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Scotland's Great Trails
Scotland's Great Trails
formerly the four Long Distance Routes (or LDRs) are long-distance "people-powered" trails (predominantly hiking trails but including cycling and canoe routes) in Scotland.[1] The LDRs were previously proposed and financially supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, but administered and maintained by the local authority areas through which they pass. With the passing of the Land Reform Act (Scotland) 2003, access rights largely no longer require to be negotiated and a further 22 Great Trails were developed in Scotland. Legislation to create the LDRs was passed in 1967, but the first one was not opened officially until 1980.


1 Routes 2 References 3 External links 4 See also


A typical waymark

Annandale Way
Annandale Way
from Moffat
to Newbie Barns, on the Solway Coast
Solway Coast
a distance of 55 miles (89 km). Ayrshire Coastal Path from Glenapp, Ballantrae
to Skelmorlie
a distance of 100 miles (160 km). Berwickshire Coastal Path
Berwickshire Coastal Path
from Cockburnspath
to Berwick-upon-Tweed
a distance of 28 miles (45 km). Borders Abbeys Way
Borders Abbeys Way
circular route: Kelso – Jedburgh
– Selkirk – Melrose a distance of 68 miles (109 km). Cateran Trail
Cateran Trail
circular route: Blairgowrie – Kirkmichael
– Spittal of Glenshee – Alyth
a distance of 64 miles (103 km). Clyde Walkway
Clyde Walkway
from Glasgow
to New Lanark
New Lanark
a distance of 40 miles (64 km). Cowal Way on the Cowal
Peninsula, from Portavadie
to Inveruglas
a distance of 57 miles (92 km). Cross Borders Drove Road from Little Vantage to Hawick
a distance of 52 miles (84 km). Dava Way
Dava Way
from Grantown-on-Spey
to Forres
a distance of 24 miles (39 km). Fife Coastal Path
Fife Coastal Path
from Kincardine
to Newburgh a distance of 117 miles (188 km). Formartine and Buchan Way
Formartine and Buchan Way
from Dyce, near Aberdeen
to Fraserburgh
and Peterhead
a distance of 53 miles (85 km). Forth-Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
Forth-Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
from Bowling, Dunbartonshire
Bowling, Dunbartonshire
to Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
a distance of 66 miles (106 km). Great Glen Canoe Trail from Banavie, near Fort William to Clachnaharry, near Inverness
a distance of 60 miles (97 km). Great Glen Way
Great Glen Way
from Fort William to Inverness
a distance of 79 miles (127 km), opened 2002. John Muir Way
John Muir Way
from Fisherrow, near Edinburgh
to Dunglass, near Cockburnspath
a distance of 45 miles (72 km). Kintyre Way from Tarbert to Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
a distance of 100 miles (160 km). Moray Coast Trail
Moray Coast Trail
from Forres
to Cullen a distance of 50 miles (80 km). Mull of Galloway
Mull of Galloway
Trail from Mull of Galloway
Mull of Galloway
to Glenapp, Ballantrae
a distance of 36 miles (58 km). River Ayr
Way from Glenbuck
to Ayr
a distance of 44 miles (71 km). Rob Roy Way from Drymen
to Pitlochry
a distance of 77 miles (124 km) or 94 miles (151 km) Romans and Reivers Route from Ae to Hawick
a distance of 52 miles (84 km). St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne
a distance of 62 miles (100 km). Southern Upland Way
Southern Upland Way
from Portpatrick
to Cockburnspath
a distance of 212 miles (341 km), opened 1984. Speyside Way
Speyside Way
from Buckie
to Aviemore
a distance of 65 miles (105 km), 84 miles (135 km) of route including spurs; first part opened 1981; completed in 2000. Three Lochs Way from Balloch to Inveruglas
a distance of 31 miles (50 km). West Highland Way
West Highland Way
from Milngavie, near Glasgow
to Fort William a distance of 96 miles (154 km), opened in 1980. West Island Way from Kilchattan Bay
Kilchattan Bay
to Port Bannatyne
Port Bannatyne
a distance of 30 miles (48 km).

Each of the routes is waymarked with a hexagonal thistle symbol. The 6 miles (9.7 km) of the Pennine Way
Pennine Way
terminating at Kirk Yetholm are in Scottish Borders, Scotland, but in the care of the Countryside Agency, and designated a National Trail.

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (July 2015)

Proposals for new LDRs originate from Scottish Natural Heritage, who make proposals to the Scottish Government. Responsibility for creating and maintaining each LDR lies with each local authority through which a route passes, but Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage
provides some of the finance and publicity. References[edit]

^ "Scotland's Great Trails: the official guide". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official website Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage
webpage on Long Distance Routes Ramblers Association website Scottish Youth Hostels Association route descriptions Great Glen Way
Great Glen Way
accepts donations Walkhighlands The Kintyre Way

See also[edit]

Long-distance footpaths in the UK John Muir Way National Trail (English and Welsh equivalent)

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Long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom

National Trails (England and Wales)

Cleveland Way Cotswold Way England Coast Path Glyndŵr's Way Hadrian's Wall Path North Downs Way Norfolk Coast Path Offa's Dyke Path Peddars Way Pembrokeshire Coast Path Pennine Bridleway Pennine Way The Ridgeway South Downs Way South West Coast Path Thames Path Yorkshire Wolds Way Wales Coast Path

Scotland's Great Trails

Great Glen Way Southern Upland Way Speyside Way West Highland Way

Long-distance path (Northern Ireland