Top of the Walks: 10 of Scotland’s Great Trails

  • Sunday 1st Jul 2012
  • Posted in walks

Make the most of the long summer days and explore Scotland on foot.  Whether you want to soak up panoramic views, immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of a forest circuit, be enchanted by the interplay of mountains and sea, follow historical trails, or simply bask in beautiful scenery, a walking holiday in Scotland is sure to soothe the soul.  There are walking routes all across Scotland which are ideal for discovering the varied landscapes and getting up close with nature – why not try one of Scotland’s Great Trails on your next holiday?  Here are 10 of the Great Trails to inspire you, ideal for short day trips or as long distance walks.

Great Glen Way
Spanning 79 miles between Fort William and Inverness, the awe-inspiring Great Glen Way can be walked in 5-6 days.  (Keep a look out for the Loch Ness monster!).

Speyside Way
The scenic Speyside Way runs for 65 miles between Buckie on the Moray Coast and Aviemore on the edge of the Grampian mountains.

Moray Coast Trail
Explore the picturesque coastal villages along 50 miles of the Moray Coast, from Findhorn to Cullen.

West Highland Way
Starting in Milngavie, outside Glasgow, the West Highland Way stretches up to Fort William in the Highlands, through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

The Three Lochs Way
This low level route, linking Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long can be walked in 3 to 4 days, and is also ideal if you’re looking for short day walks.

Rob Roy Way
Follow tracks and trails used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland’s most notorious outlaw, in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Starting at Drymen on the West Highland Way, the route winds across the Southern Highlands of Scotland and finishes in Pitlochry.

Fife Coastal Path
Running from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north, the Fife Coastal Path offers beautiful views of fishing villages and award-winning beaches.

From Glenapp to Skelmorlie, the Ayrshire Coastal Path runs along a stunning stretch of Scotland’s coastline, with the mountains on Arran as a backdrop.


Southern Upland Way
This coast to coast route runs 212 miles from Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway to Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders and is perfect for those seeking a challenging walk.

Borders Abbeys Way
If you want to delve into Scottish history, the Borders Abbeys Way connects the ruins of four abbeys in the region – Kelso Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh.

To really enjoy the freedom of a walking holiday in Scotland, why not stay in a local holiday cottage?  At the end of a day’s walking, you can return to your cosy home-from-home and relax in your own living space.  Find the perfect base to explore a range of walks in the area – browse a selection of self-catering accommodation for walking holidays Scotland on EmbraceScotland.

Do you have a favourite place for a Scottish walking holiday? Have you been on any of these walks? Leave your comments below.


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