Spring has exploded with it’s load of colors and scents, and the days get longer, inexorably it is time to think about summer vacation. For true lovers of nature the right idea might be to a holiday in Scotland, where there are some popular trails that wind through a unique landscape made of mountains, moors, meadows, lakes and magnificent cobalt-blue fjords, all topped off by magic of variegated sky, that every hour is dramatically different and beautiful.
Real hikers have discovered Scotland for some time: there are so many paths to meet hikers of all ability and level, and then in summer the high latitude gives you many hours of light, which allows you to walk longer and have fewer problems to meet the milestones planned. Here then, five famous trails of Scotland, to be discovered slowly, at a walking pace, each with its wealth of unique landscapes and enchanted. You will notice that many routes have centered around the town of Fort William, and it is inevitable given the beautiful mountains that surround this small town west of Scotland.
The first proposed route is known as the West Highland Way, a path established more than 30 years ago and one of the most popular. To reach the starting point, the town of Milngavie, should fly to Glasgow the largest city in southern Scotland. From this northern suburb of Glasgow part of the trail 96 miles long in total, namely 154 km, you can engage in a walk of about a week. The path the probe through a variety of landscapes and ecosystems, among the most spectacular mountains in the UK: the way it goes next to the Ben Lomond, Bain an Dothaidh and also just before the arrival close to Ben Nevis, the highest high in Great Britain. The walk ends in Fort William, which is reached after having forfeited his heart in the beautiful landscapes ike those of the great lake of Loch Lomond, Inversnaid Falls and valleys of Glen Orchy and Glen Coe.
The second track, recently established, is the extension of the previous path: it is the East Highland Way, which as the name goes the easternmost part of the Scottish Highlands. In fact, part of Fort Williams and heads east to Aviemore, a pleasant resort south of Inverness , just north of the territories of the Cairngorms National Park. Along the 78 miles of hiking (125 km) History buffs will enjoy the numerous castles along the way, like the forests of Rothiemurchus, some prehistoric sites and beautiful lakes such as Loch Laggan, which takes its name from the beautiful village of the same name Gaelic. There are seven stages, the longest of which is the third, which covers about 32 km.
The third route that we propose is the Great Glen Way and welcomes hikers who want to try the path of nearly 127 km (79 miles) linking Fort William to Inverness. THAT is added value of the aura of mystery that hovers on the track, thanks to the proximity of the famous Loch Ness, and there are many who scrutinize the black waters of the lake in search of some motion that reveals the existence of Nessie, the monster myth Loch Ness. The course, suitable for walkers of all levels also winds through thick forests, touches castles, military forts and waterfalls.
Travellers with less time but could appreciate the charm of the trek called The Clyde Coast Way. It measures about 80 km in length (50 miles) and connects the coastal towns of the south-west of Scotland Ayr and Greenock. You can accomplish in 4 days without too much physical effort, since the highest point of the track rises to 153 m above sea level. However, offers breathtaking views of the picturesque west coast of Scotland, with the background the two islands of Cumbrae (Little and Great) and the Isle of Arran, and next to protected natural areas of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. They meet many charming villages, historic churches and traditional pubs (there is an area of great Scottish whiskey!), Along the way.
The last route that we propose is certainly more challenging, lesser known, but also the most attractive in Scotland: The Cape Wrath Trail. It ‘s suitable for real trekkers, and well trained as you ride 205 miles in the wilderness, totaling 328 km of majestic landscapes. Note here the weather can vary greatly, the winds can blow so impressive, and one must be very well equipped to deal with this intense trekking! The route from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the most northerly point of Scotland West. Here is the famous lighthouse built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson, “the Cape Wrath Lighthouse”, considered one of the most romantic places in the world, as well as one of the most turbulent of the northern hemisphere, however, of immense charm. A recommendation: the path is not yet an official trail, but there are several guides written on it.
Originally posted 2012-07-10 20:35:10.