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  • The Falkirk Wheel linking the Forth & Clyde and the Union Canals on the outskirts of Falkirk.
    Falkirk Wheel
  • Two walkers and a dog walk along a forest track as part of the Great Glen Way, near Invergarry, Highlands
    Great Glen Way, near Invergarry, Highlands
  • A couple walk past Melrose Abbey in the centre of Melrose in the Scottish Borders
    Melrose Abbey
  • A lone walker takes in the view over Sandwood Bay with a view beyond to the sea-stack of Am Buachaille, Sutherland, Highlands
    Sandwood Bay, Sutherland, Highlands
  • A couple walk along St Cuthbert's Way in the Scottish Borders
    St Cuthbert's Way, the Scottish Borders

Devised by renowned outdoors writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish in 2012, The Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail is the only long distance walking trail to run the length of the country, starting at Kirk Yetholm just north of the Scottish Border and running to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the British Isles.

Using a series of existing long distance walking trails and established paths, such as St Cuthberts’s Way and the Rob Roy Way, the 470-mile route offers a range of diverse landscapes to discover. It winds through many of the country's regions as well as taking in the capital city and Scotland’s two National Parks.

Discover the rolling agricultural landscape of the Scottish Borders, follow the Water of Leith through Edinburgh and enjoy the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths which will lead you through central Scotland to the Trossachs. Tread through the empty glens of Perthshire to the base of the Cairngorms National Park and the Highlands.

After tackling the route through Scotland’s largest National Park, the trail leads to the Caledonian Canal and the heads deep into the north-west Highlands, with the final stretches covering wild, remote parts and difficult terrains, before reaching the trail’s end.

The route has been described by Cameron McNeish as being, 'destined to be one of the great walks of the world,' and will probably make the bucket list of many a keen walker. While not everyone will be able to walk the Scottish National Trail in full, it’s well worth planning a ramble or a hillwalk through one or two of its many stages.