If you’re a bit of an adventurer looking to take on some of the more serious walks in Scotland, then these are the routes for you.
Some of these trails will take a few days to complete, for example the North Sea Trail is a 466-mile route, so you better get your tent ready. Alternatively, you could take on small segments of the walk each weekend until you’ve completed it.
With great scenery and heaps of history, it’ll be worth the effort!
Unst Island Trek – There are 60 miles of circular and cross country walks to discover on the Shetland Isle, including places to see seals.
John Muir Way – Stretching for 134 miles from Helensburgh to Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar, this is handily split into 10 sections (Getty Images)
Breadalbane Walking Rings – There are walks of different lengths and levels in Perthshire, including the two-day Tay Ring, near Aberfeldy, with great Loch Tay views (Getty Images)
Sir Walter Scott Way – Starting in Moffat and ending in Cocksburnpath in East Lothian, there are numerous places linked to the writer along the six sections. Pictured above is the Bear Gates at Traquiar House, which you can see on this tour (Getty Images)
Cowal Way – Argyll’s “secret coast” is up for exploration as you head the 57 miles from Portavadie to the banks of Loch Lomond (Getty Images)
Stevenson Way – Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped novel,the 230-mile walk is broken down into six two-day sections. On Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh you can find a statue depicting the characters from Kidnapped (pictured above)
North Sea Trail
A 466-mile route which follows existing coastal paths from Aberdeen (pictured) and down through East Lothian, Fife and Moray Firth (Getty Images)
Cape Wrath Trail – Extending from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the UK’s most northerly point, it’s 200 miles of wild and rugged terrain (Getty Images)
Arran Coastal Way – It can take seven days to complete this 65-mile circular walk that starts and finishes at Brodick, but there are one-day sections (Getty Images)
Skye Trail – Aimed at more adventurous walkers, this 80-mile route takes in part of the Trotternish Ridge and passes benrath the Cuillin (Getty Images)
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