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 Scotland Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Aden Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 230 acres of parkland in this beautiful country park in the heart of Buchan. Scenery in the park includes peaceful woodland, a lake and a Victorian arboretum. There are also farm buildings built around 1800, a ruined mansion house and a coach house built in 1832 which now houses the award winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum.
In the park there are number of well-maintained tracks perfect for an easy stroll or a safe family cycle ride. Trails include:
The Children's Trail - a short family trail visiting various sites of interest in Aden.
Woodland Walk Trail - a longer trail of about 2.5 miles visiting the Victorian Arboretum, Ice House, North Lodge, Lake, and SANDS garden.
Tree Trail - Enjoy conifer and broadleaf trees with descriptions on this short 1 mile trail.
The Formartine and Buchan Way also passes through the park so there is scope for continuing your outing along this popular trail. The park is located in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire about 8 miles east of Peterhead.
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park3 miles (5 km)Explore 220 acres of country park near Broxburn on this easy cycle or walk. In the park you will find peaceful woodland and a lovely waterside trail running along the River Almond. Almondell is a haven for wildlife - look out for Roe deer, fox, heron, otters and woodpeckers as you make your way through the park.
Also of interest is the excellent Visitor Centre with displays, a gallery, information and a conservatory with a cafe.
Ayrshire Coastal Path100 miles (161 km)A walk along the beautiful Ayrshire Coast from Glenapp Kirk, just north of Stranaraer, to Skelmorlie, near Greenock. The route passes Ayr, Prestwick, Saltcoats, Troon and Largs. As well as the fabulous coastal scenery there is the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde to enjoy. There is also a variety of wildlife including 135 species of bird, seals, otters, roe deer and foxes.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
Balloch Castle Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Lomond in this beautiful country park in West Scotland. There are 200 acres to explore with nature trails, guided walks, peaceful woodland, a delightful walled garden and Balloch Castle which now serves as the visitor centre. You can stroll along the shoreline of the loch and then visit the Chinese Garden, Quarry Pond and the Secret Garden before enjoying refreshments at the loch side kiosk.
The Three Lochs Way runs past the park so this is a great option if you would like to continue your walk/cycle.
Balloch Castle Country Park is located about 20 miles north of Glasgow, right next to Balloch rail station.
Balmedie Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy some simply stunning coastal scenery in this country park on the East coast of Scotland. There are boardwalks taking you over the sand and through the extensive dune system. The beach has won seaside awards in 2006 and 2007.
Balmedie is about 6 miles north of Aberdeen so you could continue your walk along the beach to the city if you have time.
Beecraigs Country Park5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a peaceful cycle or walk around this beautiful country park in Linlithgow, West Lothian. There are 913 acres to explore with a multitude of woodland trails suitable for leisure cyclists, mountain bikers and walkers.
For cyclists there are several graded trails ranging from Green (easy) to Red (difficult) and Black (Severe). Click here for more information.
There are also miles of well surfaced paths through the forest for walkers to enjoy. You can climb Cockleroy Hill for fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and follow the waterside path around Beecraigs loch. The park has an excellent visitor centre with maps and leaflets.
Wildlife in the park includes a red deer herd and Highland Cattle. Beecraigs is located less than 2 miles south of Linlithgow.
Ben Nevis Mountain Track11 miles (17 km)Follow the Ben Nevis Mountain Track (or Tourist Route) up Britain's highest mountain on this spectacular walk. The walk begins in the Glen Nevis visitor centre car park in the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The visitor centre has a wealth of advice and information and is well worth visiting particularly if you are not an experience hill climber. This route is the most straightforward path up the mountain but is still strenuous with the upper section particularly rough and stony. As such you should prepare properly for the walk with good walking boots, extra clothing and plenty of food and water. It usually takes 7-10 hours for the ascent and descent so it is best attempted in the summer months when there is plenty of daylight.
After leaving the visitor centre you will cross the River Nevis before starting the climb. As you climb the path you will enjoy spectacular views of Glen Nevis, the Mamores and Stob Ban. You will also cross pretty streams and pass the tranquil Loch Meall. At the summit you will find several memorials, a trig point, and many cairns. The views of the highlands are truly magnificent. You then return to the start point by the same route.
Berwickshire Coastal Path30 miles (48 km)Follow the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Berwick on Tweed in Northumberland, to Cockburnspath, in the Scottish Borders. There's some spectacular coastal scenery to enjoy as you pass along the Northumberland and Scottish cliff tops. There are also a series of pretty coastal villages with delightful harbours including Burnmouth, Eyemouth, St Abbs and Cove.
Borders Abbeys Way67 miles (108 km)Explore the Scottish Borders and visit several historical ruined abbeys on this interesting and beautiful circular walk. You'll visit Kelso Abbey, Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey and Jedburgh Abbey while there is also a waterside section along the River Teviot and views of the Eildon Hills to enjoy.
