Mary Queen of Scots Way

Printed book £10.99

Paul Prescott

The Mary Queen of Scots Way stretches across central Scotland from coast to coast, linking many places associated with Mary Queen of Scots. It runs for 107 miles (172 km) from Arrochar on Loch Long in the west to St Andrews on the Fife coast, and links with the Cowal Way, the West Highland Way, the Rob Roy Way and the Fife Coastal Path.

The Way goes through richly varied scenery, starting from a rugged sea loch, crossing Loch Lomond and traversing its National Park to the hills of central Scotland, ending on a sandy beach on the Fife coast. It passes mountains, lochs and waterfalls; castles, hill forts and aqueducts; and is broken into manageable sections which end at welcoming villages and small towns with friendly pubs and B&Bs.

The Mary Queen of Scots Way goes beside and through the Arrochar Alps and hills of Loch Lomond, past the Menteith hills, along the length of the Ochils to the Lomonds of Fife. The Way goes above 1000 ft (300 m) several times, reaching its highest point at Cadger's Yett, north of Glendevon, some 1425 ft (435m) above sea level.

Please note that this route is the invention of its author, with no official status. There is no dedicated MQS waymarking, although the guidebook gives detailed directions and parts of it are easy to follow. Some sections are unsuitable for novice walkers unless accompanied by somebody with map and compass skills.

This guidebook contains everything a walker needs to plan and enjoy their holiday:

  • detailed description of the route from west to east
  • summary of each section with terrain, grade and refreshments
  • map of the entire route in 6 drop-down panels (1:110,000)
  • section about the tragic life of Mary Queen of Scots
  • practical information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with over 80 colour photographs
  • printed on rainproof paper.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or Route map, read Reviews or follow our Mary Queen of Scots Way links to other websites. If you received a pre-publication copy of the book, please refer to this PDF which has a major route upgrade on page 43. And check this forum page for route updates.

For general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

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Book data

  • Mary Queen of Scots Way
  • Paul Prescott
  • 15 April 2012
  • UK price £10.99
  • 64pp+5pp map flap
  • 145x210 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-48-5

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“Combined with excellent photography, in some cases with an overlay of the route, the result is a guide that inspires confidence in the reader.”

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