5 Great Winter Walks in Scotland

5 Great Winter Walks in Scotland

5 Great Winter Walks in Scotland

Walking in the snow


Christmas is nearly here! So why not spend some time taking in the stunning Scottish scenery on a crisp winter’s day? We’ve rounded up a variety of walking trails for you to enjoy this winter in a variety of Scottish locations, which also cater to different tastes. Let’s not forget, each of them is reachable by campervan.

1. Robert Burns Trail, Ayrshire & Arran

Be inspired by the setting of the country’s national bard and take the Burns trail starting at Burns Cottage. Six kilometres later you will have seen some wonderful sites along the way including Robert Burns’ National Monument and a 15th century bridge featured in Tam  o’ Shanter. There are many points along the trail relating to the poet and you’ll also get to see local woodlands and parks.

2. Blairadam Forest, Fife

The forest is usually occupied by horse lovers, but is also perfect for an amble this winter. It boasts miles of walking trails, but you won’t get lost – well hopefully not… What’s more, on the weekends leading up to Christmas you’ll be able to grab hot beverages at the park to shake off the chill, as well as tasty baked goods.

3. Allean Forest, Perthshire

Located near to Pitlochry, this forest boasts different walking trails on which you can take in nature in its most diverse forms, as well as a scattering of archaeological remains. One highlight of the area is a beautiful body of water, Loch Tummel. There’s also the Queen’s View Visitor Centre nearby, a stunning vantage point for the river Tummel.

4. Balmoral Castle Grounds, Aberdeen

I do declare that Balmoral Castle is the home of the royal family in Scotland. Surrounded by the picturesque scenery of Deeside and neighbouring Lochnagar, the grounds and gardens of the castle offer a splendid setting for a winter walk. There’s even an audio tour available in several different languages to act as your guide.

5. Threave Garden and Estate, Dumfries & Galloway

Recently voted number 2 on The Independent’s list of the ’10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK’, I can’t imagine a better place to take your winter walk – apart from maybe the garden which was voted number 1… Anyway, the gardens are mahoosive and feature three key areas; take in the landscaped gardens of the Threave Garden, have a look at some Scottish sculpture in the Threave Sculpture Garden or check out the wetlands and woodlands of the Threave Nature Reserve.

So, it’s time to get your woolly jumpers on and get a bit of fresh air by visiting one of these picturesque areas of Scotland this winter. Whether it’s history you’re after, nature or just a fantastic family photo op out in the snow then you’re sure to find something on this list.