Scotland is home to a rich, proud culture, incredible landscapes, and world-class cities – all of which make it an ideal destination to visit on holiday. Besides the international metropolitan behemoth that is London, the Scottish landscape and cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh make up some of the most-visited places in the United Kingdom, and for good reason. Scotland has a reputation for being extremely friendly for tourists around the world, making it a great place to visit for an all-around feel-good experience when touring Britain.
And what better way to tour Scotland than via a walking tour? These tours have, like tourism in Scotland itself, risen in popularity in recent years, allowing you to customise your trip itinerary and move freely about, all while getting some fresh air and exercise.
Here, then, are a few choice selections for great destinations for walking holidays in Scotland.
The Isle of Skye and a World of Genius
The British Isles in general are home to some of the most iconic literary homes and landscapes in the world – and, again, outside of London, Scotland is home to some of the best such examples in the UK. You can take a walking tour of the misty moors that inspired Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or visit the homes of icons like Robert Burns, Water Scott, and Muriel Spark. And then there’s the Isle of Skye. This small island is home to an incredible coastline, so it should come as no surprise that it’s often viewed as the inspiration for the setting of Virginia Woolf’s seminal novel To the Lighthouse.
Scotland is an underrated literary treasure, and tours of the Isle of Skye and its other literary landmarks account for some of the best walking holidays in Scotland.
Castle Doune and Castle Urquhart
Scotland has a thing for castles – again, just ask the residents of Dunsinane in Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. To extend our literary theme to the world of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros, Castle Doune was used as the setting for Winterfell in the Game of Thrones adaptation, as well as for a film adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe starring Elizabeth Taylor. It was also featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so if your tastes run a tad sillier, come bearing coconuts and questions about swallows. Meanwhile, Castle Urquhart is no slouch, having been witness to the real-life “game of thrones” that was Medieval Scottish History. The historic castle has a rich regal history, and is one of the most visited castles in all of Scotland.
Lots of Lochs
No walking tour of Scotland is complete without seeing one of Scotland’s famed lochs. You almost certainly know about a couple of these, with Loch Ness being the site of the one of the world’s most famous urban legends, “The Loch Ness Monster.” Meanwhile, if you’ve ever heard the sad sweet tune of “Loch Lomond,” you’ll want to “take the high road” and see the loch which inspired the song.
From the literature to the lochs to “Auld Lang Syne,” see Scotland as you never have before by booking a wonderful walking tour today.