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Walking Holidays in Scotland

A walking holiday in Scotland immerses you in the very fabric of this wild and varied country. Experience solitude as you walk through spectacular glens, revel in the welcoming hum of a thriving Glasgow pub, visit islands where land and sea become a vivid patchwork, and walk some of Europe's most iconic long-distance trails. 

Hike the classic West Highland Way, the most popular walking holiday in the UK, or get off the beaten track and experience the tranquility of the Glen Affric Trail. Hop between the Scottish islands on local ferries, walk the geological faultline that splits the country in two on the Great Glen Way, or experience whisky tours and world-class Rail & Hike trips.

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  • Five Best Places to Hike in Scotland
    Five Best Places to Hike in Scotland

    1. The Isle of Skye - This otherworldly, mysterious island on Scotland's west coast is a hiking wonderland.  With amazing natural geographic features like the Quiraing, the Storr and the Fairy Pools, not to mention the stunning trip up Loch Coruisk (by foot or by boat) and through Glen Sligachan. We have tried to create trips to cover every beautiful inch of this island and you can check them all out here

    2. Glen Affric - Fighting off stiff competition from Glencoe, Glen Etive and Glentrool, to name but a few, Glen Affric is often cited as the most beautiful Glen in all of Scotland. It's mix of dramatic mountainous scenery, relative isolation and (thanks to being the heart of Scotland's rewilding project) native rainforest make it the perfect place to hike.  Take yourself off to the Glen Affric Trail today. 

    3. Outer Hebrides - Scotland's Western Isles are an archipelago of interconnected islands that shelter the North of Scotland from the Atlantic Ocean. Such is the stark beauty of these islands that the Thai tourist board used one of the beaches on their ad campaign, masquerading as one in Thailand. The walking here is full of history, wide-open expanses and beaches that stretch forever.  Have a look at the walking holidays in the Outer Hebrides we offer. 

    4. Ben Nevis - The highest peak in the UK is an obvious draw. People flock from around the country to summit the mighty Ben Nevis and soak in the spectacular views (unless the clouds have decided to hang around. Being at the end of the West Highland Way and the beginning of the Great Glen Way, Ben Nevis is easy to add into any itinerary. We also offer spectacular walks in Glen Nevis on our Highlands, Isle of Skye & Edinburgh Drive and Hike

    5. Loch Lomond National Park - Even when you live in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, you can immerse yourself in nature very quickly, by heading up to the spectacular Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. This getaway is full of walking potential, with Ben Lomond (for amazing views) Conic hill (for just as amazing views with less effort) the Trossachs Trail and of course, the West Highland Way runs up the Bonnie Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. 

  • West Highland Way

    Dan, our resident wildlife expert, took to the West Highland Way and recorded his whole journey.  This video shows you the full route, from the starting point in Milngavie, through all the points of interest, to the finish in Fort William.  Dan points out some interesting things along the route that you shouldnt miss, but this is not a video laden with spoilers.  Every journey on the West Highland Way is different, dictated by the weather, the people you meet and the chance encounters with wildlife (human and otherwise!) Get a taste of what is in store on the West Highland Way with Dan.  

  • North Coast 500

    To drive around the north of Scotland is to drive through some of the best scenery in the world.  Pristine, white-sand beaches with turquoise waters, towering mountains and peaceful little villages all combine to make the drive an outstanding one.  Add to this some of the best day-hiking in the country and you have yourselves a wonderful holiday. 

  • Highlands & Isle of Skye Rail and Hike

    The West Coast Line from Glasgow up to Fort William is a rail journey like no other.  As the city and suburbs slowly dissipate, the scenery out the window becomes wilder by the second.  Then to add to this the journey on the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig is one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.  After that, you spend time exploring the mystical Isle of Skye on foot, one of the greatest island landscapes in the world. 

  • The Great Glen Way

    A geological fault line in the Highlands of Scotland split the country in two and filled in with three great lochs, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the famous Loch Ness. There is a path that links this route, from Fort William in the West, to Inverness in the East, the Great Glen Way.  It is a great mix of easy canal-side walking, heady mountain scenery and wonderful local character. 

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