The Southern Upland Way: Rivaling the West Highland Way , this is the second of Scotland's great walks. The footpath begins at Portpatrick and runs 341km (212 miles) along the southwest coast to Cockburnspath, on the east coast. It passes through some of the most dramatic scenery in the Borders, including Galloway Forest Park.
East Neuk: Directly south of St. Andrews lie some of Scotland's loveliest fishing villages, collectively known as East Neuk. The most enchanting walk is between the villages of Pittenweem and Anstruther. It's often breezy here, with wind from the sea, so dress accordingly. The path begins at the bottom of West Braes, a cul-de-sac off the main road in Anstruther.
The Trossachs: The Trossachs Trail extends from Loch Lomond, in the west, to Callander, in the east, and also from Doune to Aberfoyle and the Lord Ard Forest, to the south. In the north, it's bounded by the Crianlarich Hills and Balquhidder, the site of Rob Roy's grave. Ever since Sir Walter Scott published The Lady of the Lake and Rob Roy, the area has attracted hikers in search of unspoiled natural beauty. Our favorite start for walks is the village of Brig o' Turk, between lochs Achray and Venachar, at the foot of Glen Finglas. From here you can set out in any direction, including one signposted toward the Achray Forest. There's also the Glen Finglas circular walk; and many hikers leave Brig o' Turk heading for Balquhidder via Glen Finglas.
The West Highland Way: Unquestionably one of Scotland's great walks, the West Highland Way begins north of Glasgow, in Milngavie. The footpath stretches 153km (95 miles) northward along Loch Lomond, going through Glencoe to Fort William and eventually to Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Even if you want to walk only part of this path, you need to make plans in advance.
Ben Nevis: Six kilometers (3 3/4 miles) southeast of the town of Fort William looms Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. At 1,342m (4,403 ft.), the snow-capped granite mass dominates this entire region of Scotland. This trip can be done in a day, but you'll need to massage your feet in the evening at a local pub.
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