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Best trails in Highland

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Trying to find the best Highland trails? AllTrails has 344 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Fort William, Isle Of Skye or Ballachulish, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 144 hard trails in Highland ranging from 2.5 to 219.3 miles and from 3 to 4,416 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Highland
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#1 - Ben Nevis Mountain Path
Fort William, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
The UK's highest point, "The Ben" or Ben Nevis, is frequently traveled. 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 - The Quiraing Circuit
Dunhallin, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Rocky pinnacles, exposed traverses, steep cliff faces and raw, otherworldly landscapes. If you choose one hike in Isle of Skye, this is the one. Moderate hike but not too difficult. Just have good shoes and make sure to respect the trail and walk safely.Show more
#3 - The Old Man of Storr Circular Walk
Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
Arguably the most popular hike on the island.The "Old Man" himself is the iconic rock jutting into the air, visible from miles away. Many films have featured this landscape as their backdrop, which is well-deserved as it is awe-inspiring to see in person. There are fierce winds at the top, so be prepared. Show more
#4 - Lost Valley
Glencoe National Nature Reserve
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
The Lost Valley, or Coire Gabhail, is a hidden valley that served as a cattle hiding place for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe, who escaped the 1692 massacre. The hike can be tough, with steep and often rocky terrain. Some mild scrambling is required. The dramatic landscape is worth the effort.Show more
#5 - Fairy Pools
Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Magical pools and waterfalls around every corner. Come with an adventurous spirit and explore the variety of things to see. Expect crowds, as this is a popular hike. The trail isn’t heavily marked but you’ll know where it is due it’s heavy use. There will be some stones you have to jump across to get into the main sections. You can swim in the pools, but they are cold. There is a parking fee of two pounds.Show more
#6 - Bidean nam Bian
Glencoe National Nature Reserve
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 5 h 34 m
Bidean naam Bian has good variety of terrain - from paths to scrambling. The three Sisters of Glen Coe are the most distinctive features of Bidean naam Bian - steep ridges that extend north into the Glen.Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - West Highland Way: Glencoe Mountain to Kinlochleven
Kinlochleven, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
Easy segment of West Highland Way that ends in a cool town, Kinlochleven. Easy trail in terms of technical features. Beautiful in terms of streams and waterfall features.Show more
#9 - West Highland Way: Kinlochleven to Fort William
Kinlochleven, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 8 h 19 m
Mostly level walking. A little climb near end; then a winding drop down to Fort William. While relatively flat, it can be difficult underfoot in places because of water flowing across large segments of the track. You can pick your way over much of it thanks to the rocky terrain but those who are not reasonably sure of foot may struggle in wet weather.Show more
#10 - Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche)
Ballachulish, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Tremendous views starting from the ground level and changing as you go up. The 360 degree views at the summit are well worth the effort. Be warned this is a difficult climb. A short and steep hike - up the whole way there and only down on the way back. Poles and proper gear recommended when wet.Show more
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