Ten stunning walks in Central Scotland

Central Scotland is a walker’s paradise. Check out these top 10 walks.

Ten stunning walks in Central Scotland

Dawn on Aug 20, 2015

Central Scotland is home to some of the best walking routes in the country. From waymarked trails to undiscovered glens, we've listed the top 10 walks in the area.

1. The Cateran Trail - The Cateran Trail is a waymarked walk stretching 64 miles in Central Scotland. The trail takes its name from the cattle thieves who raided the lands of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla. Walkers can take on the full stretch or enjoy the Cateran Trail over five days. Throughout the trail, you’ll pass spectacular viewpoints and landmarks including the charming hamlet Bridge of Cully, Dalnaglar Castle and Glen Isla.

2. Loch Tay from Killin – This beautiful yet short walk offers spectacular views over Loch Tay. It’s relatively easy to follow, but watch out for any wet ground after stormy weather. The route follows an old railway line and is one of the best ways to admire the 15-mile stretch of water that creates Loch Tay. Following this trail will also allow you to enjoy views of Rivers Lochay and Dochart.

3. Loch Rannoch Forest Walk – Loch Rannoch and the nearby village of Kinloch Rannoch offer beautiful woodland and waterside walks. The Loch Rannoch forest walk leads you through the Caledonia forest with magnificent views over the water. Wandering through the mixed woodland, walkers can follow the waymarked path along easy terrain.

4. Angus Glens – The Angus Glens are made up of six glens, stretching through the countryside and finishing at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Needless to say, the Angus Glens are a prime spot for walking. From the town of Kirriemuir, you can access Glen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova and Glen Dol. Each of these routes offer varying terrains and levels of difficulty.

5. Isle of May – For those seeking a calm walk with plenty to see along the way, the Isle of May is a great choice. The island is a haven for wildlife and makes for a relaxing walk, watching the seabirds and seals. Visiting between April and July is the best time to see the breeding birds, while seals prefer to make an appearance in Autumn.

6. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park covers 720 square miles and encompasses some of Scotland’s finest scenery. With a varying landscape including rolling countryside, mountains, forests and lochs, this is an ideal spot for walkers. The walk to Ben A’an from Loch Achray is highly recommended. The 2.5 mile walk offers stunning views from the top of Ben A’an. For walkers seeking an unbeatable view over Loch Lomond, check out the walk to Conic Hill from Balmaha. It’s a 4 mile route overlooking Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains.

7. Dollar Glen circuit walk – Exploring the gorges of the Dollar Glen has been a popular activity since the Victorian times. Crossing beautiful bridges and stopping at magnificent viewpoints are just some of the reasons why. The circular walk even passes by Castle Campbell. The route follows a narrow path above a steep gorge and has railings in places.

8. Breadalbane Walking Rings – The Walking Rings of Breadalbane are a great way to discover ancient landscapes. With a range of terrains, there are routes to suit all abilities. There are two separate walking routes, each with shorter trails within them, leading through Crieff, Aberfeldy, Comrie and St Fillans.

9. Fife Coastal Path - Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth estuary to the Tay estuary, stretching for 117 miles. Leading along Fife’s spectacular coastline, the waymarked trail offers routes for all abilities. Passing through small fishing villages, rugged cliffs and award-winning beaches, walkers will find something to explore on each section of this path.

10. Rob Roy Way – The Rob Roy Way is a seven-day stretch across the Southern Highlands, taking in some of the country’s most breathtaking views. The route takes its name from Rob Roy MacGregor, who followed these tracks in the 17th and 18th centuries as Scotland’s most notorious outlaw. The route is 77 or 94 miles, depending on the route. For avid walkers, there are more challenging routes as well as mild walks, passing by Loch Tay, Loch Venechar, Ben Ledi and Ben Chonzie.

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