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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

 

Ben Bhraggie

The contentious statue of the Duke of Sutherland sits atop Ben Bhraggie overlooking Golspie and the nature reserve of Loch Fleet, the trail to the summit is popular with mountain bikers so navigation is easy but care should be taken on shared sections of the path.

Ben Bhraggie Walk Details
mid east sutherland

Falls of Shin

Another famous landmark in this area is the Falls of Shin, a perfect location to park the car, visit the salmon leap viewpoint and enjoy the beautiful woodland walks suitable for all ages.

Falls of Shin Walk Details
falls of shin

Skelbo Forest

Skelbo forest near Dornoch has a way marked trail around it and features wooden sculptures of forest creatures, afterwards continue south to the town itself to picnic on the impressive white sands of the beach just below the famous Golf Course.

Skelbo Forest Walk Details
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