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.
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: