The great trails

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

Huge help­ings of high lands & low.

SCOT­LAND HAS A LONG his­tory of in­cred­i­ble jour­neys: the flight of Bon­nie Prince Char­lie; the wan­der­ings of Dr Johnson and James Boswell; the glen-hop­ping of Rob Roy and the marches of Wil­liam Wal­lace and Robert the Bruce. Some are fic­tion, some are fact, some are in be­tween, but ei­ther way, these im­mense land­scapes lend them­selves to heroic jour­neys where great deeds are done, friend­ships are forged and much is learned along the way. For walk­ers, the best way to tap into that her­itage is to ex­plore the na­tion’s long-dis­tance paths. There are 29 of­fi­cial Great Trails (find them at www.bit.ly/scot­trails) and dozens of oth­ers on top. Some are eas­ier than oth­ers; some are coastal, some are moun­tain­ous. Some fo­cus on one spe­cific re­gion, bring­ing you to the rich­est pos­si­ble un­der­stand­ing of that re­gion and its peo­ple. Oth­ers link dif­fer­ing re­gions to­gether, cre­at­ing a com­pelling nar­ra­tive across a vast spec­trum of ge­ol­ogy and char­ac­ter. Here we’ve se­lected six of the very best, show­ing off the full range of Scot­land’s great jour­neys. Pick one and be­come a leg­end your­self. MOST OF THESE TRAILS HAVE THEIR OWN HAR­VEY SUPERWALKER MAP: WWW.HARVEYMAPS.CO.UK

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