Be ready to get a mind-blowing and a sense of wilderness from the fantastic scenery of Scotland’s mountains. The dramatic walk is a perfect way to escape from the busy city life to the real nature life. Here is the list of 3 best long hikes in Scotland which you should visit at least once in your life. Check it out!
The Saddle in Kintail
The saddle or called as An Diollaid in Gaelic is the finest mountain especially a fine addition to hillwalkers log book in Kintail and one of the most magnificent mountains in the Scotland’s Highlands. The mountain is located near Invershiel and Shiel Bridge, just a short drive from the Isle of Skye. The most interesting spot is Forcan Ridge, the mountain’s whole batch of ridge line that magnificently connecting the Saddle and MeallanOdhar, its neighbouring top. Forcan Ridge is one of the airiest scrambles in the Highlands. For those who enjoy for heights or look for a hillwalk challenge, these ridgelines provide a grade ½ scramble with lots of high exposure. There are 1,300 meters of climbing with more than 8 miles in length to hike over 2 Munros, a mountain with over 3,000 feet called in Scotland. In the Scotland itself, there are 282 Munros including the Saddle.
Ben Alligin in Torridon
Ben Alligin is located in the Torridon which referred to one of the most dramatic locations. Looking on the name itself, Ben Alligin is a Gaelic name means “Jewel Mountain” or “Mountain of Beauty.” Why it brings such name? Although beautiful meaning of the name would be pragmatic translation, but when you do the walk you can understand why. Only started on 50 meters above sea level (with highest point being 986 meters), you can get the most stunning scenery in the Highlands. You can see as far as the Outer Hebrides, particularly on a clear day.
From the three famous Torridon ridge traverses, Ben Alligin is one of the easiest one. However, if we include the Horns of Alligin, it offers grade 1/2 scrambling and still gives you some airy scrambling experience. Take a note, if you decide to do hillwalks during winter, make sure you must follow all the requirements such as skill, knowledge, experience, and proper equipment. To start, you can park your car at the AbhainCoireMhicNobuil’s west bank.
The Fisherfields Round in Fisherfield Forest.
The Fisherfields is known as the Great Wilderness walk in the Highlands as the remotest Munros in the Scotland. Along the walk, you will experience a group of no less than 5 Munros and a Corbett in the middle of its rugged expanse. You will be welcomed by a bothy named Shenevall at the foot of the An Teallach which normally the round is tackled in a clockwise route from Bein a Chlaidheimh, Sgurr Ban, MullachCoireMhicFhearchair, BeinnTarsuinn, A’Mhaighdean and RuadhStacMor, before you get back to the bothy. The long route of this nature walk, usually it is split into 2 days by building a wild camp in the middle.
If you are looking for dramatic experiences of hillwaks, 3 best long hikes in Scotland above should be tried at least once in your lifetime.