Paths, parks and countryside areas

Speyside Way

  • Start point: Buckie
  • End point: Aviemore
  • Distance or area: 65 miles (105km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

This route links the Moray coast with the edge of the Cairngorms. It starts at Buckie on the coast and follows the course of the Speyside Valley to Aviemore for 65 miles. There is an off-shoot walk of 15 miles that stretches walkers further on a challenging route from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul.

More information:www.speysideway.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

Dava Way

  • Start point: Grantown-on-Spey
  • End point: Forres
  • Distance or area: 24 miles (39km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

The Dava Way links the historic towns of Forres in Moray with Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and so is off-road and away from traffic.

More information:www.davaway.org.uk

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

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