Paths, parks and countryside areas

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

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

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

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