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The highlands of Scotland offer an incredibly diverse range of walks for all abilities, from short strolls along isolated windswept beaches to technically challenging mountains ranges and long distance multi-day adventures. Some of the most progressive access legislation in Europe means that walkers are free to access the majority of the countryside without hindrance. Restrictions are occasionally in place on large estates during hunting season so it would be prudent to double check with the relevant estate office before proceeding. Full details of your legal rights and responsibilities are given here.

A Munro is the name given to any mountain in Scotland over 3,000 feet high and climbing all of 282 of them is the goal of many of the country’s dedicated hillwalkers, these however make up only a fraction of what is available to the intrepid and curious explorer, nature trails, historical and battle sights and even tidal islands can be experienced with a bit of planning.

The National Trust for Scotland employ Countryside Rangers throughout the highlands, they organise nature and woodland walks for all ages with the emphasis on education and learning from the outdoors. Contact them directly for details of their upcoming programmes in each area.

The Forestry Commission is responsible for maintaining Scotland’s forests and has developed a diverse number of way marked paths all over the country. Full details of forests and walks here.

The Scottish Mountaineering Club is one of Scotland’s oldest and provides a good introduction to the clothes and equipment necessary for big days out in the hills. Don’t forget to pack the midge cream.

We would love to compile a selection of your walks. So, if you have one that you’ve done and can give us a breakdown of times and length and a few photos, please do email it to us! Short, long, easy, difficult – it doesn’t matter. Share with others what you enjoyed! hello@truehighlands.com

 

Kentra Bay and The Singing Sands

The intriguing singing sands at Kentra Bay (yes, they do actually sing) is a fantastic 10km jaunt over easy terrain, allow 2-3 hours but we would advise making a day of it and checking out some of the surrounding areas while you are there.

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Glendrian and Port Eigin-aig

Sixty million years ago, the Ardnamurchan peninsula was a hotbed of volcanic activity. The most obvious relics of this are the concentric ring-dykes that have resisted erosion. A walk to investigate makes for a fascinating day out.

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Isle of Ulva

Mull may lack high mountains but its wild and rugged coastline and forests have much to offer the walker, from there take the ferry to the Isle of Ulva with a landscape taking in cleared villages, cliffs, caves, woods and moors. An ideal location to get away from it all while still being on way marked trails.

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