Scotland is a destination with a lot to offer its visitors. From vibrant cities to the stunning, natural beauty of the highlands, visitors can expect to have countless options at their disposal when it comes to looking for things to do here.
One of the best ways to get out and see the real, untamed Scotland is with a hiking trip. Hiking in the Scottish Highlands offers visitors stunning views and experiences which is why we wanted to explore it a little more in case you were on the lookout for an enjoyable vacation.
One of the best things about Scotland is the ease with which you can combine the busy city life with a trip into the wild open country. The West Highland Highway offers you the perfect chance to do this. It starts to the south in the suburbs of Glasgow and the rolling hills near Loch Lomond, before travelling on over wild heather moors to the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest peak) located at Fort William.
The hiking venture is quite challenging. Experienced and determined participants can aim to complete its 152 km length in one week. For the less enthusiastic walkers it is recommended to break it down into sections, which can be completed in a day. It is well worth the effort. No other long-distance walk in Britain offers such breath-taking views.
Most hikers set off from the quiet commuter village of Milngavie, where a granite obelisk on Douglas Street marks the southern end of the way. This is because the gentle first section of the walk lets you prepare your legs for the more demanding trails awaiting in the north. This route is full of historical landmarks. Before leaving the shores of Loch Lomond, it passes „Rob Roy’s Cave” – one of the many hideouts of the legendary outlaw. After that you will find the ruins of St Fillan’s Chapel – a church endowed by Robert the Bruce in the 14th century.
But it is natural beauty, not man-made buildings that make the West Highland Way special. On the long days walk along the wild peatlands of Rannoch Moor you may, with a little bit of luck, see a red deer and a soaring, golden eagle, making it one of the few great adventures left in Britain. The climax of the trip, stretching over the route’s highest point at 550 metres, named „Devil’s Staircase” – through the Lairigmor pass and on to Fort William by the sea, is stunning and will stay with you for the rest of your life.