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distance 8.88mi Vertical gain +1844ft Vertical drop -1841ft Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Scottish Borders

This walk in the Northumberland National Park follows the England-Scotland border fence and starts from Kirk Yetholm. The walk uses the Pennine Way to reach Black Hag. The return route follows an alternative route of the Pennine Way back to the start.

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Coodham Estate from Kilmarnock
distance 6.34mi Vertical gain +299ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

This route first crosses Caprington Golf Course and then makes use of paved roads and paths to reach the 95 acre Coodham Estate just outside Symington. Take time to explore the Estate’s many interesting features and paths including the lake, mansion, shrine and graveyard, before starting the walk back to Kilmarnock via the high road past Stafflar Farm.

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Coire Lagan in the Cuillins
distance 4.06mi Vertical gain +1916ft Vertical drop -1916ft Durée 3h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A superb walk in the Cuillins, with breathtaking views of the sea and a charming little Loch at the end.
The only challenging part is the end of the climb, where you need to climb up some scree for the last 300 metres.

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Old Auchans House, Dundonald
distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 1h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Wandering though this delightful woodland, the impressive remains of 16th century Old Auchans House seem to appear out of nowhere. Go late January to see snowdrops galore, late April for wild garlic, and May for a sea of bluebells!

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Elgol to Camasunary in the Cuillin
distance 9.21mi Vertical gain +1404ft Vertical drop -1417ft Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very nice hike along the water and mountains in the Cuillin.

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The Table and the Needle at the Quiraing
distance 3.92mi Vertical gain +1132ft Vertical drop -1122ft Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

The Quiraing combines both majestic mountains and the mysteries of the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are magnificent.

Walking Loch of the Lowes Path ( Download : )
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distance 4.64mi Vertical gain +469ft Vertical drop -463ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Perthshire and Kinross

A lovely walk through coniferous and deciduous woodland and open pasture, on the way to Loch of the Lowes. Use the hides at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s visitor centre to sneak a peek in season at overwintering geese, ducks including goldeneye and the striking, head shaking courtship of the great crested grebe. A camera provides live and recorded images of the famous osprey nest in season and other local wildlife.

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distance 11.86mi Vertical gain +361ft Vertical drop -151ft Durée 5h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Lothian

Ninth (final) leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Grassyards Road)
distance 4.97mi Vertical gain +118ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

An ideal walk for the longer Spring and Summer evenings. After passing through the Craufurdland Estate, you will spend the majority of the walk out in the open countryside, from where you can admire the views on a clear day.

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Craufurdland Countryside Walk (Field Path)
distance 4.34mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -112ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A walk for the more adventurous! Quiet country roads quickly lead into the woodland of Craufurdland Estate. You will pass the fishing loch and the Laird’s Table cafe/restaurant, as well as cross a ford (using the footbridge!) The return leg of the walk is via a public right of way across farmland.

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distance 12.37mi Vertical gain +23ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 5h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Lothian

Eighth, penultimate, leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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distance 9.62mi Vertical gain +174ft Vertical drop -289ft Durée 4h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Lothian

Seventh Leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

Walking Crinan Canal Walk ( Download : )
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Crinan Canal Walk
distance 9.22mi Vertical gain +164ft Vertical drop -164ft Durée 4h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Argyll and Bute

A linear walk along “Britain’s most beautiful shortcut”: the Crinan Canal, Argyll. Starting at the Crinan Basin, the walk takes you to the Cairnbaan Hotel along a tarmac footpath/cycle track, making for very easy walking. Watch the Locks being opened and closed and wave to the people on-board the passing yachts.

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distance 10.93mi Vertical gain +456ft Vertical drop -525ft Durée 5h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Midlothian

Fifth Leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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distance 9.8mi Vertical gain +958ft Vertical drop -633ft Durée 5h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Edinburgh

Fourth Leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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Killiecrankie & Faskally Forest Circular
distance 9.75mi Vertical gain +902ft Vertical drop -902ft Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Perthshire and Kinross

The Pass of Killiecrankie and Faskally Forest are two of the best places in Scotland to enjoy a stunning display of autumn colours and this circular route takes you through both! Starting off with the Pass of Killiecrankie and the Soldier's Leap viewpoint, you will then head along single track roads and through the Linn of Tummel to reach Loch Faskally. On your way back you'll pass through the beautiful Faskally Forest before following the River Tummel and River Garry back to Killiecrankie.

