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distance 14.3km Vertical gain +562m Vertical drop -561m Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Scottish Borders

This walk in the Northumberland National Park follows the England-Scotland border fence and starts from Kirk Yetholm. The walk uses the Pennine Way to reach Black Hag. The return route follows an alternative route of the Pennine Way back to the start.

Visorandonneur
Coire Lagan in the Cuillins
distance 6.53km Vertical gain +584m Vertical drop -584m Durée 3h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A superb walk in the Cuillins, with breathtaking views of the sea and a charming little Loch at the end.
The only challenging part is the end of the climb, where you need to climb up some scree for the last 300 metres.

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Elgol to Camasunary in the Cuillin
distance 14.82km Vertical gain +428m Vertical drop -432m Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very nice hike along the water and mountains in the Cuillin.

Visorandonneur
The Table and the Needle at the Quiraing
distance 6.3km Vertical gain +345m Vertical drop -342m Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

The Quiraing combines both majestic mountains and the mysteries of the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are magnificent.

Walking Loch of the Lowes Path ( Download : )
Accommodation, Restaurant
distance 7.47km Vertical gain +143m Vertical drop -141m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Perthshire and Kinross

A lovely walk through coniferous and deciduous woodland and open pasture, on the way to Loch of the Lowes. Use the hides at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre to sneak a peek in season at overwintering geese, ducks including goldeneye and the striking, head shaking courtship of the great crested grebe. A camera provides live and recorded images of the famous osprey nest in season and other local wildlife.

Walking Catrine to Sorn Loop ( Download : )
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Catrine to Sorn Loop
distance 7.59km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -91m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

Follow the River Ayr along a pleasant woodland trail to Sorn, passing through Catrine Voes Local Nature Reserve and alongside the historic Catrine Weir. On reaching Sorn, cross the humpbacked ‘Auld Brig’ before passing through part of the village and into the “Spooky Woods”. The return route to Catrine is via Chapel Brae, a pleasant single track road which passes Catrine War Memorial.

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Old Auchans House, Dundonald
distance 4.01km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -61m Durée 1h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Wandering though this delightful woodland, the impressive remains of 16th century Old Auchans House seem to appear out of nowhere. Go late January to see snowdrops galore, late April for wild garlic, and May for a sea of bluebells!

Walking Cornish Hill Trail ( Download : )
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Cornish Hill Trail
distance 5.56km Vertical gain +107m Vertical drop -104m Durée 1h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

A brilliant and fairly easy circular walk from the Stinchar Bridge to the top of Cornish Hill, returning via the secluded and peaceful Cornish Loch. Fantastic views on a clear day!

Walking Ayrshire Smuggler's Trail ( Download : )
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Ayrshire Smuggler's Trail
distance 10.42km Vertical gain +68m Vertical drop -107m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Follow this ancient route between Dundonald and Troon, used in the 18th century to smuggle illegal goods inland! It covers a varied terrain including woodland paths, tarmac roads, grass and sand. You will pass a quiet reservoir, walk through Fullarton Woods then across Royal Troon Golf Course, finishing it off with a stroll along Troon’s sandy Beach.

Walking Peden's Cove, Failford ( Download : )
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Peden's Cove, Failford
distance 3.11km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -40m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Peden’s Cove is hidden inside Ayr Gorge Woodland, a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. This beautiful and ancient woodland is formed around an incredible red sandstone canyon, which gives the water of the River Ayr a vibrant red appearance when the sun shines directly onto it! Peden’s Cove, a set of steps carved into the red sandstone cliffs, is reached a mile along the footpath.

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Fairlie Glens and Waterfalls Circular
distance 7.67km Vertical gain +180m Vertical drop -183m Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

On a clear day the views from this route are simply outstanding: the islands of Cumbrae & Arran and the pink sandy beaches at Fairlie and Hunterston. A variety of woodland paths, tracks and grassy hillsides lead you gently uphill past the remains of Fairlie Castle and along the base of Black Hill. The return section follows the Fairlie Moor Road and then the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There is the opportunity to visit some hidden waterfalls along the route.

Walking Kirstie's Trail, Barr ( Download : )
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Kirstie's Trail, Barr
distance 9.58km Vertical gain +139m Vertical drop -139m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Beautifully scenic forestry tracks take you along to Kirstie’s Cairn, a memorial to young local farmer Christopher McTaggart who lost his life there in a blizzard in 1913.

Walking Fairy Knowe Trail, Barr ( Download : )
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Fairy Knowe Trail, Barr
distance 7.57km Vertical gain +162m Vertical drop -158m Durée 2h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

A stunning circular route through the idylic South Ayrshire countryside, the Fairy Knowe Trail is most definitely one of Scotland’s hidden gems. The walk follows a variety of forest tracks, mossy tree corridors, and hillside footpaths to reach a viewpoint known as the Fairy Knowe. After a short but steep descent, the track returns to the start following the course of the Water of Gregg.

