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The best winter walks in Scotland

Crisp walks, woolly jumpers, and winter magic

Alex Martin

Team Forestipedia | Sharing all the best tips and secrets of the forest

Our locations are open all year round and many guests love the feel a winter break brings. Winter in Scotland is particularly special, with spectacular seasonal landscapes and what better way to witness these than on a winter walk? To get you started, we’ve listed our pick of the best winter walks in Scotland.

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1. Glen Loin & Coiregrograin, Arrochar

First on our list is a great wintertime introduction to the famous Arrochar Alps without having to make the climb. With views across Ben Vorlich, Ben Vane, and A' Chrois, this route will have you gazing in awe. Well signposted, it’s ideal for families with older children due to the length at a whopping 17.5km. A great family day out that even the dog can join you on! To experience this walk, stay in a cabin at Ardgartan Argyll, just a 5-minute drive away.

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View of Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich in winter

View of Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich in winter.

2. Bracklinn Falls

From woodland and waterfalls to crags and cairns, our next pick will offer views to make your spirit soar. A challenging walk at 5.25km it will delight all your senses and leave you feeling satisfied. Join the path leading the way to Bracklinn Falls and you’ll be greeted to views of the countryside towards Stirling. The route soon reaches a dramatic river that you can walk along to reach the footbridge. Once across the bridge, follow the path that leads left for breath-taking views towards Stùc a'Chròin. This walk is a 15-minute drive from our cabins at Strathyre.

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View of Bracklinn Falls in Scotland

View of Bracklinn Falls in Scotland.

3. Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is another of the best winter walks in Scotland, and one of the most popular Munros the country has on offer. At 12kms it boasts magnificent views of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park making it a popular choice amongst the many visitors that climb it every year. The route is ideal for experienced hikers in the winter months due to the steep path to the summit, beware of the optional decent as it can be steep and rocky. Discover our list of munros to climb in Scotland. This walk is a 1-hour drive from our cabins at Strathyre.

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View of Ben Lomond in winter

View of Ben Lomond in winter.

4. Glenbranter trail

With grand waterfalls surrounded by ancient oak woodland and mosses the Glenbranter trail is especially beautiful in the winter months after heavy rainfall. This 3.5km route is particularly popular amongst nature lovers due to the wildlife hide you’ll find along the way. Here you can find your inner calm place and rest quietly for a few minutes. If you’re lucky you might see red squirrels, roe deer, or birds such as buzzards, woodpeckers, or crossbills. This walk is a 31-minute drive from Ardgartan Argyll.

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5. Ben Ledi

Last on our list of the best winter walks in Scotland is Ben Ledi, the highest mountain found within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A familiar landmark, it can be seen from Callandar and is a popular route thanks to its beautiful views over the Highlands. This 10km route is not for the faint-hearted and hill-walking gear must be carried, the route it well maintained but does cover some boggy sections on the descent making it perfect for experienced hikers. This walk is a 12-minute drive from Strathyre.

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Views from Ben Ledi mountain in Scotland

Views from Ben Ledi mountain in Scotland.

With some of the best winter walks in Scotland on offer, there is so much to be discovered on your next break. Looking for a place to call home on your next winter holiday? Look no further than our accommodation at Ardgartan Argyll or accommodation at Strathyre. Spend the day exploring lochs, rivers, and mountains before returning to your cosy cabin in the forest. With your very own hot tub on the decking, enjoy that exhilarating feeling of conquering one of Scotland’s challenging walks all before returning to ease your muscles in a bubbling hot tub.

Terminology tips

Cairn

A cairn is a man-made pile of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn.

Crag

A crag (sometimes spelled cragg, or in Scotland craig) is a rocky hill or mountain, generally isolated from other high ground.

Munro

A Munro is defined as a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet.

 

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