All the walkers are welcome to the Scenic Scotland region of Lochs. You can enjoy spectacular scenery and at the same time walk along these beauty routes. The fresh water Loch Katrine near Stirling is a picture perfect place for a stroll along the water.
Although it takes a medium difficulty, this beautiful lane lies parallel to nearly seven miles of the North and West shore. It takes you around four and half hours or more to complete the walk. Starting off from the car park at the Trossachs pier, this walk can be combined with a beautiful sail down the loch on the steamer.
Moving over to Scotland’s east coast and you will find the 13 mile Earlsferry to Crail walk. A flat walk from Earlsferry-former royal burgh of Fife, allows you to take in the coastline views as it passes through Pittenweem and St. Monans before you reach in Crail. This charming fishing village in the east coast Riviera is the perfect place to relax at the end of your afternoon.
If you would rather take in some of Scotland’s more rural settings without tackling the Munros then the Rannoch Moor walk is the perfect alternative. This walk, which is part of the West Highland Way, allows you to enjoy one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe and walk the day away in the peaceful surroundings.
If you are looking for a weekend itinerary, choose for a walking tour onto the Eildon Hills in Melrose, Scotland. The Eldion Hills are said to be the icons of the Borders and are visible from miles around. Steeped in legend and history, the King Arthur and his army are said to have lived up here. The Iron Age man and Romans have also called it their home in the past.
Although the walk up is steep, quickly you’ll get views down to Melrose and its picturesque abbey. Mid Hill, at 1,385ft, is the highest of the Eildons and the first point you’ll reach at. From here you can get fantastic views across the rolling Borders countryside. You then walk to the top of North Hill, once the site of an Iron Age fort and a Roman Hill Station. You’ll get better view of the Tweed Valley, with the old railway viaduct at Leaderfoot visible below.
A steep descent takes you close to where the Queen of the Fairies is once said to have got to work on a Borders man, Thomas the Rhymer (She entranced him away to fairyland and when he returned several years later – although he thought he had only been gone a few days – he had the ability to see into the future.). You can take a detour to a memorial marking the actual spot it is said to have happened. It takes 3 to 4 hours for you to reach the top of the hill and the distance is almost 5 miles from below. The road that leads to the top can be muddy and rough, so that a full walking gear is needed. Also, you are at the mercy of the elements on top.
The lanes and paths from top of the hills lead back to the pretty town of Melrose. In the centre of Melrose, opposite the abbey, there is a pay and display car park. Melrose is blessed with a great range of places to eat and drink including Marmions Brasserie, Burt’s Hotel and a range of cafés. For a really good, vibrant pub try the Ship Inn.
While you holiday in Melrose visit places that have some significance to the past. At the centre of the town is the place where the heart of Robert the Bruce is thought to have buried. The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre, just next to the library passed at the start of the walk, is full of interesting history about the town and the surrounding countryside.