Hiking in Scotland, for keen walkers, is the ideal way to see the best of the country. Escape to the hills and experience some exhilarating mountain walks.
It’s also the ideal way to explore the Highlands and Islands either in summer or winter. With it’s rugged scenery, clean, fresh air and friendly people, Scotland will provide you with an unrivalled hiking experience.
Here you can sample some of the best hiking and trekking in Europe, and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands combined with their fascinating and colourful history is an opportunity every walker should experience. The mountains of the Highlands can be found in the north and west of the country, where you can lose yourself among mists and legends, hills, lochs, and a unique mixture of tranquility and scenic splendor. You’ll find some fabulous walks.
The West Highland Way, from Milngavie to Fort William, a distance of 95 miles, is one of Scotland’s most popular walks. Hills, woodland and wildlife make it a favourite with hikers from all over the world. And once you arrive in Fort William, if you have any energy left, carry on by taking the Great Glen Way, a further 73 miles to Inverness.
The Munros, Corbetts and Grahams are also great favourites with hillwalkers and hikers. For more info see Hillwalking In Scotland. The infrastructure for hiking in Scotland is excellent: the network of trails, maintenance & markings, accommodation in villages, facilities on the mountains, eating places and the transportation system.
The diverse landscape along Scotland’s Southern Upland Way (Long Distance Walk) itself presents a range of terrains for hiking in scotland wide enough to suit every kind of walker from the novice to the expert. There are some very challenging walks here and proper footwear is essential. If you have no experience of hiking Scotland, it may be advisable to start off the easy way by taking in leisurely woodland walks, promoted by city of Glasgow GPs to encourage adults to become more active.
There are many opportunities in Scotland to enjoy the great outdoors with excellent facilities for walking and cycling. From the Highlands down to South Ayrshire you can experience lochs, woodland and coastal walks with breathtaking views, some peace and quiet, and clean fresh air. For those who are familiar with Scotland you need look no further than Scotland Walking Events & Festivals for listings of walks in all regions.
If you’re just visiting the country, then organised tours are probably your best bet.
Organised Walking and Hiking Tours in Scotland …
Highlands & Islands Walking Adventure
Explore the Scottish Highlands and Islands on foot. Isle of Harris, Isle of Skye. Multi-day, fully guided, small group travel. Cozy accommodations.
Southern Upland Trek
An epic adventure across Scotland linking man made trails that have made Scotland a ‘Global Superstar’ with some unsurpassed wild riding.
Day Hiking in Scotland Tours
Escape to the hills for a day with one of our great hiking tours. Departing from Edinburgh, you’ll enjoy the tranquillity and panoramic views.
Guardians of Assynt
Assynt in the North West Highlands of Scotland is a real gem! Ideal for hiking and exploring Scotland’s rugged landscape.
Experience 5 days of exhilarating high mountain walking on Scotland ’s most beautiful mountains.
Hiking in Scotland doesn’t come much better. The glen attracts visitors from all around the world for a great hiking adventure.
Torridon Area provides some exhilarating walking and scrambling on one of the most breathtaking collections of ridges and mountains.
Boasting the highest mountains in the British Isles, the Highlands contain the most pristine lakes and the wildest islands you’re ever likely to see .
West Highland Way
One of the most famous treks in the UK, the West Highland Way takes you from Glasgow to Fort William on a 95 mile trek. Some parts are hard.
Winter Walking on the Knoydart Peninsula
Our guided winter skills and walking holidays in the Scottish Highlands take you to spectacular summits under supervision and instruction.
Winter Walking In The Cairngorms National Park
Our guided winter skills and walking holidays in the Scottish Highlands take you to spectacular summits under the supervision and instruction.
Wilderness Walking – Outer Hebrides & Skye
Explore mountains, wildlife, culture and history of the Scottish Highlands, with knowledgeable guides, great accommodation and excellent food.
Mountain Biking Coast to Coast
Mountain biking coast to coast in Scotland is an unforgettable experience. From high mountain passes to ancient forest single track.
More Outdoor Activities :
- Golfing in Scotland
- Bicycle Tours in Scotland
- Kayaking in Scotland
- Fishing in Scotland
- Scotland Wildlife
- Skiing In Scotland
See the Scotland Travel Information page for all the information you need for travelling to and within Scotland. Helpful advice on passports and visas, currency, weather, holiday extras, useful travel links and more.