Walking holidays in Scotland

Walking holidays in Scotland

Our guide to the best hiking routes in Scotland
Forest Holidays


Whether you’re looking for last-minute family/pet friendly 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? To help you make the most of your time amongst secret glens, coastal paths and Munros in Scotland we've listed our favourite destinations for a walking holiday in Scotland. 

Scottish landscape and loch

Stunning Scottish landscape

 Hiking guide in Scotland: routes you need to experience

With so many hiking routes in Scotland to explore, Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail should be at the top of your list. 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, 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. 

Steam train with views of Glenfinnan

Steam train views of Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail

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. 

View of Fife coastal path

The Fife Coastal Path's natural beauty

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 hot tub cabins on the shores of Loch Long. And Strathyre, which is on the edge of the majestic Loch Lubnaig. 

Dog at Forest Holidays

Dogs love staying at Forest Holidays

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. 

Mountain views at The Great Trossachs Path

Mountain views at The Trossachs National Park

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 on an archery holiday, 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.

Cyclists in the highlands

Experience the highlands on two wheels

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. 

Frequently asked questions

Best clothing to wear hiking in Scotland?

If you're wondering what to wear hiking in Scotland, look no further. Fully waterproof and breathable shell jackets are essential for those overcast days when you might be greeted with rain on your hike. Investing in fully waterproof and breathable shell over-trousers is also recommended, opt for adjustable ankle cuffs to make getting them on over your boots nice and easy.

What are good walking shoes for Scotland hiking?

Investing in good walking shoes is essential for hiking in Scotland. The terrain can be quite rugged, uneven, and in some instances wet. Keeping your feet dry and warm will ensure you're in good stead for completing your hike. So grab the sturdiest walking boots, teamed with wool based or synthetic socks for best comfort.