Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Hiking in Scotland

Scotland is on the bucket list of every traveller who loves outdoor adventure. The charm of this European country is irresistible as it offers walking enthusiasts with an incredible hiking path, interesting activities, breath-taking views and places of historical importance to visit. Once you start walking in Scotland, you will have the chance to conquer imposing mountains, difficult forest trails, and coastal paths. This country also offers an unforgettable urban hiking experience with its beautiful city walks and walking routes. This blog will give you brief information on places and routes for a great walking experience in Scotland.

The Speyside Walkway

The walkway was opened in 1981 and is one of the four official long-range routes in Scotland. It is 107 km (66 miles) in length and starts from Aviemore along the River Spey through the picturesque Banffshire, Morayshire, Inverness-shire. The walkway finally ends in Buckie and you can walk from Buckie to Aviemore or Aviemore to Buckie according to your preference. You will have the opportunity to admire beautiful views of the moors and can also encounter diverse species along the way. You can also get a glimpse of the way of life in Scottish villages in this area and visit local distilleries of the renowned whiskey of Speyside. If you are taking this route without a local guide with you then be well informed about the difficulty level of the path, weather, and necessary equipment to take on the trip.

The East Highland Route

The Scottish Highlands feature some of the most dramatic scenery and beautiful views of the British islands. This route connects the Fort William with Aviemore and gives visitors an opportunity to explore quiet areas of this region while admiring the Ben Navis and Cairngorms range that passes from the Inshriach forests. The length of the walk is 132 km (82 miles) and is a relatively easy walkway compared to other routes in Scotland. There are many trail guides available for this route and you don’t need to be an expert in hiking to complete this route. The guides feature details about wildlife, historical attractions and accommodation options available on the way which will help you immensely if you are a newbie walker.

The Isle of Skye Route

The Isle of Skye is the largest island of Scotland in the Inner Hebrides at the northern part. Often termed as the walkers' paradise, the mesmerising landscape and the fascinating wildlife of the area will amaze and inspire you. The area boasts of the breath-taking views of the lovely coastline of bays, peninsula, and Black Cuillin mountain range. The area is suitable for travellers with any level of experience and has remarkable routes with varying terrains and level of difficulty. The number of options available in this area for hiking routes makes it ideal for exploration with kids and even with a group of experienced hikers.

So, these were the must-visit hiking routes and places in Scotland to have hiking and walking experience of a lifetime. It is recommended that you take help from the plethora of apps and guides available online on walkways and hiking trails in Scotland if you are planning the first trip to this country or you are an inexperienced hiker. You can also seek help from various guidebooks on Scotland. If you have already travelled to any of the routes mentioned above, then share your experience.

Author

Mike has a real passion for cycling, hiking and just generally being outdoors. Being from Warrington, he is only a few hours away from North Wales, The Peak District, Yorkshire and the Lake District. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and done a lot of the mountains in the Lake District. His new passion is walking his dog and enjoying a pint at the end.

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