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Lady Hunter Blair’s Walk, Straiton
distance 2.14mi Vertical gain +246ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

One of those hidden gems Ayrshire has to offer! This is an easy walk starting in the village of Straiton and taking you into a wooded glen to visit some surprisingly spectacular waterfalls.

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distance 8.63mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -253ft Durée 4h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Lothian

Third Leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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distance 9.3mi Vertical gain +79ft Vertical drop -377ft Durée 4h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Lothian

Second leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

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distance 11.63mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -358ft Durée 5h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Lanarkshire

First leg of a 90-mile walk (in 9 stages) across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

Walking Lothian-90 Walk ( Download : )
Walker
distance 71.08mi Vertical gain +2303ft Vertical drop -2802ft Durée 9 days Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Lanarkshire

A 90 mile walk (in nine sections) across West, Mid and East Lothian. The full traverse has been designed as a quiet, scenic route along quiet footpaths and lanes, with a minimal amount of roadside walking. All sections are easily reached by public transport.

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distance 9.73mi Vertical gain +518ft Vertical drop -735ft Durée 4h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Midlothian

Sixth Leg of a 90-mile walk across the whole of the Lothians, using quiet footpaths, country parks, disused railway lines, river banks, tracks and the occasional minor road.

Walking Hill Wood Walk, Straiton ( Download : )
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Hill Wood Walk, Straiton
distance 5.99mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -502ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This is a circular walk beginning in the quaint rural Ayrshire village of Straiton. Initially the route heads uphill to follow rough and sometimes overgrown, boggy tracks through an area of woodland. Enjoy fine views down into the village and the Galloway hills beyond. The return leg of the walk loops back into Straiton on a variety of terrain including farm tracks, grassy fields and surfaced roads.

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Lochgoin Circuit, Whitelee Windfarm
distance 7.87mi Vertical gain +203ft Vertical drop -207ft Durée 3h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Renfrewshire

An easy 7 mile circuit around Whitelee Windfarm’s Lochgoin Reservoir. The route is way-marked meaning that navigation is simple and underfoot is a mixture of loose stones and grass. Look out for Dunwan Dam and take a detour to Blackwood Hill Viewpoint, from which on a clear day you will be able to see as far as the Isle of Arran and Ben Lomond.

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Cleughearn Forestry Walk, Whitelee Windfarm
distance 2.89mi Vertical gain +118ft Vertical drop -102ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Lanarkshire

A pleasant walk around one of the quieter areas of forestry within the UK’s largest onshore windfarm. Starting at the parking area just off Ardochrig Road (near Strathaven), you soon find yourself on a mossy track through the trees. In this area it is possible to spot jay, bullfinch, merlin, peregrine, roe deer, and occasionally goldeneye ducks on the ponds.

Walking Luss Heritage Trail ( Download : )
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Luss Heritage Trail
distance 1.43mi Vertical gain +69ft Vertical drop -69ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Argyll and Bute

An easy walk around the pretty conservation village of Luss, famous for having been the setting for the successful TV soap ‘High Road’. This walk encompasses it’s sandy beach, the Luss Water and a quiet woodland containing remnants of a former slate quarry.

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Afton Dam Circular
distance 4.65mi Vertical gain +479ft Vertical drop -459ft Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

This walk takes you around the perimeter of Glenafton Reservoir just outside New Cumnock. On a still day the water creates stunning reflections of the surrounding hills and forests so remember to take your camera!

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Ballochmyle Viaduct from Catrine
distance 3.45mi Vertical gain +30ft Vertical drop -30ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

Starting in Catrine, follow the course of the River Ayr through woodland to the impressive Ballochmyle Viaduct. It is the highest masonry railway viaduct in Britain and even featured in a scene in the movie Mission: Impossible!

