Spring has arrived and it’s time for a new little adventure.
I’m super excited to be leaving France for Scotland in a few days to start my hike through the 537 miles (864 km) Scottish National Trail.
This will be my 10th long distance trail and not in a million years I would have thought I would still be there 8 years later when I started hiking long distance trails in 2014.
But the word on the track is that it’s addictive.
This year is somewhat different as most of the trails (long and short) I will be hiking this summer will be popular trails.
Which will be a nice change from most trails I’ve been on.
I like the solitude you can get on the trails, but I got more than my fair share and it will be a nice change.
That’s not to say that many people hike the SNT, but it’s made up of existing trails that get quite a bit of traffic.
The trail goes from the border with England at Kirk Yetholm (at the end of the Pennine Way), to Cape Wrath in the north in the Highlands.
It follows for the last part the Cape Wrath Trail, which seems to be one of the most beautiful in Scotland.
I went to Scotland 10 years ago for a family holiday and although I didn’t hike I absolutely loved it and knew I would be back one day to explore some of the many beautiful trails that Scotland has to offer.
When I realized a few years ago that there was a long distance footpath in Scotland I immediately put it at the top of my list but then Covid hit and like everyone else my plans changed.
I’m thrilled it’s finally happening this year and can’t wait to have the slowest hiking experience of my life because of all the distilleries on the way.
Man… All those amazing single malt whiskeys just can’t be tasted…
I’m also really looking forward to exploring the villages and towns on the way.
Not to mention all the cool castles in the country.
It looks like May/June is a good time to hike there, with less sandflies and maybe less rain.
I say maybe because I’ll believe it when I see it.
Although apparently July/August is definitely not the best time and I remember my August coast to coast hike where I had rain the whole time, I hope the time will be better.
That being said, I know it’s going to rain and I’m ready for it.
I must be a sucker for punishment because on my trek across France last year the weather was miserable to say the least and I wouldn’t have imagined SNT would be my next.
But hey, it looks too good so I’ll take care of the rain.
I will have 2 months in Scotland which means I can hike other shorter trails after the SNT.
The Hebridean Way, West Highland Way and Speyside Way are definitely at the top of my list.
Especially the Speyside Way, although it might not be the most breathtaking of all, it goes from distillery to distillery and there seems to be plenty!
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