Take a trek through the Scottish Highlands where red deer and wildcats roam. Experience the thriving fishing industries, pretty villages and tight-knit coastal communities of the north-east coast or the remote, sickle-shaped beaches of the Outer Hebrides. Pull on your boots and walk alongside the tranquil waters of an inland loch to an isolated bothy or climb beside the tumbling falls of a wild mountain river.
You will find a more unassuming side to Scotland’s trails too, of quiet valleys and accessible foothills, making it the perfect walking retreat for all abilities.
Glencoe Lochan, Highland ©Getty
Here is the list of the best walks in Scotland. Click on your favourite walk for full details of the route, including instructions and a map.
Climb through the peaks of The Quiraing, Isle of Skye ©Getty
A two-mile hike to the peak of the unique and breathtakingly dramatic Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. Map and route.
Glen Finnan – looking north ©Jake Graham
Seek refuge from the cold inside one of Scotland’s most majestic churches, then venture into the Highlands past the wizards’ railway to a lonely mountain pass. Map and route.
Take a hike to the summit of Ben Lomond, the most climb Munro in Scotland ©Getty
A seven-mile walk to the summit of Ben Lomond, the most climbed peak of the Scottish Munros. Map and route.
Handa’s western beaches offer an ideal landing spot for visitors to the island © Jake Graham
Wrapped by brutish Atlantic swells and biting winds, this remote island off the west coast of Scotland makes for harsh living. But in spring, enduring these forces is one of north-west Europe’s largest seabird colonies. Route and map.
Hikers walking through Glen Nevis ©Jake Graham
A spectacular two-mile walk up Glen Nevis through gorges and meadows to the epic Steall Falls. Map and route.
The rushing water of Black Linn Fall’s crashes deep into the foaming pools below ©Getty
Follow the white water of Scotland’s River Braan through a fabled woodland of giant Douglas firs, fairy-tale bridges and an ancient oak immortalised by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Route and map.
Follow a pathway along a Stirlingshire loch beside steep cliffs and wooded islands ©Getty
Enjoy a tranquil five-mile stroll around a Scottish loch in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossacks National Park. Map and route.
Step deep into the Pass of Glen Coe, Highland ©Getty
A beautiful 4.5-mile mountain walk tucked away in the glorious glens of the Scottish Highlands. Map and route.
Basalt rock at the isle of Staffa, Inner hebrides, Scotland, UK ©Getty
A remote walk on the remarkable Staffa – a island of basalt rockforms, puffins and blissful isolation. This one-mile ramble is perfect for artists, nature lovers and those with a strong sea belly. Map and Route.
Walk through the meadows and mountains of Glen Affric, Highland ©Getty
An 11-mile hike around the shores of Glen Affric, the Highland’s most beautiful glen. Map and route.
Loch Morlich lies beside the starting point of this magnificent walk through the Cairngorm National Park ©Getty
A beautiful six-mile walk through the Cairngorms National Park, perfect for wildlife spotting and amazing Highland views. Map and Route.
Beautiful Sandalwood Bay, Sutherland, Scotland ©Getty
Explore glorious Sandwood Bay in Sutherland on this 12-mile hike across wild moors and through mighty dunes. Map and route.
Mersehead Sands, Dumfries and Galloway
Enjoy the ups and downs of Solway Firth coast in Dumfries and Galloway ©Getty
The town of Tobermory – built as a fishing port in 1788 – accounts for one third of Mull’s population ©Alamy
Revel in the festive shops, illuminated streets and charming harbour of a small island town in the Inner Hebrides before taking a walk to the sandy shores of Calgary Bay. Map and route.
Hidden within Abernethy Forest in the lowlands of the Cairngorms National Park is Loch Garten ©Alamy
Take a walk on the banks of Loch Garten – one of Scotland’s most beautiful nature reserves – in search of ancient trees, tottering wood-ant nests, grazing deer and soaring ospreys. Map and Route.
A walker takes in the fascinating frozen landscape of Grey’s Mare Tail waterfall in winter ©Getty
Walk high into the Scottish hills and explore a valley that becomes a snow-clad wonderland in winter, complete with an frozen waterfall cleaving through its middle. Map and route.
Ramble along the clifftops of St Abb’s Head, Berwickshire ©Getty
Enjoy a four-mile walk on the coastal cliffs of southern Scotland, spotting thousands of nesting seabirds, splashes of pink thrift and maybe even otters. Map and route.
Hiker beneath Ben Nevis, Scotland ©Jake Graham
Climb to the crest of the Highlands with the 11-mile hike to the summit of Ben Nevis. Map and route.
Suilven, Scotland ©Alamy
Steep, wild and remote, this Scottish giant is one of Britain’s most striking peaks – reaching its summit is difficult, but with spectacular views stretching out across the Highlands, it’s well worth the climb. Map and route.
Glen Sligachan on a moody day ©Getty
This rugged wilderness trail in Scotland guides intrepid walkers into the nucleus of the Cuillin Mountains, past gushing burns and striding ridges to a dramatic, sea-kissed bay. Map and route.
Birds of Aberfeldy – The gorge was once known as the Den of Moness ©Getty
Experience a jaw-dropping gorge path that inspired Scotland’s national bard, ending the walk with a pub dinner at a local inn. Route and map.
Looking north across Loch Scridain to the towering basalt terraces of the Ardmeanach Peninsula. Encased at the foot of the 170m-high cliffs is the Fossil Tree ©Alamy
Take a hike on Scotland’s Isle of Mull and discover towering cliffs, wild waters and the fossilised remains of a 50-million-year-old tree. Route and map.
Ben More, Scotland ©Getty
Hike to the summit of this Hebridean giant and gaze out over island-strewn sea lochs and beach-straddled peninsulas – a fitting reward for conquering one of Scotland’s finest peaks. Map and route.