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Croy, Mochrum Hill and Culzean Country Park
distance 9.28mi Vertical gain +1027ft Vertical drop -1040ft Durée 5h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

The walk starts and ends as a beach walk from Croyburnfoot, returning via Culzean Country park. The walk takes in woodland tracks to climb to the summit of Mochrum Hill, which overlooks the county park and gives fine views over the Ayrshire coast and surrounding countryside.

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distance 9.69mi Vertical gain +128ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 4h35 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Edinburgh

Linear from Cramond Brig to Ocean Terminal, via River Almond, Cramond, Silverknowes, Granton Point, Royston House, Granton Harbour, Primrose Bank, Newhaven, West Breakwater & Western Harbour. This is leg 5/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.

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distance 9.34mi Vertical gain +131ft Vertical drop -456ft Durée 4h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Edinburgh

Linear from Colinton to Cramond Brig, via Water of Leith, Wilderness Wood, Heriot-Watt, Union Canal, Hermiston Gait Shopping Centre, Edinburgh Park Station, The Gyle Technology Park, Braehead Recycling Dump, Cammo Estate and River Almond. This is leg 4/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.

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distance 5.67mi Vertical gain +735ft Vertical drop -892ft Durée 3h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Midlothian

Linear from Bilston to Colinton, via Pentland Grove, Cow Lane, Boghall, Hillend and Swanston. This is leg 3/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.

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distance 9.75mi Vertical gain +689ft Vertical drop -253ft Durée 5h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Lothian

Linear from Whitecraig to Bilston, via Dalkeith, Hardengreen, outskirts of Bonnyrigg, Springfield, Polton Mill and Bilston Burn. Walk around the outskirts of Edinburgh and through its hinterland. This is leg 2/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.

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distance 43.82mi Vertical gain +1788ft Vertical drop -1768ft Durée 5 days Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Edinburgh

Circular route (in five sections) around the outskirts of Edinburgh. Walk around the outskirts of Edinburgh and through its hinterland. The full circuit has been designed as a quiet, almost traffic-free, scenic route along quiet footpaths and lanes through outer Edinburgh and its ever-varied suburban, post-industrial and Greenbelt/rural hinterland.

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distance 9.37mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Edinburgh

Linear via Docks, Swing Bridge, Leith Links, Sewage Works, Portobello, Joppa, Musselburgh and River Esk. Walk around the outskirts of Edinburgh and through its hinterland.The aim of this walk is to follow the coast to Musselburgh, while avoiding busy roads and streets. This is leg 1/5 of the Edinburgh Circumnavigation Walk.

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The Monument and Bennan Circuit, Straiton
distance 5.14mi Vertical gain +1168ft Vertical drop -1155ft Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Whilst in the village of Straiton you cannot help but wonder about the monument atop Craigengower (331m / 1086ft). This circular walk takes you up it’s steep slopes to the summit before a more gentle descent towards the Water of Girvan, returning to the start via pleasant riverside and woodland trails.

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Caprington Castle via Earlston, Kilmarnock
distance 3.67mi Vertical gain +52ft Vertical drop -56ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

This is a really pleasant walk on the outskirts of Kilmarnock. After crossing Caprington Golf Course past the historical ruin of Blackskye Tower you will follow a former railway track bed across a field to reach the small hamlet of Earlston. The next stop is Caprington Castle and surrounding woodlands finishing with a wander through the residential part of Caprington.

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distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +1519ft Vertical drop -1509ft Durée 4h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Eilean Siar

A walk along a wide grass ridge with stunning views of the long, white sandy beaches of West Harris and the wild inland area of the island.

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Millport Inner Circuit, Isle of Cumbrae
distance 6.97mi Vertical gain +531ft Vertical drop -545ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

Starting at the ferry slip on the Isle of Cumbrae, you will head uphill to the Glaid Stone, the island’s highest point, before descending into Millport. From here you walk back via the quiet Ferry Road. Along the way enjoy the views across to the Isle of Bute, Isle of Arran, Little Cumbrae and the hills of Ayrshire. You will pass several small lochs, a mineral well and the Cathedral of the Isles (Britain’s smallest cathedral). Not forgetting the famous Crocodile Rock!

