptional walking trails allowing outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the Scottish countryside. A recent addition to the already well-established walking routes found in Scotland is the spectacular Stevenson Way. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Kidnapped, and centred around actual historical events, this wilderness walk stretches over a distance of 370 kilometers, offering a great way to explore the area between Mull and Edinburgh while retracing the steps of young David Balfour who is shipwrecked on the Isle of Mull after being kidnapped by his uncle.

Although Stevenson’s tale is fiction, the plot is based on the murder in 1752 of Colin ‘Red Fox’ Campbell, also known as the Appin Murder, and real 18th century events in Scotland. Walkers will find themselves in the rugged terrain described so well in Kidnapped and made all the more real because of Stevenson’s love for the outdoors.

Starting on the island of Erraid on the west coast of Mull, the Stevenson Way travels through Morvern, across Loch Linnhe to the village of Ballachulish before heading for Glencoe’s rugged mountains. The route continues through the boggy terrain of Rannoch Moor – a conservation area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and noted for its flora and fauna. Walkers will then make their way to the slopes of Ben Alder before turning south to Loch Rannoch and through the mountains above the Bridge of Orchy and heading for the village of Crianlarich, which has served as a crossroads for travelers since mediaeval times.

The route bypasses the village traveling over the mountains to Balquhidder at the head of Loch Voil. This is where legendary Rob Roy McGregor lies buried. From here the Stevenson Way travels past Callander and Dunblane to the city of Stirling where it continues along the River Forth to the village of Limekilns on the shore of the Firth of Forth, before making the final leg of the journey to Edinburgh.

Adventurers keen to try the Stevenson Way should bear in mind that it is a wilderness walk requiring participants to be experienced in hill-walking, self-reliant, able to use a compass and map, and they should be properly equipment for both the weather and the terrain. Walkers should also be fully acquainted with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for enjoying Scotland’s great outdoors in a responsible manner.