Scottish Highlands Walks
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|Abriachan Forest||4 miles (6 km)||This walk visits the expansive Abriachan Forest in the Highland area of Scotland. The community forest includes a school which encourages learning in the outdoors and health and well being through exercise. View Full Details>>|
|Beinn Eighe||3 miles (5 km)||Follow the Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail through a beautiful nature reserve on this circular walk near Kinlochewe. On the walk you will pass attractive pinewood woodland, mountainous lochs, white quartzite crags and pretty waterfalls. The views over Loch Maree and the Torridon Mountains are simply stunning. |
The route starts from the car park at the southern end of Loch Maree. From here you gain access to the waymarked mountain trail. The trail climbs through woodland and past burns and waterfalls to the high point where you will find a small loch and a cairn.
It's a challenging walk with steep and rocky sections. View Full Details>>
|Ben Bhraggie||5 miles (8.5 km)||This circular walk climbs Ben Bhraggie hill in Golspie. The hill stands at a height of 397 metres (1,302 ft) giving fabulous views over Sutherland. At the summit you will find the Sutherland monument. The 100ft statue represents George Leveson-Gower, the first Duke of Sutherland. He remains a controversial figure for the part he played in the Highland Clearances where thousands of Sutherland tenants were forced out of their homes in the early 19th century.|
The walk begins in the pretty village of Golspie on the North Sea coast. You then follow waymarked paths through forest and over heather moorland to the summit. You descend to Golspie on more woodland trails through Ben Bhraggie Wood.
The area is also fantastic for mountain biking with a wildcat trail billed as the longest freeride descent in the UK. View Full Details>>
|Buachaille Etive Mor||8 miles (13 km)||Explore the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor ridge on this exhilarating walk in Fort William. View Full Details>>|
|Caledonian Canal||6 miles (9 km)||Follow the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Loch Dochfour on this waterside walk or cycle in the Scottish Highlands. The flat towpath is ideal for an easy cycle or walk in beautiful surroundings.|
The route starts at the Muirtown Basin in Clachnaharry on the Beauly Firth. You then head south through Inverness passing the Ship Space interactive maritime museum and Whin Park where you can board the Ness Islands Miniature Railway. The canal then leaves the city and heads through some beautiful countryside to Loch Dochfour which feeds Loch Ness.
You can continue your walking in the area by picking up the Great Glen Way. The long distance trail also starts in Inverness, running parallel to the canal. It will take you to Fort William via Loch Ness and Loch Lochy. The canal also runs alongside the River Ness so you could try the waterside trail to Whin Park, through the city. View Full Details>>
|Corrieshalloch Gorge||5 miles (8 km)||This spectacular beauty spot is 1.5 km long and 60 metres deep cutting through a Highland wilderness rich in flora and fauna. The River Droma runs through the gorge, dropping dramitcally through a series of waterfalls, including the 46 metre Falls of Measach. The gorge was formed at the end of the last ice age and can be viewed from a viewing platform and a Victorian suspension footbridge. The walk below takes you past the gorge and through Braemor Wood to Lael Forest Garden with its 200 different tree species and longer plantation section with waterfalls. |
Corrieshalloch Gorge is located about 12 miles south of Ullapool. View Full Details>>
|Dog Falls Trail||2 miles (4 km)||Follow the Dog Falls Trail along the River Affric on this splendid waterside walk in the beautiful Glen Affric. The waymarked trails takes you along a series of waterfalls before climbing to a wonderful viewpoint overlooking Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain. The area consists of ancient Caledonioan Pine Forest, a dramatic rocky river gorge and a small but delightful loch. |
You can park at the Dog Falls car park to start your walk. From here you can pick up three waymarked trails. This route covers the Dog Falls Trail and the Viewpoint Trail. You can also head south and pick up the Coire Loch Trail which will take you to another great viewpoint overlooking a lochan surrounded by trees.
You can cross the river on a bridge for even better views over the falls. See the google street view link below to see the area.
To extend your walking in the glen you can head to Plodda Falls where you'll find a spectacular 46 metre high waterfall plunging into the Abhainn Deabhag river.
There is also the Glen Affric walk which visits the River Affric before circuiting the beautiful Loch Affric. View Full Details>>
|Dores Beach||1 miles (1.6 km)||This walk visits the lovely Dores Beach and Tor Point on the north eastern shores of the famous Loch Ness. View Full Details>>|
|Falls of Foyer||2 miles (3.5 km)||Visit these wonderful waterfalls and enjoy woodland trails and views of Loch Ness. View Full Details>>|
|Falls of Shin||2 miles (2.7 km)||This circular walk visits the beautiful Falls of Shin in the north of Scotland. The picturesque falls are located on the River Shin, near the Kyle of Sutherland and the villages of Lairg and Bonar Bridge. View Full Details>>|
|Glen Affric||11 miles (18 km)||Explore this beautiful National Nature Reserve in the Scottish Highlands on this circular walk around Loch Affric. It's a stunning area with lochs, rivers, mountains, pine forest and lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for golden eagles, mountain hares and red deer as you make your way through the reserve. |
The walk starts from the River Affric car park at the eastern end of the loch. The area is managed by the forestry commission who have devised the River Affric walking trail which runs south from the car park on well laid out paths. The short trail gives great views of the rushing waters of the river and Loch Beinn a Mheadhoi.
