Green Walks in Scotland Central / Alba Mheadhanach

This area comprises Scotland south of the Sound of Mull, the A85 from Oban to Perth, and the Firth of Tay, and north of the Firths of Clyde and Forth, and of the Forth and Clyde Canal which links these two firths. This area does not include the Clyde islands, which are in the Scotland South-west area.

Neighbouring areas are

Note also some of the most convenient hubs for multi-day walking on different routes.


Use the alphastrip below to jump to the appropriate initial letter for a selected route within the list. If there are no routes with a particular initial letter, the jump will have no effect.

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Devon Way

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A walk of 11km, almost entirely on railbed, between Alloa and Dollar.

Fife Coastal Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A walk of 183km between Kincardine-on-Forth and Newburgh.

Image: Crail Custom House

Fife Pilgrim Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 90km walk between Culross and St Andrews.

Forth and Clyde / Union Canal Walk

Length >60km
Max transport gap <10km

A walk of 102km between Bowling and Edinburgh.

Great Trossachs Path

A walk of 45km between Inversnaid and Callander.

The route links at its west end with the West Highland Way and at its east end with the Rob Roy Way (and by ferry with the Loch Lomond and Cowal Way and the Three Lochs Way at Inveruglas). Though there are buses in Callander and (in summer) a waterbus (by prior booking) across Loch Lomond at Inversnaid, the lack of public transport between the endpoints causes us to determine that this route does not qualify as a Green Walk.

John Muir mural, Prestonpans, showing Muir and his horse by the water's edge

John Muir Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap > 30km

A walk of 213km walk between Helensburgh and Dunbar.

Image: John Muir mural, Prestonpans

Kelvin Walkway

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A 16km walk between Milngavie and the outflow of the River Kelvin into the Clyde at Partick.

Kintyre Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap > 30km

A walk of 161km between Tarbert and Machrihanish.

Loch Lomond and Cowal Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap > 30km

A walk of 92km walk between Portavadie and Inveruglas.

Rob Roy Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A walk of 127km walk between Drymen and Pitlochry, in the (approximate) footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).

Image: Rob Roy MacGregor, by WH Worthington
(public domain)

Three Lochs Way

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 50km walk between Helensburgh and Inveruglas.

Image: Helensburgh

West Highland Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 154km between Milngavie and Fort William.


Some places lend themselves to being hubs, where you may pitch up for a few days’ car-free walking, fanning out on a different route (or part of a route) each day. The hub becomes a walking-place for recreation at walking pace. Hubs in this area include

DundeeDundee has good access the the eastern and northern parts of the Fife Coastal Path, and the coast may be followed as far as Arbroath and beyond. There are also possibilities in the Angus glens.
FalkirkThe Falkirk Wheel is indeed a pivot: as well as the Forth and Clyde / Union Canal Path and the John Muir Way, there are local walks which explore the natural and man-made heritage of the area.
KirkcaldyGood transport links mean that Kirkcaldy is a focal point for the Fife Coastal Path and the Fife Pilgrim Way, but there are walks in the Lomond Hills and in the Loch Leven and Lochore areas which are equally accessible.
PerthPerth’s position on the rail and bus networks make it a good base to explore the areas in all directions, including the tricky northern part of the Fife Coastal Path. Re-opening the station at Newburgh would help!

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