Paths, parks and countryside areas

Formartine and Buchan Way

  • Start point: Dyce, near Aberdeen
  • End point: Fraserburgh & Peterhead
  • Distance or area: 53 miles (86km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

The Formartine and Buchan Way is an off-road route linking Dyce with Fraserburgh and Peterhead. The path follows the old Formartine and Buchan Railway line which in its glory days transported passengers from Dyce on the fringes of Aberdeen to the coastal towns of Fraserburgh or Peterhead, the route splitting at the village of Maud.

More information:www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Borders Abbeys Way

  • Start point: Circular route taking in the border towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso
  • Distance or area: 68 miles (109km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The magnificent ruined abbeys are the draw of this route which links historic border towns and villages and takes walkers across varied terrain from roads to tracks and farm fields, riverside paths to forest rides and old railway lines to old drove roads.

More information:www.bordersabbeysway.com

Cateran Trail

  • Start point: Blairgowrie (circular route)
  • Distance or area: 64 miles (103 km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

Taking its name from cattle thieves and marauders who roamed the area from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, the lasso-shaped Cateran Trail is a relatively gentle route blessed with peaceful glens and mountain views which also takes in expansive moorland and farmland and forest.

More information:www.caterantrail.org

River Ayr Way

  • Start point: Glenbuck
  • End point: Ayr
  • Distance or area: 44 miles (70km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Few walks can be more fulfilling than accompanying a river on its journey from its source until reaching its final destination, the sea. The River Ayr Way was Scotland’s first ‘source to sea’ path, taking walkers from the river’s source at Glenbuck Loch to the coast at Ayr.

More information:www.theriverayrway.org

West Highland Way

  • Start point: Milnagavie, nr Glasgow
  • End point: Fort William
  • Distance or area: 96 miles (155km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

One of the longer of Scotland’s Great Trails, the West Highland Way is an epic walk. It starts close to Scotland’s largest city, follows the shores of its biggest loch and passes at the foot of its tallest mountain. It was also the first of Scotland’s paths to be made an official long distance route in 1980.

More information:www.west-highland-way.co.uk