There are more and more people learning to enjoy the delights of Scotland on foot; map in hand, ruck sack on back and water in hand, people are taking to the hills to experience the beauty and freedom of the rolling Scottish countryside.
But, walking holidays in Scotland need to be safe and this is why there are many different types available;
Do it yourself – not just for those jobs at home, you can of course, plan your own routes and take to the hills yourself. However, it pays to follow a few basic guidelines:
- Walking on your own? Not a problem but let the hotel know where you intend going, with a copy of the route along with your expected return time. This way you have someone looking out for you.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast too – mountains attract different kinds of weather in quick succession, and so when the village on the valley floor is warm and dry, you could be walking in sub-zero temperatures and a howling wind. The rule is simple: the higher you go, the colder it will be.
- Not want to go too far or off the beaten track? There will be many walking guide books, as well as some great ideas at the hotel where you are staying for anything from lazy rambles, to a sprinting walk.
Guided walks – some people use walking holidays in Scotland to meet up with new people and make friends, enjoying the countryside and all the delights that Scotland has to offer in one group. This can be a great way to push yourself, from your level of fitness to taking on challenges you wouldn’t normally do on your own.
Graded walks – some parts also have specialist guide books and maps that grade the walks, and these are always worth taking note off. Just like the coloured runs at ski resorts, some of these routes can be challenging – from scrambling up scree, to taking on the summit of a mountain – to more gentle rambles, through woods and open countryside.
Food and accommodation
Regardless of whether you will be taking DIY walking holidays in Scotland, or part of a larger group, another important aspect is the food and accommodation – after a hard day on the hill, you want good food and quality accommodation. But add in to this mix, great hospitality too and you really do have the basis of some great walking holidays in Scotland.
Knock Castle is situated in a stunning location in Perthshire; part of a small, but bustling town, close enough to the city of Perth, many people enjoy walking holidays in Scotland with us, simply because from our own doorstep you can walk beautiful mountain and dale.
On your return, you will welcome back into our sumptuous hotel, with delightful food and even better company. Where will your walking holiday take you?