The essential guide to experiencing Scotland’s truly dramatic, extensive and ever-varying coastline on foot
Scotland and its islands encompass over 10,000 miles of coastline that is as diverse as the country's inland scenery – and similarly breathtaking.
Magnificent experiences abound in this wildly varied collection of Scottish coastal walking routes - the first of its kind. The 100 routes outlined by Andrew Dempster take in: the quaint fishing ports, long sun-bleached strands and the vast golf links of the east coast; the grand Gothic cliffs, the natural arches and storm-tossed sea-stacks that comprise much of the fractured edge of the Atlantic; the kaleidoscopic wildflower carpet of the Western Isles machair; the remote, romantic castles and ancient clearance settlements of Skye; plus myriad idyllic secluded beaches and breathtaking cliff-top vantage points.
Other walks reveal little-known offshore small island gems such as Noss in Shetland, with its dizzying sea-cliffs festooned with puffins and cormorants to far-flung Fair Isle – the remotest inhabited island in Scotland – and the ‘edge of the world’ itself: the lonely outpost of St Kilda.
This unique guide to the very best coastal treks in Scotland covers the whole spectrum from short hour-long beach strolls to serious full-day hikes that require mountain gear and total commitment.
Compiled in an user-friendly format and containing maps and photographs throughout, 100 Classic Coastal Walks in Scotland provides a wealth of walking possibilities for anyone with an interest in outdoor pursuits, with many of the walks also suitable for children.
“An invaluable accessory to the boots and the backpack”
“This selection of day trips, including maps and useful information such as pubs to visit along the way, is a welcome sight”
“A zealous guide to this impressive spread of coastal walks”