Bundle up warm and embrace the fresh air with our guide to the best walking weekends in beautiful Scotland. Whether you’re looking for an active city break, or a full weekend of hiking, there’s something to keep all walking enthusiasts entertained in Scotland’s gorgeous outdoors.
1. Best for long walks: the Great Glen Way
Walk the length of the Caledonian Canal on this extensive walking trail. You can start at Inverness (book a room at one of our hotels in Inverness to get an early start) and walk all the way to Fort William on the west coast. The trail is a massive 73 miles long, so it’s advisable to choose a short section and plan regular breaks. Cycling is also an option if you want to cover more of the distance and take in more of the natural sights.
2. Best for variety: Loch Lomond
With glens and riversides, mountains and coastline, Loch Lochmond and the Trossachs National Park offers something for everyone. Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, this is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland with more than 30 islands. The variety of these stunning surroundings mean that there are routes catering for all levels of ability, from gentle strolls for the family to longer more energetic hikes.
Stay in Helensburgh Seafront only a short drive away from Loch Lomond.
3. Best for animal lovers: Fort William & Ben Nevis
The striking and rugged area around Fort William offers some of the most spectacular outdoor scenery in the UK. This highland spot is home to shaggy long-horned Highland cows, buzzards and pine martens that will keep animal lovers entertained on gentle highland walks. While for the more adventurous hikers, the mighty Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, is just a short distance away.
Book a room at our Fort William Travelodge to make sure you can rest your weary legs at the end of the day.
4. Best for city breaks: Edinburgh
There’s no need to head out to the Highlands to find a beautiful walk in Scotland. The fascinating city of Edinburgh is a hub of culture and delicious restaurants as well as being home to the dramatic Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano that provides a stimulating walk as well as incredible views across the city. Climb to the peak in a couple of hours, or take a gentle route around the base towards Duddingston village where you can make a stop at the Sheep Heid Inn, rumoured to be Scotland’s oldest pub.
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