Brodick Castle3 miles (5 km)Explore this stunning country park on the Isle of Arran on this walk in Scotland. There are miles of trails taking you to landscaped gardens, woodland, wildlife ponds, waterfalls and coastline, all set against the backdrop of Goatfell mountain.
Calderglen Country Park3 miles (5 km)Follow the Rotten Calder River through this lovely country park in East Kilbride. There is a delightful riverside path passing through a scenic wooded glen forged out by the river. There are numerous pretty waterfalls along the path, woodland wildflowers and important geological features. Cyclists can also use the trails in the park but please beware of other users.
The park also has a number of attractions including a children's zoo, tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure & toddler Play areas, Gift shop, Cafe, exhibition gallery and a Golf Course.
Camperdown Park4 miles (7 km)Explore 400 acres of parkland in this large country park in Dundee. The expansive grounds surround the 19th century neo-classical Camperdown House and contain 190 species of tree. There is also the Camperdown Wildlife Centre with two brown bears, lemurs, monkeys, owls and eagles.
If you would like to extemd your walk you could head to the adjacent Clatto Country Park where you will find a large reservoir surrounded by peaceful woodland.
Castle Semple3 miles (5 km)Castle Semple country park is located in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. This route starts at the visitor centre and takes you alongside Castle Semple Loch before joining woodland trails to Park Hill. Cyclists can enjoy the lochside path which runs along National Cycle Route 7 from Glasgow to Irvine while the woodland trails are more suitable for walkers. At the southern end of the loch you will find the Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of wildlife from the bird hides.
Cateran Trail62 miles (100 km)Explore the Perthshire Glens on this circular walk through Kirkmichael, Enochdhu, Spittal of Glenshee, Cray and Alyth. There are lovely waterside sections along the River Ardle, Shee Water and Drumore Loch. The walk begins and ends at Blairgowrie and is waymarked with a heart logo on a white disc.
Cathkin Braes Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Glasgow and the mountain peaks beyond in this country park south east of Glasgow.
There are a number of walking trails taking you through ancient woodland, grassland, heath and scrub. The park is excellent for cycling having been used for the mountain bike competitions at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The course is a 5.5 km long figure of eight and is of a very high standard - see the video below for an idea of what you can expect.
If you want to continue your activity then Linn Park is just over a mile west of Cathkin Braes.
Chatelherault Country Park6 miles (9 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large country park located between Motherwell and Hamilton. The park lies along the River Avon gorge with ancient woodland and riverside trails to enjoy. Highlights of the park include the Hunting Lodge and Summer House built in 1732 for the Dukes of Hamilton. In the buildings you will find the visitor centre, the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments, an Exhibition Gallery with displays, the Gift Shop and Cafe. There's also a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, otter, badger and various woodland birds.
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you could follow the River Avon north to the nearby Strathclyde Country Park.
Clatto Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy miles of well laid out cycling and walking trails in this lovely country park in Dundee. The route starts by taking you around the large reservoir on the waterside path. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Pochard, Goldeneye, Tufted Ducks, Moorhen, and Coot. The route then heads into the peaceful Templeton Woods where you can look out for red squirrels.
If you would like to continue your outing you could visit the adjacent Camperdown Park where you will find another 400 acres of pretty parkland and a Wildlife Centre.
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk along the beautiful Lunderston Bay in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park located on the South Clyde estuary in Scotland.
Lunderston Bay has a lovely sandy beach and a central grassy area with picnic benches. National Cycle Network route 75 runs along the bay so its perfect for a safe, easy waterside cycle.
Clyde Walkway39 miles (62 km)This splendid, waterside cycle and walking route, runs along the River Clyde, from Glasgow to New Lanark, South Lanarkshire.
The route starts in Glasgow’s West End where the Rivers Clyde and Kelvin meet, and heads to Cambuslang via Glasgow Green and the Broomielaw. This section takes you through industrial areas with a number of interesting historical buildings. You then head into the countryside through Uddingston, Bothwell (passing the medieval castle) and Blantyre to the delightful Strathclyde Country Park. Here you follow the banks of Strathclyde Loch before following the river to Garrion Bridge, Dalserf and Crossford. The final section takes you from Crossford to the New Lanark World heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve.
The walk is waymarked with a blue fish logo.
Corrieshalloch Gorge5 miles (8 km)This spectacular beauty spot is 1.5 km long and 60 metres deep cutting through a Highland wilderness rich in flora and fauna. The River Droma runs through the gorge, dropping dramitcally through a series of waterfalls, including the 46 metre Falls of Measach. The gorge was formed at the end of the last ice age and can be viewed from a viewing platform and a Victorian suspension footbridge. The walk below takes you past the gorge and through Braemor Wood to Lael Forest Garden with its 200 different tree species and longer plantation section with waterfalls.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is located about 12 miles south of Ullapool.
