Costal Walks

A guide to walking in scotland.

Walking in Scotland allows you to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors, in this article we give details of our seven top walks, trek through the UK, s highest mountain ranges, coastal walks with 7300 miles of coastline, forest paths, City routes, therefore if it’s a walking or trekking holiday that you want then you are certainly in the right place.

The total size of Scotland is 30414 square miles and has a population of 5.2 million, the only land border is with England is only 96 miles long. Scotland has a rugged coastline of over 7300 miles. Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and surrounding area is around 1.5 million population and Edinburgh is around 1.2 million, this means the rest of Scotland has a relatively low population, and in fact the North west of Scotland is the least inhabited place in Europe.


 


Scotlands Mountains.

Probably high up your tick list will be the UK, s highest mountain, Ben Nevis which is near Fort William this famous Mountain attracts 125000 people every year aspiring to climb to the summit. However, be aware that during the winter its only accessible by experienced mountaineers / Climbers and in the summer please check the forecast carefully as many walkers get caught out every summer with out the correct clothing or equipment. All the areas are easily reached by one of our motorhomes which means the motorhome can be used as a base, the motorhomes all have comfortable beds with a full power shower, we can also supply lots of wild / free camping spots to use overnight for all the areas in Scotland. For full information please visit our website, www.scottishtourer.co.uk.

 

Ben Nevis many millions of years ago was an active volcano which caved inwards on itself after a huge explosion, Near the summit there is white granite which is evidence of the explosion. The Gaelic name for Ben Nevis has two meanings.” mountain with its head in the clouds” and “venomous mountain” after you have climbed you can decide which meaning you like best.

Scotland has 283 mountains over 3000 ft which are called Munros after Sir Hugh Munro who climbed them all and catalogued them into a list in 1891.Called Munro bagging around 6000 experienced walkers have completed climbing the list of Munros. The record of climbing all 283 Munros in 39 days is held by Stephen Pyke in 2010.

The highest Munro is Ben Nevis at 4400 ft, second highest is Ben Madui is 4295 ft, and is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms, third highest is Braeriach 4252 ft, is in the Western Cairngorms, The Cairngorm 4084 ft mountain is the UK, s seventh highest mountain. For those not into hiking this mountain has a funicular railway to a restaurant near the summit which is only 20 minutes’ walk away making this the easiest Munro to summit, with stunning views, on a clear day you can see from coast to coast. 


Scotlands Hiking Trails.

Scotland has some of the best long distance walking routes in the world , the West Highland way , The Southern Upland way, The Great Glen way , all have fantastic scenery and are mainly off-road with no traffic and are well marked with a useful range of services along the routes, The trails can be enjoyed by those who only want to have a family day out and walking only sections of the route.


Costal Walks.

The Fife Coastal path stretches from Firth of Fourth to the Firth of Tay in the north for 117 miles and is one of Scotland’s best walking routes. The path is suitable from novice to the most experienced walker. The path passes St Andrews and many small fishing villages and award-winning beaches.
The John Muir Way, runs from Helensburgh through to Dunbar (Birth Place of John Muir) in the East crossing the centre of Scotland for 137 miles, It will take around 10 to 12 days on foot.

The 37-mile Mull of Galloway trail runs from Isle of Mull through to Stranraer then north past the Loch Ryan coastal walk finishing in Glenapp in South Ayrshire.
The west Island Way is on the Island of Bute and runs the length of the Island which is around 30 miles and is best walked over two days, the route is well marked out along the beautiful coastline.

 

Walking in Scotland, our 7 top walks.

The following walks are each unique in their own way following Scotland’s heritage, Coastal paths, City walks, mountain peaks and a hidden Glen.

1 -Ben Nevis.

  Ben Nevis standing at a height of 4400 ft, is close to the town of Fort William and described by experienced climbers and walkers as simply “The Ben”,     sometimes it’s called “big bad Ben” as the unwary or inexperienced it can be a very dangerous place especially in winter. 
 The normal path up to the summit is very well used and in the main is relatively easy to follow and is used by thousands of walkers and visitors every     year,  the walk takes between 5 and 7 hours to complete.