The route then follows the Loch Affric Circuit around the Loch Affric. It's a challenging 11 mile path which climbs high above the loch giving wonderful views over the glen. Along the way you'll pass a series of smaller lochs and majestic towering pine forest. There's also fine views of the mountains of Mullach Fraoch-Choire and Mam Sodhail.
To extend your walking in the glen you can head to Plodda Falls where you'll find a spectacular 46 metre high waterfall plunging into the Abhainn Deabhag river.
You can also try the Dog Falls Trail at the north eastern end of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain. View Full Details>>
|Glen Etive||11 miles (18 km)||This is a fairly flat walk or cycle through the beautiful Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The route runs along a long country lane, following the River Etive through the Glen to Loch Etive. It's a special area with the river dotted with pretty waterfalls and surrounded by the striking peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor. Look out for red deer as you make your way through this stunning glen. |
The route starts from a parking area on the A82 near the King's House Hotel in Glencoe, Argyll. You then pick up the narrow country lane and follow it through the Glen, passing attractive woodland and the lovely Lochan Urr before finishing at Loch Etive.
The area also featured in the Bond film Skyfall. You can extend your walk by climbing the wonderful Buachaille Etive Mor ridge. View Full Details>>
|Great Glen Way||73 miles (117 km)||Follow the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. The route is suitable for walkers and cyclists with a mountain bike or robust hybrid.|
The stunning trail follows the Caledonian Canal and the shores of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness with the mountains of the Ben Nevis range making a splendid backdrop. The route also passes Fort Augustus and includes several woodland sections, most notably through Creag nan Eun Forest. The final section along the River Ness to the finish point at Inverness Castle is also noteworthy.
The route is waymarked with a black hexagon thistle. View Full Details>>
|Loch Achilty||2 miles (3.2 km)||This walk visits the lovely Loch Achilty in the Scottish Highlands. You can start the walk from the car park at the western end of the loch and then follow the country lane along the northern shore. It's a very tranquil place with fine views over the waters to the surrounding hills. The picturesque loch also has a pebble beach and is surrounded by birch and oakwoods with lots of wildflowers in the summer. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Arkaig||4 miles (6 km)||This walk takes you along Loch Arkaig and the adjacent pine forest in Lochaber. You can start the walk from the car park at Eas Chia-aig falls at the eastern end of the loch. Then head west across the River Arkaig and into the attractive woodland. It's a good track which leads to the Inver mallie bothy where there are great views across the loch. It's a very peaceful area with splendid views of the surrounding mountains and the possibility of spotting ospreys in the skies above.|
You can continue your walking by heading to the nearby Loch Lochy where you can follow the waterside cycling and walking trail along the Great Glen Way. It's a great route and includes more nice woodland trails through the Clunes Forest. View Full Details>>
|Loch Brora||5 miles (8 km)||This beautiful loch is located a few miles north west of the coastal village of Brora in n the east of Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Duntelchaig||2 miles (4 km)||This walk visits Loch Duntelchaig in Inverness-shire in the Scottish Highlands. The scenic freshwater lake is also the primary reservoir for Inverness. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Eriboll||1 miles (1 km)||Loch Eriboll is located on the north coast of Scotland. It is about 10 miles long and one of the deepest lochs in Scotland. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Ericht||11 miles (17 km)||This large freshwater loch is located on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands. There's nice walking and cycling trails along the loch with views across the water to several significant mountains including Ben Alder. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Fleet||1 miles (1 km)||This walk visits the wonderful Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve near Golspie and Dornoch. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Garry||3 miles (5 km)||This walk visits Loch Garry in the Scottish Highlands near Fort William. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Glass||8 miles (12.2 km)||This walk takes you along peaceful Loch Glass in the Scottish Highlands. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Lochy||11 miles (18 km)||Enjoy a waterside cycle or walk along the magnificent Loch Lochy on this route in the Scottish Highlands. On the northern/western side of the loch there is an excellent traffic free cycle and walking trail running along the Great Glen Way. You can park at the little Hamlet of Clunes and then pick up the waterside trail. The trail runs through the woodland of Clunes Forest with the option of extending your walk in the woods.|
To extend your exercise you could continue north east along the Great Glen Way and visit Loch Oich, Loch Garry and the Caledonian Canal. At Loch Oich you'll find a great circular cycling and walking trail which explores the woods above the loch.
You could also climb to the munros which rise above the loch. Sron a Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Teanga are just to the west of the path and provide wonderful views over the area.
