With all the nature, mountains and beautiful scenery Scotland is an excellent country to discover by foot, either walking or climbing. Besides the many well and less maintained tracks and walkways, and the joys of walking off the beaten tracks, there are four distinct long distance walks (map right) from which The West Highland Way is perhaps best known. The other three are the Southern Upland Way, The Speyside Way and the Great Glen Way. Now these are just the four long distance walks and you understand that the possibilities are endless and impossible to cover on one website. That’s why this page is a starting point with links to several websites that contain more and valuable information for either the long distance walks or the shorter circular walks.
The official websites of the four long distance walks:
As mentioned above, there are endless possibilities and if you are into shorter (even more quiet and private) walks/climbs you can always check out one the most informative websites for nice walks for beginners and experts at Visit Scotland
I’d like to share my personal and most favourite walk I have made so far in Scotland and that’s the Beinn Eighe Woodland and Mountain trail in Wester Ross. The track leads through some of the last remains of the Caledonian Pine Forest and at the top of the walk you get to see stunning views over Loch Maree. For more information visit walk highlands. Information and images of Loch Maree and the Mountain and Woodland trail can be found on the Wester Ross and Loch Maree webpage.
Munros and Corbetts
A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). They are named after Sir Hugh Munro (1856-1919), who produced the first compilation of a catalogue of such hills, known as Munro’s Tables, in 1891. A Munro top is a summit over 3000 ft which is not regarded as a separate mountain. Other classifications are the Corbetts 2,500-3,000 ft (760-910 m) and Grahams 2,000-2,500 ft (610-760 m). Climbing the Munros is also sometimes referred to Munro Bagging and if you are interested in either climbing them or just enjoy the views I can recommend a visit to the website Munro Magic