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10 Beautiful Hikes in Scotland

Scotland has such an endless amount of beautiful natural areas that it can be hard to narrow down which places to visit or hike. To help you find one or more hikes to complete, I have shared 10 of my favorite day hikes on this page, ranging in length from 3/4 of a mile to 11 miles, so that at least one of these will be in your ability level.

Click on the name of each one for individual in-depth details.


1. Gray Mare’s Tail Waterfall/Loch Skeen

Length: 2.6 miles roundtrip up to Loch, but can see waterfall from the road
Location: south central, in Moffat Valley

2. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)

Length: 7 miles roundtrip
Location: west coast, in the Arrochar Alps

3. The Storr

Length: 2.5 miles on average, multiple trails around it
Location: northwest, on Isle of Skye

4. The Quiraing

Length: 4 mile loop
Location: northwest, on Isle of Skye

5. Ben Nevis – highest peak in UK

Length: 10.5 miles
Location: west coast, in Fort William

6. Ben Macdui– 2nd highest peak in UK

Length: 11 mile loop, but multiple trail options
Location: Cairngorms National Park

7. The Hidden Valley

Length: 2 miles roundtrip
Location: west coast, in Glencoe Valley

8. Ben Hope

Length: 5 miles roundtrip
Location: north coast, near Loch Hope & Lairg
picture below by Wikimedia Commons

9. Stacks of Duncansby

Length: 2 miles roundtrip
Location: northeast coast near John O’Groats

10. Corrieshalloch Gorge

Length: 3/4 miles loop (.7 miles)
Location: northwest near Braemore

Other beautiful natural areas on mainland Scotland to visit: Finnich Glen, Puck’s Glen, Glencoe Etive/3 sisters of Glencoe, Steall Falls, Plodda Falls, Mealt Falls, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba Pass, Loch Assynt, Loch Ness, Knockan Grag, Dunnet Head, John O’Groats, Chanonry Point/Moray Firth, St Abb’s Head, and Ullapool Harbor.


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