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If there’s one thing Scotland has in abundance it’s beautiful landscapes. A single look at those rolling green hills and dramatic mountain ranges is enough to set any natural born rambler’s heart aflutter, making it the ideal destination for holidaymakers who like to spend their days under the skies and on their feet. To help point your hiking boots in the right direction, we’ve put together a list of the finest walks north of Hadrian’s Wall. What’s more, they’re all within striking distant of a luxury holiday home, so you can put your feet up after a hard day’s hill walking and relax.
Beinn Alligin, Wester Ross
If you’re looking for a little adventure, look no further than Beinn Alligin, home of not one, but two Munros – Tom na Gruagaich at 922m and Sgùrr Mhòr at 986m – not to mention the Horns of Alligin. Covering the full route will take even the most intrepid hiker a full day, so remember to bring along a packed lunch or two. With both summits as well as the Horns to challenge you, it’s the perfect summer walkabout for more experienced hikers.
This small island, nestled away in the Inner Hebrides, boasts a long history that unravels back to a time when Vikings prowled the coastline and medieval monks toiled in their monasteries. It’s not the longest hike on our list, measuring just three and a half miles by one mile, but this makes it ideal for a more leisurely stroll. Visitors are also invited to take a step back in time and call in at the historic Iona Abbey, which has stood watch over the island since the middle-ages.
Tentsmuir Forest, Fife
Located in the north-easterly reaches of Fife, the sprawling Tentsmuir Forest swallows up 1,500 hectares of gorgeous, untamed Scottish wilderness. A veritable paradise for walkers, cyclists, ramblers, and hikers the area is criss-crossed with paths, trails and things to see and do. Nature lovers are encouraged to pay a visit during the wee hours, when the forest’s wilder inhabitants, including bats, roe deer, and even the occasional seal, come out to play.