Once the fog of the festive period clears, the fit and healthy eating promises begin to surface. Venturing outdoors and embracing Scotland’s stunning surroundings could be the perfect way to start your new year, and take in some stunning scenery.
Caledonian Sleeper created a list of some of the most enjoyable locations and routes for walkers of all ability levels, helping New Year resolutions to remain intact.
Pitlochry alongside the River Tummelin in Perthshire, surrounded by some of the most breath-taking scenery in Scotland. With over 41 miles of marked paths and tracks, it’s the perfect location for a gentle stroll. If you want to get the legs going and the heart rate elevated, take on the eight-mile walk around Loch Faskally. All of this can easily be accessed from the nearby railway station, serviced by Caledonian Sleeper.
Stirling is steeped in history, home to both a castle and the impressive Wallace Monument, which overlooks the scene of one of Scotland’s most famous battle sites. Dumyat, by the hill path, is a fantastic walk that avoids steep slopes and is ideal for those looking for something a little more taxing than a stroll. Dumyat is smaller than any of the closeby Ochils, but still offers stunning views of Stirling and nearby towns.
Known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, there is no more fitting place than Fort William to strap on a pair of hiking boots and tackle a bracing walk. Arguably one of the most challenging walks in the UK, the path the summit of Ben Nevis takes you to summit of the highest mountain in Britain. A footpath to the top of the mountain starts close to the town’s railway station so it couldn’t be easier to access but the correct preparation and equipment is always required. For the less experienced, there are walks along the shore of Loch Linnhe and the Caledonian Canal banks.
Part of the vast Cairngorms National Park, the area surrounding Aviemore is dotted with picture postcard lochs such as Loch Morlich, with its sandy beach, and Loch an Eilein, with its ruined island castle. This is undoubtedly one of the finest areas of Scotland for gentle forest walks for the whole family to enjoy.
For the more adventurous, five of the six highest mountains in Britain are found near Aviemore and can be tackled using basic equipment and good navigational experience. The less demanding walks can be discovered in the Aviemore Paths leaflet.
Get your New Year health regime off to a positive start by exploring the Scottish outdoors with Caledonian Sleeper.