Walking Guide

Walks in Scotland

Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in Scotland

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Scotland with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery Scotland has to offer

A mix of historical towns, craggy coastlines, majestic mountain ranges, ancient forests and deep lochs grace Scotland’s astounding landscapes. The West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and the Southern Upland Way trails take in these mesmeric sights.

There is a wide choice of coastal walks available in Scotland. The Arran Coastal Way is a popular scenic route taking in the full circumference of the Isle of Arran. The route displays beautiful cliff-sides, ruined castles and the opportunity to view over 250 species of birds.

The dramatic Glen Etive has been the background for many productions, from James Bond’s Skyfall to Braveheart. This is an ideal location to explore the North West Highlands, offering picturesque views of the nearby mountain ranges.

Be sure to bring along any four-legged friends so that they can enjoy the spectacular sights too. Accessible dog walks in Scotland include Arthur’s Seat, the highest peak in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, is an ideal choice. With city views and plenty of many different routes, neither you or your dog will get bored.

  • Ben Nevis

    Located in the Grampian Mountains near the town of Fort William and standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK. A popular route to the summit would be the Mountain Track, although still incredibly challenging, this route is the simplest, with a distance of 10.75 miles.

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  • Great Glen Way

    Reaching 72.7 miles from Fort William to Inverness, the trail follows the major natural fault line of the Great Glen that divides Scotland from coast-to-coast. The majority of the route remains at a low level and serves as a good way to acclimatise to long distance walking.

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    Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat

    Located just a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the 640-acre Holyrood Park is a popular spot for walkers, especially those wanting to climb to the top of its highest peak, Arthur’s Seat. The ancient volcano is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, possessing a varied range of rare flora and geology.

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  • North Coast 500

    North Coast 500

    If you are looking for a challenge, why not try the North Coast 500? This 516-mile trail begins in Inverness and edges its way along the Scottish Coast towards John O’ Groats and eventually back South through the town of Dingwall, before returning to Inverness. The route incorporates some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery; rolling hills, dramatic moors, majestic lakes and incredible beaches.

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  • Southern Upland Way

    The Southern Upland Way is a 212-mile coast-to-coast route, starting on Scotland’s South West Coast in Portpatrick, and ending on the East Coast at Cockburnspath. The trail has some challenging parts, but there are many stretches that suitable for families.

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  • West Highland Way

    Starting at Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire, the West Highland Way stretches 96 miles North to the town of Fort William, and passes beautiful natural sites such as Ben Lomond, Buachaille Etive Mor and Glen Coe.

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