Scotland has one of the most unique and natural landscapes in the world and is amongst a small number of terrains unspoilt by over-tourism and pollution; that’s why Scotland is best experienced by foot. Scotland has a huge selection of trails specifically laid out for walking and hiking enthusiasts and there’s something for every level of experience and fitness.
A walking holiday in Scotland can be a fantastic way to experience this wonderful landscape. It is suitable for all kinds of people, from couples quietly exploring the landscape in a romantic setting, to families looking to exercise and educate their children about this enchanting country.
Ben A’an is a popular hill walking area located in the heart of the Trossachs and is often referred to as a miniature mountain. The walkway’s path is well worn but the terrain is still quite rough and steep so we wouldn’t suggest this walk for people unsteady on their feet or without proper walking boots.
The beginning of the walk starts near Loch Achray and quickly heads up a steep uphill path into the forest. Alongside this part of the path runs a small stream which has beautifully fresh water during autumn and spring. A little further along the path lays a wooden footbridge across the stream and a bench which provides beautiful views across Loch Achray. The next section of the path is particularly rocky but along it has wonderful views of Ben Venue and Loch Katrine. Once you’ve reached the rocky summit of Ben A’an the views are absolutely spectacular; beautiful moorland, the whole length of Loch Katrine, magical woodland and Loch Achray.
The Lowther Hills consist of two separate hills; the Green Lowther and Lowther Hill. The terrain of these hills is manageable and some of the walk is along tarmac road so is suitable for the more amateur walker.
The walk starts in the highest village in Scotland (467m above the sea level), called Wanlockhead. The village is famously home to the Museum of Lead Mining after being one of the most active mining villages in Scotland at one point in history. The walk passes an interesting cemetery, an old mining structure, a collection of quant Scottish white houses; this part of the walk is called the Southern Upland Way. Markers for the way will guide you up the summit until you pass a globe-like structure (actually a radar station). The best feature of this walk is a viewpoint indicator build by Wanlockhead Youth Club on the summit of East Mount Lowther which allows you to see some of the most stunning views in Southern Scotland.
Three Loch Way
This route links Loch Long, Loch Lomond and Gare Loch along Scotland’s first national park. The route covers a cool 55 kilometres (or 34 miles) and walkers are estimated to cover the distance in around 3 to 4 days (depending on length of time walked per day and speed). You can comfortably walk the entire route in 4 days by walking 5 hours a day.
One thing to remember about this walk is that it is not completely marked and does require some navigation so a compass and map are essential! Some of the highlights of the walk include the view over Loch Lomond, visiting Charles Rennie Machintosh’s Hill House and the beautiful Glen Loin woodlands which are home to red squirrels and is also a site of special scientific interest.
Where would your ideal walking holiday be? A lot of people are put off walking holidays in Scotland because of the unpredictable weather but you can’t beat the views you get on some of the walks! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.