Walking Holidays in Scotland
Scotland has some of the best countryside in the UK and, with a hugely varying landscape, it is ideal for walkers and ramblers. Whether you book a package deal with a tour company or simply hop in the car and pitch a tent, there is something for every walker in bonny Scotland. Here are our top suggestions for Scottish walking getaways.
The Autumn Glens
Travel company Walking Wilderness offers great walking packages throughout the Scottish countryside. This 4 day autumn walk takes hikers through the glens of the central highlands and consists of 5 hourly daily walks. The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, so you do not need to be an expert hiker but will need to be able to climb a 450 ascent. The package includes a stay at a luxury eco-friendly hotel on the shores of the beautiful Loch Ness. The easiest way to get there is to take a train into Inverness, where the Wilderness team will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
The Three Lochs Way
Three Lochs Way crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands. With Loch Lomond, The Gairloch and Loch Long providing stunning backdrop to every walk. The full route can easily be walked in 3-4 days, as there are no great ascents and the terrain is not too gruelling. For walker who would like a challenge, head to The Craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’. There are log cabins and self-catering complexes in and around all the main locks, which are particularly cute to stay in during winter time.
John Muir Way
One of the most popular walking routes in Scotland is the John Muir Route, which stretches 134 miles coast to coast and takes in sights from Helensburgh to Dunbar. To take the full route would take 7 -10 days, depending on capability and experience, but there are smaller routes that have been broken down from the main route. The route between Prestonpans to North Berwick is particularly picturesque, taking in views of ancient battlegrounds, small fishing spots and the quaint village of Aberlady. If you want to make the most of each area you can camp as you go, moving from one place to the next or for a little luxury you can stay in some of the finest hotels and castles on the route, such as Dundas Castle near Edinburgh.
The Cowal Way
Otherwise known Argyll’s Secret Coast, the Cowal Peninsula is an undiscovered gem, with easy access but little footfall. Only an hour or two from the central belt, Cowal offers access to the stunning coastlines, dramatic cliffs and glens plus the opportunity to explore the diverse wildlife of the area. The full route is a 57 mile walk running the length of the Cowal Peninsula, passing through some of the most beautiful landscape and varied terrain in the Scottish Highlands. Beginning in the south of Cowal at Portavadie and making its way up through the peninsula to end at Inveruglas on the shores of Loch Lomond. The route makes use of existing footpaths, forestry tracks, quiet roads and traditional rights of way. The terrain is varied and can be challenging, encompassing forests, shorelines, hill passes and lochs. You can also hop on a connecting link between the Kintyre Way and the West Highland Way. There are lots of B&B’s and guest houses in the area, with Argyle Guest House a great base for your trip.