Days to days, more people want to challenge themselves by doing a long distance hill walk. The tiredness of walking from hours to days always paid off by the stunning scenery witnessed on the summits. Here are 2 best long distance hikes in Scotland worth to try at least once in your lifetime.
The Cape Wrath Trail
The Cape Wrath Trail route has been known as the toughest long distance walk in Britain with total length of 378 km. Start running 200 miles from Fort William to the north-western-most point of the mainland, you will experience an expedition of a lifetime of a 2 to 3 weeks long distance backpacking route in a wild, remote, yet stunning walks. The route is still unmarked and has no official line that you will passes extremely rugged and wild terrain. However, you get the freedom to choose your preferred exact route which commonly started via Great Glen and Glenfinnan.
You might encounter with some pathless sections, so high degree of navigational skill is highly required. You might also meet several unbridged river crossings. It can be dangerous and sometimes even impossible to cross, so skill, knowledge, experience, and proper equipment are needed. Moreover, the Cape Wrath Trail is very far from civilization so you can’t get any facilities and services. Therefore, it’s recommended for every walker to prepare self-sufficient by carrying food needed between resupply points.
The Southern Upland Way
The next one of the best long distance hikes in Scotland is the Southern Upland Way with total length of walks is 338km. In Scotland, it’s the first and only official coast-to-coast long distance hillwalk route. The route runs across the country from Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea, from the west coast by Portpatrick that runs 341 km to Cove and Cockburnspath on the east coast. The hills are mostly made of greywacke, a type of sandstone, that form gentle and rolling moorlands. In the area for higher, steeper, and more rugged terrain, the hills are made from intrusions of granite in the western Southern Uplands called Galloway Hills and metamorphic rocks in the heart of the area called Tweedsmuir Hills.
The challenge you might face involving tricky moorland crossings to navigate in mist. Although the route is official, but there is still lack of facilities. Moreover, the main difficulty is that you will experience the length of some stages, though the longer one can be broken down if required. The walk is started in the west head to north along the edge of rugged cliffs then turn to east to cross sheep pastures, forests, low moorlands, to the first big hills above Glen Trool. Route through the Galloway Hills stays low by following tracks and paths through Galloway Forest Park. Then, you will cross moorland and walk through forests to St. John’s Town of Dalry and Sanquhar. Continue the walk you will traverse through higher and rougher hills to St. Mary’s Loch. Along the hillwak, you will witness many historical artefacts from prehistoric to Victorian mansions to modern art works.
However, there is still one longest long distance hike in Scotland, The Scottish National Trail with total length of 864 km, yet still unofficial. You can start your journey from both of best long distance hikes in Scotland above to complete your dramatic hillwalks experiences.