Scotland is a magical landscape with a noble history, culture, and people, offering a natural environment with a diversity of walks and routes throughout the region. With everything from gentle lowlands and coastal paths, to the more rugged mountains of the Highlands, a walking holiday in Scotland offers something for everyone.
Experience the gentler side of walking in Scotland on one of our easier walking holidays such as the Great Glen Way which is ideal for those who want to see Scotland at its best, but with a little less effort.The route follows the classic Caledonian Canal and heads along the shores of the famous Loch Ness. For a longer walking holiday join these two stunning walks together for a true Scottish experience.
Enjoy a flavour of both Scotland and England on St Cuthberts Way as you meander through the Scottish borders, into Northumbria and across the causeway to the charming island of Lindisfarne. Along the way you can visit ancient abbeys, castles and a cave, all with historic tales to tell.
For those that like a challenge, you can choose to tackle the classic West Highland Way which joins the Scottish lowlands with the West Highlands, complete with its rugged landscape and magnificent mountain views.
The Great Glen Way is the third longest walking route in Scotland. Follow the historic Caledonian Canal and traverse the forests above Loch Ness from Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, to the vibrant city of Inverness, the capital of the highlands. The gentle gradient marks it as a relatively easy walk for beginners to enjoy while the scenery makes it attractive regardless of your ability and fitness levels.
Stretching 73 miles (117 km) through some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery the Great Glen Way offers a rewarding walking challenge. The route starts from the popular outdoors town of Fort William, at the northern end of the West Highland Way, to the historic City of Inverness, along the Great Glen Fault, and closely follows the line of the Caledonian Canal.
From Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, you will follow the Caledonian Canal, then you’ll continue up Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Kytra Lock. The Great Glen Way then follows the western shore of Loch Ness passing by the highland towns of Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit until you reach Inverness. The intrepid can hunt for the elusive Nessie by taking a boat cruise on Britain’s largest loch, Loch Ness, whilst the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle is a must-see, with its spectacular views over Loch Ness.
This is a relatively easy, low-level route providing great views of the Lochs of the Great Glen and fine panoramas of the surrounding Highlands. With well-made waymarking, most of the walk is straightforward, along canal towpaths and forest tracks, with minimal challenging sections.
Bridging the national border between Scotland and England, this cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine.
St Cuthbert’s Way threads its way through the Scottish Borders and Northumberland landscape, joining together places associated with the 7th Century Saint of the same name. St Cuthbert is the patron saint of Northern England and is credited with the spread of Christianity throughout the area. Beginning at the age of sixteen, he walked these same farms, woods, and moors to minister to people where they were.
On our St Cuthbert’s Way walking holiday you will visit a number of the places associated with St Cuthbert. You’ll begin in the market town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders and finish with a memorable walk over the causeway that crosses the coastal flats to Holy Island on Lindisfarne, one of Europe’s most famous Christian sites.
This route lends itself to visitors who are interested in religious history as the route passes close to graceful ruins of Dryburgh Abbey (where Sir Walter Scott is buried) as well as the cave where St Cuthbert’s remains were stored.
From the edge of Glasgow, you’ll walk along the shores of Loch Lomond and into the heart of the West Highlands, finishing at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in Fort William. Imposing mountain ranges, peaceful lochs and racing rivers converge to reward you with a unique and ever changing landscape on this walking holiday.
Discover Scotland’s spectacular landscape on the West Highland Way, the first long distance footpath to be established in Scotland. This well-trodden path takes you on a journey through Scotland’s history, following in the footsteps of drovers, pilgrims, soldiers, clansmen and cattle-rushers.
The West Highland Way begins in Milngavie near Glasgow and after 95 miles (153 km) finishes in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Magnificent mountains, serene lochs and fast-flowing rivers combine to reward you with a matchless and ever changing landscape.
Along this route, you will pass through stunning Highland scenery, walk along the banks of Loch Lomond with great views of the mountains, and cross the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor with its unique landscape. You’ll then head to Kinlochleven via the “Devil’s Staircase” before you finally reach Ben Nevis and Fort William, situated at the head of Loch Linnhe.
The West Highland Way connects with the Great Glen Way, which we also offer to walkers, who want to walk all the way from Milngavie to Inverness.
We have no hesitation in recommending you. The B&Bs we arrived at the end of each day were such a treat! Charming, welcoming and comfortable! Nothing went wrong during our trip, however, we were confident and reassured that it would be easy to contact you to sort anything out if needs be. Thank you! A great time in beautiful Cumbria and Yorkshire.
Penny Vogan, Australia
Coast to Coast
What is very clear is that you have been doing this for a while and your research has identified the best venues because what was abundantly obvious was the genuine warmth and friendliness of the welcome I received. I'd like to thank you for a wonderful walking experience with nothing to concern me other than walking from A to B (how you managed to guarantee fantastic weather almost every day I will never know) and I look forward to trying out another of your long distance walks in the not too distant future.
John Hetherington, UK
Coast to Coast
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