Just a mile to the west of the car park at the start of this route you will find the more peaceful Loch Arkaig with its lovely pine forest. View Full Details>>
|Loch Maree||2 miles (3.4 km)||This walk visits the beautiful Victoria Falls Next to Loch Maree in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Ness||12 miles (19 km)||This cycling and walking route follows cycle tracks and the Great Glen Way from Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit. The track runs through Creag Nan Eun Forest with splendid views of Loch Ness as you go. It's a 12 mile walk with some moderate climbs on the way, so a good level of fitness is required.|
The loch is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 56 km2 (22 sq mi) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume in the British Isles. However it is best known for alleged sightings of the famous Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". View Full Details>>
|Loch Oich||10 miles (16 km)||Enjoy a circular cycle or walk around Loch Oich in the Scottish Highlands. On the western side of the loch you can follow challenging woodland trails through the forest above the loch in Invergarry. On the eastern side you can follow a flatter, waterside trail along the Great Glen Way. Good start points for the route are at the villages of Invergarry or Aberchalder. You could also start from the Forestry Commission car park at the southern end of the loch.|
Along the route you will pass the River Garry and the ruins of the 17th century Invergarry Castle. There's also attractive woodland and great views of the surrounding hills.
You can extend the route by continuing along the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal to the nearby Loch Lochy. Here you'll find a great traffic free cycle and walking trail running along the huge loch. View Full Details>>
|Loch Ossian||8 miles (13.4 km)||This walk visits the beautiful Loch Ossian from the remote Corrour Station on Rannoch Moor. The station is situated on the Crianlarich-Fort William/Mallaig branch of the West Highland Line. It is notable as the highest mainline railway station in the United Kingdom. The station is served by regular Abellio ScotRail passenger trains between Glasgow Queen Street and Fort William/Mallaig. View Full Details>>|
|Loch Ruthven||1 miles (1 km)||This walk visits the Loch Ruthven Nature Reserve in the Scottish Highlands. View Full Details>>|
|Pap of Glencoe||5 miles (8 km)||This challenging walk takes you up the 742 m (2,434 ft) high Pap of Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland. The walk begins at the car park at Lochan to the east of the village of Glencoe. It starts by passing through woodland before beginning the climb along the mountain tracks. It is a steep climb with some muddy sections and some scrambling for the last 100 metres to the summit. However, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over Glencoe, the Mamores and Loch Leven.|
If you are looking for a more gentle walk in the area then you could try the Glencoe Lochan Trail which starts from the same car park. View Full Details>>
|Plodda Falls||2 miles (2.5 km)||Visit these spectacular 46 metre high falls in the Highlands of Scotland on this short circular walk near Tomich. Part of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve these wonderful falls are surrounded by attractive Douglas fir forest. The forestry commission of Scotland have created two waymarked trails called the Plodda Falls Trail and Tweedmouth Trail. You can pick up the trails from the car park and follow them through woodland and along the Abhainn Deabhag river to the falls. It's a spendid area with well laid out trails, majestic towering trees, the rushing waters of the falls and a great viewing platform jutting out over the waterfall below.|
To explore the area further try the Glen Affric walk which visits the River Affric before circuiting the beautiful Loch Affric. It's a stunning area with a series of lochs, mountains, towering pines and wildlife such as golden eagles, mountain hares and red deer to look out for.
Also in the glen you can pick up the Dog Falls Trail and enjoy a waterside walk along the River Affric with a series of waterfalls followed by a climb to a splendid viewpoint. View Full Details>>
|River Ness||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short stroll along the River Ness on this popular waterside walk in Inverness. The route starts at the impressive riverside castle and follows the riverside path along the Great Glen Way to the delightful Whin Park. It's a lovely area with peaceful woodland next to the river and the delightful Ness Islands in Whin Park at the end of the walk. The islands are a natural beauty spot with attractive woodland with otters and deer to look out for. In the park you can also enjoy a ride on the Ness Islands Railway. The super miniature railways runs in the summer months and includes a crossing of a 140-foot iron bridge dating from 1837. |
It's easy to extend your walk by picking up the Caledonian Canal and following the to path to Loch Dochfour. View Full Details>>
|Rogie Falls||1 miles (1.5 km)||This short walk visits a series of lovely waterfalls in the Highlands. Rogie Falls are surrounded by attractive woodland with miles of forest trails. There's a car park very close to the falls where you can pick up the trails along the Black Water River to a viewing bridge suspended above the falls. It's a fantastic spot with the rushing waters surrounded by interesting rock formations with sloping trees. Look out for jumping salmon between June and October as they attempt to reach the upper parts of the river to spawn. |
To extend your exercise you can explore the Contin Forest where there are miles of cycling and walking trails to try. The woods are great for wildlife with roe and red deer, red squirrels, butterflies and various woodland birds to look out for. View Full Details>>
|Three Sisters Glencoe Waterfall Walk||2 miles (2.8 km)||This circular walk visits the Three Sisters, the Hidden Valley and the meeting of the Three Waters in the Pass of Glencoe. View Full Details>>|