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Summer walks to enjoy from Scotland’s cities

Hey there, city dwellers. So, you might have ventured short distances north, south, east and west from your front door hundreds of times recently. But summer is officially here! As restrictions ease, we’re finally able to head off somewhere a bit different. Here’s our selection of walks you can do, a short drive from your home city.

Read our outdoor access guidelines before you set off and there’s useful information on our outdoor safety page from Scottish Mountain Rescue.

From Edinburgh

Coasts and waters

St Abbs Head Lighthouse, St Abbs

St Abbs – 6.25km (4 miles)

Walk time: 2 hours

If you’re an Edinburgh resident, chances are the St Abbs Head circular walk is a route you’ll love to do again and again. With cliffs, seabird colonies, a seriously cool lighthouse and clear crystal waters to gaze across from above, you can’t beat a day out by the coast. Remember to take care during sections beside cliffs. One of the most important geological sites is found nearby at Siccar Point, a rock formation known as James Hutton’s Unconformity.

How far from home? Just over an hour.

Hills and countryside

Broughton Heights – 11 km (6.75 miles)

Walk time: 3.5 – 4.5 hours

For anyone craving the sight of rolling hills and open countryside, the Broughton Heights circuit is a fabulous choice. It takes in a short traverse of Trahenna Hill and rewards walkers with fabulous views over the Lothians countryside. Perfect for a moment of peace and quiet.

How far from home? 1 hour.

Forest

Pressmennan Wood – 4.5 km (2.75 miles)

Walk time: 1.5 hours

If you go down to the Pressmennan Wood today, you’re sure of a big surprise! This quiet little spot near Dunbar is home to deer, owls, otters and bats, as well as supposedly some other enchanting creatures, such as ‘Glingbobs’ and ‘Tootflits’. Have a look inside some of the fairy doors within the wise old trees, and wander past the peaceful Pressmennan Lake.

How far from home? 45 minutes.

From Glasgow

Coasts and waters

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Troon to Irvine – 11 km (6.75 miles)

Walk time: 3 – 3.5 hours

Linking together two coastal towns, the beach stroll from Troon to Irvine is the coastal walk you’ve  been waiting for. On a bright summer’s day, head along a sweeping stretch of sparkling sand with views across to Arran and Ailsa Craig on clear days. Don’t miss the dragon sculpture atop the sand dunes of Irvine Beach.

How far from home? 45 minutes.

Hills and countryside

Cort-ma Law, Lennoxtown – 9 km (5.5 miles)

Walk time: 3 – 3.5 hours

 Why not take a quick stroll up Cort-ma Law? Enjoy the easy rolling hills of the Campsie Fells, as well as a few things to capture your attention along the way – a deep mysterious well, several stone cairns, a waterfall and amazing views across Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

How far from home? 30 minutes.

Forest

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Douglas Explorer, Ayr Road – 6 km (3.75 miles)

Walk time: 1.5 hours

Follow the Douglas Explorer through the ancient streets of Douglas and beyond. With every step you will come across significant people and events in Scotland’s history from the Wars of Independence with England to the Second World War, as well as a clock gifted to the village of Douglas by Mary Queen of Scots. You’ll also encounter Castle Dangerous, from the novel of the same name by Sir Walter Scott (1831).

How far from home? 40 minutes.

From Aberdeen

Coasts and waters

Collieston and Old Slains Castle – 4.5 km (2.75 miles)

Walk time: 1.5 – 2 hours

Follow a rough coastal path around Collieston and Old Slains Castle. You guessed it – the highlight is undoubtedly the remains of 14th century Old Slains Castle! Looking out to the North Sea over some rocky cliffs, only a portion of the castle’s tower house survives. It was blown up in 1594 by King James IV himself after the owner of the castle, the 9th Earl of Erroll, backed a plot against him. Eek! The newer model is also a ruin, standing a bit further up the coast at Cruden Bay, which is said to have inspired Bram Stoker, when writing his gothic novel Dracula. Keep your eye on the sea too though as Collieston is a bit of a hotspot for whale and dolphin sightings.

How far from home? 35 minutes.

Hills and countryside

Hill of Dunnideer – 5.25 km (3.25 miles)

Walk time: 1.5 hours

The Hill of Dunnideer might be small, but the views from the top are huge! Make your way up to the intriguing age-old fort which dates back to 1260. You’ll see the summit of Aberdeenshire peak, Bennachie, the highest peak for miles, which also has some Iron Age history of its own, and is another great Aberdeenshire walk.

How far from home? 1 hour.

Forest

Glen Tanar Pinewoods – 8 km (5 miles)

Walk time: 2 – 2.5 hours

The lovely Glen Tanar Pinewoods are located within a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and home to some of our largest and oldest Caledonian Scots pine trees, making it a haven for scuttling red squirrels, shy red deer and even capercaillies. This route crosses the bubbling River Tanar over an impressive bridge.

