Welcome to Scotland, land of the brave and fearless. It is also land for the adventurous walker, camper and intrepid explorer. www.walkscotland.com is a comprehensive list of walking tours, mountain treks and adventure spots for walking, treking and camping in Scotlands beautiful hills, trails and mountains.
Standing in relative isolation from the farmlands north of Banchory, the flat-topped Hill of Fare contains a remarkably large area of moorland plateau and sends a number of shoulders far out into little wooded glens.
At 471 metres, or 1545 feet, high it may be only 'half' a Munro but the peak still provides a full mountain experience.
For its relatively modest height it forms an unusually complex hill, it's almost like a mountain range in miniature, and gives superb views of Deeside. The usual route to Hill of Fare from Banchory goes through a marshy depression occupied by reeds and willows near Lochhead House. To continue reading more on Hills Fare, please click here.
Straddling the watershed between Glen Shee and Glen Isla, Monamenach is a heathery lump of a hill.
That said, however, the ascent is fairly steep, calling for a strenuous start to the route, although once the initial height is gained, a very pleasant upland wander awaits the hillwalker with some remarkable views over neighbouring peaks.
From the parking area, walk north, past the bridge on the right and, just before forestry is reached, branch left up a grassy path to reach a track. Go left and follow the track south towards Auchavan.
Just before you reach a cattle grid, turn right on to a track which climbs west over open grazing land. To continue reading more on Monamenach, please click here.
A vast tract of tall Scots and Corsican pine, Tentsmuir Forest covers 1500 hectares on the north-east tip of Fife. Bounded on three sides by water - the Tay Estuary, the North Sea and the Eden Estuary - it borders the golden ribbon of Tentsmuir Sands.
The area takes its name from Tents Muir, what was open moorland before the Forestry Commission began commercial harvesting here. The networks of track and path created by the foresters to allow the movement of wood are a God-send for walkers, mountain-bikers and pony trekking enthusiasts. They are even used by dog-sled teams!
The area is teeming with wildlife - roe deer, red squirrels and butterflies are among the plantation's inhabitants. Bats are also to be found here and special boxes have been put up on the tall trees to encourage growing populations of natterers, pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats.
They best time to see them is at dusk when they come out to hunt airborne insects. To continue reading more on Tentsmuir Forest, please click here.
A coastal path leads from the scattered community of Elgol into the shadow of the jagged Cuillin peaks.
It skirts the shores of rippling blue waters of Loch Scavaig, offering some spectacular views of the famous mountain range.
You can also spot the island of Soay, Rhum and Canna on a clear day. You'll need a head for heights for some sections where the path skirts above steep drops into the sea.
The route begins in the public car park in Elgol, sited just above the village pier. As the car park is located part way down a steep road leading to the harbour the first stretch requires a hard pull back up. But just as you start to run out of puff, a signpost for Garsbheinn points down a track to the left.
Follow this as the way passes couple of cottages. When it enters a gate into the garden of a house at the end, branch off along a small path on the right, signed to Loch Coruisk. This leads out over grazing land high above the swirling sea. There are excellent views over Loch Scavaig to the Cuillin ahead and west across the sea to the island of Soay.
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Applecross is a wonderfully remote and peaceful part of Scotland. Hugging the north-west coast, the tiny community consists of a string of waterfront cottages, a lively local pub and a well maintained estate, centred on Applecross House. This low-level leg-stretch utilises part of a network of paths on the estate and explores coastal, moor and wooded terrain.
In the car park at the start of the walk there is an information board highlighting local waymarked trails. This is the yellow coded one. From the car park, head up on to the road and turn left, passing between the post office and village filling station.
Carry straight on at the junction beyond and follow the single-track road along above the rocky shore of wide Applecross Bay. Continue until you reach the entrance to Applecross House, on the right. To continue reading more on Smithy Woodland Walk, please click here.
At 4406 feet, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The ascent starts from almost sea level and is hard work, even for the fit walker. Although this route does not take in the summit, it does climb up over the west shoulder of the mountain before skirting round below the north face, arguably the most impressive aspect of the Ben.
The walk starts at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre in Glen Nevis where a footbridge at the back of the car park crosses the River Nevis. On the far side, the path turns right and follows the river upstream for a way. Then, just beyond Auchintee bunkhouse, it turns left, crossing a stile.
The first short burst of climbing brings you out above Auchintee House where the path crosses another stile and then rises over the open hillside. The ascent is well graded but hard work. The path here has been built to cope with the thousands of pairs of feet that trample over it each year so, although a little eroded in places, it is fairly solid.
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