Hill and mountain walking in Scotland continues to be a great pastime. With its 284 Munro peaks, and thousands of challenging hills lower than than this, there is something for everybody in the hills and mountains of Scotland..
Due to the high density of Munros and high hills in Scotland there are hundreds of routes that are suited for all skill and experience levels. It is, however, important to keep in mind your physical abilities and experience when choosing to embark on a hill walk, due to the fact that they can be dangerous even in the summer.
The weather blows across the peaks and summits of the mountain ranges on a regular basis, which can make it dangerous to climb the peaks even during the (mild) summer. For this reason there are a number of safety tips that should be kept in mind before embarking on one of the mountain trails.
Even in the summer time there is a number of weather conditions that can make a hill walk dangerous including the sudden appearance of strong winds, freezing temps at the summits, and driving rains, all of which happen frequently. For this reason there are a number of safety items that you should pack when setting out on a hill walking trip in the Scottish Munros.
Some of these items include a spare set of warm clothes, waterproof and windproof clothes, a spare bivvy in case you are stranded on the mountain overnight, and plenty of high energy foods along with plenty of liquids.
As far as safety is concerned, you should also carry a mobile in case of an emergency, a map and compass, a torch, and a whistle to aid if you if you get separated from your group.
Although there are many prominent areas to go hill walking in Scotland, a few of the most popular are Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the Isle of Skye, The Western Highlands, and The Cairngorms.
The Western Highlands contain the highest density of Munros making the area one of the most popular hill walking destinations. This is also due to the fact that the scenery is picture perfect with valleys and forests set against a backdrop of the majestic Munros.
The Cairngorms National Park on the other hand is the largest national park found in the UK and thus boasts many of geographical changes that range from the arctic tundra to the ancient pinewoods to high mountain peaks.
The Isle of Skye is also renowned for its scenery and strong profile since you can look out from most Monro summits and see the Scottish highlands in a new light.
Finally the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is also a prime location for hill walking given it has the largest freshwater expanse in the UK, and contains plenty of stunning views of wooded lochs and the southern fields.