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

Whaligoe steps
dunnet head

Caithness and NE Sutherland

A unique challenge not to be missed is the descent and return up the infamous Whaligoe steps, all 365 of them. Dating from the 19th century this curiosity winds down a sheer cliff face and was built to access the harbour below.

In contrast a more modern attraction is the wind farm at Causeymire, a gentle two hour stroll with views over Morven.

A circuit of Dunnet head, which takes in the most northerly point on the British mainland offers amazing bird watching opportunities from the top vertical cliff faces and views over the sea to Orkney.

Dunnet Head Walk

Orkney and Shetland

The islands of Orkney and Shetland are the ideal venue for those that seek a bit more solitude. If wandering about without the aid of guides or well-trodden paths appeal, then here lies your prefect opportunity to get away from it all.

There are dozens of isolated Neolithic sites to explore, miles of empty coastline to soak up and uninhabited tidal islands to explore.

Orkney WalksShetland Walks