Best paved trails in Scotland

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Map of paved trails in Scotland
Top trails (21)
#1 - Edinburgh Architecture Walking Tour
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Discover some of the architectural jewels that make up UNESCO's World Heritage Site of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns "And then, upon all sides, what a clashing of Architecture! In this one valley, where the life of the town goes most busily forward, there may be seen, shown one above and behind another by the accidents of the ground, buildings in almost every style upon the globe. Egyptian and Greek temples, Venetian palaces and Gothic spires, are huddled one over another in a most admired disorder; while, above all, the brute mass of the Castle and the summit of Arthur's Seat look down upon these imitations with a becoming dignity, as the works of Nature may look down the monuments of Art." In his 'Edinburgh Picturesque Notes,' city native Robert Louis Stevenson sets out the challenge that faces any architect applying his skill in Edinburgh - the fact that the natural architecture of the landscape sets the bar very high. Overcrowding and squalid conditions in the Old Town that straddled the hillsides south of the Nor'Loch, the polluted body of water that lay where Princes Street Gardens now stands, led to an expansion of the city to the north and a decision to abandon the maze-like conditions - the 'antique wilderness' of the Old Town - and adopt a rigorous, planned townscape. The competition to design the 'New Town' was won by the young architect James Craig, and his vision of elegant terraces, and sweeping circuses endures to this day. The legacy is that Edinburgh retains both a substantial medieval core, and a contrasting planned district of considerable distinction. This touring route explores aspects of both while finding room for some works of Gothic exuberance. It is designed to begin outside the Georgian sophistication of Bute House, residence of the head of Scotland's government, and to end at the nation's most exciting building of the new millennium, the extraordinary - and controversial complex of buildings that house the Scottish Parliament.Show more
#2 - Strathclyde Loch Circular Walk
Strathclyde Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
This is a relatively easy and pleasant walk that includes open views and short wooded areas. The pathway is predominately tarmac although you can choose to walk on short grass at many parts. It is used for walking, running and cycling and can be busy on dry weekends. You can choose a variety of alternative paths, mostly woodland, that increases the rise and fall and difficulty level.Show more
#3 - Forth and Clyde Canal Towpath: Kelvindale to Kirkintilloch
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#4 - Silverknowes Esplanade
Gypsy Brae Recreation Ground
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#5 - Edinburgh Walking Tour
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Explore these unmissable attractions in Scotland's capital - one of Europe's most atmospheric and beautiful cities There's something seductive about Edinburgh. Nature and elemental forces have scoured and scooped the volcanic rock on which the city sits, creating a series of hills erupting from a coastal plain that lets romantics claim that Edinburgh, like Rome, is built on seven hills. For 2,500 years, the people who have lived here have designed shelters, then fortresses and dwellings adapted to the vertiginous terrain, and in doing so have sculpted one of the most distinctive cityscapes in Europe, dominated by the glowering castle on its crag, and with a skyline rich in spires, steeples and voluptuous turrets. The multiple levels are linked by steep, winding alleys and breath-hogging stairways, often flanked by towering apartment blocks with origins in the 16th and 17th century. By the 18th century, these densely-packed proto-skyscrapers were overcrowded, heaving and unsanitary, leading the well-heeled to take flight to the gracious terraces then being laid out with symmetrical discipline in what is now the still-graceful New Town. The picture above shows Princes Street Gardens created from the drained Nor' Loch that serves as the boundary between these two worlds. The contrast between the organic growth of the (now much-gentrified) Old Town, with its wynds and closes (an ideal canvas for murder, assassination and political intrigue) and the formal elegance of the New Town has led commentators for more than 150 years to see this as symbolic of a 'duality' at the city's core - between darkness and light, good and evil and - in the best-known creation of one of the city's leading writers - Jekyll and Hyde. Walking around to acquaint yourself with this dichotomy is one of the joys of exploring Edinburgh. You could spend a month and still not exhaust the city's museums, galleries, attractions and staggering range of (generally excellent) guided walks. For a one-day tour, we've tried to incorporate something for everyone - from the dramatically-sited castle, through the fun-for-all-ages Camera Obscura, and the shopping opportunities on architecturally-interesting Victoria Street and the West Bow. Mary King's Close presents a fascinating aspect of the city's hidden history, while that of the Scottish nation as a whole is under the microscope in the innovative National Museum. After being on your feet for several hours (though covering just over a mile), you can grab a rest on the three-mile bus journey to Ocean Terminal in Leith, where the former Royal Yacht Britannia offers a glimpse into the unexpectedly suburban tastes of Britain's modern royal family. Inevitably a single day trip can only be a taster. For tours around many of the city's other most prominent attractions seek out the other tours in this series.Show more
#6 - Kentallen to Port Appin
Appin, Highland, Scotland
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
This point-to-point trail in the Scottish Highlands goes along the coast from Kentallen to Port Appin, on mostly traffic-free roads and paths. From Kentallen the route takes you to Kentallen Point, with great views over Loch Linnhe. You continue on the Caledonia Way to the famous Castle Stalker, before leaving the route to join the Appin Loop over the Jubilee Bridge to Port Appin. On the way to Port Appin stop at Ardsheal Hill and enjoy a phenomenal viewpoint and the beautiful wildlife. Ardsheal Hill is a coastal top on the banks of Loch Linnhe, sat between the shore and a small glen which carries the A828. It is also well seen from Onich where it sits firmly under the great flanks of Beinn a' Bheithir. Show more
#7 - North Inch Circular Walk
North Inch
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
This circular loop is a very short and easy walk. There is a cafe and sports centre nearby. The river provides some nice views, and there are several restaurants and attractions in close proximity.Show more
#8 - Glasgow City Centre Loop
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#9 - Pencaitland Railway Walk
Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 5 h 55 m
#10 - Rothesay Circular Route
Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
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Length: 24.7 mi
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