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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

 

The Paps of Jura

The Paps of Jura, three distinctive conical peaks are one of the easily recognisable features of the Inner Hebrides, commanding views on a clear day to Northern Ireland. Every year they feature as part of the Isle of Jura Fell Race, 28km over 7 summits, truly one of the toughest challenges in British hill racing.

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Islay

A short ferry hop away Islay is by contrast low lying and more fertile and offers superb scenery for Bird watching. Sea views, stunning machairs, cliffs and sheltered coves should be enough to tempt even the most reluctant walker from the delights of the local distilleries.

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Coastal Way & King’s Cave

Divided like her mother country into Highland and Lowland, Arran has long been an easy getaway from the central belt for those seeking an island experience. Glen Rosa and the mighty granite peak of Goatfell are the obvious attractions but for the curious and adventurous wanting a little bit of exploration, the lowland south offers castles, cliffs and caves to discover.

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