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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.

If you’re looking for a hillwalking tour where someone takes care of booking your B&B, transporting your luggage etc, we recommend Hillwalk Tours Scotland. They cover the Rob Roy Way, West Highland Way and the Great Glen.

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

 

Ben Nevis 

Although the highest peak in Scotland and thus one of the most sought after, the walk to the summit of Ben Nevis can be accomplished without technical mountaineering experience. The path is well marked but don’t underestimate the weather, dozens of people get rescued each year.

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West Highland Way 

If you have a week to spare then the West Highland Way which heads south to Tyndrum is one of the most famous walks in Scotland, an epic adventure that takes in the grandeur of Glencoe as well as the scenic delights of the shores of Loch Lomond.

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Don’t miss…

Two of the most infamous focal points for walkers in this area the Clachaig and the Kingshouse, long established stops on the west highland way and unusually tolerant of backpacks and muddy hiking boots. Live music and a rowdy late night atmosphere have been known to curtail many a Sunday munro bagging plan.

Officially the remotest pub on mainland Britain the Old Forge in Knoydart has no roads in or out, to get there you face an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing. Take it from us, it’s worth it.