There is no disputing that Scotland has a ton of absolutely wonderful and top-notch hikes. In light of this, check out some of the top treks in Scotland that I think you’ll enjoy.
1. West Highland Way
How do you begin a hike in Scotland? I believe the location is along West Highland Way. The West Highland Way, a staple of country walking, departs from Milngavie and travels 96 miles (155 km) to Fort William, the location of Ben Nevis.
You’ll travel by the shores of Loch Lomond along the journey, with the possibility to continue walking and climb Ben Lomond for a Munro. After that, continue walking north toward Inverornan by passing Beinglas and Tyndrum. You’ll stroll along Buachaille Etive Mr, through Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most recognizable landscapes, and into Rannoch Moor, a stunning wilderness with far-reaching views.
Although the Devil’s Staircase is just beyond, you are now in the home stretch. When you eventually arrive in Fort William, you have the choice of climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, if you’re still feeling energetic.
2. Ben Nevis
Speaking of Ben Nevis, a list of the top hikes in Scotland would be incomplete without a climb up the tallest mountain in both Scotland and the United Kingdom. Ben Nevis in Fort William, Scotland, is the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom, standing at 1,345 meters (4412 feet), 36 meters higher than the similarly famous Ben Macdui (which is on the edge of the Cairn Gorm plateau and is the highest point in the Cairngorms National Park).
3. The Cobbler
The Cobbler, at 920 meters high, isn’t quite a Munro, but that simply serves as further evidence that you’ll miss out on some of Scotland’s best treks if you only ever climb the Munros.
This trek may be located in the Arrochar Alps and is also known as Ben Arthur. It may be reached from the Succoth parking lot near Arrochar, about an hour and a half’s drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh. The route up is straightforward and simple to follow; it begins with a winding trail that offers views of Loch Long in the distance before leading three miles to the base of the mountain, where the journey begins.
One of the most recognizable outlines of any Scottish mountain, Munro or not, may be found on the triple-headed peak. It’s also one of the most satisfying to reach the top because there are some fantastic views (and excellent photo opportunities) there. Not the least if you “thread the needle” on the north summit and then scramble up the rocky tower at the top.
4. Southern Upland Way
The Southern Upland Way is the country’s first recognized coast-to-coast walk. From Portpatrick on the southwest coast to Cockburnspath on the east, it is a distance of 214 miles. This is a challenging multi-day hike that often takes 12–16 days to complete. You’ll climb more than 80 peaks that are higher than 2000 feet but never higher than 3000 feet, and you’ll truly appreciate the splendor of the Scottish borders.
Although it is frequently disregarded by Scottish hikers, the region is actually rather stunning. Make no mistake, even for seasoned walkers, and this is difficult. But if you want to explore the nation in a less well-known fashion, this is among the best treks in Scotland.
The Isle of Skye is stunning from top to bottom, but the Cuillin mountains dominate the skyline in one particular area. The Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin can be distinguished from one another by Glen Sligachan. With a peak elevation of 3,254 feet, the Black Cuillin is frequently referred regarded as the UK’s most difficult mountain range. As you reach the summit of either, you may have a fantastic perspective of the other and the rest of Skye. The Red Cuillin is a Corbett rather than a Munro at 2,543 feet (pending weather).
A traditional scramble on Skye is the Clach Glas Blabheinn Traverse, which follows a lofty ridge. Another option is provided by the Dubh Slabs, and the main one is “the unreachable pinnacle,” the second-highest peak in the Skye Cuillins and a mountaineer’s holy grail. Again, it’s not a simple climb, but the best ones frequently aren’t. The Fairy Pools and Old Man of Storr, two of Skye’s more well-known tourist attractions, are still highly recommended. They have a solid reason for their fame!
6. The Rob Roy Way
Rob Roy MacGregor, if you haven’t heard of him, was a notorious outlaw who lived in Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries. He is the name-bearing protagonist of Sir Walter Scott’s literary masterpiece Rob Roy. He is also honored with this seven-day journey.
This 94-mile journey from Drymen to the charming Pitlochry is a wonderful chance to see the Southern Highlands’ glens, rivers, and lochs while also learning about Scottish history. The walk travels via the cities of Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Aberfeldy, and more, as well as the lochs Venachar, Lubnaig, and Tay. Although the official website hasn’t been updated in a while, WalkHighland user Andrew has created a fantastic photo guide of the entire route.
7. Stac Pollaidh
Another mountain that demonstrates that height isn’t important is Stac Pollaidh, located above Ullapool on the northwest coast of Scotland. Even though the hill in the Northwest Highlands is only 613 meters high, the surrounding landscape is all you picture when you think of the Highlands.
The Summer Islands are visible to the south and Assynt to the north from the trek. A good path up also means that you can complete the ascent in a short amount of time (one-way), and although it is exhausting work to get there, it is not at all technical.
8. Aonach Eagach
The Aonach Eagach is the narrowest ridge walk on the UK mainland, and it can be found in the renownedly beautiful Glen Coe. It’s also one of the 282 Munros that require the most effort to climb or “bag” in the nation.
This climb is risky because it is full of dangerous rocks and trails that are frequently damp and slippery. It’s not something to attempt without experience or in poor circumstances. Yet, as the images above and below demonstrate, it is undoubtedly one of the most amazing mountain climbs.
A thrilling scramble and vistas of the other Glen Coe peaks await experienced climbers. For additional information on this route, as well as many others, see this fantastic, comprehensive guide on Walk Highlands.
Many people think Liathach in Glen Torridon is the most stunning Munro in Scotland. But a day in the mountains is not simple. There is a lot of scrambling, as well as several exposed pathways, perilous ridge locations, and steep terrain. The trail is well-established, but the climb up Spidean a’Choire Leith and Mullach a Rathain is difficult. To really appreciate the scenery, one must visit.
A Teallach, the third and last of Scotland’s three ridges famous for their scrambles (the others being Liathach and Aonach Eagach), is a stunning climb in the country’s northwest. In close proximity to Ullapool. It is referred to as “mainland Britain’s most legendary Grade 3 ridge scramble” by the BMC (British Mountaineering Club).
So once more, don’t do this if you’re unskilled or weak-willed. Another Torridonian sandstone mountain, whose 914m peak offers breathtakingly stunning views due to its deep gullies. A hike you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
11. Cape Wrath Trail
The Cape Wrath Trail, which takes us to the very top of the mainland, is the last trek on this random list of 11 of the best hikes in Scotland. The Cape Wrath trek, which covers 240 miles and is frequently referred to as the toughest long-distance hiking trail in the UK, begins in Fort William and ends at Cape Wrath 15-20 days later.
The most northwesterly point on the British mainland is Cape Wrath. On the journey, you’ll go through the solitary wildernesses of Knoydart and Assynt, where you won’t run into anybody else for several weeks. Also, many of your nights will be spent in bothies. It’s a big one, no doubt. But perhaps not for individuals who thrive on social interaction.