How far from home? 1 hour.

From Dundee

Coast

Montrose Beach Circular – 11.5km (7 miles)

Walk time: 3 hours

Ah, the salty sea air – how we’ve missed you! Walk the Montrose Beach circular and enjoy this little stretch of the Angus Coastal Path. You’ll wander along the promenade before crossing the pristine sands and following an old path over the North Water viaduct, then back to Montrose. At the end, look out to the Scurdie Ness Lighthouse.

How far from home? 50 minutes.

Hills and countryside

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Kinpurney Hill, Newtyle – 5.5 km (3.5 miles)

Walk time: 1.5 – 2 hours

The Kinpurney Hill walk has a bit of everything – open countryside, a mysterious tower, tumbling waterfall and a nice little hill ascent to get your heart rate up whilst offering pleasant views across to Dundee and the surrounding countryside of Angus and Perthshire.

How far from home?  20 minutes.

Forest

Queen’s Well, Glen Esk – 8 km (5 miles)

Walk time: 2 – 2.5 hours.

Enjoy the wide, flat route to which leads to the Queen’s Well at Glen Mark – thought to be Angus’ longest glen. In amongst the quiet countryside, you’ll find the striking crown-shaped monument, built in 1861 to honour Queen Victoria and Prince Albert passing through. If you have the experience and skills, you can extend the route to include Scotland’s most easterly Munro, Mount Keen.

How far from home? 1 hour.

From Perth

Coasts and waters

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Balmerino to Wormit – 9 km (5.5 miles)

Walk time: 2 – 2.5 hours

The Balmerino to Wormit circular is a relaxing outing, taking in the Tay Bridge and beautiful views across the water to Dundee, backed by Dundee Law. It passes the village of Balmerino, which has a fascinating ruined abbey, and a series of seal sculptures will guide you along Wormit Bay.

How far from home? 40 minutes.

Hills and countryside

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Aberfeldy and Kenmore Hill circuit – 22 km (13.75 miles)

Walk time: 5 – 7 hours

The river path from Aberfeldy to Kenmore is very pleasant for a longer walk or can be tackled in smaller sections. You’ll start at the Birks of Aberfeldy, and finish by passing Taymouth Castle. Along the way, enjoy the stunning views of Ben Lawers and Loch Tay.

 How far from home? Just under an hour.

Forest

Moncrieffe Hill – 8 km (5 miles)

Walk time: 2- 3 hours

A peaceful jaunt, this excellent circular walk explores Moncreiffe Hill, which sits in amongst a beautiful woodland. At the top of the hill, enjoy the views of Perth, the Ochil Hills and Fife. Recently, this route hosted a get-together for 21 golden retrievers!

How far from home? 15 minutes.

From Stirling

Coasts and waters

Loch Venachar – 7 km (4.25 miles)

Walk time: 2 hours

Follow the circular forest track around this pretty corner of the Trossachs and Loch Venachar. Along the way, you’ll see clear views of the towering Corbett, Ben Ledi. The walk will lead you to a hidden lochan amidst the trees.

How far from home? 40 minutes.

Hills and countryside

Lendrick Hill – 7.25 km (4.5 miles)

Walk time: 2 – 3 hours

The circular route to Lendrick Hill explores a very pretty, picturesque part of Scotland, just outside the quiet town of Dollar. Follow the high path for lovely views of the countryside.

How far from home? 30 minutes.

From Inverness

Coasts and waters

Rosemarkie and Hillockhead Circuit – 9.25 km (5.75 miles)

Walk time: 2.5 – 3.5 hours

The Rosemarkie and Hillockhead Circuit is an invigorating coastal hike exploring the diverse landscapes of the Black Isle. Take the route along the gorgeous Rosemarkie Beach, or follow the path up the steps for the curious ‘Caird’s Cave’. The route passes country lanes, wooded glen, waterfalls and a lovely shoreline section – bliss!

Please note that the shoreline section of the walk cannot be completed at high tide.

 How far from home? 30 minutes.

Hills and countryside

Ben Bhraggie – (9.5km or 6 miles)

Walk time: 3.5 – 4.5 hours

Ben Bhraggie (Beinn a’Bhragaidh in Gaelic) is surely one to ‘Bhraggie’ to your pals about! Standing at 397 m above sea level, it is a wee peak that rewards with dreamy views across to the coast and surrounding hills – on a clear day you can see both coastlines of Scotland.

How far from home? 1 hour 30 minutes.

All timings are approximate, by car and taken from Google Maps.

When you’re out and about, please remember to follow the outdoor access guidelines. Please always be a responsible visitor and leave no trace behind.

 

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