Scottish Walks

Scottish Walks

Scotland is world famous for its spectacular mountains, lochs and glens. Our beautiful coastlines, islands and beaches call out to be visited. Our wonderful wildlife from golden eagles, stags and dolphins are there to be seen. Our history ranges from the Picts to William Wallace to calls for independence in the 21st century.

Walking in Scotland can be social like the West Highland Way in May to wilderness as on the East Highland Way or magical as on Walk Loch Ness 360 looking for Nessie! Whatever your preference Scotland is a walker’s paradise.

We are experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated to organising quality Scottish walking holidays for our clients.

Please feel free to contact Julie or Steve at or call us for an informal chat on 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for any further information on Scottish Waling Holidays. Sláinte.


West Highland Way – An Iconic Scottish Walk. 96 Miles/154 km

Julie Deans of Gemini Walks on the West Highland WayThe West Highland Way was Scotland’s first official long distance route. The Way takes you from Milngavie to Fort William and leads you from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. It passes from the Lowlands, across the Highland Boundary Fault and on into the Scottish Highlands. Much of the Way follows ancient and historic routes of communication and makes use of Drove Roads, Military Roads and Disused Railway Tracks. Wildlife abounds some are more common than others and some are rarely seen.

Way Marked. Rucksack Readers Guide or Harvey Map Supplied. Baggage Service.

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Great Glen Way – A Fantastic walk up Scotland’s Great Glen. 79 miles/127 km

Steve of Gemini Walks on the Great Glen WayOfficially opened on 30th April 2002 by H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness, the Great Glen Way is a well established walk. From the Highland town of Fort William, the Great Glen Way makes its way past Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal, then passes by the spectacular lochs of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness. A lovely walk over Ness Islands ends the trail at the imposing Inverness Castle. The trail is very well signposted, using a network of good paths with fine views as you make your way up through beautiful forests and along working canals to reach Scotland’s Highland Capital, Inverness.

Way Marked. Rucksack Readers Guide or Harvey Map Supplied. Baggage Service

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John Muir Way – Scotland’s newest Coast to Coast Trail. 134 miles/215 km
John Muir Way Mural in Prestonpans. Courtesy of John Muir Way Baggage Service.Officially opened on 21st April 2014 by Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland) to celebrate John Muir’s 176th birthday. The Way takes you from Helensburgh in the west to the coastal town of Dunbar to the east and John Muir’s birthplace museum. This is Scotland’s newest coast to coast trail. You will pass through 5000 years of history past Roman forts, canals and stately homes. You will also spend a night in Scotland’s capital and see the amazing sights Edinburgh has to offer. The trail is a mix of pathways, canal towpaths and coastal walks and is ideal for walking and cycling, or a mix of both, and is well way-marked. The John Muir Way gives you the chance meet the real people of Scotland.

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East Highland Way – A True Adventure. 79.5 miles/128 km

Ruthven Barracks near Newtonmore and on the East Highland Way. Gemini Walks.Launched in early October 2010 this is a fantastic trek providing a link with three major walks, namely the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and Speyside Way on it’s journey from Fort William to Aviemore. The East Highland Way is brimming with places of historical interest, fine loch views and delightful forest trails. You achieve a real sense of wilderness as you make your way eastwards through Monarch of the Glen country, over old Clan Macpherson hunting grounds and though Caledonian Pine Forest.

Walk the East Highland Way and Speyside Way for Scotland’s Newest Coast to Coast Adventure.

No Way Marking. Official Guidebook and Harvey Map supplied. Baggage Service.

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Speyside Way – The Malt Whisky Route. 65 miles/104 km

Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie. Speyside Way. Gemini WalksThe Speyside Way follows the River Spey as it winds its way south from Buckie on the Moray Firth to the Highland Resort of Aviemore in the Cairngorm National Park. The Way follows paths, forest tracks and old railway lines as it passes pretty villages, castles and distilleries. Wildlife abounds on the Way with Dolphins on the Moray Firth to Red Deer in the Cairngorms and Ospreys at Boat of Garten.

Why not be one of the first to walk the proposed extension of the Way to Newtonmore, contact us for more details. Walk Scotland’s Newest Coast to Coast Route by adding the East Highland Way to your Speyside Way. Buckie on the Moray Firth to Loch Linnhe at Fort William.

Way Marked to Aviemore. Rucksack Readers Guide or Harvey Map Supplied. Baggage Service

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St Cuthbert’s Way – Beautiful Borders Countryside. 62 miles/99 km
The Holy Island Causeway on the St Cuthbert's Way. Courtesy of Carry-Lite Baggage Service

The St Cuthbert’s Way is not strictly a Scottish walk as it ends in Northumbria on Holy Island! We have decided to included it as one of our walks as it does start in Scotland, it is a beautiful walk and one of our favourites. The St Cuthbert’s Way follows his travels between the gentle Borders town of Melrose and the coast at Holy Island.

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Arran Coastal Way – Arran “Scotland in Miniature”. 65 miles/104 km.

Julie & Holly on the Arran Coastal Way. Photograph by Steve Higson of Gemini WalksThe Isle of Arran has been described as “Scotland in Miniature” with the mountain range to the north, lowlands to the south and a spectacularly rugged coastline. Easily accessible by train from Glasgow via the Ardrossan Ferry the Arran Costal Way is a delightful walking experience. Wildlife abounds from a health colony of Red Squirrels, to Golden Eagles and Seals though don’t be fooled by the wooden seal at Corrie – we were!

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The Rob Roy Way – Follow in the Footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor. 79 miles/127 km

Loch Katrine water scheme. Photograph by Julie Deans of Gemini Walks.The Rob Roy Way was opened in 2002 and is a spectacular walk from Drymen near Glasgow to the Perthshire town of Pitlochry. After leaving Drymen the Way passes through the Trossachs and crosses the Highland Boundary Fault which separates the Highlands from the Lowlands. The Way provides spectacular views overlooking Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Loch Venachar and Loch Tay. There are remote moorland sections where wildlife abounds, and panoramic views over Ben Vorlich, Ben Lawers and Schiehallion. The Way takes its name from Rob Roy MacGregor, the famous Scottish folk hero of the early 18th century. It traverses countryside that he knew well and travelled frequently as he worked, lived and fought for the Jacobite cause.

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Walk Loch Ness 360 – A Panoramic Circular Trail. 81 miles/130 km

Sunset over Loch Ness from Dores Beach. Julie Deans Gemini Walks.This brand new and exciting circular walk was made possible by combining the newly way marked South Loch Ness Trail together with the northern half of the Great Glen Way. Personally researched by walking the full trail ourselves, we can confirm that the circular route is a fantastic way to circumnavigate one of the most famous stretches of water in the world!

Scotland’s newest adventure.

Way Marked. Route Notes & Harvey Maps Supplied. Baggage Service.

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The Annandale Way – Walk from Source to Sea along the Annan. 55 Miles/88.5 km. 

Julie & Holly in the hills above Moffat near the Devil's Beef Tub. Photograph by Steve Higson of Gemini Walks.The Annandale Way was officially opened in September 2009 and is a wonderful walk following the magnificent River Annan on its way from it’s Source to the Sea. This walk is brimming with wildlife and culture offering you glimpses into the history and hidden secrets of this quiet and tranquil area of Scotland, parts of which have remained undisturbed for centuries. This is a truly enjoyable walk in this beautiful ancient border region of Scotland. Can also be booked from Sea to Source.

Way Marked. Rucksack Readers Guidebook supplied. Baggage Service

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