Walk Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia in 20 days
The Balkans isn’t short of hiking trails, though the newly marked High Scardus Trail mercifully stops short of the 1,930km required to top the eight-country Via Dinarica route. A mere 495km, it finds its second wind in the glacial lakes and alpine forests of the Shar Mountains, having risen up from the towns along Lake Ohrid in western Macedonia. From there the trail traverses three nations, crossing parts of Kosovo and Albania’s Korab-koritnik Nature Park, home to wild brown bears, wolves and roe deer, before pressing on to Lake Prespa and its amazing birdlife. A Balkan epic.