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Dismantled Railway Walk, Darvel
distance 11.13km Vertical gain +151m Vertical drop -147m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A linear walk from the village of Darvel along a fantastic disused railway track to the Spirit of Scotland Monument beneath Loudoun Hill.

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Blue Bonnet Trails Circular, Ayr
distance 11.6km Vertical gain +19m Vertical drop -20m Durée 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

The fully way-marked Blue Bonnet Trails follow the journey taken from Ayr Town Centre to Alloway by Tam o’ Shanter as recounted in one of the most famous poems ever written by Robert Burns. The route described below combines the 2 Blue Bonnet Trails and forms a loop. The walk passes many points of interest along the way including Burns Cottage and Alloway's famous Auld Kirk and it also passes through both Belleisle and Rozelle Parks.

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Prince Albert's Pyramid, Balmoral
distance 5.85km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -161m Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Aberdeenshire

There are 11 cairns to discover within the Balmoral Estate and this short walk takes in two of them – Prince Albert’s Cairn (aka “the pyramid”!) and Princess Beatrice’s Cairn. A beautiful forestry trail awaits, and after a fairly steady walk uphill you will reach the summit of Creag an Lurachain (442 m /1450 ft) where the pyramid sits. A steeper but shorter descent follows, and a very lovely suspension bridge crossing.

Walking Ness Glen, Loch Doon ( Download : )
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Ness Glen, Loch Doon
distance 3.04km Vertical gain +49m Vertical drop -48m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

An astonishingly beautiful short walk through a deep wooded glen following the River Doon as it begins it’s journey between Loch Doon and the Firth of Clyde at Doonfoot, Ayr. Expect waterfalls a-plenty! Form a loop by returning to the start via the hill path. The footpaths are uneven and narrow in places and you can expect boggy conditions on the high path. Be sure to take a camera as there are MANY photo opportunities!

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Dean Castle Country Park via Borland
distance 4.37km Vertical gain +26m Vertical drop -26m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A beautiful countryside walk into the popular Dean Castle Country Park, taking in both Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water. There are options to extend to visit the castle, Rural Life Centre, duck ponds and kids play area.

Walking Irvine Beach ( Download : )
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Irvine Beach
distance 10.56km Vertical gain +3m Vertical drop -3m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Sandy Irvine Beach is wild, beautiful and seems to go on and on forever! In fact it stretches 3 miles along to Barassie. You can choose to walk all the way to Barassie and back, or if you are looking for a shorter walk, just go as far as you want to before turning back. Lined with high sand dunes and the Isle of Arran visible to the west, the beach here is popular with locals out for some fresh air and exercise.

Walking Ballast Bank, Troon ( Download : )
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Ballast Bank, Troon
distance 3.8km Vertical gain +2m Vertical drop -2m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

You will begin by walking along a stone footpath built into the side of the Ballast Bank, followed by a stroll along the promenade towards Troon South Beach where there is an excellent play park for the kids to enjoy. On the return, try the path across the top of the Ballast Bank instead – you will be treated to spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde on a clear day.

Visorandonneur
Kintyre - Keil Caves to Dunaverty Castle
distance 4.48km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -24m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Argyll and Bute

This out and back seaside stroll follows a section of the Kintyre Way and connects historical sites on the southern tip of the Kintyre Peninsula around Southend.

Walking Rothesay Town Walk ( Download : )
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Rothesay Town Walk
distance 2.76km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -42m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This is a short circular route which has a steep incline halfway through. It links the main areas of interest in Rothesay with a woodland and seafront stroll allowing views across Rothesay Bay.

Visorandonneur
Toward Point and Toward Quay, Cowal Peninsula
distance 6.22km Vertical gain +15m Vertical drop -15m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Argyll and Bute

This walk connects the highlights of Toward on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyle and Bute. It includes a coastal walk, ruins, a lighthouse and small quay. The views along the coast are breath-taking.

Walking Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry ( Download : )
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Lynn Glen Circular, Dalry
distance 1.87km Vertical gain +33m Vertical drop -32m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This short circular walk around the Caaf Water is packed with unexpected ‘fairy’ surprises hidden within a tranquil wooded glen. The gorge is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the unique and interesting rocks it contains. Perfect for families and for anyone who likes waterfalls!

Visorandonneur
distance 26.19km Vertical gain +1652m Vertical drop -1634m Durée 12h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

4 Munros in the Tyndrum hills including Ben Lui & Ben Oss, starting and finishing at Lower Tyndrum station. Intended as a weekend trip but possible in one day for the very fit.

