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Scotland Walking Guide

A guide to walking routes in Scotland with Links and Images.

Although Scotland is best known for its mountain hikes, there are also a number of walks that are extremely popular as well, the main four being the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way, Rob Roy Way, and Southern pland Way.

Baragny Estate in Ayrshire Large Image.

Baragny Estate in Ayrshire image

The longer routes can be done in sections. There are a large number of other official walking routes throughout the country. Many people and clubs try to do a new route, or section of a route, as often as possible. A good fairly inexpensive hobby that keeps you fit.

Listed below are some of the most popular routes with links to information, photos and reviews where possible. There is also an interactive map showing all the routes. View Map.


West Highland Way Glasgow to Fort William 96 miles / 151km. The terrain ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands. The route has many campsites, bunkhouses, hostels and B&Bs. The walk normally takes about 7 days. This is probably the most desired route in Scotland to accomplish.
westhighlandway.org

Photo Tours under User Reports

Map. Reviews.


Great Glen Way Fort William to Inverness 79 miles / 117km. The route is fairly level with an optional higher level between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit for more dramatic views. There are a number of Hostels and Bunkhouses on the route. This walk normally takes 5 or 6 days.
highland.gov.uk/ggw/

Photo Tours under User Reports

Map. Reviews.


Rob Roy Way Drymen to Pitlochry 94 miles / 151km. The route runs northeast following trails used by the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Accommodation on the route. This walk normally takes 7 days.
robroyway.com

Photo Tours under User Reports

Map. Reviews.


Southern Upland Way Scotland southwest coast to southeast coast, 212 miles / 340 km. The Southern Upland Way is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance foot-path. It runs from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. The walk normally takes between 10 and 20 days.
southernuplandway.gov.uk

Photo Tours under User Reports

Map. Reviews.


Walkinghlands a list of areas throughout Scotland with many walks in each. Walkinghlands is an in depth guide to walking all over Scotland. Each area has a number of walks listed. User Reports with each walk normally give multiple images and text to describe the walk.
walkhighlands.co.uk


Ayrshire Walking a list of walks in Ayrshire, southwest Scotland
Ayrshire Walking lists a number of walks throughout Ayrshire with large images and directions with each. The walks include: coastal, hills & lochs, islands and country estates.
ayrshirescotland.com


Things to look out for:

If a walk should take you high into hills, pay attention to the route so if clouds roll in you will know where you are going or can backtrack to lower ground safely.

Adders are small venomous snakes with the largest about 2 feet in length, found in the UK from March to October, they hibernate underground in winter. These are the only poisonous snakes in the UK with a dark zig zag pattern down their back. They vary in colour from the most common being brown, grey and black. They are not known for being aggressive and nobody has died from an adder bite for more than 20 years. Most people bitten by adders have normally been tying to pick them up. Hiking boots with and walking trousers are normally enough to prevent a bite should you tred on one. More Information & Images.

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