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Easy Scotland walks

Written by Fiona November 11 2014

Scotland offers a fabulous outdoors playground with exciting challenges. But you don’t have to be a daredevil to experience the beauty and majesty of Scotland. There are plenty of easier going, lower levels walks that offer a great outing.

My guest blogger suggests her easy walks in Scotland.

Port Langamull, Isle of Mull

This walk is on a path through atmospheric forest and open countryside. It takes around two hours to complete the walk and you can explore many cliffs and caves along the way, while taking in the views out to Coll and Ardnamurchan. Check out the walk.

Loch Ard Forest. Pic credit Randall van Gurchom-Colijin, shared under a Creative Commons Licence 

Loch Ard Forest. Pic credit Randall van Gurchom-Colijin, shared under a Creative Commons Licence

Loch Ard Forest from Aberfoyle, near Stirling

If you’re going to make the trip to Stirling, it’s worth heading to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which is home to the Great Forest of Loch Ard.

You will find a wealth of trail walks from half an hour to many hours. A longer route follows mostly forest roads, and passes Loch Katrine, the primary water reservoir for most of Glasgow, and Duchray Castle, with views out to Ben Lomond.

The Mull of Oa, Isle of Islay

There are few walks that stir the soul as much as one that affords you views of the sea. The coastline of Islay is mostly rocky shores punctuated by beaches. But don’t let that put you off, most of this area is low-lying and my suggested walk is gentle, so while the views are spectacular, you needn’t hike to peaks to get them.

How about this island walk that takes in the American Monument and dramatic sections of the shoreline? On a clear day you can look out on to most of the island and across to Northern Ireland.

The Black Lochs from Connel, near Oban

For the history buffs, this is a walk for you. Connel Ferry is a village that was built in the 1600s to service the ferry, the only mode of transport up north at the time. This walk will take you through this historic village, past the Falls of Lora, out on to open country where you will be rewarded with views out onto the Upper Loch and Ben Cruachen. It’s a wonderfully pleasant walk at two and a half hours, so long as you don’t stop too long for tea! See Black Lochs Circuit.

So there it is, a list of top options for the keen walkers. What are you waiting for?

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