The best hikes in Scotland are truly unforgettable. If you are looking for an active holiday with beautiful surroundings, Scotland is the ideal place. Explore Scotland’s two biggest assets - scotch and the great outdoors. Scotland is world renowned for the beauty of its rugged mountains, tranquil lochs, secret forest paths and magnificent glens. It is probably the best place to wander about and get lost in the beauty of your surroundings! So, here are the best hikes in Scotland right.
1 Ben a'an
One of the best walks in Scotland is the the popular Ben A'an in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park. It has excellent panoramic views, especially over Loch Katrine which is the birth place of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy McGregor, and the setting of Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake”, and the city of Glasgow’s water supply.
Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this hike leads you through an ancient Caledonian pine forest to a green colored lochan before raising slightly uphill where there are splendid views over Glenmore forest towards the Cairngorm Mountains. Lochan Uaine (Gaelic for little green loch) is said to get its distinctive green color from Pixies washing their clothes in the water. How fascinating!
Right in the heart of Edinburgh, this hike has excellent panoramic views over the city. It has been speculated that it could have been the site of Camelot, the mythical castle of King Arthur. Also, It is an extinct volcano.
Dollar Geln is set in the shadows of the Ochil hills and is a magnificent walk leading through woodland and past a series of small waterfalls before eventually coming out at one of Scotland’s most picturesquely set castles, the 15th century Castle Campbell.
Another Munro made easy by a high start point, it is often climbed along with its ridge which makes for a much more challenging hike. Situated in Highland Perthshire, this hike has excellent views over its ridge’s pointed peaks as well as down the beautiful Loch Tay.
A beautiful garden made to commemorate the Korean War can be found at the bottom of the hill and is built in the shape of the Ying and Yang and contains a Korean style pagoda as well as 110 Korean fir trees, each representing 10 fallen British soldiers. At the top of the hill, a medieval refuge stone can be found that used to mark a boundary beyond which outlaws could find sanctuary.
Cockleroy Hill is located just outside the town of Linlithgow and has views over famous sights such as Linlithgow Palace, the Forth rail bridge, the Ochil hills, and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs national park. It was once the site of a Bronze Age hill fort.
An underrated hill situated at the side of the Drumochter pass, this one is right on the edge of the Cairngorms national park.
Despite being classified as a Munro (Scotland’s highest category of mountain referring to a mountain that is above 914 m/3000 feet) it is fairly quick to climb due to the starting point of the hike also being quite high. It has excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as well as down Loch Ericht.
This hill located in the Pentland hills regional park and has breath-taking views over Edinburgh as well as the other Pentland hills. Say hello to the Highland cattle that can be occasionally seen roaming around this hill.
Photo credit - @williamtparis
Did you like the sound of any of these mindblowing hikes? Go on an adventure on your next holiday!