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The Falls of Clyde, New Lanark
distance 3.68mi Vertical gain +390ft Vertical drop -410ft Durée 2h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Lanarkshire

Best experienced after a period of sustained rainfall, this section of the River Clyde is pretty spectacular. Starting in the historical village of New Lanark, the track forms the last section of the Clyde Walkway and is basically a woodland walk with viewpoints to the waterfalls along the river, the most photographed of these being Corra Linn which plunges down 26m over the rocks!

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Prestwick to Troon Sea & Golf Route
distance 8.02mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

This route follows the Ayrshire Coastal Path between Prestwick and Troon, running alongside both Prestwick and Royal Troon Golf courses. The return leg forms a semi-loop by joining the NCN7 cycle track and then the Smuggler’s Trail across Royal Troon Golf Course. Enjoy the stunning views out across the Firth of Clyde!

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Irvine to Kilmarnock via Cycle Track
distance 7.16mi Vertical gain +157ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

This easy linear walk starts in Milgarholm Park, Irvine and ends on Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock. Since it is a cycle track it is great for buggies.

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Kilmarnock to Gatehead Circular
distance 5.3mi Vertical gain +108ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A peaceful walk following the River Irvine between Kilmarnock and Gatehead, returning via the beautiful Caprington Woods and castle.

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Irvine & Kilwinning New Town Trail
distance 12.1mi Vertical gain +56ft Vertical drop -56ft Durée 5h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

An entirely flat 12 mile circular walk makes for easy walking and feels surprisingly rural, often accompanied by either the Lugton Water, Annick Water or the River Irvine. Sights to look forward to include Eglinton Castle, the Cairnmount Hill standing stones, Sourlie Woods and Garnock Floods Wildlife Reserves, Robert Burns statue, plenty of bridges, and if you do it in summer, apple trees and wild flowers galore!

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Ayr Gorge Woodlands Reserve, Failford
distance 3.55mi Vertical gain +253ft Vertical drop -259ft Durée 1h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in South Ayrshire

Ayr Gorge Woodlands reserve is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire. Follow the path of the River Ayr as it flows through a deep red sandstone gorge. This circular / figure-of-eight route takes you around most of the main trails, giving you the opportunity to explore this beautiful ancient woodland including the popular viewpoint at Peden's Cove.

Walking Stewarton to Dunlop ( Download : )
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Stewarton to Dunlop
distance 7.27mi Vertical gain +282ft Vertical drop -200ft Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A lovely peaceful walk between the two villages of Stewarton and Dunlop. After a short section through Lainshaw Woods the remainder of the walk uses quiet single track roads before an optional de-tour through the Millennium Woodland Nature Park in Dunlop. There are a few hills on this route, the reward being stunning views across to the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and north to Ben Lomond if it is a clear day!

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Knock Hill Circular from Largs
distance 8.05mi Vertical gain +801ft Vertical drop -787ft Durée 4h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

By combining the High and Low route options of the Ayrshire Coastal Path at Largs, you can create this circular route to the top of Knock Hill (268m / 879 ft) and back again. Enjoy panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal Peninsula, southern Highlands, Isle of Cumbrae and Arran, as well as down into the town of Largs itself.

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Kelvin Walkway: Milngavie to Partick
distance 10.58mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 4h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in East Dunbartonshire

This 10 mile route along the River Kelvin feels surprisingly rural when walked from North to South, with the hustle and bustle of the city becoming more apparent the further along you go. Rather poorly way-marked for the first half, signage is then very easy to follow for the remainder of the route down to the Riverside Museum, where the Kelvin meets the Clyde.

Walking Loudoun Hill Circular ( Download : )
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Loudoun Hill Circular
distance 1.93mi Vertical gain +233ft Vertical drop -249ft Durée 1h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

At just 361m elevation, the volcanic plug of Loudoun Hill near Darvel, is where Robert the Bruce had his first major military victory. Despite being small, it’s steep slopes certainly pack a punch and on a clear day the views from the top make it a must-do in the area. A favourite with children and adults alike!

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Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran
distance 12.79mi Vertical gain +1467ft Vertical drop -1467ft Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Ayshire

A beautiful hike from Brodick which follows the Glenrosa Water deep into the tranquillity of the Glen to ‘The Saddle’ before returning via the same route.