We’ve already previously mentioned Scotland before in one of our hiking posts as one of the best places in the UK to get out there and go hiking. This is hardly surprising considering that Scotland is around 32% of the total mass of the UK with just 8% of its population. This means that there are plenty of wide and wild open spaces to get out there and explore. The largest national park in the UK which is more than double the size of the next biggest is the Cairngorms to give you an idea of just how much nature there is to be found in Scotland. You can find some pretty amazing hiking and walking routes there including the long distance routes of Scotland. Read on to find out a bit more about these simply incredibly hikes that you can do.
The West Highland Way
If you enjoy walking or hiking, then chances are that you have heard about this epic walk in the west of Scotland. The route starts at the north of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, in Milngavie and skirts along the longest loch, Loch Lomond and winds its way north to Fort William. It is an epic journey and one of the most popular walks in the UK, attracting over 80,000 visitors each year, 15,000 of whom complete the 150km route which will take anywhere between 5 and 8 days. With hotels, B&Bs and camping options this is a great chance to get outdoors. There is the option to take day trips too to bag a munro or two, so take as much time as you need for this trail, and don’t rush it since there is so much to see.
The Great Glen Way
While not quite as long as the West Highland Way, the 125km long Great Glen Way is a challenging hike that will see you departing from Fort William in the west and arriving in the major Highland city of Inverness on the east coast. The Great Glen itself offers up some breath-taking views and spectacular scenery and this 5-7 day hike will be a truly unforgettable experience. When you do arrive in the hub of Inverness, make sure that you take some time to explore the banks of Loch Ness, and maybe keep a sharp look out for its famous monster!
The Ayrshire Coastal Path
You don’t always have to head straight to the Highlands to enjoy some incredible Scottish scenery as the Ayrshire Coastal Path in the south-west of Scotland proves. Starting from Glenapp where it connects to the Mull of Galloway trail, this beautiful coastal walk runs for 160km up the west coast, ending in the North Ayrshire town of Skelmorlie. From the wilds of Ayrshire to well-maintained farmland this is an easily accessible route that has plenty to see along the way. Taking in some charming coastal towns as well as some of Scotland’s most famous golf courses, this route is a great way to spend a week walking.