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

Rob Roy Way

  • Start point: Drymen
  • End point: Pitlochry
  • Distance or area: 77 or 94 miles (124 or 151km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

This route pays homage to Scottish folk hero, outlaw and legend Robert Roy MacGregor, known as Rob Roy, and the routes he and others used during the Jacobite uprisings and clan feuds of the 17th and 18th centuries.

More information:www.robroyway.com

Cleveland Way

  • Start point: The cross in Market Square at Helmsley
  • End point: Filey Brigg, on the coast, 7 miles (11km) south of Scarborough
  • Distance or area: 110 miles (177km)
  • Type: National Trail
  • Location: Yorkshire and Humber

Those of us who like variety on a walk are well served by the ever changing landscape of the Cleveland Way.
It is often described as two walks in one. The first half showcases the North York Moors and the second half brings walkers along a spectacular coastal route.

More information:www.nationaltrail.co.uk/clevelandway

River Ayr Way

  • Start point: Glenbuck
  • End point: Ayr
  • Distance or area: 44 miles (70km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Few walks can be more fulfilling than accompanying a river on its journey from its source until reaching its final destination, the sea. The River Ayr Way was Scotland’s first ‘source to sea’ path, taking walkers from the river’s source at Glenbuck Loch to the coast at Ayr.

More information:www.theriverayrway.org

Mull of Galloway Trail

  • Start point: Mull of Galloway
  • End point: Glenapp
  • Distance or area: 36 miles (58km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The most south-reaching (and one of the most recently designated) of Scotland’s Great Trails fittingly starts at Scotland’s most southerly point – the Mull of Galloway where walkers are treated to views of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man.

More information:www.mullofgallowaytrail.co.uk