Are you thinking of taking a walking or hiking staycation in Scotland this year? Or looking for new places within the Scottish hills and valleys to roam?
With you in mind, we’ve created a list of the top three places worth a wander on your next staycation within the highlands.
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To get you in the adventurous spirit, let’s take a look at three of the many places you could be exploring within the rolling hills of Scotland.
The Lost Valley, Glen Coe
This location is home to the trio of mountains, also known as the ‘Three Sisters’, which have been used as the backdrop to many iconic cinema moments in films – such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and James Bond’s Skyfall… But could the Lost Valley be the backdrop to your next walking adventure in Scotland?
Before you even begin your assent, the view of the mountains from the car park is picture worthy in itself, let alone the view from the top!
On your way to reaching the top, you’ll spot heathered slopes, birch trees and even a gorge carved by the River Coe.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Duration: 2-3 hours
Ascent: 1100ft / 335m
Ben Nevis, Fort William
How about ascending the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis?
A mountain with its head in the clouds, Ben Nevis, is one peak that will leave you open-jawed when viewed from the very top. It’s believed that Ben Nevis was formed millions of years ago when it was once a vast volcano until one huge eruption caused it to collapse.
Distance: 10.5 miles
Duration: 7-9 hours
Ascent: 4413ft / 1345m
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber
If you, or those you’re planning a walking staycation with, are big Harry Potter fans, this walking destination is a must!
When following the walking trail that leads around the Glenfinnan Viaduct, you’ll reach an elevated viewpoint of the iconic viaduct from the film franchise, which for any fan, will instantly transport you back to classic cinema moments.
To make this view more magical when walking this trail in the summer months, you may be lucky enough to spot a real-life Jacobite steam train glide across the rails and along the viaduct. Many that spot this crossing have to pinch themselves to remember that what they’re seeing isn’t the real Hogwarts Express.
Once you leave the breathtaking views of the viaduct, the trail will lead you to more views of Loch Sheil, which is backed by mountains, upon mountains, and rolling hills.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1-2 hours
Ascent: 420ft / 128m
Will you be climbing towards the peaks of any of these destinations? Or will you choose another pathway leading to the top to a breathtaking viewpoint?