What are the best long distance walks in Scotland? The NHW is surrounded by stunning landscapes, perfect for some brilliant extreme sports and other outdoor activities. We have compiled the best outdoor activities in the area to ensure you make the most of your time in the area.

Air Extreme

Air Extreme is located between Thurso and John O’Groats, making it the most northern high ropes course in the UK. The main attraction at Air Extreme is the high ropes course consisting of six different elements. The challenging course includes a 4-metre-long tightrope, which will test your balance as you make your way along the line, 6 metres above the ground. As well as the tightrope, the course includes a cargo net, balance beams and even swinging steps. The course certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, but is a great test of your nerve and abilities – a great day out for those looking for a challenge.
If the ropes course isn’t for you, then you may prefer to go zorbing. Air Extreme also has a brilliant zorbing course for some topsy-turvy fun. Two people are strapped inside the zorbing ball as you roll around the course. This activity is great fun for those aged 12 and up, and is a great team building tool. Another one of the great aspects of long distance walks in Scotland!


cycling along one of the best long distance walks in scotland
There are some brilliant cycle routes in the Scottish highlands area. However, one of the best routes has to be from Thurso to Dunnet Head. The route takes you from the main town on Scotland’s north coast, all the way to the most northern point of mainland UK, offering some brilliant views out to Orkney. The route is predominantly on roads, and is relatively flat, making it a fairly easy ride. It is a beautiful journey, and is certainly worth doing while visiting Scotland’s north coast.


If you are looking for something a little less strenuous, then a game of golf may be more up your street. Located right on the coast, this beautiful seaside course takes full advantage of the stunning scenery. The course boasts some brilliant views of the Pentland Firth, Orkney and beyond. The golf course also has a lovely restaurant and bar, perfect for relaxing after making your way round the holes. Very popular around the highlands of Scotland, the greatest places to golf in the world alongside the best long distance walks in Scotland.

Horse Riding

The beautiful Borgie Glen is great for horse riding. Riding through Borgie Glen allows you to take full advantage of the stunning views of one of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers, the River Borgie. The stunning Scots Pine and Spruce forest is well worth a visit, whether you are on foot or horse back.
However, if you are looking for a guided pony trek, then the Free Spirit Trekking Centre may be more up your street. Catering to all ages and abilities, you can enjoy a peaceful trek on well behaved horses. The treks last between 30 minutes up to a full day, depending on your experience. Pony trekking is great fun and is a brilliant and alternative way to see some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery.

Long Distance Walks in Scotland

Possibly the best way to enjoy Scotland’s north coast is by foot. Walking this route allows you to take full advantage of the stunning views that the area has to offer. The route allows you to explore some more secluded areas and also allows you to see areas of true wilderness. Stretching 83 miles along the coast line from John O’Groats in the east all the way to Cape Wrath in the west. By exploring the North of Scotland with EasyWays, you will have the opportunity to see all that the area has to offer from puffins to the beautiful islands of Orkney. Why not try out one of the best long distance walks in Scotland?
Walking holidays in Scotland are always so much fun, especially in the highlands! If you are interested in the wildlife in this area, why not look at our last post!
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