If your idea of the perfect holiday is the chance to stretch your legs and start exploring, there are few places more welcoming and offering such impressive sights as Scotland. Start rambling among the heather, find some lovely proms to stroll along or enjoy the chance to tour its best cities on foot – you’re sure to find there’s a walking holiday to perfectly suit your preferences.
Central Scotland may be densely populated and have a little less green than the highlands, but it’s certainly a great place for a city walking holiday.
Visit Edinburgh and choose guided tours featuring everything from ghostly scares to literary heroes or set out on your own to discover the best sights of the city. Other great choices in the nearby countryside include the Rosewell to Roslin Glen circuit – an extremely popular choice following Roslin Chapel’s recent literary fame – and Penicuik to Musselburgh Cycleway.
Glasgow is another great choice, with city centre walks such as the Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail and the River Clyde to Glasgow Green walks being particular favourites.
Highlands for its natural beauty and plenty of scenic spots, it’s hard to beat Scotland’s highlands.
In the North, be sure to try out the walk between Whiteness Point and Nairn for a lovely sandy stroll. Fair Glen in Rosemarkie, on the Black Isle is another good choice for keen walkers.
To the West, you’ll find some of Scotland’s most picturesque views and landscapes, including plenty of quaint villages and historic ruins. Take a long walk over moorland with spectacular views across to Lochleve on the Heights of Kinlochleven walk or give yourself an easier journey with the lower impact Singing Sands Walk of Ardnamurchan.
Argyll & The Isles
Soak up some gorgeous sights and wonderful spots of natural beauty, from the banks of Loch Fyne to the tip of Tiree, on walks in Argyll and the Western Isles.
Try out Skipper Wood on the Isle of Bute for a short circular walk taking you through some majestic woodland or check out a little of Scotland’s past on the Gylen Castle Circuit on the Isle of Kerrera.
Not only are walking holidays in Scotland full of rewarding sights and stunning natural beauty, but they can be nice and inexpensive too. Search for cheap flights to Edinburgh or Glasgow, then rely on the comprehensive bus services to take you to the starting point for your walking holiday
James writes for cheap flight specialists Skyscanner.net. A keen walker, James spends most of his weekends exploring the Scottish countryside near where he lives in Falkirk.