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Walking holidays Scotland: hikes, trails and adventures you’ll love

Whether you’re looking for last-minute family holidays or UK breaks filled with a lifetime of memories, why not pull on your walking boots and see a new side of Scotland? 

A walking holiday surrounded by dramatic Scottish landscapes could be just what you need to fall back in love with the untamed beauty of nature and see thousands of years of culture and history with a fresh perspective. 

To help you make the most of your time amongst Scotland's secret glens, coastal paths and mountain peaks here are a few of our favourite destinations for a walking holiday in Scotland. 

Scottish landscape

Best walking holidays Scotland: routes you need to experience

At the top of our list has to be the Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail. With views of Loch Shiel and a chance to see the historically significant Glenfinnan Monument, it’s an excellent destination for sightseeing enthusiasts. The walk can take between 1-2 hours so it’s ideal for all ages. Plus its home to that famous railway bridge from the Harry Potter movies so you’ll definitely win brownie points with the kids. 

If you fancy walking in Edinburgh, amble up one of its famous hills. Grab your sturdiest walking boots and choose from Blackford Hill, Castle Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Calton Hill and the Braid Hills for fun walks under two hours long. Only got time for one hilly adventure? Arthur’s Seat is Edinburgh's most famous hill and rewards with stunning panoramic city views. 

Glenfinnan viaduct

The Fife Coastal Path is one of Scotland’s great trails. You can choose a number of start and end points for an epic day out featuring bustling harbours, seaside towns and historical monuments. It’s described as an ‘unrivalled walking experience’ and the best thing is, you can tailor your route and make the day your own. 

For a circular route that covers pretty villages, ancient abbeys and salmon-fishing rivers, try The Borders Abbey Walk. Again you can start at a number of points and there’s handy public transport options at each stage. Handy if you want to pay a visit to the famous Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Kelso abbeys. 

Fans of long distance hikes will love The Cateran Trail, named after hidden tracks used by cattle thieves in days gone by. Spanning 64 miles of forests and moors it offers an authentic glimpse at Scotland’s natural beauty. The full route takes five days but there are plenty of mini-trail options if you’re on a shorter break or want to take things at a more leisurely pace. 

Fife coastal path

Dog walking holidays Scotland: explore with your four-legged friend

Bring your pup along for an adventure and make your next break a pet-friendly one. Your dog will make a lovely companion on your next walking holiday in Scotland and they’ll love our pet-friendly log cabins too. 

Scotland is home to two Forest Holidays locations. Ardgartan Argyll in the heart of Argyll Forest Park with cabins on the shores of Loch Long. And Strathyre, which is on the edge of the majestic Loch Lubnaig. 

Dog on decking at Forest Holiday

Plan a Scottish walking holiday at either of these spots and enjoy having the entire Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park at your feet. Explore The Great Trossachs Forest, the Waterfall Trail at Glenbranter or take in the mountain views along The Great Trossachs Path. All with your dog by your side. 

Before you book, get the most from your walking holiday in Scotland with our hiking guides. There’s one for Ardgartan Argyll and Strathyre filled with trails that begin right at your cabin door and walking inspiration to help you see Scotland at its natural best. We’ve also got a blog post dedicated to the best dog walks in Scotland so you can relax knowing your furry friend can stay safe and have fun on or off the lead. 

The Great Trossachs trail

Turn your walking holiday into an adventure holiday in Scotland

Walking or hiking is an effective way to ease into explorer mode and you may find your next walking holiday in Scotland prompts a desire for more adventure. With the forest as your base, add a few extra activities to your break and turn it into a real adventure holiday

Imagine kayaking on the glass-like surface of a wild loch as the sun rises, cycling under a canopy of trees or flying over them on an adrenaline-fuelled zip wire course. You can even try your hand at archery, go canoeing or test your forest survival skills. The perfect way to get those endorphins pumping in between walks and experience even more of the great outdoors. 

Group of friends cycling in the highlands

Book your Scottish walking holiday today and if you fancy, add some excitement with our range of adventure holiday extras for an unforgettable stay in the forest. 

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