Region: Central Scotland

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The Category City of Edinburgh is a subset of Midlothian.

 

The following City of Edinburgh Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

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Category City of Glasgow
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The Category City of Glasgow is a subset of Lanarkshire.

 

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Category Fife
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The Category Fife is a subset of Central Scotland.

 

The following Fife Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

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Category East Lothian
Overview

' All around Dunbar there are the most beautiful and soul searching walks. From the short but breathtaking Clifftop Trail to the beach walks that exhilarate and of course Dunbar is at the end of the 134 mile coast to coast route, the John Muir Way. In this section we identify a few ideas for walks around Dunbar but there are many more and wandering and exploring is often just as rewarding.'

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60 Things To Do in Dunbar

Category Argyll & Bute
Overview

'Argyll and Bute's unique landscape of mountains, lochs and fantastic scenery make it a great place to enjoy the outdoors - whether you are interested in walking, cycling, riding or watersports there are plenty of places to explore.'

Size (acreage)200
Overview

'One of the finest public spaces in the West of Scotland with fantastic views over Loch Lomond and plenty of things to see and do ... The estate was designated as a country park in 1980, and since 2002 has been part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.'

See also

Balloch Castle Country Park [Walkhighlands] | Balloch Castle [Wikipedia]

Category Stirling
Size (acreage)5400
Overview

'Rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond to a height of 974m (3,193ft), Ben Lomond offers exhilarating walking and spectacular views across Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.'

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National Trust for Scotland

Overview

'We are a small friendly group based in beautiful Clydesdale, with the Pentlands, the Border hills and the Lowthers right on the doorstep and within easy reach of the Galloway Hills and the southern Highlands.'

Category Fife
Overview

'Three enticing trails wind through Blairadam Wood, an attractive mix of mighty spruces and colourful beech woodland. William Adam, the noted Scottish architect, built Blairadam House here in the 1730s and landscaped the surrounding estate. He also built pits to extract coal.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

Category Fife
Size (acreage)320
Overview

'This wooded valley is an important link between the former mining communities of Cardenden, Dundonald and Chapel on the edge of Kirkcaldy. There's an enticing network of paths through the mixed woodland of colourful broadleaves and conifers, including an easy stroll along the Den Burn, and the wood is full of history and wildlife. Find the remains of 16th century Carden Tower high above the burn and enjoy sweeping views across to the Lomond Hills. Our guide map of Cardenden will help you explore.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

Overview

Access to details of Edinburgh's walking routes and paths, walking projects, parks and green spaces, and so on.

Category Clackmannanshire
Overview

'In Clackmannanshire, we are lucky to have some of the best walking country in Scotland, right on our doorstep ...'

Category Clackmannanshire
Overview

'We are a club based in the beautiful area of Clackmannanshire which promotes an abundance of great hills. This club is for anyone interested in hill walking at all levels who are looking to meet new people and climb a few hills but most importantly just have a good laugh and enjoy good company in the process.'

Category Renfrewshire
Overview

'There are signposted countryside trails and hill walking routes throughout the Regional Park;  they vary in length from 500 m (20 minutes) to 15 km (4-6 hours).'

Category Lanarkshire
Overview

'Popular walking group based in Hamilton with members located throughout Lanarkshire.'

Category City of Glasgow
Overview

'There are 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow ... a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games for generations of people to enjoy.' ALERT Website no longer available: see the announcement on Facebook referenced here.

Overview

'The Glen is in the heart of Cumbernauld. It is a valuable area of woodland which provides much needed recreational space for the townspeople. Split into two areas, Cumbernauld Glen and the Vault Glen are both abundant in native flora and fauna.'

See also

Cumbernauld Glen [Scottish Wildlife Trust]

Size (acreage)1000
Overview

'As you stroll beneath the oaks in the rambling Country Park, you may find it difficult to believe you are only five miles from the centre of Scotland’s capital city.'

Overview

'East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils are working together to create a new country park called Dams to Darnley within the greenspace next to Barrhead, Darnley and Newton Mearns.'

