There are so many amazing hikes in Scotland – there’s no denying it. Some of the best parts of Scotland are its beautiful, wild and rugged countryside – a part of the country that has long captivated the hearts of travellers, not least so because of the gorgeous landscapes and scenery here.
Now while a lot of this can be explored by road (and indeed by rail) some of the best gems here are best explored on foot! There also aren’t really any wild animals to be scared of in Scotland so this is also the perfect place to totally get lost in nature. 🏔
If you’re game for a good hike and love yourself a bit of Scottish natural beauty, we’ve got 10 hikes you should definitely do in Scotland!
(If you’re more into castle, we’ve got the castles you definitely have to visit in Scotland here)
1.) Ben Nevis
This is one of the biggest hikes In Scotland. With Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis needing no introduction. At over 4,000 feet a hike to the summit of this mountain is not for the faint of heart, and usually attracts more serious hikers and mountain climbers.
It has got to be one of the best hikes In Scotland.
The island of Iona is known as a premium place to hike in Scotland. Many people come here to take in that famed rugged Scottish coastline along with the pretty little church, Iona Abbey, at the same time.
3.) Sandwood Bay
This remote beach is perfect for pretty amazing and shorter hikes in Scotland, especially if you don’t like crowds.
A place of historical significance, the Spanish Armada would have travelled past the beach in these waters in the days of old.
4.) Dun da Lamh
This hike ends at a stunning hill fort that dates back to the Iron Age and, at an elevation of 500 metres, is less taxing than many other walks in the area. From the hill fort you can look down over Loch Spey.
Overlooking Assynt in Sutherland, Quinag is a snowy peak that leads to a spineback ridge for hikers to follow. When you reach the top some of the most stunning views in Scotland await you as a prize for your hard work.
6.) Beinn Alligin
Beinn Alligin offers walkers not one but two hills that rise over 3,000 feet high. It is possible to climb both in a day if you are an experienced hiker – even if you’re not, it’s still worth giving the second one a try (depending on how you feel of course).
It really is one of the hikes in Scotland with an absolutely spectacular view.
7.) Loch Carriagean Cairn
A series of cairns that are said to be 4,000 years old lie at Loch Carriagean Cairn. Hiking in the heathland around here is a popular pastime due to the idyllic scenery.
If you enjoy coastal hiking then a trip to Portmahomack fishing village is the place for you. As you hike along the shore make sure to look out for views of neighbouring Firth.
9.) Lairig Ghru
If you are an experienced hiker and looking for a 22-mile hike then Lairig Ghru will certainly deliver. Expect icy valleys and granite cliffs here, as well as the black waters from the Pools of Dee.
Possibly, one of the most dramatic hikes in Scotland.
10.) Arthur’s Seat
Come here if you want to climb a 250-metre volcanic plug. Arthur’s Seat is just outside of Edinburgh’s city centre so you can actually hike from the city centre all the way to the summit in just a couple of hours. (I’ve done it twice and if I’ve done it, seeing as I’m not much of a hiker, you most certainly can quite easily). 🤣
Easily the coolest viewpoint of all the hikes in Scotland. Well, if you like cities that is!