long distance routes in Scotland

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Scotland's Great Trails Length Done? Grade Time Baggage
Annandale Way 88km3 - 5 daysSome stages
Ayrshire Coastal Path 147km6 - 8 daysAll stages
Berwickshire Coastal Path 48km2 - 4 daysMost stages
Borders Abbeys Way 107km5 - 6 daysAll stages
Cateran Trail 104km4 - 6 daysMost stages
Clyde Walkway 63km 2 - 5 daysAll stages
Dava Way 38km1 - 3 daysTo start/end
Fife Coastal Path 183km6 - 9 daysAll stages
Formartine and Buchan Way 86km3 - 5 daysAll stages
Forth & Clyde and Union Canals 101km3 - 4 daysAll stages
Great Glen Way 117km5 - 6 daysAll stages
John Muir Way 212km9 - 10 daysAll stages
Kintyre Way 140km6 - 7 daysAll stages
Moray Coast Trail 72km3 - 5 daysAll stages
River Ayr Way 65km2 - 4 daysNot all route
Rob Roy Way 128km5 - 8 daysExcept one stage
Southern Upland Way 338km12 - 15 daysMost stages
Speyside Way 116km5 - 7 daysMost stages
St Cuthbert's Way 100km4 - 5 daysAll stages
Three Lochs Way 53km3 - 4 daysAll stages
West Highland Way 151km 5 - 8 daysAll stages
West Island Way 48km2 - 4 daysAll stages
Other Long Distance Walks Length Done? Grade Time Baggage
Affric Kintail Way 71km4 daysExcept one stage
Arran Coastal Way 109km7 daysAll stages
Cape Wrath Trail 378km14-18 days
Cowal Way 90km4 - 7 daysAll stages
East Highland Way 128km4 - 7 daysMost stages
Skye Trail 128km7 daysAll stages
Scottish National Trail (not shown on map) 864kmOwn page35 days

Scotland's Great Trails are nationally promoted long distance routes. They provide superb opportunities to get out there on foot to discover and explore some of the best of Scotland's landscape and wildlife. The trails vary greatly in character, from sections of the Clyde Walkway through the centre of the city of Glasgow to the mountain grandeur revealed by the ever popular West Highland Way.

What the Great Trails share is that all are continuous waymarked routes, largely off-road, with the potential for multi-day journeys on foot. All offer a rewarding experience and a chance to appreciate the natural, cultural and historic interest through which they pass. Whilst some of the trails are usually walked in a single holiday, others have good public transport links to each section allowing easy access and enabling you to walk them a stage at a time.

Walkhighlands would like to acknowledge the support of Scottish Natural Heritage for its help with the funding of our guides to several of the above routes.

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