5 hikes to capture the essence of Scotland
5 hikes to capture the essence of Scotland
From a relaxed walk in the beauty of your environment to an epic and adventurous course that tests your endurance; Nothing can beat Scotland when it comes to luxurious hikes – the spectacular scenery will take your breath away.
Given the current climate and the limitations of air travel, we are encouraged to venture outside and explore more of what the UK has to offer. A fantastic way to indulge in the beauty of the UK is on foot using some of the most incredible hiking trails dotted around our coasts. So, to start with, we wanted to guide you to some of Scotland’s most magical walks.
Hikes on the Loch
Scotland is renowned for its lochs and many have been made famous because of their well known attractions and myths.
The Great Glen Way offers a scenic drive from Fort William to Inverness, including a visit to the mystical Loch Ness. This walking adventure covers a total of 120 km and can be completed in 7 to 8 days by autoguide or private tour.
Along the route you will come across a number of stops for restaurants serving local specialties and there are plenty of accommodation on offer if you need to get up. This journey takes you from coast to coast through valleys and high mountains, the perfect way to admire the beauty of Scotland.
For those who like to see wildlife in their natural habitats, then Loch Lomond is for you. You may even be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the famous fallow deer; this hike is a great way to reconnect with nature!
Head north of Scotland and you will meet the great Assynt coast. The hike offered here starts from an old grain mill and heads towards the essential and very rare white sand beaches of Achmelvich beach. The unique formation of the region makes it a popular route for hikers, just like the famous Suilven mountain which dominates the coastal scene at 731 m high.
Achmelvich is not only known for its beauty but also for the diverse wildlife that can be seen on its shores, including seals, otters and white-tailed eagles.
Another coastal walk that is perfect for history buffs is St Magnus Way in Orkney. The total distance of this walk is 20 km and tells the story of the life and death of St Magnus, the patron saint of Orkney. During this walk, you can discover the local church and if you want to lie on the sand, head to the sand of Evie.
For beginners on a hike, there is a perfect day hike that is only a short ferry ride from Stromness on the Isle of Hoy.
Hoy’s old man is a red sandstone formation that can be seen from some of the tallest sea cliffs in Britain. When you stand on these cliffs on a clear day, you also have the incredible opportunity to see the full extent of the north coast of Scotland.
For adrenaline junkies, this next hike is full of steep slopes and rocky roads. The hike is none other than the summer islands of the island of Eigg.
The highest point on the island of Eiggs reaches an astonishing height of 393 meters. This island is known for its beautiful views and sights of neighboring islands like Skye and Ardnamurchan.
Adventure guided hikes
The Scottish National Trail is a must-see favorite that spans the entire length of Scotland. The hike consists of an 864 km trek from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Warth and is considered a “ mission ” for hikers and the best way to capture the essence of Scotland. Tour along parts of the Tweed River, Union, Forth and Clyde canals, West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way and Cape Wrath Trail.
The trail starts straight but becomes progressively more difficult as you head north. Along the way, there are many sites to see and explore with the additional option of accommodation, restaurants; a great way to experience the culture and heritage of Scottish cities.
Finally north of Glen Coe is Beinn a’Chrulaiste mountain. Its voluminous and rounded outline brings out this magnificent characteristic during your travels. There are a number of websites that have listed the walking tests that allow you to really enjoy this huge and truly spectacular sight.
One of the most famous highlands is Lochnagar which rises above one of the corries of Scotland at an altitude of 1155 m. Two routes that are by far the most popular with hiking experts are those of Spittal of Glenmuick and the other is called “The White Mounth Munros Circuit”.
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