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Scottish National Trail

Scottish National Trail

This is a route suitable only for real adventurers as it traverses remote places and there are few facilities along its route. In return you get the immeasurable natural beauty of the Highlands of Scotland. So the effort is worth it..

The Scottish National trail starts in Kirk Yetholm and ends at Cape Wrath, crossing Scotland for 864 km / 537 mi.

The difficulty grows from south to north and it joins the Cape Wrath Trail in Glen Garry. From this valley, it passes through Glen Shiel, Strathcarron, the mountains of Torridon, the Maree and Broom lakes, the small village of Ullapool and the bridge over the river Oykel. From there, you discover the wildest part of the trail. You leave the volcanic lakes of Rhiconich and the Kinlochbervie community behind you to reach Sandwood Bay, skirt it and get to the end point located on the top of a steep cliff: The Cape Wrath lighthouse.

 

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What else is there
Departing from Kirk Yetholm to Melrose, you can visit a beautiful abbey of the 12th century. Later, after passing Traquair, you will be surprised with the incredible "Falkirk Wheel", an incredible work of engineering that connects the Union, Forth and Clyde channels with the help of a "boat lift"
Later on you reach the stunning Cairngorms National Park . Enjoy it and if you can, take the train that travels up the highest railway in Britain. At the last stop you will be at 1,097 m / 3,600 ft.
Other beautiful places you find along the way are Beinne Eighe -the first official National Nature Reserve of the island, Aliunn -the highest waterfall in Scotland-, Duich lake with the Eilean Donan castle, Glomach falls with its waterfalls of over 200 m / 656 ft, Sandwood bay with its legends of pirates and the mountains of Torridon and An Teallach.

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