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East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils

Category Fife
Size (acreage)200
Overview

'This long-established forest is an attractive mix of conifers and broadleaved woodland. It’s a great place for a walk or cycle, and you can get here straight from town along the West Fife Cycle Way. Come in May to see the haze of bluebells along Pitfirrane Dean burn.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

Overview

'Generations of Douglas residents have enjoyed both the formal walks in the Policies and those further afield – Pagie Hill and Windrow Wood as well as rambling over the Estate’s moorlands. In 2006 a joint scheme, developed in conjunction with the DVRAP (Douglas Valley Rural Activity Partnership), created an all weather path in the Policies around the Stable Lake - which is enjoyed by young and old alike at all times of the year.'

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Douglas & Angus Estates

Category Stirling
Overview

'The Club meet once a fortnight, on Sundays, and use their own cars, sharing the cost of transport ... The Stirling Hillwalking Club meets on the alternate Sunday so that if you join both clubs there's a walk each week.'

Overview

'Get information on footpaths and rights of way, healthy walking, healthy habits and access to maps showing recreational walkways and parks.'

Overview

'Walk in East Renfrewshire and find green hills, big views and miles of quiet paths. Most of our residents are lucky to live minutes from a path while visitors can discover how quickly they can escape the city. Choose a walk from our guide book "Walking in East Renfrewshire" ...'

Overview

'We were formed in 1987 and our first outing took place on the 14th June of that year. We have a membership of around 230 but we don't all turn out for every outing.'

Overview

'A walking group for people in their 20s and 30s based in Edinburgh.'

Category West Lothian
Size (acreage)1470
Overview

'Cycling is popular here, but it's great for walking and horse riding too: come and find peace and quiet among the trees, or superb views of the Breich Valley from the higher ground.'

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Forestry and Land Scotland

Category Fife
Overview

'There is at least one walk on almost every weekend in the year. Walks are graded so that you can be confident about whether a particular walk will suit you or not. We welcome visitors, so if you would like to come out with us to see if we offer what you are looking for just turn up at the walk starting point ready to walk at 10.30 a.m ...'

Category Renfrewshire
Size (acreage)140
Overview

'There are approximately 140 acres of woodlands at Finlaystone, including trees which are estimated to be well over 400 years old. The Estate has several trails of varying degrees of length and difficulty. Some are accessible with a pram or small children. All are designed to lead you through the varied environment and landscape in the Estate.'

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Finlaystone Country Estate

Category City of Glasgow
Size (acreage)50
Overview

'Situated beside the River Kelvin the Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm within the bustling City of Glasgow. With a blend of formal gardens and woodland walks the glasshouses offer a tropical respite from the winter, west coast weather ... We have a fine Heritage Trail through the Gardens with almost 30 points of interest taking you down to the Kelvin Walkway and the Gardens Arboretum.'

Category City of Glasgow
Overview

'We are a walking group for people in their 20s and 30s. We have a varied walk programme - from short flat walks to longer high level routes. Throughout the year we have a varied social programme including trips away. Hope to see you on a walk soon ...'

Category Stirlingshire
Overview

'If you want to get close to nature, to experience the tranquillity and beauty of The Great Trossachs Forest in your own time, then walking is the way to go ...

'The Great Trossachs Path offers many ways for everyone to enjoy the magic of the Trossachs, the spectacular landscape and its rich history. Embedded in heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, The Great Trossachs Path has short, long and circular routes of various lengths and challenges. These trails are a series of loop walks each with its own unique character and beauty- from lochside paths, woodland trails to hilltop vistas. The Great Trossachs Path has it all and all within an hour's drive from most of Scotland's population.'

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The Great Trossachs Forest

Category Inverclyde
Size (acreage)75
Overview

'Greenock Cemetery was opened in 1846 and was believed to be one of the largest municipal cemeteries in Europe; built on a hill with beautiful views over the town.  A walk through the cemetery tells the story of Greenock with its history of trade and commerce and the people involved.'

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Geograph

Category Inverclyde
Overview

The Leaflet originally referenced here - Wild about Walking in Inverclyde - no longer seems to be accessible online.  You could try instead to obtain one or another Leaflet marketed by the Inverclyde Tourist Group.

Category Inverclyde
Overview

'Most of our walks are within driving distance of Greenock. Walks include local hills and walkways to Munros all over Scotland. Walks range from easy strolls right through to strenuous mountain walks.'

