Scotland offers the perfect landscape for some of the best and most easily accessible hillwalking and mountaineering in the world. Whether experienced or a beginner, Scotland caters for all tastes and provides opportunities for walking mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, scrambling and hillwalking. There are 284 munroes in Scotland and many more corbets and walks so make Glasgow your base for a hillwalking holiday you will never forget.
Walks and climbs vary from glens, lochs, hills and mountains, as does the Scottish weather so be prepared for all seasons! Even if the sun is splitting the heavens when you start out, the weather can change quickly in Scotland, especially in the mountains.
Glasgow is surrounded by a wealth of climbing and walking experiences not to be missed, from country parks and gentle riverside strolls to the Campsie Hills north of the city. Head further north to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to enjoy the rugged landscape for which Scotland is renowned. Heading south, west and east of Glasgow reveals a stunning variety of hillwalks, large and small, trails and coastline just bursting to be explored.
The central lowlands area of Scotland provides much to enjoy but it is the northern reaches of the country where the hillwalkers and mountaineers paradise truly lies. As the stunning Perthshire and Stirlingshire hills give way to Argyll and the Highlands, so the landscape multiplies the challenge. Simply an area of natural unspoiled beauty, the north west of Scotland provides views unrivalled throughout the UK making your chosen form of leg work well worth the effort.
The munroes of Scotland are world famous and very popular with mountaineers and climbers from all over the globe. Nowhere is this truer than the Isle of Skye, just off the north west coast of Scotland, where the Cuillin Hills, Red Hills and Blaven have long been favourites.
Hillwalking in Scotland is exceptionally rewarding due to the untold beauty of the natural surroundings. Whether you are a munroe bagger or are simply looking to get out there and enjoy the countryside, just get out there and enjoy! There is much to explore in Scotland and consequently there are many informative websites where you can access information about the walks you intend to do beforehand. We would also advise buying an ordinance survey map and compass, it can be easy to get lost in the Scottish hills!
Popular hillwalking locations (Distance from Glasgow in brackets):
- Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh (47 miles east)
- Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs (40 miles north west)
- Bracklin Falls, Callendar, Stirlingshire (42 miles north)
- Pentland Hills, Midlothian (48 miles east)
- Glen Esk, Braemar, Angus (108 miles north east)
- The Whangie, between Milngavie and Drymen (10 miles north west)
- Tinto Hill, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire (50 miles south east)