Cowal Way57 miles (92 km)This stunning walk starts at Portavadie on the banks of Loch Fyne and heads to Inveruglas. The route passes the Kyle of Bute and Loch Ruel before joining the River Ruel for a riverside stretch. You then pass Loch Goil and Loch Long before finishing on west shore of Loch Lomond at Inverugla.
Craigtoun Country Park1 miles (1.5 km)This delightful country park is located just a few miles south-west of St Andrews. The park has a number of attractions including a ruined temple, nature trail, Italian garden, greenhouses, formal gardens, a miniature railway and a large pond where you can hire rowing boats and pedal boats. There is also the Cypress Walk through two parallel rows of cypress trees and the Dutch Village located on an island in the middle of one of the ponds. The park also has excellent facilities with a cafe, Barbecue area and large on site car park.
Crathes Castle3 miles (5 km)This 16th-century tower house in Banchory is surrounded by 600 acres of formal gardens, woodland and rolling countryside. It's perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll with six waymarked walks of varying lengths.
Crombie Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Explore the 200 acres of woodland surrounding the beautiful Crombie Loch in this country park near Abroath, Angus. There are a number of different walking trails taking you through the woodland and alongside the loch. This includes a discovery trail giving information about the social and natural history of the park. Look out for a variety of wildlife as you make your way through Crombie including red squirrels, woodpeckers and roe deer in the woodland, and waterfowl on the loch.
Crombie Country Park is located about 7 miles west of Abroath. Park facilities include a Ranger Centre, picnic facilities and a bird hide.
If you would like to continue your walk you could visit the nearby Monikie Country Park. Located just over a mile south west of Crombie Country Park it has lovely waterside walking trails around the large reservoirs.
Culbin Forest17 miles (28 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large coastal forest near Nairn. There are a huge number of tracks to choose from including the easy Hill 99 trail which is waymarked.
The route below begins at the car park at the Culbin Forest Nature Reserve and takes you around the forest on various tracks. The route includes a visit to the Culbin Sands Nature Reserve on the coast at Nairn. Here you can see a variety of coastal birds including bar-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and knots. The route then heads back through the forest passing a series of idyllic woodland lochs before returning to the start point.
Other highlights in the forest include the beautiful Findhorn Bay where you can see ospreys and seals at the river-mouth and a view over the water towards the village of Findhorn. You can also climb the Hill 99 viewpoint trail where there are fabulous views of the surrounding area from the top of the viewpoint tower.
National Cycle Network Route route 1 runs just past the forest so there is scope for continuing your ride if you have time. The forest is located about 16 miles north east of Inverness.
Culzean Castle Country Park2 miles (4 km)This 18th century castle sits on a dramatic clifftop on the Ayrshire coast. It is surrounded by extensive grounds containing lush woodland, landscaped gardens and rugged coastline with numerous well maintained walking paths to follow.
Dalkeith Country Park3 miles (5 km)This large country park near Edinburgh has a number of excellent walking and cycling paths. The waymarked walking trails run through the ancient oak woodland and along the River Esk which runs through the park. Cyclists can follow the miles of estate roads and then follow a lovely off road path along the River Esk to Musselburgh on the coast.
Look out for an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, herons and otters.
Dams to Darnley Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy cycling and walking in this large country park near Glasgow. There are 1350 acres to explore including wetland, burn, woodland, grassland and scrub. The main attractions in the park are the beautiful Barrhead Dams with miles of waterside trails alongside a series of connected reservoirs. The dams are excellent for birdwatching - look out for lapwing, ringed plover, redshank, common sandpiper and common gull.
The park is located a few miles south west of Glasgow city centre at Barrhead.
If you wanted to extend your outing you could head to the nearby Rouken Glen Park where you will find miles of walking paths.
Dava Way23 miles (37 km)A super cycling and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Forres in Moray to Granton-on-Spey, Highland. The route passes through a pleasant mixture of farmland, woodland and moorland while also crossing the River Divie at Glenernie. It provides a link between the Speyside Way in the south and the Moray Firth Trail to the north.
Views from the trail include Nairn, Inverness, Moray, Ross & Cromarty, the Cromdale Hills and the Cairngorm Mountains.
For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.
Dean Castle Country Park1 miles (2 km)Explore the 200 acres of parkland surrounding the 14th century Dean Castle in Kilmarnock. There are peaceful woodland trails and a waterside path along Kilmarnock Water to enjoy. The park also contains a wonderful urban farm with llamas, fallow dear, kune pigs, highland cattle, a Clydesdale horse and donkeys. The castle itself is also well worth a visit with collections of historic weapons, armour and musical instruments. The original keep was built around 1350 with the Palace being added around 1460.
Dean Castle also has excellent facilities including a visitor centre, tearoom and a shop.
Drumpellier Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 500 acres of lowland heath, mixed woodlands, lochs and open grassland in this pretty country park located between Glasgow and Airdrie. You can follow the woodland paths to Lochend Loch and Woodend Loch before enjoying a stroll along the Monkland Canal which runs through the southern end of the park. The park also contains a Visitor Centre, Cafeteria, Peace Garden and Nature trails. 
