Great walks to sail to

Date published: 03 September 2020

From soaring mountains set in some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet to salt-specked coastal paths that’ll take your breath away, Scotland has some incredible walks.

Check out a few of our favourites below that are ideal for mooring up, donning your walking boots, and setting off on a  #MustSeaScotland adventure! Set sail for a voyage that’ll have you marvelling at some of Scotland’s most amazing scenery, sampling fantastic food and drink, and bagging a few of those towering peaks!

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Beinn a'Bheithir

Glencoe, Highlands

A land of crystal clear rivers, monumental snow-capped mountains, and hidden, hauntingly beautiful glens, from the moment you leave it behind this is where your unwaking mind will wander every time you close your eyes.

The towering twin peaks of Beinn a'Bheithir are an epic walk. Clamber up the knife-edged cauldron that glowers over Ballachulish and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe, and – dominating the skyline – Ben Nevis. Utterly, undeniably unforgettable.

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Dunollie Castle

Oban, Argyll & The Isles

The oldest building in Oban, records show Dunollie Castle was captured by the Irish brothers Loarn, Fergus and Angus in AD498. Loarn governed the area around Dunollie - which still bears his name (Lorn as it is now known) - and the Scots became firmly established in what is now modern-day Argyll.

After whetting your appetite with a walk to Dunollie, slake your thirst with a tour of Oban Distillery – one of the oldest (and smallest – it only has two stills!) distilleries in Scotland. Sláinte!

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Ben More


You’ll never forget the iconic Isle of Mull, where picture postcard villages stand alongside towering medieval castles and soaring sea eagles, majestic basking sharks, and curious puffins can be spotted.

But leave the wonderful wildlife behind for the moment. Berth in the sheltered bay of Loch Beg and ready yourself to tackle mighty Ben More, which towers 966 metres above you, beckoning you forth. The only island Munro outside of Skye, Ben More’s grand ridged summit offers unforgettable views of the many islands dotted around the Minches. Breathe it all in – the view from the top is something that stays with you.

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The Black Cuillin


The largest of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes – and some of its most amazing walks. From the Old Man of Storr to the Quiraing and the Cuillin mountain range, Skye offers a plethora of sights to enthral the senses – and twist the tongue!

Berth at Loch Scavaig – a rugged, rural mooring at the base of the range and one of the most spectacular anchorages you’ll ever have the pleasure to visit – to see the Black Cuillin in all its jaw-dropping glory.

With no less than five of the Munros that make up the iconic range within walking distance, this is your chance to scale peaks that dreams are made or – raw, rugged, and brutally beautiful. But take care – many Cuillin summits require scrambling or rock-climbing to reach and can challenge even the veteran Munro Bagger. There are several shorter walks that still enable you to experience spectacular views but guides are available for those intent on conquering the toughest climbs the Cuillin can offer.

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Beinn Aliigin and Liatach


There are few sights in Scotland that can match the mighty sea lochs and dramatic, desolate peaks of Torridon. Berth in Upper Loch Torridon, in the shadow of the seemingly impenetrable peaks of Beinn Alligin (Jewelled Hill in Gaelic) and Liatach (The Grey One), and steel yourself to tackle the ascents – and prepare your camera for the unforgettable views that await you at their summits.

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Silver Sands of Morar


Don’t miss the chance to see the Silver Sands of Morar – a stunning string of beautiful sandy beaches peppering the coastline from Arisaig to Morar, just south of Mallaig. Featured in films such as Highlander and Local Hero, its spectacularly blue shallows and sparkling sands have long lured photographers and film-makers. Tread its sands yourself and you’ll see why.

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Great walks to sail to