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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 26 different routes provide over 1700 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.
LONG DISTANCE ROUTES INFORMATION
Three Lochs Way
The Three Lochs Way (50km/31.5miles) route uses minor roads, Cycle Route 40, military tracks, and forest paths and links Loch Lomond,Gareloch and Loch Long.
The route starts in Balloch and travels through Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Arrochar and finishes at Inveruglas. The route links to the Cowal Way and the West Highland Way from Inveruglas.
The Great Trossachs Path
The Great Trossachs Path is a 30-mile long route running from Callander in the east to Inversnaid at Loch Lomond in the west. The path connects the Rob Roy Way with the West Highland Way, so long-distance walkers will now be able to undertake an extraordinary journey across the centre of Scotland. But it’s also accessible to cyclists, and has numerous smaller walks, which should appeal to families, or those just looking for an amazing place to take a weekend stroll.”
A new Great Trossachs Forest App is available giving smart phone users a wealth of information about the area’s wildlife, geography and history.
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.
John Muir Way
The 134 miles or 215 km route through Scotland's heartland symbolically links Dunbar (John Muir’s Birthplace) with Scotland’s first national park (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs) and with Helensburgh in the west, forming a coast to coast route. An accessible and varied route, linking together the finest landscapes, countryside and places of interest. The route links together core paths, other promoted routes, trails and cycleways, including the original John Muir Way in East Lothian. It can be cycled from end to end, and there are some opportunities for horse-riding.
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 and is way marked from start to finish.The guidebook would be useful for additional route information.
The routes terminus is at Portavadie beside Loch Fyne and passes through Tighnabruaich, Glendaruel and Strachur in Argyll then continues in the National Park into Lochgoilhead, Ardgartan, Arrochar and finishes in Inveruglas by Loch Lomond.
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