The Scottish highlands have a certain magic about them that draws me in every time I visit. One of the main reasons that I keep coming back to this remote wilderness is that it allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of our modern world and find inner peace and tranquillity.
One of the best ways to explore the Scottish Highlands is on foot along the many hiking trails which span the wilderness.
I’ve listed my absolute favorite hikes and walks in the Scottish Highlands below. You will find some famous hikes in the list as well as some hidden gems, which I know you’ll love too!
1. Scottish Highlands Hikes – Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis, just outside the town of Fort William, is the highest mountain in the British Isles and one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Scottish highlands with an estimated 125k visitors per year.
The hike is best suited for more advanced walkers as the trail to the summit is long, involves tackling challenging terrain, and can get pretty steep in parts.
The walk is around 13 km including coming back down again. It takes about 8 hours to complete.
Ben Nevis was once an active volcano that exploded and collapsed millions of years ago to form the current mountain which is part of the Grampian Mountain range.
Local tip: Choose your route carefully based on your skill level, and be prepared for fast-changing weather conditions. Starting early in the morning works best as the weather gets more unpredictable as the day goes on.
2. The Birks of Aberfeldy
The Brisk of Aberfeldy, just outside the charming town of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, was one of Robert Burns’s (the famous Scottish poet) favorite places in Scotland and the subject of his folk song of the same name. The Birks of Aberfeldy refers to a circular walk around a picturesque burn.
The Birks of Aberfeldy walk takes you through a thick forest of ancient birch trees, past cascading waterfalls known as the Falls of Moness. It’s a short but spectacular walk. Just be prepared, as there are a lot of steps involved!
Local tip: The circular walk is 3.5 km and takes a couple of hours to complete. I recommend doing it in the clockwise direction as this gives the best views of the waterfalls.
3. Glencoe Valley – The Beauty of the Scottish Highlands
Glencoe is a stunning and magical valley filled with lochs, mountains, and waterfalls and offers hiking trails for all abilities.
As well as being a renowned hiking…
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