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 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.

  • 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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