 Please bear in mind this is the highest mountain in the UK and it can snow up the top even in midsummer unless you are an experienced mountaineer or walker for your safety you are advised to go only between June and September.
Safety First. It is imperative you check the weather forecast and have warm clothing and sturdy foot wear, the weather on Ben Nevis can change from nice sunshine to chilling downpours of heavy rain, so make sure you are well equipped for all weather conditions. For more information please follow this link, Ben Nevis. 


2    . Arthurs seat 

Perched high above the city of Edinburgh within the Hollyrood Park which is an old Volcano sits Arthur, s Seat. There are various routes to the top and it’s a bit of a scramble over the rocks to reach the top. Follow this link for more information,  Arthur’s Seat.
 
There are a few other hill top walks around Edinburgh, Castle Hill, Braids Hill, Calton Hill, Blackford hill, they all take around two hours to complete.
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3. West Highland way.

The route is from Mingavie near Glasgow to FortWilliam, at 96 miles this is quite a challenge to tackle in one go, However the track can be broken down into segments which can be done as daily routes which mean you don’t have to tackle the whole route from end to end in one go.
 
Part of the route can be split into a 7 hour stretch from Inversnaid to Inverarnan which takes you through the Loch Lomond & Trossachs national park, however, bear in mind this is quite a gruelling 7-hour hike and is possible the hardest part of the route. Follow this link for more detailed information, West Highland Way.  

 

4. Glenfinnan viaduct trail.

If you have seen any the Harry Potter films, then you will certainly recognise the Glenfinnan Viaduct, The trail is around 2.5 miles long (4km) with fantastic views of the Jacobite monument which was built in 1815 to commemorate the Jacobite’s, with lovely views down to Loch Sheil.  The walk is around 2 hours on mainly easy tracks although the path above the viaduct is quite steep. If you ae lucky you may be able to see and photograph the flying Scotsman steam train crossing the viaduct , The train runs between Malaig and Fort William, follow this link for more information, Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail.


5. Coire Gabhail.

Coire Gabhail is situated with in Glencoe which is packed with the most stunning walks through breath-taking scenery, Also famous for the bloody Glencoe massacre between the clans Macdonald and Campbells. This area is a mecca for ice climbing and mountaineering in the winter.
 
Coire Gabhail also known as the lost valley it is rumoured the Macdonald clan would hide the rustled cattle from the surrounding clans in this valley, the hike will take around 3 hours taking in the most stunning mountain scenery you are ever likely to see. The route is around 2.5 to 3 miles. For more detailed information follow this link, Coire Gabhail.

 

6.  Tobermory bay to Aros park.

This coastal walk starts at Tobermory Bay on the Island of Mull situated on the west coast of Scotland and is easily reached by a 1.5-hour Ferry crossing from the Mainland at Oban, 
 
This two-hour walk stretches up around the edge of the bay with views to Tobermory, and the colourful houses on the seafront, there are Many viewpoints taking in the surrounding Islands such as Isle of Islay know as the whiskey Island, due to there being no less than eight distilleries on this small island some of the more famous are. Laphroig , Lagavulin , and Bowmore all the whiskies have a peaty type flavour. 


7. Fife costal path
 

The Fife Coastal Path starts at the Forth Estuary which is in the south, then across to the Tay just across the river from Dundee in the north, the route is 117 miles in length, and has been divided into eight segments so it’s easier for route planning. 
Don’t miss a visit to the world-famous fish and chip shop in Anstruther, which has been voted the best fish and chip shop in the UK for many years, the restaurant has been visited by Royalty including Prince Charles. The will probably be a large que waiting but persevere it will be worth the wait.  

The route which passes through St Andrews can be broken up into sections which can be tackled on a day basis. there is a 12-mile section from Burntisland to East Wemyss which is a really good days walking experience. Follow this link for more information, For more detailed information on this route follow this link, Fife Coastal Path.