Voor Inveroran

(mooiste langeafstandspaden)


Een langeafstandspad (of groot gedeelte daarvan) is een top trail als het
door een mooi landschap voert. Dat spreekt voor zich.
Drie verdere belangrijke punten zijn:
1. een goede markering in het terrein,
2. een goed wandelkaartje met daarin de route ingetekend, en
3. een goede routebeschrijving .
Vooral het eerste punt, de goede
markering in het terrein, is belangrijk.
Je hoeft dan geen energie te verspillen aan het vinden van de route.

In 2017 werd in een TV-uitzending de Britain's favourite walks Top 100
gekozen. Het was de grootste verkiezing tot nu toe met meer dan 8000
Schotland stond met 4 langeafstandspaden in de lijst:
- West Highland Way ( 14 e plaats),
- St.Cuthbert's Way (51e),
- Fife Coastal Path (62e) en
- Great Glen Way (64e)
West Highland Way scoort dus zéér hoog. De andere drie zijn middenmoters.

• Het deeltraject van Great Glen Way en Fife Coastal Path moet nog in de kaart worden
.. ingetekend.

West Highland Way.(Scottish Highlands)..
(Dramatic mountain scenery)
.. ( Mooiste deel: Tyndrum – Fort William = 68 km) ....
.. From Tyndrum, the West Highland Way winds through some of the most
.. spectacular scenery in Britain to the foot of Britain's highest mountain,
.. Ben Nevis
.. The final stage of this spectacular trail crosses the Lairigmor pass to
.. Glen Nevis and the busy little town of Fort William, with glorious views of
.. Loch Leven, the pinnacled ridge of the Aonach Eagach and the vast bulk of
.. Ben Nevis.

. St Cuthbert's Way (Scottish Borders) . (Historical trail )
....( Melrose – Holy Island (Lindisfarne) = 102 km)
....St Cuthbert's Way links a number of places associated with the story of
... a 7th century saint who travelled widely on foot through Scotland and
... northern England spreading the Gospel and performing healing miracles.
... Beginning at Melrose in the Scottish Borders where the saint started his
... ministry and ending at Holy Island in England where he ended his days,
... the trail passes through scenery of great variety and beauty.

.Fife Coastal Path ( in voorbereiding )
... Enjoy an engaging hike through changing landscapes from Fife’s industrial
... south to the rural north.
... The Fife Coast Path explores an area of low cliffs and rocky bays,
... grasstufted dunes and picturesque fishing villages.
... Glimpse grey seals basking on the rocks just off the shore, and count the
... abundant reminders of Scotland’s rich history, including the caves with
... prehistoric paintings, the castles and the old watch houses, to name but
... a few.

... Between the many thriving little ports along the trail, the path explores a
... large part of Fife’s coastline, with plenty of beachside walking and scenic
... views over historic ruins to enjoy.

.Great Glen Way
....The Great Glen Way National Trail follows the route of the Caledonian
.... Canal, which links the enormous lochs of the Great Glen all the way
.... from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea.
.... Open moorland, tree-lined towpaths, and towering, heather-clad hills
.... are staple views, alongside castles and forts that have witnessed some
.... of the most bloody scenes of Scotland’s turbulent history.

. Rob Roy Way . (Scottish Highlands) . (Historical Trail)
.... ( deeltraject: Callander – Pitlochry = 84 km)
.... Named after Scotland's most famous outlaw, the Rob Roy Way meanders
.... across the Southern Highlands from Callander to Pitlochry through many
.... places where the outlaw was active.
.... Although the trail passes through some of the finest highland scenery,
.... it avoids the summits, keeping mainly to the glens,
.... following old tracks beside rivers and lochs and
.... over a few passes which provide wonderful views of the surrounding
.... mountains.

. Speyside Way .(Scottish Highlands) . (Following a river valley)
.... (deeltraject: Aberlour – Aviemore = 65 km + ... km voor de 2 aanvullingen)
.... The Speyside Way follows Scotland's loveliest river valley from Aberlour
.... to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains through the heart of
.... malt whisky country.
.... Following paths and disused railway trackbeds the trail passes through a
.... beguiling mix of scenery: mixed woodland, heather-clad hills and ancient
.... Caledonian pine forests.

Mogelijk nog een 'top trail'- kandidaat ??

Arran Coastal Way. (Stunning coastal scenery)
( Meerdaags circuit vanuit Brodick (anticlockwise) = 100 km km)
.... The Arran Coastal Way combines coastal paths/ stretches of beach,
.... forest tracks, roads and hillpaths.to encircle this enchanting island.
.... Arran's rich and diverse wildlife is a special feature of the trail.
.... Seals are often seen basking on the shores of the island and the coastline
.... supports a wide variety of birds including eider, gannet, cormorant,
.... shelduck, oystercatcher, red-breasted merganser, redshank, red-throated
.... diver and fulmar.

Geographically, Scotland can be divided into three distinct areas: the Southern Uplands, the Central Lowlands (or Central Belt) and the northern Highlands and Islands. For the purposes of this study the East Coast Belt has been included with the Central Lowlands. The Highlands and Islands have been considered in a separate assessment.



• The rough and tumble landscape of Scotland was once covered by glaciers during the Pleistocene Ice Age.
When those masses of ice melted they left in their wake a rocky, pockmarked landscape of mountains and rolling hills, dozens of deep lakes, rivers and streams.

From a geological perspective the country has three main sub-divisions:

1. Highlands and islands:
..... 1a. Northwest Highlands
are generally mountainous with many lofty
.......... peaks.

..... 1b. Grampian Mountains extend southwest to northeast, and include
........... Scotland's (and the UK's) highest point, Ben Nevis , at 1,344 m.

..... 1c. Islands. Nearly 800. Most are hilly and rugged.
............ The major groups include the Inner and Outer Hebrides , Orkney and
............ Shetland.

2. Midland Valley ( or Central Belt) a rift valley, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions, is a relatively flat area punctuated by hills (the East Coast Belt has been included with the Central Belt).

3. Southern Uplands is a hilly area with wide, green valleys,
fronted in the south by the Cheviot Hills on the border with England.

• There are numerous bodies of inland freshwater including
Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. The Tweed and Clyde are the largest rivers.


.... The 19 National Trails of England, Scotland
.... and Wales, Paddy Dillon
.... (Cicerone Guide)

.The National Trails - boek




Nieuw venster Walking in Britain
.... Sandra Bardwell c.s.
.... (Lonely Planet Walking Guides)

Walking in Britain - boek


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