Overview

'A strong campaign by Friends of the Kelvin Valley and the Kilsyth & Villages Community Forum led to Kilsyth becoming a Walkers are Welcome accredited town in 2008 ... The area is rich in outdoor opportunities, with the Forth and Clyde Canal and Auchinstarry Marina, Roman Antonine Wall, wildlife reserves, extensive path network and friendly communities.'

Category Stirlingshire
Overview

'Short to Moderate Distance ... Long Distance ... Hills & Mountains ... Health Walks'

Category Midlothian
Overview

'Midlothian has a great variety of landscapes, from the upland ranges of the Pentland and Moorfoot Hills to rolling farmland, woodland and river valleys. Why not explore the wooded Esk Valley at Roslin Glen, or take a stroll through the Victorian parkland at Vogrie Country Park? ...'

Overview

'Welcome to the best walking club in Scotland ... one of the largest R.A. clubs in Scotland, and the first Scottish R.A. club on the Internet! We are based in the Monklands area of Central Scotland in North Lanarkshire, some 12 miles east of Glasgow.'

Category Falkirk
Size (acreage)170
Overview

'An old country estate formerly owned by the Stirling family of Falkirk, the Park is free to access and open all-year round. There’s a lot to do with nature trails, picnic sites, play area available throughout the Park. Visitors can follow the River Avon Heritage Trail around the Park past the historic Avon Aqueduct and see the relics of bygone industry and farming.'

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Falkirk Community Trust

Overview

'Walking is a great form of exercise. It is free, most people can do it, you don't need any special equipment and walking has many health benefits. To encourage people to walk more often we run a programme of weekly health walks covering both North and South Lanarkshire.'

Category Midlothian
Overview

'There are over 100km of signposted routes available across the hills enjoyed by over 600, 000 visitors annually. We aim to provide, where possible or appropriate, multi-use paths that can accommodate the varying means by which people enjoy the hills. Making good use of paths too, will ensure the visitor can minimise erosion and disturbance to wildlife and land management around the park.'

Category City of Glasgow
Overview

'The Park is Glasgow's largest park and the only Country Park within Glasgow. Its extensive woodlands and gardens provide a quiet sanctuary for both visitors and wildlife.'

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Glasgow City Council

Category Fife
Overview

'Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside Area, formerly Central, Fife & Tayside Area, has 14 Groups and, at the most recent count, around 1,400 members.'

Category Renfrewshire
Overview

'We have a number of free booklets and leaflets available for the public, packed full of walking routes and information.'

Size (acreage)70
Overview

'Comprising 70 acres of stunning scenery, just a stone's throw from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) captures the imagination of everyone who visits: from the knowledgeable gardener to the curious sightseer ... Admission to the Garden is Free.'

Overview

'South Lanarkshire is an amazing place to explore and has a huge variety of beautiful landscapes to wander and cycle through ...'

Overview

'We were established in October 2003 and our membership has increased from 15 then, to 74 today ...'

Category Fife
Size (acreage)18
Overview

'Stroll along peaceful paths under the canopies of towering trees and take in the attractive herbaceous displays, water features, the rock garden and woodland. The glasshouses contain plants which would not otherwise flourish in the St. Andrews climate. These include plants from warmer regions such as South East Asia. Whatever the weather or season, there are always plants in flower and attractive foliage to be admired both in the glasshouses and outdoors.'

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The Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden

Overview

'The club is based in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in central Scotland. We walk on every second Saturday, rain, hail or shine! Our walks take us as far north as Glencoe - and in the south to the lakes and hills of the Lake District in Cumbria ... '

Category Stirling
Overview

'We are an independent club with approximately 50 members. The Club members meet every second Sunday in Stirling and travel to the start of the walks in cars. The winter programme tends to have low level walks within easy travelling distance. In summer we go further afield and have more challenging hill walks. New members are always welcome and we encourage people to come out and give us a try before deciding to join.'

Overview

'Close to the industrial centres of Scotland, the park lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde, between Junctions five and six of the M74 motorway. Mature woodlands, rough wetlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland all surround Strathclyde Loch, the focal point for many of the park activities.'

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North Lanarkshire Council

Overview

'We walk at least once a month usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Our Sunday walks usually last all day (including driving to the walk and drink/bite to eat afterwards).'

