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 timeless lochs, Scotland’s landscape is hauntingly beautiful and a nature lover’s paradise. There are many long trails in Scotland that take advantage of these fascinating features, the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and the Southern Upland Way are just three examples of such routes. Experienced hikers may take over a week to complete some of the trails, while beginners may decide to follow a small section to get a taste of the scenic walks in Scotland.
There are a wide choice of coastal walks available in Scotland. The Aran Coastal Way is a popular scenic route taking in the full circumference of the Isle of Aran in 65 miles. The route explores the beautiful cliff sides, ruined castles and gives walkers the opportunity to view over 250 species of birds, including the golden eagle.
If you want a route that takes in one of the most famous and dramatic glens it would be Glen Etive, near the famous Glen Coe. It is not surprising that the evocative landscape has been the background for many productions, from James Bond’s Skyfall to the historic epic Braveheart. The place is an ideal location to explore the North West Highlands, and offers some fantastic views of the nearby mountain ranges. The area is not just popular with humans, bring along any four-legged friends so that they can enjoy the new sights and smells as much as you. For more accessible dog walks in Scotland, Arthur’s Seat, the highest peak in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, is an ideal choice. With fantastic views over the city and plenty of varied routes through bogland, over the rocky summit or around Duddingston Loch, neither you or your dog will get bored.