National Cycle Network number 75 runs along the southern edge of the park and there is another cycle path running through the park up to the loch. The park is located just to the west of Coatbridge very near to Blairhill railway which is a good point of access.
Dudhope Park1 miles (1 km)Enjoy peaceful stroll around the pretty gardens surrounding Dudhope Castle in Dundee.
Eglinton Country Park4 miles (6 km)This large country park in Kilwinning has nearly 1000 acres of parkland to explore on cycling and walking trails. There are peaceful woodland trails and delightful waterside paths running along Eglinton Loch and Lugton Water which runs through the southern end of the park. Other features in the park include the Eglinton Castle ruins, the walled garden and the pretty Clement Wilson gardens.
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you can follow the Irvine and Kilwinning New Town Trail. The park has very good facilities with a Visitor Centre, cafe, children's play areas and bird watching facilities - look out for finches, Thrush, Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Yellowhammer and Tree-creeper.
Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)Enjoy woodlands, waterfalls and a walk along the River Clyde in this delightful nature reserve in Lanark. The falls comprise of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest, with a fall of 84 feet.  The Clyde Gorge is a haven for wildlife - look out for peregrine falcons, badgers, bats, roe deer, otters, kingfishers and over 100 species of bird. There's an excellent Visitor Centre with a lot of information on the falls and the animals that dwell there.
The Clyde Walkway long distance walk path runs through the reserve so you could pick this up and continue your walk along the River Clyde. Also nearby is Lanark Moor Country Park where you can enjoy a walk around Lanark Loch.
Fife Coastal Path115 miles (185 km)This walk runs along the attractive Fife coast from Kincardine Bridge to Newburgh.
Finlaystone Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy way-marked walks through the parkland and woodland surrounding Finlaystone House in Inverclyde, Renfrewshire. There are 140 acres of woodland to explore with a variety of wildlife including roe deer, fox, grey squirrel, stoat, three species of bat and a large colony of herons. There are also 10 acres of gardens with sweeping lawns, sculptured hedges and a walled garden with tea room. The park is located next to the River Clyde, just to the east of Port Glasgow.
Forfar Loch Country Park2 miles (4 km)Follow the 2.5 mile trail around the beautiful Forfar Loch on this circular route in Angus. The loch is surrounded by woodland, grassland and some lovely countryside. Other attractions include pitch and putt, crazy golf and the Lochside Leisure Centre.
Formartine and Buchan Way53 miles (86 km)A super off road cycling and walking trail through Aberdeenshire following a dismantled railway line. The route runs from Dyce to Fraserburgh with an optional section to Peterhead. Highlights on the route include Aden Country Park where you will find the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, forest walks and a ruined country house. The path also passes the 13th century ruined abbey at Deer Abbey (see video), the Strichen White Horse and the ancient Strichen Stone Circle.
The route is waymarked with the letters F & BW on a red railway logo.
Gartmorn Dam Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This 370 acre Country Park and Nature Reserve is located less than two miles from Alloa and Clackmannan in Clackmannanshire. The centrepiece of the park is the 170 acre Gartmorn Dam reservoir which has a lovely waterside path and is surrounded by peaceful woodlands. The park is very good for wildlife watching - look out for woodpeckers, roe deer, hare and red squirrels in the woodland areas and various wildfowl on the reservoir. 
Other features in the park include an 18th century Ice House, the 19th century kitchen garden, a bird hide, picnic areas and a visitor centre.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then the Dunfermline to Alloa path runs just to the south of the park. It follows National Cycle Network route 764 and the trackbed of a disused railway line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Clackmannan and Carnock.
Gleniffer Braes Country Park5 miles (8 km)Explore 480 acres of woodland, farmland and moorland in this country park near Paisley. There are a number of way-marked walking and cycling paths running through the park. You can also enjoy fabulous views of Paisley, the Lower Clyde Valley and Ben Lomond. If you head to the eastern end of the park you will find Gleniffer Burn, waterfalls near Braemount, the Glenburn Reservoir and Thornley Dam. Also of interest is the 50 ft deep Gleniffer Gorge on the Tannahill walkway and the Craigielinn waterfall where icicles can be seen hanging in the winter months.
Gleniffer Braes is located just to the south of Paisley, about 7 miles west of Glasgow.
Gordon Way11 miles (18 km)Explore the Bennachie range in Aberdeenshire on this challenging walk. The route starts at the Bennachie Centre and heads west through Bennachie Forest, past Oxen Craig (the highest of the range) to Suie in the west. The views from the Bennachie ridge are stunning.
The walk is waymarked with a black and white logo.
Great Glen Way73 miles (117 km)Follow the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. The route is suitable for walkers and cyclists with a mountain bike or robust hybrid.
The stunning trail follows the Caledonian Canal and the shores of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness with the mountains of the Ben Nevis range making a splendid backdrop. The route also passes Fort Augustus and includes several woodland sections, most notably through Creag nan Eun Forest.
