The Scottish Highlands are known for their mountainous moorland and lochs. You can walk, drive or simply sit and enjoy the beauty that unfolds before you with any one of our favourite lochs walks we have personally picked out for you to enjoy whilst on holiday in Scotland.
Loch Lomond is surrounded by stunning scenery, which is home to a range of biodiversity all year round. On the eastern shore you can enjoy footpaths, and discover waterfalls and hidden gems round every turn. On the western side you can climb hillsides like Ben Vorlich for stunning views of both Loch Lomond and Loch Sloy from the lofty heights of the peak. Enjoy water sports such as sailing, canoeing and water skiing, as well as boat trips as you make your way around the loch.
Travel east of Loch Lomond and you will come across the fresh water lake on Loch Katrine in the Trossachs area. The loch is 8 miles long and 1 mile wide. Famous for being recognised by poet Sir Walter Scott, the picturesque setting unsurprisingly inspires many people to explore by car around the edge of the loch, or by boat to get a true Scottish aquatic adventure.
The Lost Valley walk crosses the hillside of Glen Coe for 2.5 miles. The luscious green valley and trio of mountains, named the Three Sisters, attracts thousands of keen walkers and tourists all year round. The views from the car park at the start of this walk show the depth of the gorge as the river can just be seen meandering at the bottom of the valley. Throughout this walk you will cross rivers, climb over bridges and scale mountains as you explore the Glen Coe moorland.
Along Loch Duich you will find the island castle of Eilean Donan, which is where 3 lochs meet. The loch itself spans 5 miles north and weaves through the Scottish hillside. The castle is accessible via the bridge that connects it to the mainland. You can walk around the castle and see down the loch for amazing views in any direction.
The stunning Quiraing walk on the Isle of Skye meanders through jagged rock formations as you climb through the mountains either side of the footpath round the circular route. The walk can be split into two with both a long and short route. Those who manage the full walk will see stunning panoramic views of the ridge. Keep an eye out for the table, needle and prison as you ascend.
The freshwater loch just off the M90, east of the Burgh of Kincross in central Scotland, Loch Leven is roughly 6km long. The area is a natural breeding ground for ducks and other animals, both the water and land are alive with wildlife all year round. The castle in the middle of the Loch was once used to imprison Queen Mary in the 1500’s. Park in the carpark and stroll down to the picnic area to enjoy a day by the loch, or stop off at the cafe/restaurant for a spot of lunch as you admire the stunning views.
Unrivalled views are enjoyed from the top of the mini-mountain looking out over Loch Katrine. The 2-3 mile walk takes you on a stunning, gentle mountain hike up Ben A’an. Pass trees, fields and moorland to climb to the top and look down through the valley and witness Loch Katrine from beautiful aerial lofty heights.