Walking and Discovering Moray and the Highlands

The area of Moray and the Scottish Highlands are abundant with walks from easy to rather perilous.

You may wish to do some serious hill-walking, hike along coastal paths, follow forest trails or choose town and city routes to wander. One thing is for sure you will not lack choice and variety.

Walking in Lochaber and the Great Glen

So if it’s a walking holiday, day out, or simply an afternoon’s amble, you’re definitely in the right place when you visit Moray or the Highlands.

Where you can explore one of Scotland’s best assets – the magnificent outdoors.

Popular Highland Walks

Schiehallion Walk.

Famed for its pointed, conical silhouette, especially when viewed from Loch Rannoch’s north shore.

Duration: 4 hours (depending on your fitness level)
Distance: 7.6 miles (12km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/Finish: Braes of Foss Car Park
Summary: Ascend the famous landmark in the centre of Scotland.

Linn of Dee Circuit

A superb scenic walk that’s pretty low-level in the difficulty table. Allows you to explore the wonderful area of Glen Dee and Glen Lui west of Braemar. You start from the wood-land car park, 250mts beyond the Linn of Dee.

Duration: 6/7 hours (depending on fitness level)
Distance: 16 miles (26km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/Finish: Linn of Dee
Summary: Pretty much a low-level exploration of two magnificent glens and superb Scots Pine woodlands, with amazing views of the Braeriach massif above the Larig Ghru.

Glen Coe and Glen Etive Walk

Starting at the car park on the south side of the road near the Pass of Glencoe, this walk circumnavigates the base of the Buachaille Etive Beag, the “little shepherd of Etive”, passing through Lairig Eilde and Lairig Gartain.

The walk provides you with a taste of the wilder reaches of Glen Coe’s dramatic mountain scenery without you having to tackle any serious terrain.

However, the paths are mostly rough and rocky, so wear good boots and you will have to assent some mts

Duration: 5 hours (depending on fitness level)
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/Finish: Pass of Glencoe

Summary: A low-level walk across two dramatic passes in magnificent valleys that are overlooked by rugged ridges and mountain peaks.

The Right to Roam

Access to the Scottish countryside and its well established walking trails was always an issue until 2003. When the Scottish Parliament formalised access to the countryside and passed the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, creating statutory rights of access to land in Scotland for the first time (popularly know as “the right to roam”)

Basically, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com) states that everyone has the right to be on most land and inland waters, providing they act responsibly.

With regard to “wild camping” this means you can pitch a tent almost anywhere that doesn’t cause¬†inconvenience to other or damage to property. Make sure you stay no longer than 2/3 nights in any one spot and keep well away from roads and houses.

Clean up after you and take all your litter away with you.

What to Bring when Walking in the Highlands and Moray

When hiking in the Scottish Highlands make sure you are properly equipped and cautious, the weather can change quickly, particularly in mountainous regions such as the Cairngorms.

Don’t depend on mobile phones, carry extra clothing, food and drink.

Handy Links:

Visit Scotland Walking

Walk Highlands

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