The route is waymarked with a black hexagon thistle.
Haddo Country Park5 miles (8.5 km)Explore the beautiful estate of Haddo House on this lovely walk in Aberdeenshire. A number of footpaths will take you around the 100 hectare grounds where you will find a formal terrace garden, lakes, monuments, woodland and a deer park.
Haughton Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short stroll around the pretty Haughton Country Park in Alford, Aberdeenshire. Highlights in the park include a sequence of peaceful woodland trails and a lovely riverside walking path along the River Don which runs along the north eastern edge of the park. This area also contains a wildflower meadow and the grand Haughton House mansion. There are also wide grassy lawns perfect for a picnic.
The park is located about twenty five miles west of the City of Aberdeen. Just to the south of the park is the Alford Valley Narrow Gauge Railway where you can catch a steam train on the first Sunday of each month.
John Buchan Way14 miles (23 km)A walk through the Scottish borders named after John Buchan, the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who lived in the area. The walk runs from Broughton to Peebles and passes the Broughton Hills, Stobo Castle, The Glack and Cademuir Hill. There are also regular views of the River Tweed to enjoy on this beautiful walk.
The route is waymarked with a JBW logo.
John Muir Country Park4 miles (6 km)Explore this beautiful section of the East Lothian coastline in this country park in Dunbar.
John Muir Way45 miles (72 km)Follow the John Muir Way along the East Lothian Coast on this walk named after the father of the environment movement, John Muir. Muir grew up in Dunbar before emigrating to the USA where he established America's National Parks (video below).
The walk is often completed in 5 sections:

Fisherrow (Musselburgh) to Cockenzie
Cockenzie to Aberlady
Aberlady to North Berwick
North Berwick to Dunbar
Dunbar to Dunglass

You will pass sandy beaches, cliffs, dunes and rolling lowland all to the backdrop of the Lammermuir Hills. The route also passes by rivers, woodland and waterfalls. Wildlife lovers should look out for a variety of seabirds such as gannets, terns and curlew. The walk also takes you through the delightful John Muir Country Park. Here you can explore the Dunbar Castle ruins, the Peffer Burn, a Cliff Top Trail with fine views of the sea and the historic Bass Rock, the long sandy sweep of Belhaven Bay and the River Tyne estuary(video below).
Named signs serve as waymarks for the route
Kelvin Walkway9 miles (14 km)This walk follows the River Kelvin from Milngavie to the Glasgow Heliport on the River Clyde. The walk was created to form a 'green link' from the countryside to the parks, museums, galleries and historical/cultural landmarks in Glasgow. The walk runs through Kelvinside, Kelvingrove Park and Yorkhill with fine views of Glasgow University.
Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park5 miles (7.5 km)Follow numerous, peaceful woodland trails through this lovely park in Perth. From Kinnoull Hill there are fabulous views of the River Tay and the surrounding countryside.
The park contains an Arboretum with a number of magnificent trees including large exotic conifers and Wellingtoniae.
Also look out for the fine wooden animal sculptures that dot the pathways through the woodland and the Bronze Age Fort on Deuchny Hill.
The route below starts at the car park at Corsiehill and takes you up Kinnoull Hill to the Kinnoull Tower. From the 222 metre high point there are some magnificent views of the Tay Estuary toward Dundee and Fife, the Ochils, Ben Vorlich and Ben More, the Grampians, Ben Lawers, Schiehallion and the Lochnagar massif. The route then takes you onto Deuchny Wood, before returning to the start point on woodland paths.
If you are on a bike you can head to the Deuchny Hill where there is a mountain bike park. Deuchny Wood also has a number of trails perfect for some off road cycling.
The park is located less than a mile east of the city centre of Perth, just over the bridge across the River Tay.
Kintyre Way89 miles (144 km)This walk runs from Tarbert at the north end of the Kintyre peninsula, to Dunaverty in the south. You will discover hidden coves, deserted beaches and tiny fishing communities on this beautiful walk through Argyll & Bute. There are stunning views of the Isle of Jura, the Isle of Arran and the nearby Isle of Gigha. There are also fabulous long coastal sections and lochside walks around Loch Ciaran and Lussa Loch.
Most of the route is waymarked by blue posts with the Kintyre Way logo on them.
Lanark Moor Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a lovely walk on the lochside path in this country park in Lanark. The loch is surrounded by some truly beautiful countryside and in the summer you can hire bumper boats. There's also a putting green, a picnic area and play park so it's a nice day out for families.
The park is about 1 mile from Lanark train station and has on site parking.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve where you can enjoy woodlands, waterfalls and a walk along the River Clyde.
Leith Hall Gardens2 miles (2.5 km)Explore the mixed woodland and open parkland surrounding the 17th century Leith Hall in Aberdeenshire. There are a number of walking trails to following including the Pond Walk, the Kirkhill Trail, the Craigfall Trail and the Village Linking Path.
