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Best Walking Routes in Scotland

Scotland is one of the world’s best destinations for outdoor adventure, with majestic mountains, silent glens, ancient castles and stunning lochs all crying out to be explored on foot.

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain at 1345 metres and the most prized summit for hillwalkers and hikers. Around 150,000 people climb Ben Nevis each year, most via the Mountain Track from Glen Nevis, but the real excitement of the mountain can be found on its mighty North Face which is popular with climbers from all over the world.

Scotland has two National Parks, covering 7% of its total land mass. Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park is located north of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and is a paradise for walkers with routes ranging from challenging mountain hikes to lochside strolls. The Cairngorms National Park is home to Ben Macdui, Scotland’s second highest peak, and a fearsome subarctic plateau that delivers some of Britain’s most challenging hillwalking conditions.

Scotland’s islands are great places to explore too, with Skye, Mull and Rum all popular with walkers. The Southern Uplands and the Galloway Forest Park have endless miles of remote walking routes, while The West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way are just two of Scotland’s iconic long-distance backpacking trails.

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