7 Beautiful Hiking Places in North Scotland

Exploring the nature with friends and family is an amazing way of spending the holidays, or maybe, just the weekend. The Scottish Highlands, located in north-western Scotland and one of its two divisions, is one such scarcely populated landmark with a large number of mountain ranges. It has some of the world’s best hiking and camping spots.

Here are some of the best hiking places in North Scotland you might want to consider, if you are planning to go out on a trek.

Muckle Flugga, Shetland

With gorgeous looking grasslands along the coastlines of Muckle Flugga makes you want to forget everything. This small rocky island has all kinds of birds, marine and flock life. At the Hermaness National Nature Reserve, you can also find a sanctuary of thousands of seabirds. The colourful wildflowers will definitely complement your photographs.

The Scottish National Trail

This long distance trail of up to 864 kilometres stretches from Kirk Yetholm on the borders to Cape Wrath in the northeast. Because of the long distance, it is a challenging trek even for professional hikers. They are always almost able to complete it in stages. Also, the Falls of Glomach are irresistible.

The Great Glen Way

The 73-mile walking route of the Great Glen Way running from Fort William to Inverness, is a great way to fulfil your trekking wishes. From the stunning views of its forests to the fresh air over the fjords, this trail makes you forget everything and get lost in its beauty. Fun fact: about 30,000 people try to start trekking through this path every year, and only around 4,500 of them are able to complete it.

The Mull of Galloway Trail

Walk through this another wonderful, long-distance path and immerse yourself in its refreshing beauty. Along with some spectacular marine wildlife, this trail has the flora and fauna at its best. Serene and calm, walking through this trail is a wonderful stress buster.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Stretching over 100 miles from Glenapp to Skelmorlie, the Ayrshire Coastal Path is one of the most pleasant coastlines from all of the British Islands. It also has a combination of plant and animal life that will take your breath away. With the great rock of Ailsa Craig and a thrilling boundary, this path will definitely mesmerise you.

The West Highland Way

This inclusion in the Scottish Highlands contains the most inspiring sceneries, and hence, attracts many photographers. It is a safe and pleasant place to hike, with your friends, family, and even kids.

Beinn a’Chrulaiste, Glen Coe

The Beinn a' Chrulaiste is an upland rising from the northern end of Rannoch Moor. Once you hike up to its height, you can enjoy its supreme viewpoint.


Cornishman and lover of adventures in the great wilderness, Mike has been writing on his website Wild Tide for three years. Jack of all outdoor pursuits (and master of none), he writes about everything he loves including: kayaking, camping, fishing, snorkelling, climbing, mountain scrambling, surfing, SUP, outdoor cooking, hiking, cycling, coastal living and his VW van. As a total gear junkie and technical clothing lover, Mike is excited and proud to write for Outdoor Look as well as Wild Tide.

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