Linlithgow Loch2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy an easy waterside stroll around Linlithgow Loch. The walk takes you past the ruins of Linlithgow Palace and the parkland surrounding it (known as the peel). The palace has a magnificent hall, a beautiful fountain, a courtyard and a number of wonderful sculptures.
The loch is a haven for wildfowl - look out for great crested grebes and little grebes, coots, moorhens, tufted duck and mallard.
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the union canal from Linlithgow to the nearby Muiravonside Country Park. For cyclists there are some paths around the peel where bikes are allowed.
Linn Park2 miles (2.5 km)At 200 acres, Linn Park is the second largest park in the city of Glasgow. There are lovely woodland and riverside walks and the park is also suitable for cyclists - please take care on certain sections and on loose fill paths.
Linn Park consists of a variety of habitats including grassland, scrub land, deciduous and coniferous woodland and riverbank. Highlights in the park include the beautiful waterfall on the river and the 19th century Linn House. There is also an adventure playground for the children and an 18 hole golf course. The park rises to a height of 85 metres so there are lovely views from the high points.
Loch Ness12 miles (19 km)This cycling and walking route follows cycle tracks and the Great Glen Way from Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit. The track runs through Creag Nan Eun Forest with splendid views of Loch Ness as you go.
Lochore Meadows Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy lovely waterside walking and cycling in this country park in Fife. The centrepiece of park is the beautiful Loch Ore which is surrounded by woodlands, meadows, grasslands, ponds and a Nature Reserve. You can explore the park on four way-marked trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The routes take you to Lochore Castle, Harran Hill Wood (with ancient woodland), Harran Hill (where there are fine views of the park) and over the Clune where there are archaeological features dating back to the Bronze Age.
The park is located just north of Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline and just a couple of miles south of Loch Leven.
Monikie Country Park2 miles (3 km)This country park near Dundee is perfect for a peaceful, scenic stroll. It contains woodlands, grassland and reservoirs with 140 acres of open water, banks and islands.
The reservoirs attract a large variety of water birds with the Great Crested Grebe a regular visitor. Also look out for Tree Creeper, Long-Tailed Tit, Woodpeckers, Tawny owls and Red Squirrels in the woodland area.
The park has an excellent Ranger Centre where you can hire sailboards, sailing dinghies and kayaks from May to September. There is also a nice cafe with picnic tables.
If you would like to continue your outing then you could head towards the nearby Crombie Country Park where you will find miles of walking trails around Crombie Loch. It's located just over a mile north east of Monikie Country Park.
Moray Coast Trail44 miles (71 km)Explore the beautiful Moray Coast on this delightful trail. The route runs from Forres to Cullen and includes beaches, coastal paths, quiet roads and old railways. There are splendid views of the Moray Firth and the North Sea.
The walk is waymarked with a white bird on a black disc.
Mount Keen11 miles (17 km)This is the shortest route to the summit of Mount Keen, the most easterly of the Scottish Munros. It starts at the Invermark car park in Glen Esk and heads through Glen Mark to the summit. The path is quite good for most of the route but become rockier towards the summit. There are fabulous views of Glen Esk, Loch Lee and the Cairngorms. Look out for red deer as you make your way through the beautiful Glen Mark.
Mount Keen stands at 939 m (3,081 feet). The walk will probably take about 5-7 hours.
Mugdock Country Park4 miles (6 km)This super country park in Milngavie has miles of footpaths and cycle routes to enjoy. This route takes you alongside Mugdock Reservoir, through Mugdock Wood, along Allander Water and past Mugdock Loch before returning to the start point at the car park by the reservoir. The combination of peaceful woodland trails and waterside paths makes for a lovely cycle or walk.
The park also includes the remains of the 14th-century Mugdock Castle and the ruins of the 19th century Craigend Castle, a Gothic Revival mansion.
Glasgow is only about 6 miles south of the park so if you are coming from the city, one option is to follow the Kelvin Walkway to Mugdock. The West Highland Way also runs through the park so you could continue your cycle/walk along this trail if you have time.
Mugdock Country Park has excellent facilities with a visitor centre, shop and a garden centre located within the walled garden.
Muiravonside Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)Explore 170 acres of woodland and parkland in this park near Grangemouth. There are a network of paths taking you around the woodland, parkland, gardens and riverside. Highlights in the park include the River Avon, a spectacular river gorge and the historic Avon Aqueduct.
The park contains an excellent visitor centre in the old farmhouse. Muiravonside is located just a couple of miles from Linlithgow and about five miles from Falkirk. One good option is to follow the union canal from the centre of Linlithgow to the park - a walk of about 2.5 miles. You could then visit Linlithgow Loch and enjoy more waterside walking.
Palacerigg Country Park4 miles (6 km)Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails through this large country park in Cumbernauld. This previously uninspiring area has been transformed with the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs. The park is now a haven for wildlife attracting roe deer, badger, fox and hare. Birdwatchers should look out for sparrowhawk, kestrel, long-eared and short-eared owl.
