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Walking Holidays in Scotland

Walking holidays in Scotland give walkers the chance to conquer a range of rugged routes, from the steep-sided Ullapool Hill near the northwestern coast to the deserted cliffs of Orkney. World-famous for its long, tangled history, awesome scenery and fiercely proud culture. Scotland has long been a magnet for walkers keen to take on the challenges of its rugged landscape.

This country is home to beautiful wildernesses with historic landscapes of high mountains and remote glens, drawing walkers in to explore its wonders, time after time. There is no end of hilly terrains, striking views and incredible natural features to discover in Scotland. However, walks in this outstanding country aren’t limited to mountainous landscapes and natural marvels: when rambling in the Orkney Islands, you’ll also pass remarkable sites of archaeological and historical significance. 

This archipelago of around 70 islands features some of the best archaeological sites in Europe, with neolithic relics dating back over 5,000 years. This includes Neolithic landmarks like the Ring of Brodgar - a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of 27 stones, once used as part of an enormous prehistoric ritual. There are more prehistoric spectacles nearby in the form of the prehistoric village of Skara Brae, which was last occupied back in 2500 BC, and is Europe’s most complete Neolithic village.

You can't talk about walking in Scotland without mentioning Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, and Loch Lomond, an area that is full of outstanding natural beauty and picturesque walking trails. With all of this to uncover, rambling in Scotland is as enlightening as it is beautiful.

 

Why Book a Walking Holiday in Scotland?

Exploring scenic Scotland is extra special when done on foot, on a Ramble Worldwide walking holiday. Scotland is encompassed by nearly 7,000 miles of coastline and hundreds of islands, providing endlessly changing vistas that will take your breath away. In this land of contrasts, the Orkney Islands have a distinctly Nordic feel and offer particularly wonderful coastal walking. Orkney’s walking trails also pass the Old Man of Hoy - a red sandstone sea stack, standing proudly against the Atlantic. For birdwatchers, this landscape is unsurpassed, with an amazing range of seabird species gracing its cliffs and beaches on a regular basis.

Outdoor lovers will get an unobscured view of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, while hiking its most impressive routes and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Walkers will be accompanied by one of our expert leaders on each of our trails, ensuring you enjoy safe walks throughout your holiday, while sharing their expert knowledge about the passing scenery with you. We restrict all of our walking groups to a small size, too, allowing all of our ramblers to experience a sociable and personable walking holiday.

Booking walking holidays to Scotland with Ramble Worldwide

On our Scotland hiking tours, you can trek with the help of our professional walking experts, or if you want to explore Scotland independently, you can do so on our self-guided walking holidays. Our Scotland walking holidays also feature handpicked accommodation, so you can rest assured that you'll have somewhere comfortable to stay every night of your trip.

Our walks are graded 1-8 and from 'leisurely' to 'Challenging', so you can choose a more relaxed holiday or a challenging adventure. So, keep an eye out for our holiday walking grades when you are browsing our various trips.

Scotland is a mecca for hikers, with the likes of the Scottish Highlands, coastal walks, great glens and picturesque lakes just waiting to be explored. Browse our Scortland walking tours below and book with Ramble Worldwide today.

 

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Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands

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The Orkney Islands have something for everyone. There's stunning coastal walking, fascinating history, World Heritage archaeological sites and beautiful scenery.

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Our holiday walking grades

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Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

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from £2,099

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The Shetland Archipelago

The Shetland Archipelago

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    • Sep
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Discover ancient historical sites, wildlife and remote British walking. Here in the far north of the British Isles expect long hours of daylight to enjoy the beautiful views.

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Coast & Islands

from £2,099

(7 nights)

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The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides

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    • Sep
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    • Jul
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Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse set of interconnected islands. The Isle of Lewis and Harris is just one island but enjoys vastly different landscapes; from immense white beaches to heather covered mountains, lunar like boulder-strewn hillsides to sea and freshwater lochs and peatlands.

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Grade 3

We still class this level as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

Coast & Islands

from £2,149

(7 nights)

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Royal Aberdeenshire

Royal Aberdeenshire

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  • 2024:
    • Jul
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Regal castles, historic cities and picturesque villages nestled amongst Scotland’s craggy mountains and coastline

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Grade 2

This level mixes active sightseeing with shorter, city or countryside walks. Trips are not aimed at seasoned walkers, but you should be confident in managing walks of around 3miles at a leisurely pace with a few ups and downs. Where in more mountainous areas we use transport to access higher ground with ease.  Holidays graded at this level are generally in our Adagio or Discover Collections.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 3 miles; Ascent/Descent 150-200m; Terrain: good paths and tracks; Time: Short or Half Day exploration. 


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from £1,489

(7 nights)

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Orkney & Shetland Islands

Orkney & Shetland Islands

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  • 2024:
    • Aug
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    • May
    • Jun
    • Aug
    • Sep

Combine two remote and contrasting Scottish Islands.

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Coast & Islands

from £3,699

(14 nights)

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