As summer turns to autumn and accessible tracks for walking and cycling shift to shades of orange and red, now’s the time to staycation in the Great Scottish Outdoors.
A haven of hundreds of hikes, trails and rambling routes, rural Scotland’s Highlands, remote Outer Hebrides islands and national parks including the Cairngorms welcome walkers to tread paths to some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
Traditional towns such as Glencoe and Fort William, rich in Gaelic culture and hospitality, make for cosy bases while lochs, moorlands and mountain peaks bring the views and facilities for active adventures in nature.
From summiting Ben Nevis to walking the West Highland Way and hopscotching hikes between the Hebrides, here are some of the best multi-day walking holidays in the north of Scotland with routes to suit all fitness levels and distances.
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Hike the Highlands
Northwest Scotland’s crowning jewel, the Highlands, offers the towering peak of Ben Nevis, waterfall valleys of Glencoe and legendary wonders of Loch Ness as the centre of a Scottish Highlands holiday. There are more than enough adventures in the Great Outdoors here, with a wealth of walks in the Cairngorms National Park and the Munros Mountains, all on the doorstep of stays in Fort William and Crianlarich.
How to do it
HF Holidays hosts a “Scottish Highlands Guided Walking Holiday” comprising an active seven-night adventure around Glencoe that starts from £825pp. Highlights of the action-packed week include the 60m Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall, the forest trails of Gleann a Chaolais and traversing the Mamores. All meals (including cream tea and three-course dinners), a choice of three daily walks and accommodation in Alltshellach country house are provided for the ultimate comfort while hiking in the rugged Highlands.
Climb in the Cairngorms National Park
The UK’s largest national park, the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands, has everything from mountains to climb to forest footpaths to tread and lochs shores to stroll. Mountain ranges amid the 1748.271 square miles of natural beauty include the Angus Glens and the…