Hiking in Scotland - Long-Distance Routes

There are few more rewarding activities than hiking in Scotland. The rugged landscape is the perfect backdrop for a long country walk, and Atholl Estates includes some excellent long-distance hiking routes.

If you enjoy hiking, Scotland is the ideal location. The sheer range of scenery means that there will be something new around every corner. The hiking routes in Atholl Estates take you through beautiful remote countryside to the historic Cairngorms.

Glen Tilt

The Glen Tilt walk shows you just what is so good about hiking in Scotland. Walking through Glen Tilt to Glen Geldie, you will be able to enjoy a route that links Blair Atholl and Braemar.

The hiking trail is 22 miles from road end to road end, and 28 miles from village to village. The route is easy to follow and the gentle gradient means there is very little climbing. However, there is one obstacle on the route - the Geldie Burn. During dry weather this is a mere paddle, but it can be uncrossable when it is in spate.

The Glen Tilt route can also be traversed on mountain bike. However, there are three miles in the middle of the route where the narrow, rocky path means all but the most skilled cyclists will need to wheel.


The old drovers’ road of Minigaig links Blair Atholl with Kingussie. Covering 33 miles of moorland, this is a highly challenging walk which shouldn’t be attempted unless you have some experience of hiking in Scotland, as well as competent navigation skills. The path is vague in places, and it climbs to almost 3000 feet at its high point.

Whichever route you choose to take, we are confident that you'll find some of the best and most scenic settings for hiking in Scotland.


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