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Scotland and Scottish Hill Walking Scotland is a country full of dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife and it also has a rich history. There are hills, mountains, rivers, lochs woodlands, hamlets, villages and cities, all waiting to be explored. The best way to experience the sheer beauty of Scotland is on foot, climbing up the hills and mountains and enjoying the spectacular scenery from above. The highlands are divided into seven different areas:

The Northern Highlands
You will be spoilt for choice in the hills of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty. There are at least 62 hills to climb, ranging from the pleasant climb up to the peak of Ben Hope, to the more challenging Applecross Corbetts and the more difficult Coulin Forest Munros.
You can expect to see Puffins, Guillemots, Ospreys, Eider Ducks and Red Squirrels on your travels through the countryside and you can also visit the pretty town of Ullapool and the village of Durness, on the North West Coast.
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The Eastern Highlands
The hills of the Cairngorms are ideal for hill walkers who haven’t had any experience, or who want to enjoy a hill walk, without it being too challenging. There are around 43 hills to climb in this area and almost all of them are categorised as easy to moderate climbs, although there are a few that are challenging and are best left to the experienced climber.
You can expect to see some wonderful wildlife in this area including Woodpeckers, Crossbills, Tits, Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys and Golden Eagles, as well as Squirrels and Reindeer. You can also visit the small town of Kingussie on the River Spey or Aviemore, which is a popular tourist destination.

The Western Highlands

The Western Highlands have at least 63 hills to climb and they vary between easy to moderate and challenging. If you don’t want a steep ascent, try the Falls of Glomach, but if you are an experienced hill walker and you like a challenge try the Mullardoch Circuit. Wildlife in this area includes Red Deer, Golden Eagles and Mountain Hares. Visit Milngavie, which is where the West Highland Way long trail begins, or visit Glasgow, which is the largest of all Scotland’s cities.

The Southern Highlands
With at least 72 hills, The Southern Highlands has plenty of hills to climb. The majority of them are easy to moderate, like the Ben Lomond Tourist Route, or the Corbetts of Lochearnhead. You can see Red Squirrels, Deer and a great variety of Forest Birds, whilst you’re climbing. Visit the village of Strathyre which is a popular tourist centre or head up to Balquiddher to see where Rob Roy, the infamous Scottish outlaw is buried.

The Southern Uplands

The Southern Upland way is a popular coast to coast long distance trail and there are numerous hill routes spread across eight different areas of the Southern Uplands in the Lanarkshire region. The hills include those at Broughton Heights, Moorfoots and the Tinto Hill, which sits above the River Clyde. Here you will see Common Crossbills, Barn Owls, Gannets, sheep and cattle. Visit Peebles on the River Tweed or travel to Edinburgh and visit Scotland’s famous Capital City.

The Central Highlands
Another area with a huge number of hills, there are more than 70 to explore. The routes range from easy to moderate and challenging. There are also a good number of hills for more experienced climbers. This part of Scotland is home to Ben Nevis, the highest Mountain in the British Isles.
This is the part of Scotland that you will see Otters and Herons in the Lochs and Whales and Dolphins in the sea between the mainland and the islands. It is also a popular area with Birdwatchers. Visit Fort William, which stands on the banks of the Rivers Nevis and Lochy, it is also close to Loch Linnhe, Scotland’s longest sea loch. It isn’t far from the Castle at Inverlochy, which was the site of the Battle of Inverlochy in 1645.

The Islands
There are around 30 hills to enjoy spread amongst the islands of Skye, Arran, Mull, Eigg, Jura, Rum and the Outer Hebrides. Skye, has the most choice, and apart from a few nearly all of them are difficult to climb. The Outer Hebrides have very easy and, easy to moderate hills, which are ideal for beginners. The wildlife on the islands and in the waters of the sea lochs is a haven for birds and mammals. Take a boat trip to spot Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Otters and even Whales. See Puffins on the shore and up above you there are Corn Crake, Eagles, Osprey, Grouse and a whole host of other bird life.

Come and experience the breath taking scenery of Scotland’s highlands and keep fit at the same time!

For further information go to Walks in Scotland

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