City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish Hillwalking


By edg - Posted on 17 May 2011

Leaving Inverie

Hillwalking is a popular pasttime in Scotland, given its abundant and accessible wilderness, and often spectacular natural beauty. There are also public rights of way for most wilderness spots, with hostels to base yourself out of, and on the mountain themselves, publicly available "bothies" or mountain huts. Remember to plan ahead and tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

  • Edinburgh Parks You don't need to stray far from the city to find a short, strenuous climb, whether its the windswept cliffs of Holyrood Park (mere minutes away), the woodland walks of Corstorphine Hill, or roaming further afield in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
  • Alien Rock A climbing wall in Newhaven in Edinburgh for rock-climbers.
  • West Highland Way The official guide to this popular trail through the picturesque West Highlands, from Milngavie to Fort William. Whether you are camping or staying at B&Bs this has useful tips about weather and accommodation, maps and conditions.
  • Fife Coastal Path Undulating rather than hilly walks in nearby coastal towns and beaches.   
  • John Muir Trust Charity concerned with preserving last wild open spaces in Scotland.
  • Met Office Get the short range weather forecast.
  • Mountain Bothies Association The charitable organisation that looks after 100 remote shelters for walkers and cyclists. Gives important details about renovation work on bothies in areas around Scotland.
  • Ramblers Association Influential walkers pressure group with active corps in Scotland.
  • Scottish Rights of Way Society Know your rights as a walker in Scotland. Remember the law is different in Scotland from England - better at least as far as walkers' rights are concerned as this Edinburgh-based organisation reveals.
  • Scottish Mountaineering Club Details about the activities of this ancient club, information on walks and the organisations mountain huts.
  • RSPB An influential British charity that does a lot of good work in Scotland, notably campaigns for protection of endangered Osprey.
  • Walk Scotland An archive of walks.