Walking in Scotland – Hill Trails, Mountain Routes or even a walk by the river, one of the best ways I have ever found to relax, revitalise and refresh myself is by going for a walk.
Whether alone, with friends or even just with the dogs (always take the dogs if possible:), there’s nothing like fresh air and wide open spaces to give you a spring in your step and put a smile on your face, while the days worries drift away.
Having such a varied landscape in Scotland gives you the perfect location to explore nature what ever your fitness or experience levels, moorland, forests, valleys and glens, scattered with lochs and rivers, always changing colours, textures and sounds.
I love being in these places, whether to unwind and relax, or inspire my creative side. Walking in Scotland offers so much in such a mixture that it has been one of the key factors in my creation of Unique Adventure Tours Scotland, this is a country I love to share with people, it has something for everyone.
Four Seasons in One Day – Walking in Scotland!
It is true that Scotland can experience a mixture of weather, sometimes even in one day, but that is no reason not to get outside, explore and enjoy the countryside.
With a little forethought and some considered clothing layers, you can be ready for most conditions – prior preperation is key.
So whether the payoff is a cold drink after a long hot day, or a hot drink by an open fire on a cold wet day, the result is the same, a good day all round with a sence of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Clothing & protection for walking in the Scottish Highlands
Walking in Scotland, layering is key, as is waterproof and quick dry clothing. The weather can be unpredictable, and even in the summertime, rain can come at any time. Additionally, it rarely gets warmer than 70°F (21°C). Having several layers of clothing that you can peel off or quickly put on depending on the current temperatures is essential to the completion of your trek, as are a light, waterproof jacket, and pants that dry quickly. As for footwear, invest in a pair of reliable hiking boots that are well-made, comfortable, and offer great support and traction. Complement them with a pair of hiking trainers or sandals that you can use on easier sections of the hike to give your feet a break and let them breathe.
Ticks and midges are the main problem when hiking in Scotland. Midge bites are excruciating, while some ticks carry Lyme Disease; protecting yourself from them is important, and can make or break your Highlands trek. Pack midge repellent (Smidge is the best I have used so far in my time here), midge head nets, and tweezers. Be sure to wear light-coloured clothing and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
*Check out this detailed article from the team at ‘How I Get Rid Of‘ – “learn more about midges and talk about how you can get rid of them once and for all using a midge repellent and other tried and tested methods”, a great bit of detail to get you informed and protected.
Here is a small sellection of some of my favourite walks.
The Birks of Aberfeldy
This beautiful short walk is extremely popular. Popularised in a song by Robert Burns (The Birks o’Aberfeldie in 1787), the fine walk up the steep gorge of the Moness burn reveals several waterfalls. (Click for details).
Weem Forest Woodland Walk
This short circular waymarked trail climbs through Weem Wood to St David’s Well which has a good view over Aberfeldy and Strathtay and then descends past crags and through native woods. (Click for details).
An excellent waymarked circuit on and around Kenmore Hill. The hill has been planted with Scots pines and other native trees and offers superb views of Loch Tay and the mountains beyond. (Click for details).
This stretch of magical Perthshire forest was an 18th-century pleasure ground for the Dukes of Atholl. Giant Douglas firs tower over you as you take the path to the roaring Black Linn waterfall, where the River Braan crashes into the deep, foaming pools below. (Click for details).
Carie Wood – Kinloch Rannoch
The Black Wood – one of Rannoch’s “jewels”. There are few surviving remnants of the ‘Great Forest of Caledon’, which used to cover much of Scotland, as beautiful as this. Woodland has been growing on this site virtually undisturbed since the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago making it a magical place. (Click for details).
Meall nan Tarmachan is one of the easier Munros to reach in good weather thanks to a high level start point, but it is really just the start of a rocky ridge traverse which is one of the most interesting in the Southern Highlands. There is a short, avoidable scramble on the descent from Meall Garbh. (Click for details).
Schiehallion is a prominent mountain in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Schiehallion has a rich botanical life, interesting archaeology, and a unique place in scientific history for an 18th-century experiment in “weighing the world”. (Click for details)
Aberfeldy to Grandtully River Trail/Path
The final part of the Rob Roy Way follows the River Tay eastwards from Aberfeldy to the attractive village of Grandtully. (Click for details)
Black Spout to Edradour Distillery
Varied walk starting from the town centre, passing through woodland to view Black Spout waterfall and Edradour Distillery. From the higher section of the walk good views over the River Tummel and surrounding hills can be seen. (Click for details)
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