Scotland's Long Distance Footpaths

There are a number of long distance walks in Scotland. The map below shows where they are located. The yellow routes numbered 1-4 on the map, are the official long distance paths in Scotland. The green routes numbered 1-12 are way-marked but not as well known as the “big four” and sometimes not as well maintained.

The information about each walk is numbered and colour coded with the map to help you find each walk location. Most of the guide books include route maps and saves you having to buy numerous maps! However, if you plan to do more walks over time, it can be more cost effective to have a good map collection.


The Southern Upland Way

Portpatrick to Cockbunspath – 212 miles (340km)

OS Landranger Maps – 82  77  78  79  73  74  67

Guide Book – The Southern Upland way

Southern Upland Way website


The West Highland Way

Milngavie to Fort William – 95 miles (152km)

OS Landranger Maps – 64  57  56  50  41

Guide Book – The West Highland Way

West Highland Way website


The Great Glen Way

Fort William to Inverness – 73 miles (117km)

OS Landranger Maps – 41  34  26

Guide Book – Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way website


The Speyside Way

Aviemore to Buckie – 65 miles (105km)

OS Landranger Maps – 36  28

Guide Book – The Speyside Way

Speyside Way website


The Kintyre Way

Southend to Tarbet – 87 miles (140km)

OS Landranger Maps – 68  62

Guide Book – The Kintyre Way

Kintyre Way website


The Arran Coastal Way

Circular walk – 62 miles (100km)

OS Landranger Map – 69

Guide books – Arran Coastal Way

Arran Coastal Way website


The Ayrshire Coastal Path

Glenapp Kirk to Skelmorlie – 100 miles (161km)

OS Landranger Maps – 76  70  63

Guide Book – The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths

Ayrshire Coastal Path website


The River Ayr Way

Glenbuck to Ayr – 41 miles (66km)

OS Landranger Maps – 70  71

Guide Book – The River Ayr Way

River Ayr Way website


The Borders Abbeys Way

Circular walk – 64 miles (103km)

OS Landranger Maps – 80  79  73  74

Guide Book – Borders Abbeys Way

Borders Abbeys Way website


The West Island Way

Kilchattan Bay to Port Bannatyne – 30 miles (48km)

OS Landranger Map – 62

West Island Way website


The Loch Lomond and Cowal Way

Portavadie to Inveruglas – 57 miles (92km)

OS Landranger Maps – 63  62  55  56

Guide Book – Loch Lomond & Cowal Way

Cowal Way website


The Rob Roy Way

Drymen to Pitlochry 79 miles (127km)

OS Landranger Maps – 57  51  52

Guide Book – The Rob Roy Way

Rob Roy Way website


The Fife Coastal Path

Kincardine to Newport on Tay – 116 miles (186km)

OS Landranger Map 59

Guide Book – Fife Coastal Path

Fife Coastal Path website


The Cateran Trail

Circular walk – 65 miles (104km)

OS Landranger Maps – 53  43

Guide Book – The Cateran Trail

Cateran Trail website


The Cape Wrath Trail

Fort William to Cape Wrath – 200 miles (322km)

OS Landranger Maps – 41  34  33  25  19  15  9

Guide Book – The Cape Wrath Trail

Cape Wrath Trail website


The East Highland Way

Fort William to Aviemore – 82 miles (132km)

OS Landranger Maps – 41  42  35

Guide Book – The East Highland Way

East Highland Way website