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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

 

Cuillin Ridge

The majestic Cuillin ridge dominates the skyline here as much as it does the imaginations of hillwalkers, at 12km and 11 Munros it is an impressive expedition that can be attempted over as many days as your fitness requires.

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Calum’s Road

For something completely different try the Isle of Raasay for scenic coastal rambles and a stroll down Calum’s road, the 2.5 km road that was built single handedly by a local man over the course of 10 years in an effort to save his community.

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Old Man of Storr

One of the most photographed landmarks on Skye is the Old man of Storr, an astonishing rock pinnacle reached via an 8km loop from just north of Portree which recently featured in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi fil Prometheus. Further up the Trotternish coast lies the dark and foreboding Quiraing, a two hour venture into a spectacular and supernatural landscape.

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