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Why is Scotland great for walking trails?  

Written by Fiona

October 31 2023

Going hiking in Scotland is never disappointing and can mean anything from a leisurely stroll up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh to a challenging and exhilarating hike on one of Scotland’s famous ridges, such as Liathach.

It’s a popular destination for adventurers of all levels and capabilities and it’s no surprise. The lush scenery makes the Scottish landscape a joy to explore and the sheer choice of trails means there is an adventure to be had by beginners and seasoned hikers alike.  

Scotland is a must-visit for those of us who enjoy walking but before you set off, having the right walking boots is a necessity, as well as other items of kits. Make sure to get all the equipment you need before you go.  Here are reasons to visit Scotland for walking.

The scenery  

The stunning peaks, rolling glens, lochs, rivers, coast and relatively untouched wildlife of Scotland make it one of the most popular hiking destinations in the world. While the weather may not always be hospitable, there are plenty of options in all seasons and conditions for visitors to immerse themselves in the Scottish landscape and experience the beauty of the great outdoors.  

Fife’s coast has lovely walking.

Walks for every ability  

Whether you have experience climbing mountains or you are just dipping your toes into the world of hiking and hillwalking, Scotland is a great place to visit. Beginners can select from relaxing coastal strolls in Fife to straightforward hill paths through the gently rolling Borders countryside.  

For the seasoned adventurer, why not brave the 154km walk that separates Milngavie and Fort William by taking on the West Highland Way? For a rough and ready hike that takes two to three hours, the hidden world of the Lost Valley is at your fingertips. 

There are also hundreds of mountains known as Munros and Corbetts to tackle.

The path on Ben Nevis.

Ben Nevis  

Scotland is also the home of Ben Nevis – the UK’s tallest mountain. The summit trail to reach the summit at 1345m is followed by thousands of visitors every year, taking between six and seven hours to complete on average.  

Even in the summer, you’re likely to see some snow on the way up and especially at the top. The best time of the year for hiking “The Ben” is between June and October. 

The UK’s largest national park  

Scotland is home to two national parks, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and also Cairngorms. The Cairngorms National Park is not only Scotland’s largest national park, but also the largest in the UK. Walkers can tread the paths to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, including lochsides, moorlands and mountain peaks.  

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