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Winter walks in Scotland: Where to head for some thrills ’n’ chills and family catch-ups

The sun sets over Clatteringshaws Loch at the Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway
The sun sets over Clatteringshaws Loch at the Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Covid restrictions may mean it’s tricky to spend time with our nearest and dearest over the holidays.

But a good winter walk could offer the perfect opportunity to meet up.

So why not grab those winter woollies, slip on your comfy boots and blow the cobwebs away with a refreshing wander?

Here, Visit Scotland shares a selection of some of the best winter walks to enjoy…


Cramond Promenade, Edinburgh

The wide paths and magnificent views of the Forth Bridge and estuary make this perfect for family walks or a seaside stroll. At low tide, you can take a trip out to Cramond Island via the walkway.

North Queensferry, Fife

Enjoy a scenic coastal wander around North Queensferry and marvel at the Forth Bridge, which crosses directly over the village. Starting under the Forth Rail Bridge, follow a section of the waymarked Fife Coastal Path then head inland to explore sights, wildlife and a unique industrial landscape.

Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian

Ideal for a family day out, Beecraigs has play parks, woodland trails and lots of wildlife. Venture along the loop walk to the top of the hill for views over West Lothian and Edinburgh. The park is also dog-friendly.

Falls of Clyde, Lanarkshire

Take a woodland winter walk along the river watching for the many bird and animal species and visit the Corra Linn and Bonnington Linn waterfalls. Start at New Lanark and follow the path along the River Clyde.

Lady Mary’s Walk, Perthshire

This popular route runs along the banks of the River Earn and boasts a picturesque setting in a forest of oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees. It’s also accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Loch Ard Family Sculpture Trail, Aberfoyle, Perthshire

This trail runs through the heart of the Trossachs. Look out for sculptures of animals and birds. There are also five sound posts with recordings that include deer and buzzard.

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Dragon’s Teeth causeway at Cramond near Edinburgh

Cardrona Forest, Tweed Valley Forest Park, Scottish Borders

Cardrona Forest offers three great trails – the Burn Trail, an easy access route along the Kirk Burn; the Kirkburn Trail, which offers beautiful views of the Tweed Valley; and Wallace’s Trail, a circular route that passes the remains of Cardrona Tower, which dates from the 1500s.

Clatteringshaws, Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries & Galloway

Begin with a stroll along the edge of Clatteringshaws Loch to visit Bruce’s Stone, which commemorates Robert the Bruce’s victory at the Battle of Trool in 1307. The route then leads to the visitor centre to begin the Loch View hike through winter woodland, reaching a vantage point over the loch.

Callendar Park, Falkirk

A short distance from the town centre lies, the park is home to the impressive Callendar House. Kids will love the Roman-themed play park and woodlands.The Yew Trail takes you on a tour of the park. The smooth and wide path is suitable for wheelchair users and prams, so make sure to bring the whole family.

Crombie Country Park, Angus

Take a walk in Crombie Country Park to savour views and watch for the wildlife. With 200 acres of woodland, it’s the perfect spot to let the kids roam free, with over 7km of trails, including the Discovery Trail where you can uncover Crombie’s social and natural history.

Loch an Eilein, the Highlands

Loch an Eilein is a family favourite in the Highlands. This loch boasts a little island with an old ruin. Head around the circular walk, with incredible Caledonian pine forests, mountain views and an easy terrain for children.

Castle Fraser Estate, Aberdeenshire

Uncover the stories behind some of Aberdeen’s most impressive granite buildings and sculptures on the Aberdeen Granite Trail. Learn about the granite industry throughout the ages and tour key buildings and monuments made of this glittering stone.


For more inspiration about things to see and do in your area, go to visitscotland.com/lovelocal.

Remember, due to Covid you must abide by travel restrictions (see gov.scot and gov.uk).