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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.


Bothies

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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