Morag's Lodge, Fort Augustus, Great Glen Way

Long Distance Walking Routes in Scotland

These are the major long distance walking routes in Scotland:

The Pentland Way
Runs from South Lanarkshire towards the Edinburgh. A mixture of easy paths and some challenging moorland terrain.  The Way would be a good day’s outing for some fit, experienced long-distance walkers.  Or it can be tackled in three sections 
Distance: 32km / 20miles
Duration: 1 - 2 days 
Height Gain: 1,106 metres / 3,629 ft


Fife Coastal Path
Sense the freedom and enjoy the adventure of the Fife Coastal Path. 
Distance: 150km / 93.75miles 
Duration: 5 - 7 days 
Height Gain: 100 metres/330 feet


Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way is a weeks walk from Drymen to the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry.
Distance: 148km / 92.5 miles 
Duration: 7 days 
Height Gain: 500 metres/1650 feet


West Highland Way 
Scotland's original long distance path running from Glasgow to Fort William. 
Distance: 152km / 95 miles 
Duration: 7-10 days 
Height Gain: 800 metres/2650 feet


Southern Upland Way
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest route, traversing Scotland from west to east.
Distance: 340km / 212 miles 
Duration: 12-20 days 
Height Gain: 1450 metres/4785 feet.


Speyside Way
The Speyside Way runs from Buckie on the Moray Coast to Aviemore in the Cairngorms.
Distance: 105km / 65 miles 
Duration: 4-7 days 
Height Gain: 500 metres/1650 feet


Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way connects Fort William with Inverness passing the famous Loch Ness.
Distance: 117km / 73 miles 
Duration: 4-7 days 
Height Gain: 300 metres/990 feet 



St Cuthbert's Way

St Cuthbert's Way connects Melrose with the island of Lindisfarne in England. 
Distance: 100km / 62miles 
Duration: 4 days 
Height Gain: 370 metres/1221 feet 


Borders Abbeys Way
The Borders Abbeys Way is a circular route connecting the historic Border towns.
Distance: 103km / 64.4miles 
Duration: 4 days 
Height Gain: 300 metres/990 feet 


Arran Coastal Way
The Isle of Arran Way is a circular walk around the Isle of Arran.
Distance: 104km / 65 miles 
Duration: 7 days 
Height Gain: 300 metres/990 feet 


The West Island Way 
The West Island Way follows a route running the length of the lovely Isle of Bute. 
Distance: 46km / 29 miles 
Duration: 2 days 
Height Gain: 50 metres/165 feet 


Cowal Way
The Cowal Way runs through Argyll's Cowal peninsula running from Portavadie to Ardgartan. 
Distance: 92km / 57 miles 
Duration: 5 days 
Height Gain: 1540 metres/5082 feet 


Cateran Trail
The Cateran Trail, named after local cattle rustlers, is a circular route from Blairgowrie.
Distance: 96km / 60 miles 
Duration: 5 days 
Height Gain: 960 metres/3168 feet 


Formartine and Buchan Way
This Way runs north from Aberdeen to Peterhead and Fraserburgh along an old railway.
Distance: 86km / 53 miles 
Duration: 5 days 
Height Gain: 200 metres/660 feet 


Cape Wrath Trail
The route runs from Fort William to Cape Wrath and is a great trek for experienced walkers.
Distance: 320km / 200 miles 
Duration: 14-16 days 
Height Gain: 580 metres/1914 feet 


Sir Walter Scott Way

The Sir Walter Scott Way is a varied route across the eastern borders of Scotland. 
Distance: 148km / 92.5miles 
Duration: 6 days 


The John Buchan Way 
A fully waymarked route from Peebles to Broughton following established hill tracks. 
Distance: 22km / 13.75miles 
Duration: 1 day 
Height Gain: 800 metres/2640 feet 


The John Muir Way
East Lothian has a very distinct and varied coastline.
Distance: 47km / 29.3 miles 
Duration: 2 days 
Height Gain: 120 metres/396 feet 


Nave-Nortrail - The North Sea Trail
NAVE NORTRAIL is a new long distance route currently in development. 





The Annandale Way
The way-marked route has been designed to cover a variety of terrain and landscape.
Distance: 55 miles Duration: 2-5 days 




River Ayr Way 
This route starts at Glenbuck in East Ayrshire ending in the pretty seaside town of Ayr.
Distance: 66km / 41.25miles Duration: 2 days  




The Kintyre Way
The Kintyre Way lets you enjoy this wonderfully unexplored and beautiful part of Scotland. 
Distance: 142km / 88 miles Duration: 4-7 days Height Gain: 400 metres/1320 feet 




The Carrick Way
The Carrick Way comprises of a circular route around the hills of North & South Carrick. 
Distance: 160km / 100miles Duration: 8 days  




The Minigaig Pass - Kingussie to Blair Atholl
This 1-2 day walk is for experienced hikers only and runs from Blair Atholl to Kingussie.
Distance: 42km / 26.5 miles Duration: 1-2 days Height Gain: 1120 metres/3696 feet 




The Clyde Coast Way
A four day coastal walk in South West Scotland with impressive scenery.
Distance: 80km / 50miles Duration: 4 days Height Gain: 153 metres/504.9 feet  




Ayrshire Coastal Path
Scotland's newest long distance walking route takes in some of the finest coastal scenery.
Distance: 161km / 100 miles Duration: 5-10 days Height Gain: 800 metres/2640 feet 




East Highland Way
Connects Fort William, outdoor capital of the UK, with the mountain resort of Aviemore.
Distance: 122km / 76 miles Duration: 5-7 days Height Gain: 350 metres 




Three Lochs Way
A great new 50 kilometre long walking route called The Three Lochs Way has just opened up  and as it can easily be accomplished in 3 or 4 days, it makes an ideal short break project. 
Distance: 50km / 31 miles Duration: 3-4 days Height Gain:  600m/1969 feet 




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