Hillwalking in the Highlands
Scotland’s rugged landscapes are perfect for hillwalking
Hillwalking and hiking are a popular activity here in Scotland and the Highlands. With thousands of miles of tracks, it’s a great way to experience the spectacular scenery, breathtaking views and local wildlife.
Visitors to Logiealmond can explore the network of trails around the Estate from the doorstep of their accommodation.
The Scottish landscape offers great variety for walkers from strolls through rolling glens, longer expeditions in the hills, to serious mountaineering where more advanced rock climbing skills are required.
Scotland boasts the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis at 1345m in Glen Coe, and the smallest, Ben Vane 915m, near Loch Lomond.
Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland
There are 282 munros (peaks over 914m/3000 feet) in Scotland, named after Sir Hugo Munro who originally identified the summits. The aim of munro bagging is to tick off each hill that you climb until you have completed them all.
If you complete an average of twelve munros a year, it will take you 23 years to bag them all!
The most difficult munro is said to be the mighty Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye requiring rock climbing skills to reach the summit. It is recommended you attempt this with a fully qualified and experienced guide.
Tips for hillwalking in the Scottish Highlands
Plan where you want to go. The WalkHighlands website is a good place to start for recommended routes.
Check the weather forecast. Even in summer conditions can change very quickly from warm, blue skies to strong winds, heavy rain and blizzard conditions.
Make sure you have the right clothing and equipment for the time of year including appropriate footwear, waterproofs and warm layers.
Plan your route, take a map and compass, and check your position regularly. It's a good idea to leave a note of your intended route and expected time of return.
Take enough food and drink with you for the day, and bring your rubbish home!
Visit the Mountaineering Scotland website for more information on safe hillwalking in Scotland.