Day Rowardennan to Inverarnan

From Rowardennan follow the unsealed road that parallels the loch shore. Just past private Ptarmigan Lodge an alternative path branches left and follows the shoreline, but it's rough and not recommended. Stick to the much easier official route along a track higher up the hillside. From both routes you can reach Rowchoish Bothy, a simple stone shelter it's free and always open. Not far beyond the bothy the forestry track gives way to a path, which dives down to the loch for a stretch of...

Glasgow

Glasgow, once the second city of the British Empire, has a rich industrial heritage that is proudly celebrated in its several excellent museums. The lively city is also a great place to begin your education in eating well in Scotland, with many fine restaurants, and bars where you can sample delectable Scottish beers. Then, it's not far by train or bus to the walks described in this section, each with its own take on the industrial heritage of the city and area. The Collins 1 10,000 Glasgow...

Cairn Gorm High Circuit

Start Finish Cairngorm car park Nearest Town Glenmore (opposite) Transport bus Summary An outstanding mountain walk across a sprawling alpine plateau, with magnificent wide-ranging views take in even higher Ben Macdui for good measure. This is the most popular high walk in the Cairngorms, the highlights being the summit of Cairn Gorm, the dramatic peaks of Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Lochan, and the awesome corries. It can't be stressed too strongly that this walk is not a doddle. The...

Nearest Town Callander

Long popular with day trippers from Stirling and Glasgow, Callander sits on the eastern edge of the Trossachs and serves as an amenable base for walks in the area. Rob Roy and the Trossachs Visitor Centre ( 08707200628 www.robroyvlsltorcentre.com Ancaster Sq) has loads of information you can listen to the story of the renowned 17th-century outlaw Rob Roy (see p92) and watch a film about the area. If you've forgotten your walking socks, head for It's Great Outdoors ( 339743 Main St). Keltie...

Blair Atholl To Glenmore

Summary Two magnificent days through the length of the Cairngorms, skirting the eastern slopes of the plateau through isolated glens and beautiful Caledonian pine woodlands. Glen Tilt provided a natural, low-level route between Blair Atholl and Braemar for centuries. The Duke of Atholl tried to frustrate this tradition by closing the glen in the 1840s but lost his court case, ensuring the right of way's integrity. Forest Lodge is a long-standing centre for hunting Queen Victoria was a visitor...

Day Tyndrum to Kings House Hotel

From Tyndrum the route soon rejoins the old military road and crosses the railway line, affording easy walking with lovely views. Three miles from Tyndrum, you cross a burn at the foot of Beinn D rain (1074m), the 'hill' that dominates this section of the path. The path climbs gradually to pass the entrance to Glen Orchy, crossing the railway again, heralding the beginning of the really mountainous scenery. The Bridge of Orchy settlement is dominated by the Bridge of Orchy Hotel ( 01838 400208...

Day Drymen to Rowardennan

From near the A811 just outside Drymen, a forest track gradually climbs to Garadhban Forest (there is wild camping here with no facilities). Just over an hour from Drymen, a side path runs left to the village of Milton of Buchanan it's also the alternative route when Conic Hill is closed during the lambing season (late April to early May). There are a couple of B& Bs in the village but no pubs or shops. The Way climbs then contours north of the summit of Conic Hill (358m), but it's worth the...