Explore the most popular river 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
5 days ago

steep climb to the top whuch is well worth it just for the amazing view.

Honestly was a little disappointed with the Fairy Pools. Yes, the little waterfalls are pretty, but I was expecting to find these during a little forest hike. It's literally an open field, crawling with people.

Nice easy walk. Some nice valley scenery along the way to the falls.

8 days ago

too many people. just some waterfalls.

11 days ago

Visited the fairy pools in May this year. We arrived at 7:30 in the morning to avoid the crowds. The car park was completely empty. It was a short easy walk to get to the pools. We started at the top and worked our way down. Took wetsuits so we were then able to spend lots of time exploring, climbing and jumping into the amazing pools. Spent 3 hours here. Well worth the visit, but would definitely advise arriving early, there were coaches and buses and a packed car park as we left.

Fantastic hike, summiting 3 peaks. We went up from the east parking lot and moved along the ridge to the west. It seemed everyone else went up from the west and came down the east side. That route will spare you some skree on the way down but i think either direction is good. Spectacular views, spectacular landscape. Nice and reasonably strenuous hike. We were looking for Bidean Nam Bian (further west, as it turns out, but were very pleased with this hike).

Great climb and walk over 4 tops

Climbed this on 3rd of january 2017,lots of ice

Great views worth the hike up. Took me and my mom 7 hours for the loop including many stops for photos. Gets a bit scrambly on the way down definitely recommend having poles (we didn’t though). Met a bunch of other hikers up there. Happy to have bagged my first and second Munro here!

We started our visit to Fort Augustus with this easy walk through the hills. The start leads you through some sheep paddocks then up into the scenic hills overlooking the Loch Ness!

walking
1 month ago

Very good walk and very simple, perfect for family’s

walking
1 month ago

Very good start and peak however final 2km all de-forested and not very good underfoot, good walk for dogs however have a good recce before going up with young family could find some parts difficult

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful falls and pools that are set in a picturesque valley, surrounded by majestic mountains of luminous green. The path follows the stream, and in a couple of spaces there are a few rocks to hop, all well worth the journey.

1 month ago

My husband and I were in Scotland for our 20th anniversary and wanted a fairly easy hike. This fit the bill. It was beautiful even with the crowd. We were there in October so it was busy but not overwhelmingly so. I can imagine it would be packed in other months.

This trail is rated as moderate because of its length; it is by no means a moderate ascent. Be in good shape and prepare for a challenging but doable rock scramble to reach the top. Views are definitely worth the ascent and scramble. The descent is hard, steep and footing is tricky. We had rare sunny weather in Glencoe. Quite an amazing experience.

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!

Amazing view from the top! Difficult scrambling over some loose rock but totally worth it to go all the way to the top and get that 360 view.

hiking
1 month 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

Very nice walk in the forest. We made it with two little childs and it was fine.
The path is well marked and some of the views are just amazing.

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

Pretty and easy, but crowded.

Easy trail that ends in a cool town - Kinlochleven- with a few decent restaurants. NOTE: Kingshouse is under construction and NO parking is allowed there. However, you can park at Glencoe ski resort or 2 miles west of Kingshouse where the Devils Staircase begins, this skipping the two miles of trail that follows the road.

2 months ago

Unfortunately the Fairy Pools were a case of expectation vs reality. the photoshopped pictures online are not what you're likely to see. Photos on this page are accurate. Admittedly the water is a cool color. Crowded trail with people crawling all over the creek and obstructing views. --I think that's what no one tells you is that you have to climb down into the creek to get the best shots you see online.
It is scenic because it is Scotland, but is not in my top 5 hikes on the Isle of Skye.

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.

A wheelchair and crutches jaunt. Wow what sights and natural benefits.

This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. 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. My traveling companions had to turn around halfway.
A little way up the trail, you’ll have the option to turn right and cross a bridge, taking you up a path that’s a little less steep, but not necessarily easier because it’s less direct. Each path offers different interesting scenery. It is possible to go up one way and down the other (essentially a loop), since the two trails meet at the summit.

Beatiful views

Path to the Blackwater Dam ist stunning and beautiful, but the other part of the loop isn‘t as nice as the first one.
Start early in the Morning and take your time for a litte Picknick

Easy 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the falls and back. Beautiful forest and lovely water.

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