Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Part of the trail were absolutely lovely but there were some muddy areas to wall through. The views, when out of the clouds, were gorgeous. People are friendly.

walking
10 days ago

A nice amble in the woods. Some great scenic views but didn’t find Robs cave!

walking
16 days ago

great loop with amazing views

A nice walk, particularly once you start to climb away from the road and once you get through the clear cut forests. The stretch into Balloch was particularly nice.

Brilliant walk shame it was extremely windy at the top

Just completed this on Saturday. Loved it .. well worth a go ..

Amazing views. Easy terrain. Loved it!

hiking
2 months 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

Nice view but not an easy hiking. Weather changing so fast so better be ready.

A great walk! Didn’t do the whole stretch from Balloch...instead got a relative to drop me off on the way to Balloch and hiked in a logging road that appears on the trail map as the black dotted line that ends at Craigendoran. That route took about 2 hours up and over Ben Bouie - a mountain of about a 1000ft or so...from which you get really lovely views of the Clyde and Helensburgh as well as on the way up Loch Lomond and the islands. As usual when hill walking in Scotland expect rain out of nowhere! The downhill part toward Craigendoran led through some lovely forest with rich ferns and babbling brooks and some giant slugs!! :) My 11 year old hiking buddy loved those!! Easy to spot from the huge glistening trail of goo they leave behind them!! Assuming you get some sun! ;) A great day and a nice walk into Craigendoran along some beautiful old stone walls, sheep and horse farms and typical Argyll and Bute country charm! When done head into Helensburgh and grab a 99 ice cream cone from Dino’s cafe! Stick with the vanilla!! Believe me!! It’s amaaaazing!! Best I’ve ever had! And then walk Helensburgh’s lovely seashore and boardwalk toward Rhu Spit (point)...and keep watch for washed up jelly fish and a seal that occasionally adorns the Helensburgh pier! Honestly just a lovely town and a great day of walking!

beautiful views

Challenging yesterday afternoon with steady wind and gusts ~40mph. Great hike fantastic views on clear day.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

Beast of a hike but awesome!

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
4 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.

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.

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.

4 months ago

Long walk in and steep up to ridge but well worth the hard work for the amazing views.

hiking
5 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

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
Monday, October 23, 2017

Great time! Great people along the trail. Use Macs Adventures and had excellent service.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I had a memorable trip years ago through the West Highlands that took me from Fort William to Loch Lomond by way of the scenic A82. I did however make a several stops to explore small portions of this amazing path on foot, most notably at Glen Coe and Glen Orchy/Bridge of Orchy. This area is what I picture when I envision the Scottish Highlands…a beautiful combination of very rugged mountain peaks with the desolate and expansive Rannoch Moor.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

normally an easy enough munro but in conditions with the wind and snow made it a tough day

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I hiked this trail with a couple of friends in early September 2016. Great trail for people looking for a moderate hike. The first day isn't that interesting because it feels like you are walking through small towns and there isn't much scenery, but it starts to get more and more remote feeling once you get further north. You are always close to towns along the way so you don't have to worry about running out of water or food, and the trail takes most people 6-10 days to finish depending on how far you want to walk each day. Booking for B&Bs fills up fast, so book far in advance! We booked about 3 months out and already many places were booked up. Loch Lomond, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful parts of the hike. You will encounter lots of people so if you are looking for something more remote, this might not be the best trail. This trail can get some heavy foot traffic by people who are not true backpackers, so get ready for some loud day hikers who throw their trash on the trail. I saw lots of Mars Bar wrappers. Other than that, the scenery is very quaint countryside, with many farms and rolling hills. It only rained two days we were on the trail, but I know people have had different weather experiences.

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