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Long Distance Walking Trails (with GPX-files!)

The different stages of the Scottish National Trail (27) and the St Ninian's Way (35) are not visible on this map. These trails follow for the main part other existing trails.

Interesting news at the bottom of the page!

You might recognize that delicious thrill, especially at the very start of a walk. That sense of utter freedom and near childlike wonder that comes over you. Walking, or ambling along for that matter, offers a wonderful way to reset your inner equilibrium and leaves ample time to think and reflect.

Although I prefer to create my very own route (I'm an avid old school map reader), I can very well understand the attraction of the Trails. Most of them are signposted and nearly all of them are well documented. Underneath you'll find the official (and some unofficial) Long Distance Walking Trails in Scotland with links to dedicated sites with all the details. Some trails intersect and the fine-meshed network of 'Heritage Paths' are superb for 'trail jumping'.

A very special thanks goes to Mike Brockhurst (https://www.walkingenglishman.com/scotland.htm) who proved to be an incredible source of information. Highly appreciated!

Looking for a specific GPX-file? Maybe I can help. Use contact .....to get in contact!

Trail Grading (Developed by incomparable Walkhighlands):

  • Grade 1 - Easier walks, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.
  • Grade 2 - Slightly harder walks. Paths may be indistinct, navigation skills are required.
  • Grade 3 - Moderate hillwalks. Terrain will be steep, map reading skills essential.
  • Grade 4 - Harder hillwalks. Can include longer walks and pathless sections (careful navigation). Possible scree and minor scrambling. This grade is quite broad.
  • Grade 5 - Tough by hillwalking standards; these routes can be very arduous or include trickier scrambling. Includes the hardest or most strenuous Munros.

1

Heritage Path connection with Cape Wrath Trail, Scottish National Trail, South Loch Ness Trail and Great Glen Way!

Distance:  71 KM/Grade 3

Drumnadrochit - Morvich

Links to: 7, 16, 27

2

Distance:  88 KM/Grade 3

Moffat - Newbie Mains

Links to: 30, 35

3

Distance: 109 KM/Grade 4

Brodick - Brodick

Links to: 4

4

Distance: 148 KM/Grade 2

Glenapp - Skelmorlie

Links to: 3, 21, 24, 25, 35, 40

5

Distance:  48 KM/Grade 2

Cocksburnpath - Berwick-upon-Tweed

Links to: 19, 30

6

Distance: 107 KM/Grade 2

Jedburgh - Jedburgh

Links to: 27, 30, 33

7

Heritage Path connection with Affric Kintail Way and the John o'Groats Trail!

Distance: 378 KM/Grade 4

Fort William - Cape Wrath

Links to: 1, 13, 16, 27, 37, 39

8

Distance: 104 KM/Grade 3

Blairgowrie - Blairgowrie

9

Distance:  65 KM/Grade 1

Glasgow - New Lanark

Links to: 35

10

Distance:  82 KM/Grade 2

Hawick - Harperrig

Links to: 6, 27, 30

11

Distance:  38 KM/Grade 1

Grantown - Forres

Links to: 23, 31

12

Distance:  66 KM/Grade 1

Aberdeen - Ballater

Links to: 34

13

Heritage Path connection with West Highland Way!

Distance: 128 KM/Grade 4

Fort William - Aviemore

Links to: 7, 16, 27, 31, 39

14

Distance: 183 KM/Grade 2

Kincardine - Newburgh

Links to: 19, 32 ,34

15

Distance:  86 KM/Grade 1

Dyce - Fraserburgh / Peterhead

16

Heritage Path connection with Affric Kintail Way!

Distance: 117 KM/Grade 2

Fort William - Inverness

Links to: 1, 7, 13, 20, 27, 29, 39

17

Distance:  48 KM/Grade 2

Callander - Inversnaid

Links to: 22, 26, 39

18

Distance: 135 KM/Grade 2

Wallsend - Bowness-on-Solway

Links to: 36

19

Distance: 212 KM/Grade 1

Helensburgh - Dunbar

Links to: 5, 14, 27, 30, 35, 38, 39

20

Heritage Path connection with Cape Wrath Trail and Scottish National Trail!

