Tuesday, 26 August 2014

6 Ways To Explore Scotland On Foot

Scotland is a land of breathtaking scenery and clean, fresh air and there’s no better way to soak it all up than roaming amongst its hills, islands and coastal paths. Below are just a few of the many different ways you can enjoy Scotland on two feet.

1. Take on the challenge of the West Highland Way

One of the world’s most famous long distance walks, the West Highland Way stretches 96 miles north from Milngavie, in the northern suburbs of Glasgow, to Fort William, a Highland town nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis. With Absolute Escapes, you can take on the challenge of this spectacular route over 5-9 days, experiencing stunning scenery as you hike into the heart of the Highlands. Find out more here.

The West Highland Way with Absolute Escapes

2. Follow the Fife Coastal Path

Discover the wild and spectacular natural landscape of Scotland’s east coast with a walking holiday along Fife’s coastal path. Macs Adventure offer either short breaks or longer experiences, taking in the Kingdom of Fife’s historic castles and caves, an abundance of wildlife plus fresh local cuisine.  Find out more here.

The Fife Coastal Path with Macs Adventure

3. Self-guided walking on the Great Glen Way

Formed by a massive glacier during the last ice age, The Great Glen traverses Scotland from west to east, and what better way to see it than with an exciting self-guided trek with Easyways. The Great Glen Way begins in Fort William at the foot of Scotland’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, and from Loch Linnhe on the Atlantic Coast the route follows tree lined canal towpaths, loch shores and forestry tracks before crossing over the Ness Islands to the finishing point at the Inverness Castle on the Beauly Firth. Although a mostly low-level walk there are some challenging sections with steep inclines offering glorious views over Loch Ness. Find out more here.

4. Enjoy luxury hiking in Highland Perthshire and Argyll

If relaxing in comfort after a day of walking sounds good to you, then check out a luxury hiking trip with About Argyll, combining the Perthshire hills and the Argyll coastline. You’ll explore the high mountains, deep glens and abundant trees of Highland Perthshire, before heading to the long, broken coastline and rugged hills of Argyll in the west Highlands, enjoying the comforts of small 4-star country house hotels along the way. Find out more here

Luxury hiking in Argyll with About Argyll

5. Combine walking, whisky and wildlife in the Western Isles

Perfect for those with a love of all things W! Join Walkabout Scotland for a week long walking holiday to the Inner Hebridean islands of Islay, Jura, Mull and Iona, featuring great walks with plenty of opportunity for spotting wildlife and sampling the product for which the islands are famous - whisky! With landscapes as diverse as the whiskies produced within them, this tour is suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Find out more here.

6. Step up the pace on Orkney

If you’re keen to step it up a gear, then Inside Orkney’s running holiday could be for you. Hosted by William Sichel, who has gained multiple World ultra distance running records since starting ultra running in 1994, this week offers keen runners the opportunity to explore their potential for athletic achievement in beautiful Orkney surroundings. Find out more here.