Scotland’s Best Walking and Hiking Trails

Whether you want to follow one of Scotland’s great trails or enjoy more leisurely strolls in the country, Scotland’s is packed with excellent walking opportunities. Below we have put together a list of Scotland’s best walking trails, these are just a select few as the list could go on forever!

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

There are lots of great walking routes on the Isle of Skye but the Old Man of Storr trail has got to be one of the best and most famous walks on the island. The Old Man of Storr is large spiky pinnacles of rock that can be seen from miles away as it’s set against the backdrop of the beautiful coastline of Skye. The Storr was formed by a massive ancient landslide that is now one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. There is a car park for hikers at the base which can get busy during peak season. Fortunately, this hike can be reached by public transport too, making it even more accessible.

Average time to complete: 2 hours

 

Ben Lomond, Argyll and Bute

Situated on the shores of Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond attracts around 30,000 people per year. It’s accessibility from Glasgow and other parts of central Scotland makes it one of the most popular of all the Munros. One of the best things about Ben Lomond is that it’s a great Munro to climb all year round, providing that it’s a clear day. The level of difficulty varies as some parts of the route can be steep whilst other parts have a relatively level surface. When you reach the top, you’ll be completely amazed by the views across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Average time to complete: 5 hours

West Highland Way

In 1980, the West Highland Way became Scotland’s first ever long-distance walking route and this year it celebrates its 40th anniversary. At 154 km (96 miles) long, this is not a route than can be complete in a day. On average, most people take between five and eight days to walk the route which usually begins at Milngavie and ends in Fort William. Stops along the way include Drymen, Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Kinlochlevan, plus more. Taking on the West Highland Way requires proper preparation to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable experience. This means training and buying proper hiking clothing, tools and camping gear if necessary.

Average time to complete: 5-8 days

Loch Ness 360°

Explore the beauty of Loch Ness by walking the entire circumference on the Loch Ness 360° trail. Much like the West Highland Way, the Loch Ness 360° trail cannot be complete in a day as it stretches for a long 80 miles, taking an average of 6 days to complete. You’ll experience unforgettable views, ancient history and mystery and legend along this route at every twist and turn. Some parts of the journey are steep, and the width and quality of the path varies along the way, so you should be relatively fit in order to complete it.

Average time to complete: 6 days

Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail

The Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail is the perfect route for a fun, quick hike with beautiful views of the viaduct, which features in the Harry Potter movies, and Loch Shiel. The trail begins at the car park on the Glenfinnan Pier Road and stretches for a short 2 miles. Walkers can cross the river and see the Glenfinnan Monument that commemorates the Jacobite Risings of 1745 which began here. If you walk this route during the summer, then you may even see the Jacobite steam train travel from Glenfinnan to Fort William.

Average time to complete: 40 minutes

Ben Nevis

Finally, as the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis attracts climbers and walkers from all over the world and is definitely one for the bucket list. Ben Nevis is climbed all year round but amateur walkers should only hike the mountain during the summer months. Throughout winter the mountain can be very dangerous as it’s usually thick in snow and ice. If you have never climbed Ben Nevis before but would like to, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to undergo some training beforehand to help you get fitter as the hike can be long. One of the best things about climbing Ben Nevis is that there are different routes you can take for climbers of different experience levels.

Average time to complete: 7-9 hours

Follow one of Scotland’s great trails for the remarkable scenery and sense of achievement at the end of your walk. Check out our Walking Holidays in Scotland package and sample itinerary here. We can customise this package to suit your needs and budget. Just contact us today to find out more. 

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