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Walks in the Highlands

As part of a trip around the Highlands (including Mull and Skye) I would like to take some relatively short hikes (5-10 miles or less) to see good scenery and views. Can anyone recommend hikes that fit the bill?
Thanks very much.

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The link is for hikes in Mull, and I'm sure there is a book for Skye in the same series. Also, the Scottish Information Centres have an amazing amount of hiking information--books, maps etc. The one in Callander is right on the way to the Highlands.

https://smile.amazon.com/Mull-Iona-Favourite-Pocket-Mountains/dp/190702509X/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475189087&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Mull+and+Iona+40+Favorite+Walks

[Edit} Yep, here it is: https://smile.amazon.com/Isle-Skye-Country-Pocket-Mountains/dp/0955454883/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1475189534&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=Skye+Favorite+Walks

Posted by
268 posts

The best website I know which might be of interest to you is this one

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/

There's a wealth of information to be found on it and you can read what others say about the walks described.

Posted by
63 posts

Thanks so much for both of these replies. The highland walks website has, as you say, a wealth of useful information. And the two books with walks in Skye and Mull are both available used on Amazon for very little money so certainly seem worth buying as a supplement. I'm very much looking forward to my visit.

Posted by
2639 posts

when are you visiting?
might be worth looking at Meet-up. most areas have walking groups and most will allow visitors to come on the organised walks.

Posted by
3122 posts

You probably already know, but: be prepared for rain, midges, and other conditions...

Posted by
5835 posts

... be prepared for rain....

I learned the hard way that waterproof map cases are an essential item in the UK. Also consider waterproof Ordinance Survey maps:

Both OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps are also available with a
protective waterproof coating which we call Active maps. They are more
durable in wet and muddy conditions and they can be written on with
washable ink and wiped clean afterwards.

Posted by
5678 posts

Hi Dana,

I've had a great time walking in Scotland. Here are some of the walks that I've enjoyed.

  1. Glen Affric. This is a beautiful walk around the Loch.
  2. Daviot Woods. We did this walk on a damp day. The views were great.
  3. Culbin Sands. This is not quite the walk that we do. We walk along the trail and then head out to the Moray Firth. We usually walk along the Firth for a while rounding the corner for great views of Findhorn and then head back into the forest. Lots of birds, seals and more. And it never seems to rain....odd. :)
  4. Ullapool. I love the Ullapool hills walk. The views of the Loch Broome are spectacular. One year we fell asleep in the sun in the heather and I got my one and only Scottish sunburn.
  5. Torridon--I can't place the walks that we did in Torridon. Both were on estates and I can't find them. Grr. But you can't go wrong in Torridon. It's beautiful. I've one of my pictures on the wall next to the piano.
  6. Skye. My sister and I walked up Glen Sligachan. If you follow the trial high enough you get marvelous views of Loch Coruisk. Part of the way you follow Stage 5 of the Skye Trail veering west at one point to get your view and then turning around and heading back down.
  7. Rothiemurchus--Cairngorms--there are so many walks here and varying levels of difficulty and length. The heather is wonderful in August.
  8. Perthshire--There are lots of walks in this part of Scotland as well. These can be short strolls to all day. Dunkeld has a network. I did the Birks of Aberfeldy walk one year up the hill past the waterfalls. Here's a link to more walks in that area.

Pam