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Walking in Scotland
Glen Coe
Scotland's most famous and scenic Highland glen.


Walking & Walking Holidays in Scotland

Take a hike - go on, we know you want to! Walking in Scotland means mighty mountains to conquer, plenty of forest paths or coastal walks to meander along, charming villages to discover, and exciting city routes to explore.

Whether you'd like to enjoy a walking holiday, or simply an afternoon's amble, you're definitely in the right place. What are you waiting for? It's time to explore one of Scotland's best assets - the great outdoors!

Remember to read our guide to safety outdoors as you head off on your wanders around Scotland.

Scotland is full of hikes, trails, places to hill walk, and wanders to explore. From our city wonders and mountain escapes, to our coastal corners and woodland tranquility, there are a variety of landscapes and scenery to choose from for your walking adventures. You don't need to head off for hours to see Scotland's magic, but it is quite the breaktaking experience if you choose to do so.

Walking Holidays in Scotland

When it comes to walking holidays, Scotland is an absolute dream to explore on foot. From casual strolls through parks or to the tops of iconic Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000ft) to long-distance hikes on some of the most famous footpaths in Europe such as the West Highland Way, a walking holiday is one the best ways to experience the best that Scotland has to offer.

Whether you are an experienced hiker or a complete beginner; are looking to explore with family or a dog; a group of over-50s or singles. There are over 200 walks in Scotland to cater for every type of visitor. Choose from a fantastic array of accommodation, tour companies, activity providers, centres and more, and get the most out of your walking holiday in Scotland.

Walk Scotland's Lochs

Scotland is home to tens of thousands of fresh and saltwater lochs, spanning small lochans to huge bodies of water like Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Walks around Scotland's lochs are among some of its most beautiful and no matter where you are in the country, you can be sure at least one is located nearby. From the shimmering shores of  Loch Tay in the central Highlands to the small but equally lovely Loch an Eilein in the Cairngorms; the inspiring Loch Katrine in the Trossachs to the popular Perthshire spot of  Loch Leven, walk around any Scottish Loch and be amazed at just how much there is to see and do. Exciting waterspots, relaxing cruises, nature reserves teeming with birdlife, amazing pubs and restaurants; discover all this and more.

Hiking in Scotland  

One of the best ways to get to know a place is by hiking. Scotland is lucky to have all of the essential ingredients which make it a world-class hiking destination. Blessed with a dramatic landscape few countires can equal, it boasts an extensive network of waymarked trails and routes to suit hikers of all abilities. From easy-going walks through country parks you can do with the whole family, to epic routes over challenging terrain and even off-trail adventures through the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland, hiking here is as exhilarating and wide-ranging as the country is beautiful.

Walking in Scotland is a fun-filled experience for the whole family to enjoy. Before you set off it is always a good idea to read up on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to understand the rules of the landscape around you. For example, respecting farmland, keeping dogs on a lead around livestock, leaving no trace and taking all litter home with you. If you are looking for a more adventurous or longer clamber, it's always good to know what essential equipment to bring with you to stay safe, as well as familiarising yourself with local facilities and accommodation options.
There are so many locations and routes to choose from for your strolls in Scotland. If you need more inspiration and information, keep reading for weather tips, popular routes, family-friendly walks, and great advice from walking experts.

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