• Coire Loch, Glen Affric
Distance: 6 km; duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
This walk has everything you’d want from a forest walk. The trail takes you through ancient Caledonian forestry, where you could even stumble on roe deer or the seldom seen capercailie in the foliage, as well as providing views of stunning Glen Affric. To top it all, a dramatic waterfall thunders through a rocky gorge.
• Inchnadamph Bone Caves
Distance: 4.5 km; duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
A limestone valley with a secret to share, this popular walk leads you along the valley floor until it narrows and you climb its steep sides to reach the dramatic bone caves. The remains of lynx, reindeer and even polar bear, who once roamed the area, have been found inside the cave mouth.
• Randolph’s Leap
Distance: 4 km; duration: 1 hour
This route traces the steps of the disgruntled Cummings family who, with their men, attacked Randolph, the Earl of Moray, only to be forced to retreat to the River Findhorn and leap across its churning waters to make their escape. The popular walk involves clear paths but give due attention to the steep edges near the fast-flowing river.
• Stacks of Duncansby
The true most north-easterly point of Scotland, Duncansby Head has been content to let nearby John o’Groats take all the attention. A track from the latter emerges at the peninsula’s lighthouse, built in 1924. Further along the path lies the highlight of the walk, the impressive and prominent Stacks of Duncansby, two jagged pinnacles jutting out of the sea.
• Glenmore Forest
Located near Aviemore, Glenmore Forest has some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian forestry in the country. Plundered for industry, much of the area’s former woodland was felled but Glenmore retains many pristine pine, juniper and birch trees from the old forests. Enjoy the solitude and quiet as you roam among these proud trees.