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Refresh and enliven your senses in Scotland, a country perfect for walking. Whether you want a gentle stroll in the countryside among the trees and rivers, a breezy coastal stroll along sandy beaches or a walk through the wild mountain and loch scenery, Scotland has all of this in abundance.

Discover some of Scotland’s Great Trails, long-distance routes, which will allow you to see for yourself Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes as well as uncovering wonderful wildlife, old castles, abbeys, canals and other fascinating aspects of Scotland’s unique heritage.

Take a look at the useful information to plan a walking holiday to Scotland with some fantastic providers or if you fancy wild camping, learn about your rights of access with the Outdoor Access Code.

Wherever you choose to walk in Scotland, it is important to be safe, so familiarise yourself with some simple safety guidelines to ensure you enjoy an invigorating and satisfying walk in the beautiful Scottish countryside.

  • Four people walk along the Fife Coastal Path towards St Monans
    St Monans on the Fife Coastal Path
  • A group walking into Corrie Fee in the Angus Glens
    Corrie Fee
  • A shot of a pitched tent by the coast with Dunnottar Castle in the background
    Camping with Dunnottar Castle in the background
  • Autumnal shot between the trees on Lady Mary's Walk in Crieff
    Lady Mary's Walk, Crieff
  • A couple walk along the coastline on Kintyre Way in Argyll
    Kintyre Way in Argyll
Four walkers on the Fife Coastal Path with St Monans in the background

Great Scottish walks & routes

Scotland’s Great Trails is a network of 26 long distance routes including the Southern Upland Way and Great Glen Way.

A couple walk on the hillside above St. Mary's Loch in the Scottish Borders

Long distance walks

A mixture of 10 more long distance routes, from the John Muir Way, Sir Walter Scott Way, and Cowal Way.

Walkers take in the view across fields from the Eildon Hills, south of Melrose, Scottish Borders

Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail

From Kirk Yetholm in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, discover more about Scotland's longest walking trail.

A group of walkers walking into Corrie Fee in the Angus Glens

Walking holidays

Follow one of Scotland’s Great Trails or enjoy more leisurely strolls in the country and along the coastline.

Tent pitched on the coastline with Dunnottar Castle in the background

Wild camping

You can go wild camping in Scotland and enjoy a night under the stars - provided you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Walker takes a break at the beach at Northton with the hill of Ceapabhal in the background

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Know the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go walking, which tells you where you can go and provides advice.

A couple doing some serious hillwalking in Glencoe

Walking grades

Whether you want a gentle stroll or a hike up a rugged mountain, take a look at the walking grades to help you find the perfect level of walk for you.

Close up shot of a walker using a compass and map in the snow

Safety tips

Make sure you are well prepared when walking in Scotland by using these simple guidelines to enjoy walking safely.

Looking out over Dumfries & Galloway from the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford

Frequently asked questions

Find information on weather, walking routes and where to go walking in these frequently asked questions about walking in Scotland.

Regional walking

Cycling

Go cycling in Scotland and experience the beauty of the country’s landscapes, seascapes, towns and cities.

Mountain biking

World-class trails, stunning scenery and international events make Scotland a mountain biker's dream.

Watersports

Surrounded by water with hundreds of rivers and lochs, Scotland is the perfect destination for your next watersports adventure.