Long Distance Footpaths in Scotland

Submitted by George Farquhar on Sun, 2011-02-13

The Cape Wrath Trail extends from Fort William to Cape Wrath, through some of the greatest surviving wildernesses of the Highlands. This walk is effectively an extension of the West Highland Way .

The sections are as follows:

  • Fort William to Glen Shiel (Cluanie)
  • Glen Shiel to Strathcarron
  • Strathcarron to Kinlochewe
  • Kinlochewe to Ullapool, through the Fisherfield estates and the remotest part of Britain.
  • Ullapool to Kylesku
  • Kylesku to Cape Wrath, via Sandwood Bay

Skye (75 miles)

This walk extends from the south of Skye to the north, starting at Armadale and finishing at Duntulm Castle, just north of the Trotternish Ridge.

The sections are as follows:

  • Armadale to Heaste
  • Heaste to Sligachan
  • Sligachan to Storr
  • Storr to Duntulm

Southern Uplands Way (212 miles)

This walk runs across southern Scotland, from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath on the east coast. The scenery is varied, from gentle valleys to open moorland and forests, and some of the sections of this walk are quite remote and demanding. It is recommended that walkers attempting the Southern Uplands Way be both experienced and well-equipped, and allow between 10 and 20 days depending on fitness.

The sections are as follows:

  • Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy
  • Castle Kennedy to New Luce
  • New Luce to Bargrennan
  • Bargrennan to Dalry
  • Dalry to Sanquhar
  • Sanquhar to Wanlockhead
  • Wanlockhead to Beatock
  • Beatock to St Mary’s Loch
  • St Mary’s Loch to Traquair
  • Traquair to Yair
  • Yair to Melrose
  • Melrose to Galashiels
  • Galashiels to Lauder
  • Lauder to Longformacus
  • Longformacus to Abbey St Bathans
  • Abbey St Bathans to Cocksburnpath

For further information, check The Southern Upland Way, a gude written by K. Andrew, and published by the Countryside Commission for Scotland. The Scottish Borders Tourist Board can be contacted at Shepherds Mill, Whinfield Road, Selkirk TD7 5DT (01750) 20555 s…@scot-borders.co.uk

Speyside Way (42 miles)

Speyside Way – Speyside Way being extended to Aviemore from March 1998. Low-cost accommodation provided by Camping Barns of Scotland

The Speyside Way starts at the Spey Bay on the Moray Firth, and follows the river south to Tomintoul.

Bicycles are permitted between Ballindalloch and Tugnet, but the Tomintoul spur is totally unsuitable for cycling and no cycles are permitted between Auldich and Deskie.

The sections are as follows:

  • Spey Bay to Craigellachie in Morayshire.
  • Craigellachie to Ballindalloch along the route of the old Strathspey railway line.
  • Ballindalloch to Tomintoul via Glenlivet.

St Cuthbert’s Walk (63 miles)

This walk, established in 1996, stretches from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island in Northumberland, Northern England. The walk is 63 miles long, takes approximately 7 days, and passes through places associated with the 7th century Anglo-Saxon saint. The scenery on the St Cuthbert’s Walk is one of contrasting landscapes of rolling hills, heather moors and beaches, taking the walker through the Tweed Valley, the Eildon and Cheviot Hills and along the Northumberland coastline. Guided and self-guided assisted walks along parts or the whole St Cuthberts Walk are available from Scotwalk.

The sections are as follows:

  • Melrose to St Boswells via Dryburgh
  • St Boswells to Harestanes
  • .Harestanes – Morebattle
  • Morebattle – Kirk Yetholm
  • Kirk Yetholm – Wooler
  • Wooler – Fenwick
  • Fenwick – Lindisfarne

Fife Coastal Walk (94 miles)

This coastal walk in the beautiful scenery of the East Neuk of Fife runs from Newburgh to Inverkeithing. This is an area of pretty fishing villages, sandy beaches and wild headlands. Although the Regional and District Council have recently developed parts of this walk, most of it is not clearly waymarked or sign-posted, with some sections of the walk either on the beach or inland along roads. There is no guidebook for the full walk, though there is a series of guides, produced by the Wemyss Environmental Education Centre, The Primary School, East Wemyss, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 4RN. This walk can be done as a series of one-day walks or as one single walk. The relevant OS maps are: Landranger 59, 66, 65.

The sections of the walk are as follows:

  • Newburgh to St Andrews – 35 miles
  • St Andrews to Crail – 8 miles
  • Crail to St Monans – 7 miles
  • St Monans to Leven – 11 miles
  • Leven to Kirkcaldy – 10 miles
  • Kirkcaldy to Aberdour – 11 miles
  • Aberdour to Inverkeithing – 9 miles

West Highland Way (95 miles)

The West Highland Way starts just north of Glasgow at Milngavie and finishes at Fort William, having passed through some of Scotland’s finest scenery – Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, and Glen Nevis.

Cycling is not allowed on some sections of the West Highland Way, and much of the path is not suitable for cycling anyway.

Dogs are not allowed on certain sections of the Way, even on a lead. The sections where dogs are not allowed are:

  • Conic Hill.
  • Inversnaid to Crianlarich.
  • Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy.

The sections are as follows:

  • Milngave to Balmaha via Strathblane and the Campsie Hills.
  • Balmaha to Inverarnan, along the east bank of Loch Lomond from .
  • Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy via Glen Falloch and Strath Fillan.
  • Bridge of Orchy to Altnafeadh via Rannoch Moor.
  • Altnafeadh to Fort William via Kinlochleven.

Accomodation (Hotel, Lodge, BBQ) in the area can be found at Accommodation directory page with the contact details. Always book your room in advance if you need one.

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