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SCOTLAND'S GREAT TRAILS & The West Highland Way
Scotland's Great Trails- & The West Highland Way
- where will they take you? Formerly known as Long Distance Routes, Scotland's Great Trails are nationally promoted trails for people-powered journeys. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and has a range of visitor services. With each trail being at least 25 miles in length, all are suitable for multi-day journeys as well as day trips. Collectively, the 20 different routes provide over 1300 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands, offering great opportunities to explore the best of Scotland's nature and landscapes and to experience our amazing history and culture.
Slighe Eadar-niseanta Appalachian Alba.
The West Highland Way was the first European long distance route to join the International Appalachian Trail. We now have a designated IAT Scotland route and more information can be found at this link.
Keeping a flame of Scottish history alive
The West Highland Way has a special place in history , check out this web site to read about the beacon of hope during the depression of the 1930's.
LONG DISTANCE ROUTES INFORMATION
Three Lochs Way
The Three Lochs Way (50km/31.5miles) route uses minor roads, Cycle Route 40, military tacks, and forest paths and links Loch Lomond,Gareloch and Loch Long.
The route starts in Balloch and travels through Helensburgh, Garelochead, Arrochar and finishes at Inveruglas. The route links to the Cowal Way and the West Highland Way from Inveruglas.
Kintyre Way- Managed Route
More island than mainland, the wonderfully unexplored Kintyre peninsula boasts hidden coves, deserted beaches along the wild Atlantic coast, tiny fishing communities, gentle hills, fabulous local produce and a welcoming friendly people.
Rob Roy Way
This long distance walk (148km/ 92.5 miles) uses part of National Cycle Route 7, forest paths, farmland tracks, dismantled railway track and minor roads.
The Rob Roy Way starts at Drymen and passes through Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Lochearnhead and Killin in the National Park and onto Ardtalnaig, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry in the Highlands.
Great Glen Way- Managed Route
The Great Glen Way is 73 miles/117km in length. It runs from Fort William, in the west, to Inverness, in the east, with spectacular views and historical and natural heritage to be discovered all along the way.
Southern Upland Way- Managed Route
The Southern Upland Way is Britain's first official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 kms) from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard.
It offers superb and varied walking country, still undiscovered by many enthusiasts. The Way provides a real challenge for the experienced walker, yet some of the shorter stretches are suitable for families and the less ambitious.
Speyside Way- Managed Route
The Speyside Way runs from Buckie on the shore of the Moray Firth coast of NE Scotland, south westwards to Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains. There are two spurs, one to Dufftown, the other to Tomintoul.
The Cowal Way
The Cowal Way
The Cowal Way (92km/57 miles) is a long distance footpath running the length of the Cowal Peninsula. The route uses quiet roads, forest paths, farmland tracks but some of the route is boggy and wild so a guide book, map,compass and forward planning is recommended.
The routes terminus is at Portavadie beside Loch Fyne and passes through Tighnabruaich, Glendaruel and Strachur in Argyle then continues in the National Park into Lochgoilhead, Ardgarten, Arrochar and finishes in Inveruglas by Loch Lomond.