Palacerigg also has a collection of rare breed animals including Eriskay ponies, North Ronaldsay sheep, Shetland cattle, Guernsey goats and Tamworth pigs.
In the park you can follow 10km of nature trails which will take you through the grassland, moorland and woodland of the park. There are also water features to enjoy with several ponds and Fannyside Lochs. You can find out more about the trails and guided walks at the countryside ranger service within the park. Other facilities include a field archery course, golf course, children's play area, gift shop, cafe and picnic sites.
Palacerigg is located less than half an hour's drive from Glasgow, Motherwell, Stirling or Falkirk
Plean Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy peaceful walking and cycling trails in this large country park in Stirling. In the park you will find woodlands, flower meadows, ponds, streams and the ruined 18th century Plean Country House. There are several waymarked trails to follow including a nature trail where you can look out for a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels, rabbits and dragonflies.
The park is located just a few miles from Stirling and Falkirk.
Polkemmet Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy beautiful woodland and riverside walks in this 168 acre country park near Whitburn. There are a number of walking trails taking you through the woodland and along the River Almond which runs through the park. There is also an abundance of wildlife - look out for Roe deer, fox, heron, water voles, bats and badgers.
Facilities in the park are very good with a visitor centre housed in the old stables. Here you will find a wealth of information about the area and a cafe. Polkemmet also contains a nine hole golf course and driving range.
The park is located between Livingston and Airdrie.
Pollok Country Park2 miles (4 km)This splendid park in Glasgow was named the best park in Britain in 2006 and in 2008, was named the best park in Europe. Highlights in the park include a riverside section along the pretty White Cart River, a beautiful walled garden with glasshouses, a delightful woodland garden and the very grand Pollok House - Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey.
The park is a lovely place for a peaceful stroll but National Cycle Network route 75 also runs right through the grounds so you can bring your bike too.
Rob Roy Way79 miles (127 km)Follow in the footsteps of Robert Roy MacGregor, famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century. The walk takes you across the Southern Highland of Scotland taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Starting from Drymen on the West Highland Way it goes north east to finish in Pitlochry.
The path passes a series of beautiful Lochs including Loch Venachar, Loch Tay and Loch Earn. You will also pass a series of spectacular waterfalls such as the Falls of Dochart and The Falls of Moness. There is also a waterside section along the River Tay with the Cairngorm mountains making a splendid backdrop.
Roslin Glen Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a super cycle or walk along the River North Esk in this country park in Midlothian. You will pass along the Penicuik to Musselburgh cycle/walkway which makes use of disused railway lines. It's ideal for a peaceful off road cycle or walk, taking you through wooded glens with views of the rushing River North Esk as you go. You will also pass a number of interesting historical sites including Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Castle, Wallace's Cave and Hawthornden Castle.
The park is excellent for wildlife with otters, kingfishers and dippers around the river. Look out for buzzards, woodpeckers and badgers in the gorge woodland area. Owls, field voles and butterflies can be seen in the pretty meadows and grasslands.
Roslin Glen is located about 7 miles south of Edinburgh city centre, near Pencuik.
Rouken Glen Park2 miles (4 km)This beautiful park near Glasgow is a perfect peaceful retreat from the busy city centre. The park covers 143 acres and contains miles of pleasant footpaths taking you to the park's many features. These include the pretty boating pond,  a large waterfall surrounded by steep woodland, a delightful walled garden and a visitor centre.
If you would like to continue your walk you could to the neaby Dams to Darnley Country Park where you will find miles of waterside walking and cycling trails.
Scone Palace2 miles (4 km)Explore the extensive grounds and beautiful gardens of this historic house in Perthshire. Highlights include a wonderful maze with 2000 beech trees, the Kitchen Garden with pathways through the vegetable and cut flower beds and Moot Hill with its wide lawns and tiny Presbyterian Chapel. You can also enjoy a peaceful riverside stroll along the River Tay which runs through the park.
The palace itself is well worth a visit with its grand state rooms containing porcelain, ivories, clocks, furniture, paintings and other family heirlooms.
Scone palace is located less than two miles north of the centre of Perth. If you are coming from this direction you can follow the riverside walking and cycling path along the Tay from Perth to the palace.
Speyside Way65 miles (105 km)This splendid route is one of the four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland. It follows the River Spey from Buckie, on the Moray Firth, to Aviemore. You will pass Craigellachie, Grantown on Spey and Boat of Garten with coastal and riverside sections to enjoy. There are also terrific views of the Cairngorm Mountains as you approach Aviemore.
