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

moray coastal trail
dava way

The Moray coastline and the Speyside Way offer two quite different distractions from the delights of this region’s distilleries. One of the major long distance trails in the country the well sign posted route between Aviemore and Buckie rolls over 100km of well-maintained paths,

While the coastal trail between Forres and Cullen can be enjoyed as a series of short days out or linked together for an epic multi day adventure.

A more recent addition to the ever growing list of long distance walking routes is the Dava Way which takes the route of the old Highland Railway from Granton to Forres, a pleasant mix of farmland, woodland and moors.

The annual Moray Walking Festival promotes some of the lesser known attractions in the area and offers a series of guided walks and lectures.

The forestry commission site at Roseisle offers a bird hide, play area, picnic tables and barbecue spots and is a great base for family walks on the beach.

Pictures (left to right): Speyside Way, Coastal Trail, Dava Way, Moray, Roseisle