Great Scotland hiking routes to start 2022 on a healthy path

1 NEW Year New You. It’s time for new beginnings and health after the end of the year holidays. But in this column we’re all about the good times, and so my friends, I’ve rounded up a selection of great walks around the country (with cozy pubs, a flickering fire, and a good malt whiskey at the end of your day. walk)! The first is the glorious Bridge Inn in Ratho. Depart from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh and have a lovely Sunday stroll along the Union Canal and through the heather of the countryside. After only 7 miles you will reach the pretty village of Ratho and the warm welcome of the Bridge Inn: open fireplaces, an excellent wine list, farm-to-table dishes and a Sunday roast. Discover them on and on insta @bridgeinnratho

2 Then the Well Kent Fife Coastal Path, a six mile walk from Pittenweem to Elie through the little harbor of St Monans, the remains of the castles of Newark and Ardros, past the Lady’s Tower and up to Elie and up to the famous seafront bar Le Auberge du Bateau. With stunning views of the bay, seafood, live music, beach bonfires and roaring fires, if you can’t be bothered on the return trip, book. They have seven magnificent bedrooms, all with magnificent views. Discover them on or on insta @elieshipinn

3 No one can walk the sands of West St Andrews without hearing the theme of Chariots Of Fire. Walk from West Sands into town, starting at the Bruce Embankment and passing through the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve, before returning to the famous Old Course. After four extremely easy miles you arrive in One Under Bar. Well-made pub classics. Discover them on or on insta @ 1underbar

4 Maybe you are a fan of North Berwick? There is no need for hiking boots as North Berwick Law is an easy climb for stunning views of the Pentlands and Arthur’s Seat and the Firth of Forth. Once you’ve completed your six mile walk, make your way to Marine North’s Lawn Restaurant and Bar. Led by Head Chef Chris Niven, you’ll feast on Loch Fyne oysters, finest salmon and Aberdeen Angus steaks. Discover them on

5 On the west coast you can take the heritage trails around Luss, Scotland’s most beautiful town, on the shores of Loch Lomond. Luss has a network of marked village trails that take between 15 minutes and an hour to walk. Two of the trails are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, and longer walks can be enjoyed by following Luss Glen into the hills. Next, head to Loch Lomond Arms – everything you want a country pub to be – an open fireplace, Harris tweed cushions, and an epic selection of malt whiskey. Find out more on And on insta @lochlomondarmshotel

6 The Drovers Inn in Inverarnan is famous the world over and rightly so. Many walks surround the pub – take your pick, literally. Once inside, it’s like stepping back to a time when fires were always lit, food always good, and people always smiling. Live music and bedrooms upstairs. Discover them on

seven I saved the best for last, a new treasure. In my favorite little seaside town of Troon, there’s a new hangout at the end of the beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the 4 km trail past the famous golf course and along the promenade and find yourself at the Links Cocktail Bar where owner and mixologist Jamie has carved out his place. Simple and elegant classic, the bar offers a menu of light snacks and the most incredible cocktails. Discover them on insta @linkscocktailbar or on

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