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Tourism Scotland - Walking in Scotland
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Small groups encourage a friendly atmosphere

There are many people who find it easier, especially when visiting a country for the first time, to put themselves into the hands of the professionals and take an organised walking holiday. Scotland offers a very wide range of such holidays, and also courses where you can learn new skills.

Our long distance walking trails are well covered by walking tour companies, and on several of them, there are also helpful baggage transfer services. Your main luggage is transferred by minibus or taxi from one overnight stop to the next, leaving you free to enjoy the trail carrying only a small daypack.

Walks are arranged either with a leader or self-guided. In both cases, you will be supplied with comprehensive information about the route, telling you what the walk is like and some of the things you can expect to see along the way. If you have a leader, you will get all this knowledge first-hand! Either way, you can expect a really pleasant experience. Groups are generally kept small to encourage a friendly atmosphere where you can get to know your fellow-walkers as you travel, and all the arrangements are made for you.

There are as many different walking holidays as there are different parts of Scotland. Some of them follow routes devised by the tour operators, maybe with a literary or historical theme. Others are based on a single centre, or perhaps two centres, aiming to show you as much as possible of a particular area during your stay.

Walking holidays can be low-level, in the latter case taking in some of the very best of our magical Munros. There are specially organised holidays for those who want to climb the most difficult of the Munros, on the island of Skye, but are unsure of scaling these rocky peaks without help. Other high-level holidays explore wonderful areas such as Knoydart, Glencoe or the Cairngorms, to name but three.

You will find, too, that most walking holiday businesses offer a great deal of flexibility. Some will tailor-make holidays for individuals or groups to your particular ability or requirements. On some holidays, you might not walk every day, having the option of a day off to relax or see local attractions.

Taking a Course
Many walkers are keen to expand their range of skills, to enable them to cope with the ever-changing conditions that our climate throws at us. Here too, Scotland has much to offer. Our outdoor centres and adventure holiday companies offer a wide range or courses ranging from basic hillwalking skills to rock climbing and scrambling, campcraft, cooking, survival in the wild, and the range of winter skills including the use of ice axe and crampons.

These courses are great fun and a good way to improve your personal skills. Check that the company has qualified instructors, For some adventure activities - climbing, remote trekking / walking / cycling, watersports and caving - the provider must have a licence to operate courses for young people under 18 years.

Such a licence is not necessary for adults, but operators should use qualified instructors. To view a full listing of registered activity providers check out the website or to check whether an individual operator is registered with the licensing authority telephone 01222 755715.

Scotland awaits, and there are many companies eager to show off the best of our walking to you. Lace up your boots, tighten your rucksack straps, and join us - everyone is welcome!

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