Long Distance Walking Trails + GPX

Each to their own thoughts


You might recognize that thrill, that sense of freedom and near childlike wonder. Walking, or ambling along for that matter, resets your inner equilibrium and leaves ample time to think and reflect.

Although personally I prefer to simply follow my legs, I do understand perfectly well the attraction of the Trails. Most trails are signposted and well documented and quite a few offer accommodation, be it campsites, b&b's or even hotels. Underneath you'll find the official (some unofficial) Long Distance Walking Trails in Scotland with links to dedicated sites with all the details. Distances mentioned are often 'tenuous' at best!

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

Why would you hike? What is the point!? Watch this award winning short video. It inspires and is very well done. Mayby it provides the answer you seek,

More information on walks suggested by Cameron McNeish? Look!

More information on how to use GPX? Maybe this might help!

More information on Heritage Paths? Check here!

More walks will be added!!!

Trail Grading (Developed by Walkhighlands). Do not rely only on your phone or app. There is not always a signal! Always take a map. Learn how to use a compass!

  • Grade 1 - Easier walks, mostly on well defined paths. 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 are essential and again: Navigation skills are required.
  • 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.

Southern Scotland

Annandale Way (new GPX) Moffat-Newbie Mains: 88 km/Grade 3

Ayrshire Coastal Path (new GPX) Glenapp-Skelmorlie: 148 km/Grade 2

Berwickshire Coastal Path (new GPX) Cocksburnpath-Berwick-upon-Tweed: 48 km/Grade 2

Borders Abbeys Way (new GPX) Jedburgh-Jedburgh: 107 km/Grade 2

Cross Borders Drove Road (new GPX) Hawick-Harperrig: 82 km/Grade 2

Mull of Galloway Trail (new GPX) Mull of Galloway-Glenapp: 72 km/Grade 2

River Ayr Way (new GPX) Glenbuck-Ayr: 65 km + Heritage Path!/Grade 1

Romans and Reivers Route (new GPX) Ae Village-Hawick: 85 km/Grade 1

Southern Upland Way (new GPX) Portpatrick-Cocksburnpath: 338 km + Heritage Path!/Grade 3

St Cuthbert's Way (new GPX) Melrose-Lindisfarne: 100 km/Grade 2

St Ninian's Way: See bottom of this page

St Wilfrid's Way: see bottom of this page

Central &  East Scotland

Cateran Trail (new GPX) Blairgowrie-Blairgowrie: 104 km/Grade 3

NEW  Clan Ring (new GPX) Crief-Crief: 109 km/Grade 3

Deeside Way (new GPX) Aberdeen-Ballater: 66 km/Grade 1

East Highland Way (new GPX) Fort William-Aviemore: 128 km + Heritage Paths/Grade 3

Fife Coastal Path (new GPX) Kincardine-Newburgh: 183 km/Grade 2

Formartine & Buchan Way (new GPX) Dyce-Fraserburgh or Peterhead: 86 km/Grade 1

John Muir Way (new GPX) Helensburgh-Dunbar: 212 km/Grade 1

Mary, Queen of Scots Way: See bottom of this page

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

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

Stevenson Way (new GPX) Erraid (Isle of Mull)-Sth Queensferry: 499 km/Grade 5

Central & West Scotland

Affric Kintail Way (new GPX) Drumnadrochit-Morvich: + Heritage Paths/71 KM/Grade 3

Arran Coastal Way (new GPX) Brodick-Brodick: 109 km/Grade 4

Clyde Walkway (new GPX) Glasgow-New Lanark: 65 km/Grade 1

Great Trossachs Path (new GPX) Callander-Inversnaid: 48 km/Grade 2

Kintyre Way (new GPX) Tarbert-Machrihanish: 161 km/Grade 3

Loch Lomond & Cowal Way (new GPX) Portavadie-Inveruglas: 90 km/Grade 3

Rob Roy Way (new GPX) Drymen-Pitlochry: 128 km/Grade 2

Three Lochs Way (new GPX) Balloch-Inveruglas: 53 km/Grade 2

West Highland Way(new GPX) Milngavie-Fort William:  + Heritage Paths/151 km/Grade 2

West Island Way (new GPX) Kilchattan Bay-Kilchattan Bay: 34 km/Grade 2

Northern Scotland

Cape Wrath Trail (new GPX) Fort William-Cape Wrath: + Heritage Paths/378 km/Grade 4

Dava Way (new GPX) Grantown-Forres: 38 km/Grade 1

Great Glen Way (360) (new GPX) Fort William-Inverness: + Heritage Path/117 km/Grade 2

Hebridean Way (new GPX) Vatersay-Stornoway: 252 km/Grade 1

John o'Groats Trail (new GPX) Inverness-John o'Groats: + Heritage Path/238 km/Grade 4

Moray Coast Trail (new GPX) Forres-Cullen/72 km: Grade 2

Skye Trail (new GPX) Rubha Hunish-Broadford: 128 km/Grade 4

South Loch Ness Trail (360) (new GPX) Fort Augustus-Torbreck: + Heritage Path/43 km/Grade 2

Speyside Way (new GPX) Buckie-Aviemore: 116 km/Grade 2

Sutherland Trail (new GPX) Lochinver-Tongue: 112 km/Grade 3

Additional Trails

NEW Famous Highland Drove Walk (new GPX) Glenbrittle (Isle of Skye)-Crieff: 320 km/Grade 3

Hadrian's Wall Path (new GPX) Wallsend-Bowness-on-Solway: 135 km/Grade 2

Mary, Queen of Scots Way (new GPX) Arrochar-St Andrews: 185 km/Grade 2

Scottish National Trail Kirk Yetholm-Cape Wrath: + Heritage Paths/864 km/Grade 4

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

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