Paths, parks and countryside areas

St Cuthbert’s Way

  • Start point: Melrose
  • End point: Lindisfarne (Holy Island), England
  • Distance or area: 62 miles (100km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland and North East England

This route links two places significant in the life of St Cuthbert, a 7th century saint who began his ministry in Melrose in the Scottish Borders town and was buried on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in England off the Northumberland coast.

More information:www.stcuthbertsway.net

West Island Way

  • Start point: Kilchattan Bay
  • End point: Port Bannatyne
  • Distance or area: 30 miles (48km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Not to be confused with the West Highland Way, the West Island Way opened in 2000 to mark the millennium and was Scotland’s first long distance island footpath. It runs the complete length of the Isle of Bute featuring seashore, moorland, farmland and forest – not forgetting the great views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.

More information:www.visitbute.com/Walking+on+Bute

John Muir Way

  • Start point: Helensburgh
  • End point: Dunbar
  • Distance or area: 134 miles (215km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

The John Muir Way – named after the Scottish born conservationist John Muir – is a great escape for residents of Scotland’s capital out into the Scottish Borders. And with the coast serving as a companion on most of this route, there can be no better antidote to stressful city living.

More information:www.johnmuirway.org

Southern Upland Way

  • Start point: Portpatrick
  • End point: Cockburnspath
  • Distance or area: 212 miles (340km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Welcome to Scotland’s only official coast-to-coast long distance path. It runs right across the country from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway to the North Sea at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders and is the undisputed giant of Scotland’s Great Trails.

More information:www.southernuplandway.gov.uk

Mull of Galloway Trail

  • Start point: Mull of Galloway
  • End point: Glenapp
  • Distance or area: 36 miles (58km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The most south-reaching (and one of the most recently designated) of Scotland’s Great Trails fittingly starts at Scotland’s most southerly point – the Mull of Galloway where walkers are treated to views of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man.

More information:www.mullofgallowaytrail.co.uk