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Hiking around Edinburgh

Hi there,
me and a couple of friends want to stay in Edinburgh for a few days and then hike for a few more days. Is there anyone who can recommend a hiking route starting in Edinburgh with either B&Bs (or similar) along the way or areas where camping is permitted?

Thanks in advance!


  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hello @na95

    Scotland has an outdoor access code (documented here) and as long as you follow the guidelines, then you can "wild camp". Apart from that, there are so many managed campsites across the country that you could use, they cost £8 pppn on average if you don't have a car based on my experience.

    As for routes starting from Edinburgh, there are some that do exist although my strong recommendation would be to take a train + bus elsewhere and then start a multi day hike. Here is the WalkHighlands link to all long distance walks in Scotland. Both the John Muir Way and the Clyde Union Canals path pass through Edinburgh and the Fife coastal path is nearby.

    However, the most popular routes are the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way and there are public transport connections to both ends of both these paths. If you want something flatter, as scenic and laden with whisky then might I suggest the Speyside Way. I haven't (sadly) done a multi day hike or any wild camping across my travels but I intend to break my drought this year.

    Let us know if you have any follow up questions. I created this other discussion to give my top 5 managed campsites that I've used (from about 30) and the comment left by @Ewan is most pertinent to you.
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