Take a Walking Holiday in Scotland

July 3, 2013

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Scotland boasts a magnificent and diverse landscape that’s perfect for walking holidays for outdoors enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Anyone considering taking a Hiking holiday in Scotland is encouraged to do some research before picking a part of the country to walk in, though if you’re only in the country for a short time and are somewhat limited in where you can travel to, you’ll still be impressed with the routes and trails that await you.

Scotland’s Great Trails

These are nationally promoted walking trails that are distinctively waymarked and predominantly off-road with many boasting an array of visitor services. These aren’t short trails by any means, as each trail is at least 25 miles long, though all are suitable for single and multiple day trips. With 26 routes to take into consideration and over 1700 miles of trails that stretch from the Borders to the Highlands, whatever landscape inspires you most you’ll find it here with trails like the Great Glen Way, West Highland Way, Fife Coastal Path and Moray Coastal Trail as appealing to walk along as they sound.

A walking holiday along one of Scotland’s Great Trails is therefore a great holiday opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and one that offers a unique opportunity to experience the amazing landscapes and history the country holds dear.

Scottish Guided Walking Tours

Although not for everyone, guided walking tours are a great way to experience the majestic Scottish landscape and benefit from the insights an experienced tour guide provides along the way. These tours range from the leisurely to the strenuous, and they are for many people, the most comfortable way to experience the great landscapes that have featured prominently in imagery of Scotland, particularly the highlands and coastal regions.

Whilst some join a day, weekend or holiday walking tour to feel more comfortable in and amongst these amazing landscapes, others join them simply because everything is arranged for them and they can relax and enjoy the landscapes for what they are – magnificently awe inspiring!

When arranging a guided walking tour of Scotland, you’ll find that most tour companies have graded their tours according to the level of exertion involved, and a good tour company will have provided adequate information so you can decide for yourself in advance which of the tours offered is the most suitable for your interests and experience.

Self Guided Walking Holidays in Scotland

Self directed walking holidays

Now we’re talking adventure! This is for many people, the only way to experience the majestic beauty of Scotland’s landscapes and with a remarkable number of trails crossing the country, anyone who’s long dreamed of finding themselves alone in the Scottish wilderness will find themselves in heaven.

As there’s accommodation available on some trails, depending on where you’re walking you have the option of camping or staying in comfortable accommodations, and if you’re opting for the latter, you need very little for an outdoor adventure, even one of this magnitude, just clothing suitable for the time of year you’re hiking, snacks, water, a small first-aid kit just in case and a good pair of walking boots. If you opt to camp – camping would make for a magical experience under the stars when the weather is good – you’ll need camping gear and don’t forget to check the weather in advance!

Both options are excellent, though if you lack camping and outdoor experience it’s often recommended that you opt to stay in the accommodation found along many of Scotland’s Great Trails, though if your heart’s set on camping, do so, you’ll have a amazing holiday experience – one not easily forgotten.

About the Author

Danielle Steele is a freelance writer from Trekwear, a business that specialises in providing outdoor gear in the UK. You can find a number of walking boots available from Trekwear.


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2 Responses to “Take a Walking Holiday in Scotland”

  1. Kim Proven Says:

    So many to choose and each with their own unique setting. Don’t forget The Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail. This includes the section on The Rob Roy Way running through Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead.


  2. Kim Proven Says:

    Also The Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to Cape Wrath. It was inspired and instigated by Cameron McNeish. This includes the section known as “The Rob Roy Way” that runs through picturesque Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead (within The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park).


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