Paths, parks and countryside areas

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

Great Glen Way

  • Start point: Fort William
  • End point: Inverness
  • Distance or area: 79 miles (127km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

This delightful route links Fort William, resting under the watchful eye of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, with Inverness, following the major natural fault line of the Great Glen which divides Scotland from coast to coast.

More information:www.greatglenway.com

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

Kintyre Way

  • Start point: Tarbert
  • End point: Southend
  • Distance or area: 87 miles (140km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Sea lovers are in for a real treat on the relatively unexplored Kintyre peninsula which, more island than mainland, lies sandwiched between the isles of Islay and Arran. The zigzagging Kintyre Way offers both gentle walking and more serious hikes but leaving for home may be the greatest challenge of all on this trail!

More information:www.kintyreway.com

Moray Coast Trail

  • Start point: Forres
  • End point: Cullen
  • Distance or area: 50 miles (80km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

This part of Scotland has an incredible coastline and you will be rewarded with views over the Moray Firth no matter which part of the route you are walking along. Despite giving a sense of remoteness due to the ruggedness of the coast, pleasant villages and towns are never far away on this 50 mile trail.

More information:www.morayways.org.uk/moray-coast-trail