Scotland is popular for its tracks for hiking. Below are top 4 best long distance hikes in Scotland. Make sure you hike one!
Best long distance hikes in Scotland #1 -The Affric Kintail Way
The Affric Kintail Ways officially opened in 2015. The route runs from Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness, to Morvich in Kintail. The destination is close to the west Highlands seaboard. The start point allows us to pass the Great Glen Way and the route is also one of the longest distances hiking routes in Scotland. The end point at Morvich allows us to pass the much more serious and challenging Cape Wrath Trail. The Affric Kintail Way runs through forest area above Glen Urquhart before we reach the village of Cannich located in Strathglass. This is the entrance to what many Scot claimed as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, Glen Affric. After you hike right up to Glean Affric, you continue hiking through pinewoods and past lochs. And then after you reach the end of the glen, you can stay overnight in Scotland’s isolated youth hostel. Finally the route ends after you climb over the main watershed before you down through the Kintail.
Best long distance hikes in Scotland #2 – The Skye Trail
The Skye Trail is a challenging yet unofficial hiking route through the island that aim at experienced hill-walkers. So, if you’re a beginner then you have to ignore this route. The route takes in some of the very best scenery of the island and this means the UK’s best landscapes. The route will pass the amazing Trotternish Ridge and passes beneath the very shadow of the Cuillin later. Other sections pass amazing yet little visited coastal cliffs by passing through haunting deserted villages destroyed in the Clearances or taking steep trails above high drops.
Best long distance hikes in Scotland #3 –The West Highland Way
This route is the first long distance hikes in Scotland and remains the most popular until today. From Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the route broadening for 151 km. the West Highland Way offers a great introduction to the Scottish Highlands. If you want to add an extra days walking around, you can begin in Glasgow, then reach Milngavie by following the Kelvin Walkway. The popular route offers tremendous variety of scenery, from the rural landscape beneath the Campsies, passing the beauty of Loch Lomond, and into increasingly majestic Highlands. Then you cross Rannoch Moor with a glimpse down Glencoe, after that you cross the hills to Loch Leven. End your hiking at Fort William via lovely Glen Nevis.
Best long distance hikes in Scotland #4 –The Cape Wrath Trail
This is a long distance walk from Fort William to Cape Wrath which is the northwestern point of mainland Britain. The route have no official line and unmarked. The route is recommended for very experienced long-distance hikers. They will pass through fabulous wild landscapes for most of the route.