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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

 

The classic walk in this area is to the renowned beach at Sandwood Bay. Continue north from there to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath if you are feeling fit, alternatively for a bit of history hike to the once thriving village of Rosal, notorious for being the focal point of some of the most brutal of the Highland clearances.

The official Cape Wrath Trail stretches for over 200 miles and describes itself as the toughest in the country, but if you prefer travelling a bit faster the Cape Wrath Challenge every year features a varied programme of running events from sprints to a marathon.

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