Explore the most popular birding trails in Scotland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Starts and remains steep and challenging for the first mile. Worth getting to the top for the views north along loch Erribol and east to Ben loyal.
On a good day you can see to the Faroe isles

hiking
2 days ago

Moderate level with wonderful views at the top!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this as a “spur of the moment” thing when we visited the Scotland monument. Beautiful little walk.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice wee walk

walking
11 days ago

Amazing views! Took my 11 year old daughter up and we both took 1000 photos of Edinburgh! :) Do not skip this hike on a visit to Edinburgh! Second time here and stuck to the castle and art galleries and shopping last time. This hike honestly really made Edinburgh sing to me on a level waaay beyond the castle and sites. Do it!

Big reward for a pretty easy walk (except the last 1/4 mile)

hiking
18 days ago

Suggested by a local to climb clockwise vs the steps. The advise was great. More enjoyable to climb rocks vs. the hundreds of steps.

Good brisk walk! Take walking poles with you and a drink and some food - also be careful of low cloud cover when you are at the summit - I picked the wrong track down and had to traverse quite a bit to get back to the right track. Can be steep and slippery. Views are stunning when the cloud clears.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice easy walk. Took me half an hour to get to the top, not a major incline. Nice views but very crowded at the top.

Absolutely worth the climb. The views are great at every point, but when you get to the top and get the 360 degree perspective, it’s truly beautiful. Wonderful to have a wilderness experience so close to the city streets of Edinburgh.

I absolutely loved the west highland way. Scotland is such a beautiful county and this trail shows you many diffrent sides of it. The rain ads to the true Scottish experience, the people I met along the way are great and the views are breathtaking. This hike is perfect for a first time long distance, sometimes a little challenging but overall not too hard!

hiking
2 months ago

We booked the Rob Roy way with Hillwalk Tours, so we had B&Bs booked along the way and also had luggage transport, so we only needed to bring our daypacks. We did it in 6 days (18, 15, 26, 24, 16, 16km) and only skipped one short part that's all along a narrow main road.
Absolutely loved the landscapes and the scenery! the people all along the way we're exceptionally friendly and nice. The track is not very well marked most of the way (it follows the cycle route 7 for long parts which is very well signposted, but the parts that differed often weren't marked at all especially between Drymen and Ardeonaig. From Acharn on it was well marked.)

We had an absolutely fantastic stay, the walk wasn't to hard, but still challenging enough for semi fit people to be a good balance.

Especially the stretch from Acharn to Aberfeldy is absolutely stunning - especially the last leg when you go by so many beautiful waterfalls!

Strongly suggest to bring a change of shoes as there's some part over a moor, that will soak even the best shoes completely in bad weather, unless it's wellies...

Weather: it rained nearly every day, which added “atmosphere” and challenges, but low clouds also blocked many of the mountain views (we saw them on the train ride back)

What’s great: 96 miles (we did it in 7 days). You can stay in villages along the way (don’t have to carry a heavy pack). You can also have your extra luggage transported between lodgings.

The experience: walking an average of 14+ miles a day is good for the soul. My mind found absolute bliss on the trail - even in heavy rain and wind. Loved that aspect (and am struggling a wee bit being back in cities).

The views: the Highlands and Loch Lomand are beautiful. I’d estimate that is about 33% of the trip. Another 33%+, though, is walking across / near pastures / road / train tracks. The remaining 1/3 was in forest or near streams / rivers. So while my mind was able to escape with the rhythm of hiking, I never really felt a wilderness escape. Just adjust your expectations accordingly (ie this is not total wilderness immersion like hut-to-hut trips in New Zealand, Tasmania or other parts of the world).

People: the majority were friendly. Never felt unsafe. Mostly Europeans (not many Americans) and quite a few Scots. The Way never felt crowded (except day hikers at Conic Hill).

Advice: take your time. Take breaks. Find an easy pace - 14+ miles will wear on you if you pound out the miles. 7 days means you probably have one 20 mile day - I was a bit jealous of the people who took an extra day.

