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Walking in Scotland

July 2016

It’s no secret that Scotland boasts some of the most incredible landscapes in the world – along with friendly people, whisky and haggis, it’s what the country is renowned for! Set your own pace as you explore country trails and coastal paths, forest roads and national routes.

Scotland’s Great Trails
Heard the saying ‘it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters’? If this resonates with you, then perhaps you should tackle one of Scotland’s Great Trails. There are 26 long distance trails of varying length, ranging from 24 miles (39 km) of the Dava Way in Moray Speyside to the 212 mile (340 km) Southern Upland Way through Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. The beauty of any long distance walk is you can pick and choose sections for a half or full day walking, or attempt it in stages.

Bag a Munro
Keen hikers might have their sights on bagging one of the mighty Munros. These Scottish mountains stand at over 914 m (3,000 ft), and there are 282 of them to conquer, with Ben Nevis near Fort William being the tallest mountain in the UK. Remember, careful planning and attention to safety should always be considered before setting out. Or perhaps you could begin by bagging Ben Lomond? Less than 40 miles (64 km) north of Glasgow, this peak is a popular walk for first-timers and offers spectacular views over Loch Lomond and its islands.

Walks in the city
Of course, walking isn’t only a country pursuit, in fact Scottish cities pull above their weight for glorious walks. Edinburgh is famous for its seven hills, including Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, which all take just a couple of hours to climb up and down and offer rewarding views from the top. While up in Inverness you could follow the River Ness inland on a walk over to the river’s idyllic islands, or take a stroll out to Fort George, to the east of the city, and see if you can spot dolphins in the Moray Firth.

Walks with a view
Follow routes to snap-worthy locations where Scotland’s natural features will leave you in awe. Both long and short routes offer hidden gems to be discovered, such as stunning waterfalls and dramatic sea-stacks. Iconic sites such as the Old Man of Hoy on the Isle of Skye and Smoo Cave in Durness lend themselves to photography, so don’t forget your camera and start planning a walk in Scotland.

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