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Scotland In December

My friends and I are traveling to Scotland this December. We will be spending 3-4 nights in Edinburgh, and the rest we'll be spending walking & hiking. We are no mountaineers but we just finished our military service so we're in good shape and OK with bad weather. I'd like to know what's you're recommendations about the hikes, since we cannot find any definite suggestions online. Thanks for your time and help !


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @roey_lange! I've just asked my pal who is an eager walker, and he tells me Loch Ard in the Trossachs is amazing in the winter months - very peaceful and beautiful when it's misty and cold. Hope this helps! 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • LochNessPhotographyLochNessPhotography Member ✭✭✭
    I guess it depends entirely on your own level of fitness and winter walking experience. Based on what you've said I'd be inclined to recommend lower level walks. Where will you be staying when you're not in Edinburgh? There's a wealth of options but if we knew where you were based it would make it easier to give you some ideas. 

    Lochan Uaine in the Cairngorms is a cracking little walk in winter (especially if we've had a bit of snow) and you can continue on to Ryvoan Bothy to get a brew going if it's cold.... and it'll be cold  :)

    There's great options around Loch Ness and in Drumnadrochit you can link up a walk around the Urquhart Bay woods and on up to Craigmonie Viewpoint. If I'm allowed to do some shameless plugging I run a woodland walk AirBnB Experience from Drumnadrochit which gives you a nice flavour of the area. 

  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited September 2018
    Hi @roey_lange

    Have you checked out the Walk Highlands website? Everything you need to know for all levels of mountains and walks in Scotland, with walk reports too  :)

    I recently hiked in the Arrochar Alps near Loch Lomond and loved hiking Ben Arthur (The Cobbler). You also have a choice of other great mountains in this area. This is my blog post about the hike:

    Also a wee video: 

    I'm not sure what it would be like in the winter but it's a good path all the way up.

    Dawn-Marie x
    I blog about places I've explored in Scotland on Love Exploring Scotland  <3
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  • Thank you very much for your help. I am not much of a mountain hiker, so I will avoid hiking the highland at this time of the year (seems a bit too much to start with).
    I will consider staying at perth, or maybe go to the west coast.
    Thank you very much again!
  • VisitScotlandCarolVisitScotlandCarol Member, Moderator
    Hi @roey_lange

    Given what you have said I agree that Perth, or indeed anywhere in Perthshire,  would be an excellent base for you to enjoy a few days' walking in December.

     In addition to the walks available on the excellent  Walk Highlands website (I personally use this as my start point whenever I go walking, especially in a new area)  mentioned by @DMWScotlandPerth & Kinross Countryside Trust produces a range of leaflets detailing some great  waymarked and signposted walks in the region. Most of the publications can be downloaded from this website and several of them will be available either free of charge or for a modest fee from our VisitScotland iCentres in either Perth or Pitlochry, both of which are open all year round.

    I hope this helps and that you have a great trip; a few days in Edinburgh and a few days in Perthshire should hopefully provide the perfect mix of city and countryside!

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