Cost: it was pretty reasonable. I used Gemini Walks, who arranged all lodging and luggage transport. I heard only positive reviews of other trip planners as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views and a nice way to escape some of the hordes of tourists in Edinburgh (not all of them tho). Clockwise gets you to the top faster (along a sloping path), but you have to come down the “infinite steps,” which were a bit slick. Obviously counter-clockwise means you climb the uneven, stone steps that, seriously, seemed to last forever!

Love this hike! Nice one that’s not too challenging to explore the highlands

Just completed this in June 2018 over a 10 day period. Some complete this in as little as 4. Overall moderate difficulty. Though some days are more challenging.Highly recommended. See my 10 recordings for a daily record and description for each days hike. Look me up on facebook for a complete photo record of each day. We booked the hike with Macs Adventures who we highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike with great views of the entire city. Don’t wear nice shoes.

perfect short hike into the Nevis gorge. A nice rock path all the way.

Just completed this in May 2018 - used a different app to record it. The official Way is 96 miles but distance can vary depending on where you stay. I started from Drymen (prounounced Dri-men with rolled rrrr) taking a train and bus from Glasgow, skipping the official start in Milngavie (prounouced Mul-guy). Hiked for 7 days - 15.3 miles (Drymen - Rowardennan), 13.8 miles (Rowardennan - Inverarnan), 6.7 miles (Inverarnan - Crainlarch), 14.5 miles (Crainlarch - Bridge of Orchy), 11.3 miles (B of O - White Corries/bus stop to Glencoe), 9.32 miles (White Corries - Kinlochleven), and 16.1 miles ( Kinlochleven - Ft William) for daily mileage, ending in Fort William. If you wild camp and have more time, you have a bit more freedom as to daily mileage. May was glorious (and I was told many times that it was highly unusual to not have any rain for a whole week) - I booked rooms and hostels 6 months in advance and there were limited options so plan ahead. The hike itself is not difficult or technical, but the old military roads and long daily distances can be taxing on feet and knees. All is cured with a pint at the end of the day. Met great folks and fell in love with Scotland. This was my first long distance inn-to-inn hike. If you do have more time, I highly recommend spending a few extra days in Glencoe.

2 months ago

It was a great place to see and do in Edinburgh, Scotland. I highly recommend taking the time to hike up to Arthur’s Seat, the views of the city are worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoying this route. It’s becoming more popular too. Mainly following National cycling route 7 means there is a little too much tarmac but the stretches which go high above the lochs afford the best views. So go high at every opportunity. The stretch between Ardtalnaig and Aberfeldy is one of the most scenic but all of the stages have there own high point. You won’t be disappointed

Cracking views and a good walk as well, lots of good photography opportunities

camping
3 months ago

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This is a good beginner multi day distance hike. It is very wet though so expect to be in the rain a large portion of your time.

hiking
5 months ago

Simply stunning. Trail starts not far from downtown Edinburgh. After the brief walk through the charming city, the climb starts on a well maintained trail that takes you up through the hills to a killer payoff of sweeping views of the city and coastline. Short spur trails hide other gems as well including ruins of an old stone structure that overlooks the city (relatively early on hike). I highly recommend exploring some of these. The hike is rated as moderate, which I think is fair, but as others noted, it could get very muddy if there’s been rain. Could be a bit of scrambling if you choose, but mostly on side trails. We started our hike at 7 am and were rewarded with arresting views of the sun coming up over the city. As good as it gets.
We’ve been in Europe for a week, and have done and seen a lot. This was by far the best thing we’ve done. You will not be disappointed.

Hard at the start then levels out near the top stunning view of the water fall and the surrounding mountains

Fantastic, with some stunning views!

hiking
6 months ago

The wind was crazy at the top, but I have never seen anything this beautiful. I did this trail with a group of girls while doing study abroad. This was the best day for us. All of us had a blast and are still talking about it.

hiking
7 months ago

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