The recently completed Berwickshire Coastal Path, which works its way from Cockburnspath to Berwick, has been added to the national network of long distance routes known as Scotland’s Great Trails.
Stretching from the Borders to the Highlands, the trails provide opportunities to explore some of the best of the country’s landscapes and nature by foot, bike, horseback and canoe – on well marked, high quality routes.
The Berwickshire Coastal Path is one of a trio of new additions to the Scottish Great Trails, which is overseen by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), bringing the total distance of the routes to more than 1500 miles of walking.
The Berwickshire route, which continues on from John Muir Way down the eastern coastline to Berwick, takes in dramatic cliff top scenery complete with arches, stacks and crumbling castles.
Neil Mackay, senior access officer with Scottish Borders Council, said: “It offers 45 kilometres of spectacular scenery following the internationally important coastline where you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal geology, see rare wildlife, including puffins and basking sharks or explore the many traditional villages of the area.”
The second new route is the Rob Roy Way, which runs between Drymen and Pitlochry, following the tracks and paths used by the notorious outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Great Glen Canoe Trail is the third addition, and gives people the chance to paddle from coast to coast between Fort William and Inverness, and see the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness from a totally different perspective.
Pete Rawcliffe, people and places manager at Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “In Scotland we’re very lucky to have so many long distance trails running through some of our finest scenery, so it’s great to add another three routes to ‘Scotland’s best’.
“The trails offer people the chance to go out and enjoy the countryside close to where they live as well as exploring further afield. And the beauty of these trails is that you can just dip in for short trips as well as going the whole distance.”
Riddell Graham, director of partnerships at VisitScotland, said that the addition of three new routes would add greatly to the visitor appeal of the extensive paths network already in place, and provide great opportunities for tourism businesses to benefit from the natural experiences on their doorstep.