A Guide to Hiking in the Scottish Highlands

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From quad biking adventures to canoeing excursions, the Highlands is bursting at the seams with exciting activities. At Corrour Estate, we have 60,000 acres of grounds and extensive woods and provide a wonderful base for exploring the outdoors. With such amazing beauty on your doorstep though, sometimes the simplest activities are the best ones. Hiking is one of our favorite things to do in Scotland and here’s a quick guide on selecting the right type of trails when you’re here. 

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Hiking the Peaks

When it comes to finding the highest peaks with the most breath-taking views, Ben Nevis is undoubtedly the most famous tourist destination for hikers. Standing at 4,411 ft, it’s the UK’s tallest mountain. The main tourist path takes between 3.5 hours and 5 hours but coming down will be faster. Though Ben Nevis leads by size, there are other peaks that are more challenging. For instance, the Inaccessible Pinnacle (and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich) in the heart of Skye’s famed Black Cuillin is famed for its vertical blade of rock.

There’s also A’Mhaighdean, regarded as Scotland’s most remote Munro, located deep in the Fisherfield and Letterewe wilderness.

When choosing a peak challenge, be sure to go in the right month. The summer months can be hot if a heatwave strikes, so the shoulder season may be better if you struggle with high temperatures.

Circular Lochside Walks

It is estimated that there are 31,460 freshwater lochs in Scotland, with more than 7,500 in the Western Isles alone. No holiday to the Highlands is complete without a trip to one of those mammoth bodies of water where legends are preserved in history and wildlife thrives. Circular loch walks are a great way of taking in the views, catching the sunrise or watching a golden sunset, and

Guests staying on Corrour Estate will have access to the rugged and beautiful Loch Ossian, but for those looking to go further afield, there are many places we can recommend. One of the loveliest walks is the Loch Morlich Circuit, reachable from our lodge in 1 hour and 30 minutes, and home to a 6 mile loop ranging from tranquil beaches to lush green forest. At a similar distance away, there’s Loch an Eilein, a 3.5 mile circuit that takes in the surroundings of Cairngorms National Park. Further afield, there’s also Loch Linlithgow Circuit, the Loch Muick Circuit, and the Castle Loch Circuit at Lochmaben Castle.

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Circular Lochside Walks

It is estimated that there are 31,460 freshwater lochs in Scotland, with more than 7,500 in the Western Isles alone. No holiday to the Highlands is complete without a trip to one of those mammoth bodies of water where legends are preserved in history and wildlife thrives. Circular loch walks are a great way of taking in the views, catching the sunrise or watching a golden sunset, and

Guests staying on Corrour Estate will have access to the rugged and beautiful Loch Ossian, but for those looking to go further afield, there are many places we can recommend. One of the loveliest walks is the Loch Morlich Circuit, reachable from our lodge in 1 hour and 30 minutes, and home to a 6 mile loop ranging from tranquil beaches to lush green forest. At a similar distance away, there’s Loch an Eilein, a 3.5 mile circuit that takes in the surroundings of Cairngorms National Park.

Further afield, there’s also Loch Linlithgow Circuit, the Loch Muick Circuit, and the Castle Loch Circuit at Lochmaben Castle.

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Long Distance Hiking Routes

While our favorite lakeside circulars are ideal for half-day adventures, there are also some fantastic long-distance hiking routes in the Highlands reserved for the hiking pros. However, if you’re not here for a grueling walking challenge, it is possible to do small sections of these trails. Many holidaymakers prefer to it this way, allowing them enough time (and energy) to enjoy the other aspects of a Highland holiday.

For those who want to go the whole hog, it’s important to have the right walking gear and clothes for every weather event. Scotland’s changeable skies will prove to be tough if you don’t have essentials in your backpack.

Some of the best long-distance routes to explore when you’re here include the West Highland Way (from Milngavie to Fort William or vice versa), Rob Roy Way (from Drymen to Pitlochry), and Great Glen Way (from Fort William to Inverness).