Top 5 Highland Haunts for Walkers
Walking holidays are extremely popular in Scotland, and it’s not hard to see why. The landscapes are the most picturesque you will ever see, and the heritage and history just adds to the wonder and mystique of the place. When you’re planning to visit Scotland and explore its beauty, you should aim for the Highlands. The legendary status bestowed upon it is rightfully earned by having some of the best lakes, rivers and
mountains you will ever see. Here are a few destinations worth checking out if you’re heading up to the Highlands for some good walking:
West Highland Way
Scotland’s first long distance route is still one of the most popular with visitors. Stretching over 151km from Milngavie to the famous Ben Nevis, the West Highland Way is a fantastic Highland adventure for all. The landscape alters significantly on the journey, from pastoral landscapes to rough and ready highland peaks. Ben Nevis is still popular with climbers, and those wanting to tackle it will be treated to some spectacular views of the best Scotland has to offer.
Walking along the coastline and settlements of Moray, you are transported to another world. The tranquil waters, rugged cliffs, caves and harbours are true Highland wonders, and the coastal trail covers approximately 50 miles from Findhorn to Cullen. The beautiful sandy beaches are a treasure, with a coastline that is alive with wildlife. When you’re done walking you can take a boat out and go and search for dolphins.
Isle of Skye
With its huge peaks, towering moors and lochs, The Isle of Skye is a fan favourite with walkers and climbers from all over the world. It can be treacherous for the less experienced hiker, but anyone who loves epic panoramic views of the Inner Hebrides and beyond would be a fool to miss the adventure and scale of Skye. Due to the landscapes being better suited for beast than man, you will get to see some incredible wildlife on your walks, including Scottish wildcats, red deer and mountain hare, all roaming free and peacefully on your travels. Head to Loch Coruisk for one of the most incredible views of Scotland. Its mountain scenery and waters will blow your mind.
Made famous by a certain myth – a monster named Nessie – Loch Ness has enough beauty and wonder without mythical creatures to help. At 23 metres long by area, Ness is the second largest lake in Britain. The walking trails are more waymarked and better suited for families. The tougher trails can be found elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean that Loch Ness isn’t just as incredible. The woodland areas, moorland walks and freshwater lochs are all stunning and popular, especially with fishermen.
Hollywood often visits Scotland, as the rich history is perfect for cinematic storytelling. Morar has been used for not just one Hollywood venture, but two. The stunning white sandy beach was used in the classic film Local Hero. The beaches stretch over eight miles and are backed by the romantic views of granite hills and moorland that rises up to give amazing views of Eigg and Rum. The other Hollywood film featuring Morar was the historical drama Rob Roy, which used the mountains and wilderness of Loch Morar to suitably epic effect. You don’t need to be on the Hollywood A-list to enjoy Morar, you just have to see it.
Vicky works alongside http://www.altnaharra.com/self-catering-cottages/ who are based in the beautiful highlands. Her favourite Scottish attractions are Eilean Donan castle and the Isle of Skye!