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

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

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

West Highland Way

  • Start point: Milnagavie, nr Glasgow
  • End point: Fort William
  • Distance or area: 96 miles (155km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

One of the longer of Scotland’s Great Trails, the West Highland Way is an epic walk. It starts close to Scotland’s largest city, follows the shores of its biggest loch and passes at the foot of its tallest mountain. It was also the first of Scotland’s paths to be made an official long distance route in 1980.

More information:www.west-highland-way.co.uk

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