Distance: 238 KM/Grade 4

Inverness - John o'Groats

Links to: 16

21

Distance: 161 KM/Grade 3

Tarbert - Machrihanish

Links to: 4, 22

22

Distance:  90 KM/Grade 3

Portavadie - Inveruglas

Links to: 17, 21, 38, 39

23

Distance:  72 KM/Grade 2

Forres - Cullen

Links to: 11, 31

24

Distance:  72 KM/Grade 2

Mull of Galloway - Glenapp

Links to: 24

25

Heritage Path connection with Southern Upland Way!

Distance:  65 KM/Grade 1

Glenbuck - Ayr

Links to: 4, 35

26

Distance: 128 KM/Grade 2

Drymen - Pitlochry

Links to: 17, 27, 32, 39

27

Heritage Path connection with Affric Kintail Way and the John o'Groats Trail!

Distance: 864 KM/Grade 4

Kirk Yetholm - Cape Wrath

Links to: 1, 6, 7, 10, 16, 26, 30, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39,

28

Distance: 128 KM/Grade 4

Rubha Hunish - Broadford

29

Heritage Path connection with Affric Kintail Way!

Distance:  43 KM/Grade 2

Torbreck - Fort Augustus

Links to: 16, 27

30

Heritage Path connection with River Ayr Way!

Distance: 338 KM/Grade 3

Portpatrick - Cocksburnpath

Links to: 2, 5, 6, 24, 27, 34, 35

31

Distance: 116 KM/Grade 2

Buckie - Aviemore

Links to: 11, 13, 23

32

St Columba's Way: See: Way of St Andrews

Links to: 14, 26, 27, 34, 39

33

Distance: 100 KM/Grade 2

Melrose - Lindisfarne

Links to: 6, 27, 30

34

St Duthac's Way: See: Way of St Andrews

Links to: 12, 14, 32

35

St Ninian's Way: See: Way of St Andrews

Links to: 2, 4, 9, 25, 30, 34

36

St Wilfrid's Way: See: Way of St Andrews

Links to: 6, 18, 30, 33, 34

37

Distance: 112 KM/Grade 3

Lochinver - Tongue

Links to: 7, 27

38

Distance:  53 KM/Grade 2

Balloch - Inveruglas

Links to: 22, 34, 39

39

Heritage Path connection with East Highland Way!

Distance: 151 KM/Grade 2

Milngavie - Fort William

Links to: 7, 13, 17, 22, 26, 27, 32, 34

40

Distance:  34 KM/Grade 2

Kilchattan Bay - Kilchattan Bay

Links to: 4

Latest news 9/2/2021:

Many of Scotland’s Great Trails will benefit from improvements costing almost £111,000.

NatureScot, the Scottish Government’s advisory body on the outdoors, said more than 70 per cent of the nation’s population lives within five miles of one of the great trails, a network of 29 long-distance routes. Much of the work announced involves removing barriers and improving access.

  • The funding includes £26,000 for a community project led by the Helensburgh and District Access Trust to build a new bridge on the Three Lochs Way.
  • Working with the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park, almost £19,000 is being invested in improvements to the popular West Highland Way at Keilator, near Crianlarich, and between Ewich and Tyndrum.
  • The Clyde Walkway will benefit from around £20,000 for a new wooden boardwalk and the replacement of stiles with self-closing gates to make access easier.
  • Similar work to improve accessibility is also being carried out on the Cateran Trail at a smaller scale.
  • Repairs and improvements to the path surface on the John Muir Way at Falkirk will also be carried out with funding of more than £26,000.
  • Meanwhile £20,000 has been earmarked for a partnership project led by St Fillans Community Trust to create a local path linking the old railway line between St Fillans and Lochearnhead which will form part of the Cross Scotland Pilgrim Way. (A new name for the existing St Columba's Way?)