Paths, parks and countryside areas

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

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

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

Formartine and Buchan Way

  • Start point: Dyce, near Aberdeen
  • End point: Fraserburgh & Peterhead
  • Distance or area: 53 miles (86km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Northern Scotland

The Formartine and Buchan Way is an off-road route linking Dyce with Fraserburgh and Peterhead. The path follows the old Formartine and Buchan Railway line which in its glory days transported passengers from Dyce on the fringes of Aberdeen to the coastal towns of Fraserburgh or Peterhead, the route splitting at the village of Maud.

More information:www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Fife Coastal Path

  • Start point: Kincardine
  • End point: Neburgh
  • Distance or area: 117 miles (187km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in the north for a distance of 117 miles, bringing walkers past pretty villages, along award-winning beaches, over rugged cliffs and even to the origin of modern golf in St Andrews!

More information:www.fifecoastalpath.co.uk