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Walking in Scotland – Circular Lochside Walks

According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, 150 minutes of light exercise a week, including walking, could extend the average life span by more than four years. These lochside Walks will do the trick!

Check out our pick of the best walks from short walking routes to long treks all around fresh Scottish waters.

Loch Linlithgow Circut

Loch LinLithgow
Linlithgow Loch 2 by Hamish Irvine
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Loch Linlithgow is a perfect place for the families, with a playground on the Peel and the Linlithgow Palace on the hill, and a nice background of Bathgate Hills this is a must visit loch.

The lochside walk round the Loch Linlithgow is excellent though it can get muddy at parts if you go all the way round. There’s also the Low Port Outdoor Centre offering more energetic activities on land and on the water.

Linlithgow’s name comes from the British “llyn laith cau” which translates to “lake in the damp hollow” and the two islets in the loch are thought to be the 5,000 year old remains of crannogs.

The Loch is popular for feeding swans and ducks in the town bay and if you get peckish there are lots of fish and chip shops close to the loch on the main road.


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Loch Morlich Circut

Loch Morlich
Loch Morlich by Alf Melin
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Set in the largest National Park, Loch Morlich features one of the nicest circular lochside walks in Scotland.

There lots to see and do along the shores of this Loch. This circular walk covers the distance of around 6 miles and takes approximately 2 hours.

You will find a bit of everything here – from a lovely beach to a variety of woodland and nice views over Cairngorms mountains.

There is plenty of parking around the loch but bear in mind that there’s a charge. The area also famous for beeing highest beach in Britain and only fresh water beach in Scotland to win “Rural Beach Award”.

 There’s also a visitors centre with facilities.


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Loch Muick Circuit

Lochmuick 6 by Stuart Gordon
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Remote and quiet surrounding Loch Muick, pronounced “Mick” is a perfect destination for a relaxing day out and an ideal way to escape the rush of the city centres.

This is also a history and views rich location so there is plenty of both to enjoy along the way also lays within the boundary of the Balmoral estate.

Not exactly a short circular walk, the loop distance is about 7.5 miles and takes approx 3 -3.5 hours to finish. The path is good and pretty flat with little elevation.


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Castle Loch Circut

Around Castle Loch - Lochmaben
Around Castle Loch – Lochmaben by James Johnstone
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Castle Loch is a lovely walk popular with all ages and ability level.
The Castle Loch is unusually heart shaped and offers loads to see and do.

There’s also a sculpture trail and ruins of Lochmaben Castle to explore along the way.

The paths are mostly good and even though some parts can become boggy so outdoor shoes and clothing are recommended.

It takes around 2 -2.5 hours to finish this circular walk and the loop has approximately 4 miles.

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Loch an Eilein Circut

Loch an Eilein
Loch an Eilein by Patrick Down
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Loch an Eilein circular is a lovely walk celebrating some extremely beautiful surroundings of Cairngorms National Park and Rothiemurchus Forest with its old pines which are remnant of Ancient Caledonian forests.

In the past, the limestone was collected from a rockface looking over the loch, you can still find ruins of lime kilns in the area.  In the middle of the loch sits the ruins of 15th-century island castle.

The walk takes around 2 hours to finish and covers a distance of 3.5miles.

Loch Venachar circuit

Loch Venachar
Loch Venachar by Kenny Murray
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Loch Venachar is situated between a popular tourist town of Callander and wee village of Brig O’ Turk.

The circular long walk around Loch Venachar takes about 4.5 to 5 hours to complete and is approximately 12 miles long.

It starts off at Glen Finglas car park and offers some breathtaking views over Loch Venachar along the way.

It is long but quite easy walk and surfaces are mostly even including minor roads and cycle paths, passes through some nice woodlands and old stone bridge over Eas Gobhain.

The parking is free.
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Loch Affric Circuit

Glen Affric, Scotland
Glen Affric, Scotland by StephenRMelling
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One of the most beautiful glens in Scotland must be Loch Affric. The views along this circular walk are just breathtaking and indescribable by words, more of an experience than a walk.

This is a long but truly rewarding walk that takes you through the variety of Scottish woodlands and offers some of the finest views.

The circular path stretches over 11 miles and takes 4.5 to 5 hours to finish.

Although the path is remote and there is no way back when you commit to this walk, this one is definitely worth it!


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Loch Leven Heritage Trail

Loch Leven
the way to the castle on Loch Leven by marydoll1952
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Yet another 12-mile long lochside walks that takes 5 to 6 hours to finish. This time it will take you around the astonishing Loch Leven.

The island in the centre of the loch is home to famous Loch Leven castle where the Mary Queen of Scots was held captive.

The path is even all around the loch so this walk is suitable even for buggies and passes through the variety of lovely woodlands and offers some nice views across the loch.

There are cafes along the way to grab some refreshments and rest.


There also a nice play area and the pier near the car park.

Loch Oich Circut

Lochside Walks
Bridge of Oich by Karen Bryan
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Loch Oich Circular is a is the last of four long distance Lochside Walks and is set in a lovely Great Glen area.

Approximately 11 miles long and takes around 4.5 to 6 hours to finish as it includes the significant amount of ascending and descending along the way.

In return, it provides some amazing views across the Loch Oich and even Loch Ness beyond. Quite easy to walk paths passing through some nice woodland areas.

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1 comment

  • I highly recommend Loch Linlithgow Circut at sunset hours! You will leave this place with amazing photos!

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