The National Trails of Scotland

So we have covered the national trails of England and Wales, now it's time for Scotland. There are hundreds of miles of walking and cycling throughout the country with thousands of paths, bridleways and features to explore. It's just one of the many reasons to take a holiday cottage here.

There are too many trails to list in a single post, so both posts this week will feature some of Scotland's best walking trails. Enjoy!

Annandale Way

The Annandale Way is a new trail that runs for 55 miles between Moffat and Annan. There is a bit of rough ground, some loose sections and some climbing so good walking boots are essential. In return, you will get to see an old Roman watch tower, the Devil's Beef Tub and down into the Solway Coast. It's a great walk with plenty of open land, woods and valleys.

The Ayrshire Coastal Path

The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs from Glenapp to Skelmorlie and is 100 miles of some of the best coastal views in Scotland. From the path you can view the mountains of Arran, the Firth of Clyde. The going is steady, with good ground, plenty of hills but nothing too challenging. Pick the right day and those coastal views are simply stunning!

Kintyre Way

The Kintyre Way takes in the best of the Kintyre peninsula that opens up hidden coves, sheer cliffs, dramatic rock formations and some of the best coastal walking in Scotland. The Kintyre Way stretches from Tabert to Machrihanish over 98 miles or so of trail. It is broken down into sections so you can walk as much or as little of it as you please.

Borders Abbeys Way

Borders Abbeys Way is 68 miles long and links four Scottish abbeys, Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh. The track is a mix of coastal path, riverside, woodland, farm track and old railways lines. It's a fascinating glimpse into rural Scotland and offers the opportunity to see some of the country's best wildlife as well as some amazing scenery.

Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way is 79 miles of Scottish scenery stretching between Fort William and Inverness. It takes in some of the best of the highlands and makes it accessible to walkers of all levels. The trails are well maintained and there are a number of holiday cottages within easy reach. There are also opportunities to kayak or canoe across some of the glens, adding to the experience.

Those are just five of the many trails in Scotland. Join us on Thursday when we highlight five more. If you have gained an appetite for exploring Scotland, check out our Scottish holiday cottages. There really is something there for everyone!