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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

 

If you have had enough of white sandy beaches by now then head for Eathie on the Black Isle, famous for its geology. Follow in the footsteps of Hugh Millar and collect fossils from the rocky shoreline at low tide and watch out for dolphins in the Moray Firth. A newly renovated bothy provides information and shelter from the elements.

To find out more about Hugh Millar combine a visit to his old house with a wander around the picturesque village of Cromarty with its courthouse museum, ancient church, lighthouse and harbour.

One of the most striking features of the journey north from Dingwall is the monument on top of Fyrish Hill. Built by a local laird in 1782 to provide work for the local population it can be accessed in about two hours from Alness, a highly recommended day out to one of the most photogenic and distinctive structures in the area.

A more traditional Munro bagging experience can be had by venturing up Ben Wyvis,

The dominant hill on the horizon while closer to the road walks suitable for all the family are to be found at Black Rock Gorge, which featured in one of the Harry Potter films and Rogie Falls.