Category Fife
Size (acreage)3900
Overview

'You can find pine-scented forest, windswept sands and a wonderful range of wildlife at Tentsmuir. The trails are ideal for walking, family cycling or horse riding. If you're lucky you may see squirrels in the trees and seals basking on the sand ... '

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Forestry and Land Scotland

Category East Lothian
Overview

'East Lothian offers a great variety of landscapes for walking, with the Lammermuir Hills to the south, a coast of beaches and cliffs and an expanse of arable farmland in between ...'

Category Lanarkshire
Overview

'Lanarkshire provides a great escape from the city of Glasgow and has an extensive walking network of local pathways and trails.'

Category Argyll & Bute
Overview

'Blessed with arguably some of the most varied and jaw-dropping landscapes in the country, Argyll & The Isles has it all; staggering mountains, coastline, sea lochs, forests and islands. With such a range of terrain, it's no coincidence that Argyll has a high footfall amongst walkers ... '

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VisitScotland

Category Midlothian
Overview

'The breathtaking countryside of Edinburgh & The Lothians, with its tranquil woodlands and fabulous historical attractions, provides the perfect setting to enjoy a relaxing walk in the great outdoors.'

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VisitScotland

Category Lanarkshire
Overview

'It may be Scotland's most populous city but you may be surprised to learn that it is one of the leafiest cities in Europe with over 90 public parks and gardens. Glasgow in its Gaelic form means "dear green place" and as the saying goes, the clue is in the name.'

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VisitScotland

Category Stirlingshire
Overview

'There are endless opportunities to stretch your legs on a walking trip in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley. This historic region truly does cater for all walking abilities. Hill walkers will enjoy the towering peaks of "Rob Roy Country" while a gentler stroll can be found along woodland trails. Roam some of the 720 square miles of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or walk the scene of Robert the Bruce's famous victory in 1314 at Bannockburn.'

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VisitScotland

Category Fife
Overview

'With such gems as historic St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and picturesque fishing villages linked along the Fife Coastal Trail, Fife has won a well-deserved reputation as one of the best Scottish regions for walking. With 117 miles of coastal trails, golden beaches and rolling hills, Fife has much to offer walkers of all abilities.'

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VisitScotland

Category West Lothian
Overview

'Whether you're in the mood for a gentle stroll or something a little more taxing, West Lothian and the surrounding area won't disappoint ...'

Category Midlothian
Overview

'There are 11.5 miles of signed countryside paths through woodlands and the Tyne Valley. Further information is shown on information panels in the park or by downloading the map or leaflet ...'

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Midlothian Council

Overview

'Scotland's capital city is perhaps the finest place in the UK for urban exploration on foot. The heart of the city, a World Heritage Site, is packed with attractions, fascinating buildings and a remarkable history ...'

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Walkhighlands

Category Clackmannanshire
Overview

'We currently have 7 walks throughout Clackmannanshire – all on different days of the week and all starting in different towns and villages in the Wee County.'

Overview

'There are fantastic opportunities to go hillwalking in the Kilpatrick Hills and in the hills west of the Vale of Leven. The West Dunbartonshire Core Paths Plan shows many routes available for walking throughout the area. West Dunbartonshire Council has produced a map showing eight popular routes from Dumbarton. West Dunbartonshire Council also manages several woodlands and one country park which can be used for walking.'

Category Central Scotland
Overview

'Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Antonine Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Built on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius in the years following AD 140, it ran for 40 Roman miles (60 km) from modern Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde.  Over time, the industrial and commercial heartland of Scotland has grown around it yet, unbelievably, one-third of its total length is still visible today. Archaeological excavations have demonstrated that much of the rest survives well beneath both fields and urban areas.'

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The Antonine Wall Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Category Fife
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'The development of roads was significantly advanced in Medieval Scotland by the increased hegemony of the church. This road was probably in existence before 1200 but around this time it was appropiated and developed by the monks in Balmerino Abbey to facilitate the transport of stone from Nydie quarry for the improvement of the Abbey.'

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Heritage Paths

Overview

'A Photo Gallery of Walks in the Burgh of Bearsden and Surrounding Areas'

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Alan Ingram

Category Clackmannanshire
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'Some steep climbs in the early stages of this Clackmannanshire walk are rewarded with superb views across the Forth Valley. The route visits the highest point of the Ochil Hills - Ben Cleuch at 721m.'

