Seven winter walks around Scotland to blow away the cobwebs
Overindulged at the Christmas dinner table yesterday? Wrap up warm and work it off on a winter walk. Whether you fancy a long hike in the Highlands or a quick stroll around the scenic parts of the city, there are plenty of beautiful walks around Scotland.
Faskally is always a popular destination during autumn when the forest turns bright shades of orange and red, but it’s just as gorgeous in winter too. The trail through the woods is sheltered, so it’s perfect if the weather isn’t quite as crisp as you’d like it to be. With lovely views of Loch Dunmore along the way, it’s an easy walk that’s great for the whole family.
Castle Fraser Estate, Aberdeenshire
With a fairytale castle and sweeping grounds to explore, kids will love a winter trip to Castle Fraser Estate. Fingers crossed for a dusting of snow to make it even more magical. There are two main trails - the Alton Brae Trail and Miss Bristow’s Trail - which both give amazing views of the local hills.
Water of Leith, Edinburgh
Escape the city (without actually having to leave the city) by going for a winter walk along the Water of Leith. This scenic route through the centre of Edinburgh is full of beautiful views, and you won’t have to worry about taking your hiking boots. Take a break when you reach the Stockbridge section of the walk to pop in to a cafe for a hot chocolate to warm you up.
Loch Morlich, Cairngorms
Even if it hasn’t been a white Christmas for most of Scotland, you can always rely on the Cairngorm mountains to provide some snow. Rather than hiking all the way to the top, admire the snow-dusted peaks from Loch Morlich instead. The walk around the loch is easy for beginners and includes stunning woodland, lochside and mountain scenery.
Ben Lomond, The Trossachs
Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular mountains, and it’s perfect for a winter hike if you want to experience the beautiful scenery without the crowds. It takes around five hours to do the full climb and descent of this Munro, so this one’s best for experienced walkers. Make sure you’re prepared and keep an eye on the weather conditions before you set off.
The Necropolis, Glasgow
The Necropolis is one of the biggest green spaces in Glasgow, and it’s right in the centre of the city, so it’s ideal for a brisk walk on a winter day. In amongst the monuments and gravestones, you’ll find local wildlife and plenty of spots to sit down for a rest and watch the sun set over the frosty city.
Glentress, Scottish Borders
Head to Glentress for a day out during the Christmas holidays, with plenty of trails to explore by foot - or by mountain bike if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. There are a range of easy and moderate walks to try, whether you fancy a leisurely stroll through the forest or a longer climb up the hill to enjoy fantastic views over Peebles and the Caddon Hills.