Best bird watching trails in Highland, Scotland

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Highland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Highland, Scotland
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#1 - Ben Nevis Mountain Path - Short Track
Fort William, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
This is a short version of the Mountain Path to the UK's highest point, Ben Nevis. Please note the route does not go to the very top of Ben Nevis. Sometimes rugged and rocky, the trek features wildlife, birding, a waterfall, and beautiful landscape. At the top, you'll find some ruins and a sweeping view. Come prepared for sudden changes in weather and rocky, uneven surfaces.Show more
#2 - Neist Point Trail
Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 58 m
This is a short hike that is out of this world beautiful. One of the prettiest things you can see on Skye.Show more
#3 - Steall Gorge and Waterfall
Fort William, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Perfect short hike into the Nevis gorge. A nice rock path all the way, passing many waterfalls with a truly breathtaking opening into an expansive valley featuring the big falls at the end.Show more
#4 - Loch Morlich to Nethy Bridge
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Loch Morlich to Nethy Bridge. Moderate-to-hard trail. First quarter of the trail requires good footwear on a narrow and bumpy path, before opening up to a gentle and wide path for the remainder of the walk. Buggies, strollers and small children please start on a more accessible route towards An Lochan Uaine! This is a dog friendly walk. Loch Morlich is used for all types of watersports. Fishing is allowed in the loch. Permits and boat hire from Loch Morlich Watersports https://www.cairngormpark.co.uk/fishing/loch_morlich_fishing.htmShow more
#5 - Ben Nevis Mountain Path and North Face Path Circular
Fort William, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 7 h 39 m
At 1345m, Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK. This hike is a great circular route that provides some of the best views in Scotland. The path towards the top is rocky and can be slippery when wet, so be sure to wear proper footwear and take extra caution along these sections. This is a hard but incredibly rewarding full day trek. The farther upstream you go the steeper the climb. It is recommended to hike the trail only in good weather conditions because of safety and amazing views.Show more
#6 - Ring of Steall
Fort William, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 7 h 21 m
This circular walk features beautiful landscapes and scenic viewpoints as well as Steall Falls. The trail is rocky so proper footwear and even trekking poles are recommended. After passing the falls, you will begin your ascent up to the ridgeline. You will pass Am Bodach, Sgor an Iubhair, and Sgùrr a' Mhàim before descending back down to the road.Show more
#7 - Rothiemurchus Forest Circular Walk
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This is an easy walk with options to extend your hike further into the mountains if you wish. If you are coming from Aviemore, you can use the Old Logging Way to get to the trailhead, adding about a mile in each direction.Show more
#8 - Suilven
Lochinver, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
This route features breathtaking views and a steep ascent to the summit. This hike is recommended in clear weather so you can enjoy the panoramic views from the top.Show more
#9 - Rubha nam Brathairean (Brother's Point)
Grealin, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
The views along this route are incredible. The trail is easy and the path includes a couple of steep, narrow sections on the way to Brother's Point. You will pass by Scottish cottages and many sheep along the way.Show more
#10 - Cairn Gorm Circular Route
Cairngorms National Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
This circular hike has beautiful views of the Glen and Aviemore. Show more
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