Kidnapped130 retraced the route of David Balfour, but without the knocking senseless at South Queensferry and the shipwreck off Erraid. The route selected closely followed the description in the book itself and that of the Stevenson Way


20th May:    12.45 Departed  South Queensferry
22nd May:   13.30 Rounded North Ronaldsay Orkney Islands
23rd May:    14.58 Rounded Cape Wrath
25th May:    01.59 Anchored Tinkers Hole, Erraid –  540 nautical miles

26th May:    Erraid to Nuns Pass 18.7 Miles 3,241 ft climb
27th May:    Nuns Pass to Glen Forsa 19.1 / 2,083
28th May:   Glen Forsa to Lochaline/ferry to Kingairloch 27.8/2,465
29th May:   Yacht across Loch Linnhe to Lettermore on to Clachaig 22.7/4,030
30th May:   Clachaig, Kinlochleven, Loch Charain Bothy 18.4 / 3,636
31st May:    Loch Charain Bothy to Ben Alder Cottage 19.4 / 2,161
2nd June:   Ben Alder Cottage to Loch Rannoch 9.0 / 626

6th Aug   :    Loch Rannoch to Glen Daimh 11.3 miles 2,382 ft
7th Aug   :    Glen Daimh to Betavaime 17.6 / 1,595
8th Aug   :    Betavaime to Loch Voil 17.7 / 3,094
9th Aug   :    Loch Voil to Uamh Bheag 16.2 / 3,408
10th Aug :    Uamh Bheag to Dunblane 17.0 / 1,564
11th Aug  :    Dunblane to Gartmorn Dam 19.2 / 829
12th Aug  :    Gartmorn Dam to Limekilns 18.1 / 208
13th Aug  :    Limekilns to Edinburgh 21.4 / 1,593

SAILING   :   540 nautical miles 4.5 days. Average day 122 nm
WALKING:   273 MILES 14.5 days, 33,816 ft climb. Ave day 18.2 miles 2,254 ft

By Sea

Sea route 2

The Kidnnapped130 sailing passage route will be unaided and non-stop. Should weather conditions determine it is unwise to continue the Kidnapped130 crew will make for landfall and resume once the adverse weather has passed.

  • The shores of the Forth near Edinburgh from the Hawes Inn South Queensferry and by yacht up the east coast of Scotland to Orkney
  • Turning south at North Ronaldsay the crew will head for Cape Wrath and down The Minch passing to the west of Skye
  • From Skye heading south east passing south of Coll and landing at the island of Erraid at the south west corner of Mull

By Land

The Kidnapped130 challengers will make their way the 270 miles across Scotland by foot camping out in the hills or take accommodation as in the book. For route details see the Stevenson Way route page.

  • By foot over Mull and by ferry to Loch Aline and on through Morvern
  • Northwards crossing Loch Linnhe to Appin and from there eastwards by; Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, The Trossachs to the Forth Valley
  • Skirting Dunblane and Stirling, then along the Hillfoots and on to cross the Forth by rowing boat at Limekilns returning to South Queensferry and on to Edinburgh.