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.
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.