3 Of The Best Mountain Walking Routes In Scotland
Scotland is a beautiful country, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. With intriguing history, culture, architecture, and attractions on offer, Scotland is perhaps the best country in the United Kingdom for an adventurous holiday, and especially so for those who like to go hiking or tackle the mountains and peaks the country has to offer.
Whether you’re native to Scotland or not, getting outdoors and experiencing it is sure to refresh and enliven your senses. Here’s 3 of the best mountain walking routes in Scotland.
3. Beinn Alligin, Wester Ross
This walk is recommended for anybody, really, as it gifts the ability to tackle several slopes in one day. If you are travelling to Scotland as a family, then Beinn Alligin will be perfect for getting started.
The mountain itself has two peaks of Munro status, Tom na Gruagaich (922 m) and Sgùrr Mhòr at 3,235 feet (986 m). The range offers plenty of challenge in the spring and summer, but during winter the conditions can be hazardous, so appropriate outdoor clothing is recommended.
2. Ben Nevis, Invernessshire
The world-famous Ben Nevis is one place everybody should visit at least once in their life. At 1,344m above sea level, Ben Nevis is Britain’s highest peak, and the mountain and surrounding areas offer some of the most challenging and exciting walking routes around.
The three-peaks challenge is open to adventurers who want to push themselves, but for everyone else, tacking the mountain by the tourist path is the best way.
1. Quinag, Sutherland
The mountain Quinag located in Sutherland, Scotland, offers perhaps the greatest walk of any other in the UK. This is a remote and ice-scoured mountain which overlooks Loch Assynt. It offers breathtaking views and the mountain is so vast that it stretches for as far as the eye can see.
The mountain boasts three separate summits – Sàil Ghorm (Blue Heel 776 m/2,546 ft), Sàil Gharbh (Rough Heel 808 m/2,651 ft), and Spidean Coinich (Mossy Peak 764 m/2,506 ft). The car park to the trail is 250m above sea level, and this sets the scene for adventurers who want to reach the 808-metre peak of Rough Heel. Do, and you will be rewarded for getting to the top of Rough Heel with a landscape view that’s geologically fascinating. Historically, this mountain was a pasture for Scottish transhumance, until settlers were cleared away.
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