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

Berwickshire Coastal Path

  • Start point: Cockburnspath
  • End point: Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Distance or area: 28 miles (45km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The Berwickshire Coast Path may not be the longest of its kind but it still offers a terrific walking experience packed with geological sites and places of historic interest as well as uninterrupted views of the North Sea and the second highest cliffs on Britain’s east coast.

More information:www.scotborders.gov.uk/berwickshire_coastal_path

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