With its mountainous highlands, forests and fantastic National Parks, Scotland is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. A day’s expedition or a gentle stroll, a hike on the hills or a ramble through leafy woods, by burns and lochs or bagging a few Munros.
Scotland has hundreds of outstanding walks. If you would like to do some research before you come, you will find details of many great walks at Walk Highlands with route guides available. Munro Drone offers spectacular aerial footage of many of Scotland’s mountains.
The Sustrans National Cycle Network connects many villages across the country and provides a great way to get out and see the country. A number of the routes are even and well-surfaced providing a gentle stroll through a variety of scenery. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
The Forestry Commission can offer many walks throughout Scotland. Check their site for information about the country’s forests and walks and what the Forestry Commission is doing to protect and expand them.
The National Parks offer acres of unspoilt countryside for guests to explore. You can find information on walks in the parks, as well as local events such as marathons, on the Cairngorms website or the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park website.
The Ramblers Association is the representative body for walkers in Scotland and throughout Great Britain, working to encourage walking and campaigning to protect the rights of walkers and the outdoors.
The Scottish Rights of Way Society contains information about the work of the society, and about Scottish right of way in general.
You can find a list of Walking Festivals across the country at Walk in Scotland.
The Drovers Tryst offers many interesting walks and an annual walking festival in the Crieff area.
CYCLING IN SCOTLAND
Scotland has some of the best cycle routes in the UK, many maintained as part of the Sustrans Cycle Network. Off-roaders will also find an extensive selection of little used Highland forestry and other tracks. Scotland is an all-year-round destination, and with the changing seasons cyclists can make the most of the countryside’s changing colours.
Wherever you go in Scotland you will find beautiful scenic routes, whether that is the rolling hills of the lowlands, the lochs and forests of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, or take your mountain bike further north to explore the rugged Highlands and Islands. You can check available routes on the Sustrans website.