The trail is often completed in the following sections:

Section 1 - Buckie to Spey Bay
Section 2 - Spey Bay to Fochabers
Section 3 - Fochabers to Craigellachie
Section 4 - Craigellachie to Ballindalloch
Section 5 - Ballindalloch to Grantown
Section 6 - Grantown to Nethy Bridge
Section 7 - Nethy Bridge to Boat of Garten
Section 8 - Boat of Garten to Aviemore

This route has been classified as a walking and cycle route but not all of the trail is suitable for cycling. The off road sections between Ballindalloch and Tomintoul, and between Ballindalloch and Cromdale should be avoided on bikes. However the sections between Fochabers and Ballindalloch and between Nethybridge and Aviemore make for excellent cycling. The final section from Boat of Garten to Aviemore, is actually part of the Sustrans millennium cycle way so is also suitable for cycling.
St Cuthbert's Way63 miles (101 km)This walk runs from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Lindisfarne on Holy Island.
The route is typically walked from west to east in four stages:
Melrose to Harestanes - this section takes in Melrose Abbey, the River Tweed and the Eildon Hills before coming to the 18th century Monteviot House on the River Teviot at Harestanes.
Harestanes to Yetholm - a challenging section taking you to the highest and midway point of the route at the summit of Wideopen Hill. The section also passes through Cessford Moor and past Cessford Castle before reaching Town Yetholm on Bowmont Water.
Yetholm to Wooler - a wide open section which takes you into Northumberland National Park and has terrific views of the Cheviot Hills
Wooler to Lindisfarne - the final section passing Doddington Moor and Buckton Moor before finishing on Holy Island
The walk is waymarked with a cross on a white disc.
Strathclyde Country Park4 miles (6 km)Explore nearly 1000 acres of parkland in the valley of the River Clyde in this large country park located between Hamilton and Motherwell. The main feature of the park is Strathclyde Loch which has a super waterside cycling and walking track. Surrounding the loch are woodlands, wetlands, wildlife refuges and attractive open parkland. There are miles of miles of surfaced footpaths and nature trails to follow through the woodlands and wetlands areas. The river Clyde also runs through the park so there is a particularly lovely section with the loch on one side and the river on the other.
The park has an excellent watersports centre where you can hire rowboats, canoes and windsurfs. Bike hire is also available in the park.
The Clyde Walkway walking route passes through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk/cycle along the river. You could also follow the River Avon south to the nearby Chatelherault Country Park.
Threave Gardens and Carlingwark Loch2 miles (3 km)This walk takes you from Castle Douglas to Carlingwark Loch and then on to the beautiful Threave Estate and Gardens.
The Threave estate includes a number of waymarked walking trails taking you through the following estate sections:
Threave House, a restored Scottish baronial-style house which has been decorated and furnished in an authentic 1930s style.
Gardens - landscaped gardens with themed 'rooms' including a Secret Garden, Patio Garden, Sculpture Garden, Rockery, Rhododendron Garden, Azalea walk, a terraced Rose Garden and heather beds.
The Sculpture Garden - containing over 30 works by Scottish sculptors
Nature Reserve - with wetlands and woodlands.
Three Lochs Way33 miles (53 km)This super route is suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. It runs from Balloch to Inveruglas passing Loch Lomond (see video), The Gareloch and Loch Long. There's some stunning mountainous scenery and splendid views of the Firth of Clyde as you pass through this beautiful area.
Townhill Country Park1 miles (2 km)This country park is located in Dunfermline and is very popular with water-skiers. However there are also walking trails alongside Town Loch and a cycle trail on the eastern edge of the park. The loch is surrounded by some really pretty countryside and there are also facilities such as a children's play area and a croquet lawn.
Vogrie Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore this beautiful Victorian Parkland Estate located in the heart of the Midlothian countryside. The park contains several walking and cycling trails taking you through the acres of woodland and parkland which surround the baronial-styled Vogrie House. There are several pretty water features to enjoy with ponds, burns and the River Tyne running through the park. Also make time to visit the pretty walled garden and the Rookery.
The peaceful woodland contains a variety of different trees including Oak, Rowan and Red Cedar. It's a haven for wildlife so look out for Jay, Nuthatch and Woodpeckers.
Vogrie has several additional attractions with a nine hole golf course, miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe. There is also a Ranger Service which organises guided walks through the grounds.
The estate is located about 10 miles south east of Edinburgh, near Dalkieth.
West Highland Way93 miles (150 km)This is a fabulous long distance walking and cycling* route from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. There's stunning scenery to enjoy with Lochs, mountains, rivers and waterfalls all dotted along the route.
The route begins just outside Glasgow at Milngavie and heads north through Mugdock Country Park before reaching Loch Lomond where you enjoy a fantastic waterside section along the shores of the loch with Ben Lomond mountain making a beautiful backdrop. You continue through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, passing Loch Tulla and crossing Rannoch Moor. The path then takes you through the stunning Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, before crossing the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven. The final section takes you past Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.
The route is well signposted throughout.
*For cyclists please be aware that while much of the route makes for fantastic cycling some sections are extremely challenging and are only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Even then you will have to carry your bike over certain sections. Please see this discussion thread for information.
West Island Way30 miles (48 km)Explore the beautiful Isle of Bute on this stunning walk.

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