I could walk 500 miles and I could walk 500 more,
If I can rest in a cottage when my feet are sore!...
If you love hill walking, Scotland should be at the top of your list for your next walking holiday! From coastal walks to Munro-bagging, there are fantastic walks to put a spring in your step. Every year, thousands of people come to Scotland to walk in its spectacular countryside and enjoy its stunning scenery. Whether you're interested in challenging climbs or meandering strolls, there is something for every age and ability. Why not make 2012 the year you embrace Scotland's wild side? Here are 3 things to consider when planning a walking holiday in Scotland.
1. What time of year to go...
There are beautiful and diverse walks to enjoy all round year round in Scotland and VisitScotland's Walking Scotland site has information to help you plan your walking holiday, whatever the season. Admire the countryside as spring unravels, walk along a river on a gorgeous summer's day, enjoy the glow of autumn colours walks - there are a wide range of ideas for seasonal walks in Scotland.
Winter Walking Holidays
Crisp mornings, snow-cloaked mountains, panoramic views... what could be better than a long walk on a frosty winter's day, and then relaxing in front of a roaring fire in the evening? Enjoy the solitude of Scotland's great outdoors in the winter months, from the isolated beaches to the rolling lowland slopes. If you're planning on hill walking in winter, you'll need to be prepared - visit the Mountaineering Council of Scotland Winter Safety and Winter Walking for useful information on hill walking in winter.
2. Where you want to walk...
There are so many areas of Scotland you can explore on foot, from the rugged hills of the Highlands and the magnificent Argyll coast, to picturesque Perthshire and the pastures of the Scottish Borders. Whether you want to ramble or scramble, go for leisurely strolls or adventurous climbs, Scotland is a beautiful place to enjoy a walking holiday. Walk Highlands has detailed information on walking routes across the country, with maps and interactive features. Walking Scotland also has a wealth of information to help you plan your walking holiday, including information on family and themed walks.
There are 283 Munros in Scotland (mountains over 3,000 feet), where you will find some of the country's most challenging, and stunning, walks. In winter only experienced hill walkers should attempt these routes - see the winter walking section above for information on winter safety. If you're interested in climbing a Munro, take a look at Walk Highland's interactive guide to bagging Munros.
3. Where you're going to stay...
To really enjoy the freedom of walking, why not stay in your own home from home? Self-catering gives you all the freedom and flexibility you need to make the most of your walking holiday - why not find a base from which you can explore a wide range of day-long walks? If you want a warm and cosy cottage to return to after a day out walking, browse a selection of self catering for Walking Holidays Scotland on EmbraceScotland.