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Bla Bhienn from Elgol: an out and return walk
distance 20.29km Vertical gain +1217m Vertical drop -1215m Durée 9h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This is an ascent of the South ridge of Bla Bhienn starting from and returning to Elgol. It includes the cliff top walk to Camasunary Bay, followed by the ridge. The views are spectacular and the ridge is one of the most memorable mountain days to be had.

Walking Perth country walk ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
distance 17.68km Vertical gain +270m Vertical drop -269m Durée 5h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Perthshire and Kinross

The walk, 90% of which is on quiet country roads, on a good day offers truly brilliant country views. Many splendid views across extensive farmlands and on the latter half across the Tay Valley, the Tay Road bridge and towards the Earn river Valley.

Walking Kilbo ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
distance 17.86km Vertical gain +536m Vertical drop -523m Durée 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Angus

Craig Lodge - Broom Hill - White Glen - Craig Lodge.

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On the rooftop of Great Britain: Ben Nevis
distance 16.09km Vertical gain +1318m Vertical drop -1318m Durée 8h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Here is a magnificent peak held in high regard by our British friends, Ben Nevis. This summit, though in itself not very high relatively speaking, requires a significant climb in altitude because it starts almost at sea level. During the ascent, the views are breathtaking.

Walking Ben Ledi ( Download : )
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Ben Ledi
distance 9.42km Vertical gain +725m Vertical drop -723m Durée 4h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

A lovely Scottish summit in the Trossachs. Great for lovers of romantic landscapes and moderately sporty excursions.

Walking Old Man of Storr ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
Old Man of Storr
distance 4.11km Vertical gain +324m Vertical drop -322m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very short, easy walk to do late afternoon (when most walkers have come back down off the mountain) so you can enjoy the silence and evening light.

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The Bracklinn Falls in Callander
distance 5.33km Vertical gain +137m Vertical drop -130m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

This walk is very easy and can be enjoyed with family.

Walking The Fairy Pools ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
The Fairy Pools
distance 6.67km Vertical gain +305m Vertical drop -305m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A short walk around the Fairy Pools, so you can see them from close up, followed by a tranquil walk in the valley, away from the crowds.

Walking Glenmore Forest Park ( Download : )
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Glenmore Forest Park
distance 6.01km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -93m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

An easy, family-friendly walk in the Cairngorms National Park.

Walking Glen Affric ( Download : )
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Glen Affric
distance 17.5km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -162m Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A nice trip around Loch Affric near Inverness. Not at all difficult and with some beautiful landscapes.

Visorandonneur
distance 15.32km Vertical gain +1523m Vertical drop -1525m Durée 8h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very interesting alternative, full of variations, to the normal route to reach the summit of the famous Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain. It is a wilder variant than the normal route. Without being too technical it remains a solid hike. It allows walkers the opportunity to contemplate the very famous north face of Ben Nevis.

Walking The West Highland Way ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
The West Highland Way
distance 155.91km Vertical gain +2870m Vertical drop -2881m Durée 7 days Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in East Dunbartonshire

The West Highland Way (WHW) is a very popular walking route in Scotland. At over 150 km in length, and with moderate elevations, it crosses the most western (as its name suggests) and the most southern (dare we say) regions of the Highlands.

A superb hike, marked by the diversity of landscapes, the omnipresence of water (lochs, rivers, streams, waterfalls... and the rain), and the wild beauty of the landscape. Last but not least, you are likely to make a few friends along the way!

Visorandonneur
distance 4.68km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -13m Durée 1h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A day adventure over to Horse Island. Make sure you cross from Lamb Island - the first little one - to Horse Island at low tide.

Visorandonneur
distance 5.6km Vertical gain +114m Vertical drop -114m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

An early introduction to two classic Long Distance Routes, starting from the picturesque village of Drymen. The West Highland Way is a long distance route that runs from Milngavie, near Glasgow, all the way to Fort William, and it passes close to Drymen. The Rob Roy Way starts in Drymen and ends in Pitlochry.

Visorandonneur
distance 7.35km Vertical gain +99m Vertical drop -102m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

Enjoy a moderate stroll through woodland and open fields taking in surrounding peaks and the chance of spotting distinctive wildlife.

Walking The Glacier Trail ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
distance 4.87km Vertical gain +18m Vertical drop -18m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

Explore some of this area’s geology on the low-level glacier trail. It starts near the Roman Camp Hotel at the east end of Main Street and follows a short stretch of the River Teith.

Walking Lower woods - Callander ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
distance 2.7km Vertical gain +62m Vertical drop -66m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

Enjoy a walk along an undulating path through this atmospheric mixed woodland to a viewpoint over the Mentieth hills.

Walking Callander Meadows ( Download : )
Visorandonneur
distance 1.83km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -5m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stirling

This is a very pleasant level riverside route with lots of wildlife and wild flowers by the banks of the River Teith.