We see you, Scotland. We know you’re enjoying a long weekend too! If you happen to be in Scotland this weekend (or, well, ever) then we found some EPIC hikes and walks that you should definitely add to your itinerary!
It doesn’t get any better than this: a gorgeous walking trail and visiting a real-life Harry Potter set location. Yeah. That’s right. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the Hogwart’s Express bridge so, you’re welcome for the best list blog we’ve done so far. The walk itself is around 4km and isn’t a particularly strenuous hike; all-in-all, a great little Scottish countryside detour at the northern edge of Loch Shiel, with plenty of ops for Insta snaps and Harry Potter reenactments…. If you’re into that kinda thing…!
If secret beaches, Europe’s smallest castle and the ruins of an old grain mill don’t convince you then we don’t know what will! At the edges of Scotland’s northwest, Achmelvich Beach is a gorgeous part of the rugged Scottish coastline and there are plenty of options for hiking or casual wandering in the area. Take a picnic, some pals and for the Assynt coastline ASAP!
Probably the most well known of Scotland’s hikes, this Summit is the highest in the British Isles at a whopping 1345m! This giant is a collapsed volcano and sits at the edge of the Grampian Mountains near Fort William. It’s a hefty hike and (depending on your speed and ability) can take 8-10 hours to complete the full ascent and descent. Take your time, bring snacks and good gear and enjoy the views!
If you have time (like, quite a bit) and don’t mind a bumpy boat ride, get thee to the Outer Hebrides and onto the archipelago of St. Kilda! If you’re game to leave the Scottish mainland and head out into the Atlantic, go straight for St. Kilda and the Lover’s Stone walk. Legend says that the men of St. Kilda proved their worthiness of marriage by hiking to the edge of Lover’s Stone (jutting out into the Atlantic with a straight drop of 135m) and balancing on their left leg…
Choose to break it off in casual chunks or commit to the full 117km - the choice is yours - but either way, the incredible walking and hiking experiences offered along the long-distance Fife Coastal Path trail are incredible. Running from the Firth of Forth all the way to the Firth of Tay, there’s a walk here to suit all levels of experience, ability and fitness.
One of Scotland's most well-loved peaks and known to the in-crowd simply as The Buachaille, this one is not for the faint of heart! It’s a steep and rocky climb but the views (and sense of achievement!) make it completely worth the 1000m+ ascent. If you’re tackling this giant, make sure you’ve got good hiking gear and are prepared for quick changes in the weather.