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Walking Britain

Distance (miles)9
Overview

Haywood - Slipperfield 'This is an old drove road that was marked on Bartholomew maps well into the 20th century. Although there are no buildings at Boston Cottage today, it is believed to have been the location of a staging post where the horses pulling the Edinburgh to Lanark mail coach were changed.'

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Heritage Paths

See also

Haywood [Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland]

Category Fife
Overview

'Local community group CLEAR Buckhaven has been involved in planting around town - woodland, orchards, spring bulbs, flower beds. This includes planting along some paths and parks around town and especially out along the Fife Coastal Path ...'

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CLEAR Buckhaven

Category Falkirk
Overview

'Callendar Estate extends to approximately 6,300 acres mainly of tenanted farmland and woodland. The main area of the estate lies on the south side of Falkirk, in central Scotland, with other areas around the towns of Denny, Larbert, Laurieston and Whitecross.'

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Callendar Estate

Category Renfrewshire
Distance (miles)36
Overview

'Fills the 55 km gap between the top of the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the West Highland Way It is an essential link in the International Appalachian Trail (Scotland) which traverses the entire western seaboard of Scotland from the Mull of Galloway to Cape Wrath.'

Category City of Glasgow
Distance (miles)40
Overview

'Takes you on a 65km/40 mile journey, Glasgow City Centre to the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, passing through spectacular scenery and many interesting and important sites which offer insights into the rich cultural, natural and industrial heritage of the Clyde Valley'

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South Lanarkshire Council

See also

Clyde Walkway [Wikipedia]

Overview

'The "woods" is the local name for the hill, the almost total tree-cover of its upper parts indicated by the darker green on the map. It is criss-crossed by numerous formal tracks and informal paths ... However there are as yet no signs or way-markings through the woods, so finding one's way is a case of map-reading or being on a guided tour.'

Category West Lothian
Distance (miles)52
Overview

'Drove road ... over the Cauldstane Slap - the pass over the Pentland Hills - through West Linton to Peebles and Traquair, and onward via the Yarrow Valley to Hawick ... Developed specifically for multi-use, and having benefitted from significant capital investment to address drainage issues, install new bridges, and to create new path links to avoid boggy sections of track or other problems.' ALERT Website originally cited here inaccessible at Review.

Category Fife
Overview

Details of seven Walks.

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ScotWays

Overview

'West Dunbartonshire Council has produced a map showing eight popular routes in the Dumbarton area.'

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West Dunbartonshire Council

Category East Lothian
Overview

'Core Paths form the basic network of paths around East Lothian and link into and support the wider network of other paths that already exist around the county. Core paths can be the most popular paths or key routes that link communities or provide access to local sites ...'

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East Lothian Council

Overview

'Follow our walking trails of the World Heritage Site and discover the hidden gems of the Old and New Towns.'

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Edinburgh World Heritage

Overview

Core Paths will form the basic system of paths around the City of Edinburgh area and will: [1] Link into and support a wider network of local paths - - - : [2] Connect with paths in adjoining local authority areas - - - : [3] Provide a basis for promoting off road access.

Category Fife
Overview

'To call the Elie Chainwalk a walk is not strictly accurate; it is more of a scramble, requiring a healthy spirit of adventure, a good measure of agility and a strong head for heights ...'

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James Carron

Category Falkirk
Overview

'If you fancy a gentle stroll in the woods The Falkirk Wheel has over 4 miles of woodland paths for you to enjoy. All walks start from the visitor centre and lead you up into the hills where you can discover The Antonine Wall World Heritage Site and Rough Castle Roman Fort.'

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Scottish Canals

Category Fife
Distance (miles)117
Overview

'Runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles. The path is clearly waymarked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding.'

Category Fife
Overview

Information about Fife's 'Core Paths' - including access to a Core Paths Plan Interactive Map - can be found by navigating through the Website's 'Topic Pages'.

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Fife Council

Category Fife
Distance (miles)55
Overview

‘For 400 years, St Andrews was one of the main pilgrimage destinations in Medieval Europe ... The Fife Pilgrim Way follows one of the routes taken by countless pilgrims to Scotland’s holy hot-spot.’

Category Fife
Overview

'Beryl Leatherland, keen walker and member of the Fife Access Forum, has collated some walks related to the Fife Core Path Network ... Also ... we have various walk leaflets/publications produced by local groups for you to download.'

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Fife Access Forum

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