Paths, parks and countryside areas

Annandale Way

  • Start point: Annanhead, above Moffat
  • End point: Newbiebarnes, near Annan
  • Distance or area: 55 miles (89km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Like the Thames Path National Trail, this 55 mile long distance walking route stays close to a river from source to sea, in this case the river Annan. Along the way it brings walkers through the stunning scenery of the Annandale ‘strath’ or large valley with sights such as a Roman watch tower along the way.

More information:annandaleway.org

Ayrshire Coastal Path

  • Start point: Glenapp
  • End point: Skelmorlie
  • Distance or area: 100 miles (161km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

This 100 mile route takes walkers along one of the finest coastlines in the British Isles, hugging cliff tops and skirting along beaches all the while offering views of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde.

More information:www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org

Cross Borders Drove Road

  • Start point: Little Vantage
  • End point: Hawick
  • Distance or area: 52 miles (83km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

As the name suggests, cattle and sheep were once driven along this route, but they have since been replaced by walkers, cyclists and horse riders making their way south from West Lothian to the Scottish Borders.

More information:www.southofscotlandcountrysidetrails.co.uk

Forth & Clyde and Union Canal Towpaths

  • Start point: Bowling
  • End point: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
  • Distance or area: 66 miles (106km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

As the name suggests this route is a tale of two canals, the Forth & Clyde and the Union, which meet at the Falkirk Wheel boatlift to form a waterway and walking route from the mouth of the River Clyde on the west coast of Scotland to the capital on the east.

More information:www.scottishcanals.co.uk

Three Lochs Way

  • Start point: Balloch
  • End point: Inveruglas
  • Distance or area: 31 miles (50km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

The Three Lochs Way links the freshwater Loch Lomond with the sea lochs of Gare Loch and Loch Long in four stages. Views of these three bodies of water are never far away and walkers can also look out over the Forth of Clyde during the section from Balloch to Helensburgh.

More information:http://www.threelochsway.co.uk/index.html