The Best Walking Holidays in Scotland for the Over 50s

Scotland's magnificent Caledonian Canal
Scotland's magnificent Caledonian Canal

One of the world's top destinations for a walk

With its spectacular National Parks, breathtaking coastline, intriguing history and fascinating traditions, Scotland is one of the top destinations in the world for a walking holiday for the over 50s.

After all, walking holidays are good for the body and good for the mind, no matter what age you are!

Choose some of Scotland’s most famous walking trails, including the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way, the Rob Roy Way and the John Muir Way.

What’s more, most of these walking trails are graded as either ‘introductory to moderate’ (grade 2) or ‘moderate’ (grade 3), so they are not too strenuous on your body.

Here are the best walking holidays for over 50s to take in the majesty of Scotland’s great outdoors, across the iconic Highlands and beyond.

West Highland Way

Coming across one of the small villages along the West Highland Way |  <i>John Millen</i>
From Loch Lomond to Fort William and Ben Nevis, this famous path connects Britain’s largest lake with its highest mountain. The route is a step back into time: many stages follow military roads dating back to the 1700s and used to link the Highlands to the Lowlands.

Great Glen Way

Exploring Urquhart Caslte |  <i>P.Foggist</i>
An exhilarating long distance trail that follows mostly canal and loch-side footpaths, concluding at Inverness, Scotland’s northernmost city. Scattered along the shores of Loch Ness, the centuries-old forts and castles remain a silent witness to the country’s turbulent past.

Rob Roy Way

Taking a break at Rob Roy's cave in Scotland
Scottish Rob Roy MacGregor was a notorious outlaw and a folk hero, after escaping capture several times. Follow in his footsptes on the 80-mile Rob Roy Way, which goes through classic Highland scenery and areas that were his old haunts.

John Muir Way

Walking into North Berwick |  <i>John Millen</i>
John Muir was born in Scotland and as a child developed a deep love of the natural world around him. Best known for encouraging the establishment of the Yosemite National Park in the US, Scotland honoured its famous son in 2014 with this Scottish long-distance walk.

Scotland Coast to Coast Walk and Barge

Loch on Neptune's Stair Case
Guided along the route by an experienced escort who will point out places of interest along the way (there is no shortage of highlights!), this unique hike and barge cruise offers the opportunity to walk from one coast of Scotland to the other.

Scotland Coast to Coast Rambler

The picturesque Caledonian Canal
This hike and cruise offers the opportunity to walk sections of the Great Glen Way route at an easy pace. During the weeklong trip, the barge stops are planned to suit the walking stages, breaking them into manageable day walks of between 5 and 11 miles

Here are more reasons why you should book your next walking holiday to Scotland with Walkers’ Britain:

ü  A great choice of some of Scotland’s most iconic walking trails
ü  Most itineraries are graded as either ‘introductory to moderate’ or ‘moderate’
ü  Extensive route notes packed with practical information and interesting details about the places you will go through
ü  Daily luggage transfers included so you only walk with what you need for the day
ü  Accommodation at carefully selected, comfortable properties that are full of local character
ü  Access to our team of experts and 24-hour hotline for extra peace of mind
Get in touch with our team to learn more. 
Scotland, Walking tours, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way, Rob Roy Way, John Muir Way, Scottish Highlands, Over 50s, Scotland Coast to Coast

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