Where to Walk

 

Medal Routes

With over 200 short walks to choose from, why not try a Medal Route?  These are short walks of 15, 30 and 60 minutes that can be easily completed before or after work, on your own or with friends, in your lunch break, with the kids on a weekend or whenever you've got time on your hands.

All the routes are over easy terrain on existing paths and are designed to help you integrate walking into your daily life. Routes are now popping up all over Scotland - the library of walks will be growing rapidly over the coming months so either download the Medal Routes App or keep checking the website for new routes. 

Ramblers Routes

Search for places to walk in Scotland, find a walking route in your area or further afield to enjoy with family and friends.

Walkhighlands

Find thousands of free detailed descriptions of walks across the whole of Scotland from short woodland or urban walks to detailed routes up Munros.  Look for short walks in your area.Winter walk

Simple Pleasures - easily found

Explore the nature on your doorstep with Scottish Natural Heritage’s Simple Pleasures. Find details of amazing places to visit around Scotland and discover the very best of what nature has to offer as well as fun activities to do and things to look out for along the way.

Visit Scotland

Have a dedicated walking site with a database of over 1,000 walks so you should find something near where you live that you'll enjoy.

Scottish Walks

Published by The Sunday Herald, walking routes across Scotland for everyone. You can subscribe online.

Woodland Walks

The Woodland Trust will help you find a place to stroll in the woods near you.

The Forestry Commission in Scotland also has many thousands of waymarked trails in woodlands for walkers and cyclists.  There are also more than 150 easy access trails for people with physical difficulties. 

Bluebell Woods in Scotland. Come the spring you might want to visit some of these great bluebell woods.

Autumn Forest Trails. As the leaves start to turn you could try the trails suggested here.

Great Trails

Scotland's Great TrailsThere are 23 different long distance routes providing over 1500 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands.  These routes also provide good ideas for shorter walks.

A seat with a view!

Phototrails

An expanding database of trails throughout the country to help you discover and enjoy access to the countryside, tailored to you own needs and preferences. Each mapped trail combines photos of every potential hazard and details on surface, gradient, facilities etc so you can ensure the trail is suitable for you before you go. You can search for walks near to where you live or, you can plan routes that you might do while visiting friends or taking a holiday.

Virtual Walking

World Walking is a free, easy to use and fun website and iphone app that offers you a choice of virtual walks to help get you motivated.  You overlay the kilometers you clock up in the real world on a choice of virtual walks to visit some of the world's best know places.  Getting started is as simple as a walk in the park.  Just join the website, or download the app on your smartphone, choose your virtual walk... and go!

Other Sources

Check your own local authority website too.  Many of them have lots of information about walks in each area with downloadable leaflets.  Visit your local Tourist Information Centre for leaflets and guides on local walking and cycle routes and other ideas for getting outdoors.

Cycling

Cycling is also another great way to get active and enjoy the outdoors.  If you're looking for places to cycle Sustans have maps of national cycle networks in Scotland and Cycle-Route have a comprehensive directory of cycle routes and mountain bike trails across each authority area. 


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The aim of the plan is to get you walking briskly for at least half an hour on at least five days of the week.