Make the most of the festive season in Scotland with the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks

The cold crisp days of winter are a magical time to go walking, with transformed scenery and spectacular early sunsets.

Getting out into the great outdoors for a while is a wonderful way to escape the demands of the festive season for a few hours too. Luckily, the Ramblers’ annual Festival of Winter Walks is back, from 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, with 60 free walks in Scotland to help with some winter walking inspiration.

The Festival of Winter Walks, supported this year by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is now in its 30th year - so the Ramblers know a thing or two about the joys of getting out and about in the colder weather. From short, festive-themed strolls topped off with a sociable drink to more strenuous stretches to help boost your energy levels, there’s a walks to suit everyone.

Ramblers Scotland director Jess Dolan said: “Winter is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings in the fresh air, but it can drop to the bottom of the list among all the competing demands of the holidays. Our Festival of Winter Walks offers an easy way to head out for a winter wander with friends and family.

“And if you feel like you’ve over indulged on turkey and mince pies, it’s a great way to help you kick start those New Year fitness resolutions too. If you need a little help in staying motivated, why not sign up to our free online tracker? It allows you to log your walking activity and monitor your progress – a great way to make sure you keep walking.

The 60 free festival walks in Scotland include:

Also, a number of local Ramblers Routes are also available for walkers who prefer to walk with friends or family

All group walks during the Festival of Winter Walks are free to attend, but if you’re inspired to keep walking, why not join the Ramblers? Your membership will give you access to hundreds of group walks every year, an online library of over 2,500 Ramblers Routes, as well as many other benefits, which also makes Ramblers gift membership the perfect Christmas present.

Jess added: “A winter walk out to the cold, fresh air can be the perfect winter mood enhancer. And with such a diverse range of walks on offers, what starts out as a one-off Christmas or New Year walk could lead to life-long friendships and a serious walking habit.”

During the festival people can enjoy the following range of free activities:

  • Visit for details of hundreds of free group walks taking place across the country
  • If you need a little inspiration on where to walk, download a Ramblers Route from our online library and head out for a solo stroll or a walk with family or friends
  • Sign up for Ramblers’ free online walk tracker to log your walks. Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their first steps, there are lots of badges and rewards up for grabs for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones.
  • For a choice of over 1,900 short walks across Scotland, download the free Medal Routes App.

The Festival of Winter Walks is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to help everyone, everywhere enjoy walking. 

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their Festival of Winter Walks, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”