Hiking in Scotland

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With plenty of space, a good network of paths, and a legal right to roam around much of the country, hiking in Scotland is a major draw. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for fairly gentle ambles around the glens (valleys); the rewards of a long-distance footpath; or challenging summits: they’re all plentiful and easily found.

This app mostly focuses mainly on the tamer options – particularly those that can be combined with a bit of sightseeing and are accessible to most.

Athletic types looking for real challenges should pick up the six district guides by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, or take plan a trip along one of Scotland’s long distance footpaths; the West Highland Way is the most popular but click here for an interactive map of the many other (and quieter) alternatives.


If you are someone who appreciates some roughing-it and self-sufficiency with your dose of wilderness, be sure to spend a night in a bothy. These free and simple unmanned shelters usually lie a good hike from civilisation and are managed by the Mountain Bothies Association.

Be prepared!

Being prepared is key to spending a happy night in a bothy and to Scottish hiking generally.
However good the weather and the trails look consider the following:

  • The weather is frequently wet which often makes things unpleasantly cold. Waterproof footwear and warm clothing is essential on all longer walks.
  • The weather can make visibility poor, so navigation equipment and good maps are near-essential on all hill walks (Ordnance Survey maps are particularly recommended).
  • Between May and September many damper spots near water and away from wind are overrun with midges, tiny biting bugs. Cover up or get creams to keep them at bay.
  • The autumn hunting season may close off routes (as listed here) as can the spring lambing season.

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