Walks in Scotland: The best hiking trails

Looking to explore the country on foot? Discover the best walking trails in Scotland and immerse yourself in nature. Scotland's long-distance walking routes, such as the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way, are amongst the best hiking trails whether you're a novice or experienced hiker.

The walking routes in Scotland are distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and traffic free, and have a range of visitor services along the way, perfect if you're planning a multi-day walk or overnight stay.

Find your perfect route:

  • Coastal trails
  • Mountain & loch routes
  • Source to sea trails
  • Historical routes
  • Routes along towpaths and cycleways

Image: A group of friends explore the Perthshire Countryside and set off to climb the famous Schiehallon Munro

© Perth and Kinross council / Fred Murray

10 Unmissable Walking Routes

Image: Brodick Bay

© Barry Dawson / Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Group

Coastal Trails

Image: Hillwalkers, Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Mountains and Lochs

Image: The Telford Bridge

© VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

Source to Sea Routes

Image: Melrose Abbey

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Historical Trails

Image: Corpach Sea Lock and Lighthouse

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Towpaths, old trainlines and two wheels

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