If you like to try riding in different areas, these routes are for you. The rides listed here are not necessarily suitable for everyone. Some will depend on the fitness of yourself and your horse so please read the notes on the relevant web page before making your decision. For events or for large numbers of horses riding at the same time please contact the landowner first in case you need facilities or might hinder land management operations.
When riding these routes, we would ask you to consider:
Scotland's Great Trails Project
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The trails one by one - click on them to get detailed route descriptions:
Affric Kintail Way - a spectacular 44 mile long distance route across the Highlands.
Annandale Way - a 55 mile long distance route linking the source of the River Annan, high on the hills above Moffat, with where the river flows into the Solway Firth just south of Annan, including a loop around the Beef Tub above Moffat, and alternative options through Lockerbie or Lochmaben.
Borders Abbeys Way - a 68 mile waymarked circular route linking four of the Scottish Borders’ ruined abbeys: Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.
Cateran Trail – a circular route taking in Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla – only limited sections are multi-use accessible, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust are exploring options for improvement.
Clyde Coastal Path - starting at Wemyss Bay, on the border between North Ayrshire and Inverclyde it links the Ayrshire Coastal Path with the start of the West Highland Way at Milngavie.
Clyde Walkway - a 40 mile long distance route linking the Falls of Clyde above New Lanark with Glasgow city centre, offering opportunities to explore the natural, built and industrial heritage of the Clyde valley.
Cowal Way - a 57 mile long distance path. Starting at Portavadie, it winds its way up through the Cowal peninsula via Tighnabruich, Glendaruel, Strachur, Lochgoilhead and Arrochar to finish at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond.
Dava Way – The Dava Way is a 24 mile (38km) waymarked long distance route based largely on the dismantled Highland Railway Line between Forres, near the Moray Coast in north-east Scotland, and Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.
Deeside Way - a 41 mile long distance route linking Ballater and Aberdeen. The route follows the line of the old Royal Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Banchory, through woodland and farmland to Kincardine O’Neil, and then rejoins the old line from Aboyne to Ballater.
Fife Coast Path - follows the coastline of the Kingdom of Fife from the Kincardine Bridge, on the Firth of Forth, around to Newburgh, on the south side of the Tay.
Formartine and Buchan Way - runs along the former route of the railway that extended from Dyce on the fringes of Aberdeen north to Maud, where it split with branches heading to both Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
Forth, Clyde and Union Canal – stretches 35 miles between Bowling, on the Clyde west of Glasgow, and the Forth estuary east of Falkirk, linking directly via the Union Canal to Edinburgh.
Great Glen Way - 79 mile long distance off-road route runs through Scotland’s Great Glen, linking Fort William and Inverness along canal towpaths, forest roads and paths.
Great Trossachs Path - Set in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the 30 mile trail connects Inversnaid on the shores of Loch Lomond with Callander.
John Muir Way - a 134 mile trail that runs coast to coast through Scotland’s central heartland. Named after the world-famous conservationist who inspired North America’s national parks, the route links Helensburgh, from where John Muir set sail to North America, and Dunbar, where he was born.
Kintyre Way - a 100 mile long distance path which winds its way between Tarbert and Machrihanish on the Kintyre Peninsular in Argyll.
Moray Coastal Trail – in the north-east of Scotland is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. Approximately 50 miles long, the route links settlements between Findhorn in the west and Cullen in the east. The waymarked on-road cycle route between Findhorn and Forres links the Moray Coastal Trail with the Dava Way.
River Ayr Way - a 44 mile linear long distance path. It starts at the river’s source at Glenbuck Loch and runs to Ayr, where the river flows into the Irish Sea.
Rob Roy Way - starting in Drymen, north of Glasgow, and finishing in Pitlochry in Perthshire, the route follows paths and tracks through the spectacular countryside in the Southern Highlands where Rob Roy McGregor lived and fought in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Speyside Way – one of Scotland’s four original long distance routes, now one of Scotland’s Great Trails. Starting at Buckie, the route runs west along the Moray Firth to Spey Bay, and then follows the Spey upstream to Aviemore.
St Cuthberts Way – starting at Melrose in the Scottish Borders and finishing at Holy Island, across the English border in Northumberland, St. Cuthbert’s Way is one of the most fulfilling of Scotland’s Great Trails.
Three Lochs Way - a 34.5 mile long distance route “which makes for a fascinating journey through place and time as it links an attractive necklace of communities around the Clyde Sea Lochs” (Loch Lomond, the Gareloch and Loch Long).
West Highland Way – renowned world-wide for the spectacular scenery it passes through along its 96 mile length between Milgnavie, just north of Glasgow, and Fort William on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
Southern Upland Way – Coast to coast in the south of Scotland – a game of two halves – the east is multi-use accessible while some of the west is not – yet!