You would be forgiven for not automatically thinking of Scotland when deciding on your next holiday destination- especially if you’re a born sun-seeker. But with friendly locals, magnificent scenery and stunning walks, you could do a lot worse than to visit one or a few of the historic walking routes that line this stunning country steeped in history, culture and beauty. Here a few favorite walks to give you a flavor of the type of thing to expect.

The Great Glen Way

If it’s dramatic mountain scenery and lochs you’re after, you could do a lot worse than strapping up your men’s hiking boots and heading to the Great Glen Way. This route offers miles of beauty with many stopping areas so you can make the most of your time and absorb yourself in this wild and wonderful place.

Fife coastal Walk

This walk is a great introduction to walking in Scotland. Consisting of a 117 mile route the journey is broken up into manageable sections from town to town, so it’s not too taxing if you want to makes stops and explore each destination. The route offers many quaint coastal fishing villages along the way, untouched sandy beaches and an array of wildlife for nature lovers.

Ben Nevis

For a real challenge and sense of achievement, head to Fort William to tackle Ben Nevis. The highest mountain in the British Isles is a natural wonder not to be missed. There are clearly marked walking paths to aid your journey but it’s well worth checking with the local guides and making sure you have the necessary equipment before undertaking the walk. Getting a report of the incoming weather conditions is also a good idea before you begin, although the terrain can be difficult in places the reward at the summit is a once in a lifetime experience.

With hikes and treks for all levels, it’s time to take a walk on the wild side and head to Scotland on your next getaway.