|Scotland walking events and festivals are springing up everywhere to cater for the nation’s growing obsession with keeping fit, losing weight and living healthier lifestyles.
I have listed here some of the most popular annual events for all outdoor enthusiasts.
With our great terrain, you can enjoy the best of walking in Scotland with hill, coastal and woodland walks, with routes to suit all, from experienced walkers to beginners.
Scotland Walking Events and Festivals 2017….
Most of our festivals take place between April and November.
9th – 14th April
Walk Islay, Jura and Colonsay
28th – 30th April
Galashiels Mini Walking Festival
Glen Affric Walking Festival
5th – 11th May 2017
Newton Stewart Walk Fest
20th – 26th May
Ballater-Royal Deeside Walking Festival
1st – 4th June
Angus Glens Walking festival
Loch Lomond Mighty Hike
10th – 17th June
The Cateran Yomp
16th – 25th June
The Moray Walking Festival
The Big Hospice Hike
March For Men (Prostate Cancer)
BACK IN 2018
Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge
22nd – 23rd July
Glasgow to Edinburgh Trek
Tomintoul & Glenlivet Walking Festival
3rd – 9th September
Scottish Borders Walking Festival
15th – 17th September
Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival
7th – 14th October
The Drovers Tryst Walking Festival
7th – 16th October
Cowal Walking and Arts Festival
UNSCHEDULED WALKS AT ANYTIME….
You don’t have to wait for Scotland walking events to come round. If you prefer doing your own thing, there are lots of fabulous woodland walks all around the country.
One of the walks I have done, and which I highly recommend is Auchincruive, in Ayrshire, just off the Whitletts roundabout. This is actually a series of four walks:
- The Waggonway Trail (3 miles)
- Oswald’s Trail (2.75 miles)
- Three Green Knights Trail (1.5 miles)
- The Farm Trail (2.5 miles)
You can do each walk separately or combine all four together for one longer walk of almost 10 miles. Each of the walks are colour coded and clearly marked, and they all start and finish very conveniently, at the main car park. It’s a fantastic day out.
Another great walk that’s available anytime, is the Greenock Cut. As you pass through Greenock heading for Inverkip, (or vice versa) take the road for Loch Thom until you arrive at the Cornalees Bridge Visitor Centre. Your seven mile walk starts and ends here, and you’ll enjoy some fantastic views across the water to the Island of Bute.
But the longest, and without doubt the most popular and challenging walks in Scotland are the West Highland Way, from Milngavie to Fort William, a distance of 95 miles. This is closely followed by the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness, at 79 miles.
The Loch Leven Heritage Trail Is mostly level ground and barrier-free. It is suitable for wheelchairs and motorised scooters, and it is also bicycle and buggy friendly.
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