Take a walk.
A recent story in the Independent, an online British newspaper, listed the most spectacular walks to take in Scotland, from hiking a volcanic peak in the Inner Hebrides to the long-distance West Highland Way, for the most ambitious among us. Have a look.
Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Highlands. Length: 1.75 miles. This easy amble, which leads through woodlands out of the pages of a children’s book, takes you to two picturesque waterfalls.
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye. 1.5 miles. An easy walk that takes you close to Skye’s magnificent Cuillin mountains without having to climb them. You quickly reach the first waterfall, then follow the river, and take a dip in its crystal-clear (but ice-cold) pools.
The Birks o’Aberfeldy, Perthshire. 2.25 miles. The Falls of Moness, a series of cascades in the Birks of Aberfeldy, were made famous in a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns. Climb up through a gorge and several flights of stone steps that zig-zag through the forest. At the end, you’re rewarded with glorious views back down the glen.
Sandwood Bay, Sutherland. 8.5 miles. Sandwood Bay is a contender for the best beach in Britain. Here, the Atlantic crashes onto creamy sand that rises up to picturesque dunes. An undulating path leads out here from Blairmore, crossing squelchy bogland to reach the beach.
An Sgurr, Eigg, Inner Hebrides. 5 miles. The Sgurr, a volcanic cone created 5.8 million years ago, initially looks formidable, but you’ll find a relatively straightforward route up to its peak via a rocky staircase. At the top, enjoy some of Scotland’s very best views.
Stac Pollaidh, near Ullapool, Highlands. 2.8 miles. You needn’t mount a full-scale expedition to enjoy time in Britain’s finest wilderness. Instead, take a few hours to do this straightforward mountain hike. The path up Stac Pollaidh is well traveled, the ascent manageable for those of moderate fitness. From the summit, the views are divine.
West Highland Way. 96 miles. For the serious hiker with a bit of time to spare. This long-distance footpath from Milngavie to Fort William is on the bucket list of many Scots. Along the way, expect a “greatest hits” of Scottish scenery, from toothy peaks and plunging glens to glassy lochs and bubbling streams.
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