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Family Walking Tours of Scotland

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

No holiday or vacation to the UK can ever be called complete without a walking tour or more specifically, a family walking tour of Scotland.

If you ever wanted an ideal way to introduce your children to the outdoors (as well as Scottish culture), this is definitely worth investigating. There is no lack for choices when it comes to family walking tours of Scotland. Walking the Scottish countryside, no matter where you choose to engage in the activity, can be very exciting to say the least.

Some walking (or hiking) tours in Scotland have varying degrees of difficulty relative to the terrain and how strenuous the hike is. However, since these are family tours that include children, these degrees of difficulty are not that much of an issue. But still in all, remember that a walking holiday should be what the name implies – a holiday. Here are some recommendations for family walking tours of Scotland.

Tour Scotland with a true Scot

Whenever possible, try to hire a tour that involves a true Scot at the helm conducting the tour. This isn’t to say that the guide should be wearing a kilt and have a thick Brogue accent. However, you should endeavor to find a person who has lived in Scotland all their lives. This greatly increases the quality of your family walking tour in Scotland.

Make sure that it is either a family or group walking tour only

For all practical purposes, the majority of the Scottish walking tours feature a group rate which makes them exceedingly cost-effective. Suffice it to say, family walking tours of Scotland are magical and unique experiences if you have never participated before, so at the very least, you will come home with fond memories of the family experience. And there are Scots who will avail themselves as single family tour guides – in other words, a private family tour with just you and the guide.

Beware! All walking tours of Scotland are not the same

Most family walking tours include some similar elements, e.g. castles, traditional lore, etc. Different tours are available since no two families are the same. The secret is to pick the kind of tour that will help you and your family derive the most enjoyment from. If you have a family full of history aficionados, there are numerous tours of Scotland that will entice you and satisfy your interests and needs.

If, on the other hand, if the academic aspect of a family walking tour in Scotland is not your preference, there are other family walking tours of Scotland that focus on some of the more modern aspects of Scotland’s future and its history. Some of the interesting family spots include:

  • Argyll & the Isles

Ardrishaig – The 39 Steps Walk
Glencoe Woodland Walk

  • Cairngorms National Park

Explore Abernethy – King’s Road Walk
Explore Abernethy – Riverside Walk
Glenmore – Ryvoan Bothy – Glenmore Walk
Loch Garten – Loch Mallachie – Garten Wood Walk
Loch an Eilein and Loch Gamhna Walk

  • Central Scotland

Penicuik to Musselburgh Walk
Rosewell – Roslin Circular Walk

  • North Highlands

Achany Glen, Lairg
Contin – Rogie Falls – Contin Walk
Golspie to Ben Bhraggie
Shin Falls Forest Walk, by Lairg

  • Perthshire

Atholl Woods to Dunkeld Walk
Birnam Hill Walk, by Dunkeld
Drummond Hill Walk, Kenmore
Dunkeld – River Tay – The Hermitage Walk
Dunkeld – The Hermitage – Strathbraan – Dunkeld Walk
Fungarth Walk, by Dunkeld
Glen Lednock Circular Walk, Comrie
Glen Tarken Walk, St Fillans
Loch Dunmore Circular Walk, by Pitlochry
Lady Mary’s Walk, Crieff
Loch Faskally Walk, by Pitlochry
Pitlochry – Killiecrankie – Linn of Tummel Walk

  • Southern Scotland

Dalbeattie to Colvend Trail
Dryburgh to Scott’s View (Bemersyde Hill), near Melrose
Duchess Bridge & North Lodge Walk, Langholm
Ettrick Water Walk, Selkirk
Kirroughtree Forest Trails Walk, near Newton Stewart
Loch Trool Trail, Glentrool
Water of Fleet Circular Walk, Gatehouse of Fleet

  • West Highlands

Dog Falls and Coire Loch Walk (Glen Affric)
Loch Affric Circular Walk
Strontian Woods Walk
Three Lochs and Castle Tioram Walk

This will give you an idea as to the variety of choices that you have for experiencing those fall colors while taking the family walk of your choice.

Photo of  Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland originally posted by g.naharro

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

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  1. Dumbarton says:
    February 1st, 2009 at 21:13

    That is a brilliant picture. Scotland has some amazing walks. Especially out in Loch Lomond.

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