Scotland’s heartlands have so much to offer. With its miles of coastline, rich farmland and mountainous peaks, this area of Scotland is renowned for outstanding beauty and pretty towns and villages. This is a land of dazzling contrasts from the glorious lowland and highland mix of scenery in Perthshire to the fertile lowlands and stunning coastlines of the Kingdom of Fife and further north across the Tay road bridge into Dundee and Angus. Because of these landscape contrasts this area provides countless opportunities for walking. Take a trip along some of Scotland’s newest long distance route – the Fife Coastal Path is over 60-miles joining the Cateran Trail around east Perthshire and Angus. For those seeking something gentler, many Perthshire towns and villages have dedicated way marked walks networks around their close environs. And if it’s the high peaks you’re looking for, head into the little discovered Angus Glens or magnificent Highland Perthshire.
This area of diverse landscapes has the greatest variety of walking in Scotland. In the Highland glens there are routes beside lochs and along wooded rivers, while further south paths run past rich farmland and along a well-populated coastline. The hundreds of miles of marked trails and many signposted rights of way mean there is an enormous choice of walks. And with dozens of picturesque villages it is easy to find a tearoom or inn for refreshments.
- St Andrews Town Walk – A historical walk round the town of St Andrews.
- Culross Historic Walk – A pleasant walk around the historical town of Culross.
- Newburgh – Abernethy – A beautiful walk through woodland and country, moving between two areas; Perthshire and Fife.
- Earlsferry Chain Walk – Short but demanding walk using chains to cross the coastline.
- Kenmore Hill, Kenmore – A pinewood for the future with open views to surrounding mountains.
- Wildlife Walk – Loch of the Lowes – This is a fabulous walk for seeing wildlife, particularly bird life and the famous Loch of the Lowes Ospreys, from the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s hide on the shores of the loch.
- A Circuit of Loch Dunmore – A gentle walk from the car park around secluded and picturesque Loch Dunmore in Faskally Forest, this is a great route for all the family and for those with mobility difficulties.
- Weem Forest Walk, Weem –A short, steep hike up ancient woodland covered crags to reach St David’s Well.
- Glen Lednock Circular Walk – A delightful way marked circular route through mixed and conifer woods with dramatic waterfalls along the way. Optional detour to a monument viewpoint.
- Leuchars & Earlshall Castle – A pleasant historical and woodland walk.
As this area intersects the Highland Boundary Fault, it has both rugged and rolling topography, making it a rambler’s paradise. The enormous variety of terrain, ranging from meandering rivers and mixed woodland to grassy hills and scenic glens, means there are walks suitable for every season and all fitness levels. Many routes can involve interesting diversions, such as Roman camps, medieval castles and Victorian follies – reminders of the area’s long history.
- The Lomond Hills of Fife – A walk up the two small hills of East Lomond and West Lomond, passing old lime kilns and forts. Great views over the Fife countryside.
- Aberdour – Kirkcaldy – A coastal walk from Kirkcaldy to Aberdour passing two castles.
- Crail to St Andrews – A long route involving rough coastal walking between Crail and St Andrews.
- Isle of May – A walk around the Isle of May, which has an interesting historical past.
- East Neuk Villages – A pleasant walk constantly changing from coastline to fishing villages.
- Largo Bay – Leven – Elie – A good coastal walk from Leven to Elie, with great scenery.
Long Distance Routes
- Fife Coastal Path –Sense the freedom and enjoy the adventure of the Fife Coastal Path.
Hill Mountain Walks
The mountains here form part of the Southern Highlands, which are generally more rounded and less rocky than their counterparts further north and west. They provide both an attractive venue for those on short breaks and an excellent testing ground for the less experienced.