Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Hill Walking Holidays

available dates :

April - October 2022

April - October 2023

“If you want to spend your holiday doing some hill walking training near you, I can’t recommend Gartmore enough, the location is fantastic.”

About The Course

Nestled within the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Gartmore House is situated in the best location for a hill walking holiday.

 Walking holidays are a wonderful way to experience Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Everywhere you look, there’s lush greenery, rolling hills, and dense forests, and over the course of your 5-night stay, you’ll get to explore plenty of it!

Our guided hill walking training will give you the chance to discover the best of the Scottish landscape. David Walsh, owner of Emmaus Adventure and qualified mountain leader, will be your guide throughout. Many people may aspire to enjoy exploring on foot, but perhaps lack the confidence to just go for it on their own.

During your stay you will enjoy a selection of walks throughout Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The aim of this holiday is to help budding walkers to feel comfortable climbing their first Munro or Corbett and pick up a bit of advice on map reading and general guidance on safely negotiating your way around some of the best hills and glens in Scotland.

You will start the week building up slowly from 4-6-hour walks to longer 6-8-hour walks; perhaps climbing one of two local Munros – Ben Lomond or Ben Ime at the end of the week.

Naturally a introduction to Scottish hill walking will include an element of the ‘mountain environment’. This can be translated as, rough terrain with no paths, mixed weather, steeper ascents and descents. As such this course is most suited to people who enjoy exercising or walking on a regular basis.

Course Inclusions And Coverage

This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:


All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.

Food & Accommodation

Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.


Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*

* Transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:

“With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.” – Guest, Introductory Hillwalking Holiday

Booking Information

DATES 2023
All of our craft or activity holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.

The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.
  • Terms of Booking

  • Workshop Themes

  • Example Programme

  • Kit List

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

More Reviews...

A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.

Previous Participant

Guest, Introductory Hillwalking Holiday

Your Course Tutor: David Walsh

David has over 16 years experience as a professional in the outdoor industry working as a qualified mountain leader, canoe/kayak coach working as an expedition guide and chief instructor. David has a service-centred approach, with a passion for people and narrative. His adventures are focused on a minimalist philosophy, journeying well and Leave No Trace principles.

David’s company, Emmaus Adventure, was born out of all hill passion and experience with a simple goal – more safety, comfort, accomplishment and enjoyment for all who want to explore, connect with and protect wild spaces.


  • The Course

  • Bedrooms

  • TRansport & location



Where can I find out more about the course?

If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.

What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?

Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.

What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?

To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the  arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.

Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.

If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.

What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?

We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.

The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.

Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?

If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them at the checkout stage.

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Spots on this course are limited!

Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of hill walking.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Gartmore Estate, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland
  • mail@gartmorehouse.com
  • 01877 382 991