Frequently asked questions about Scotland walking tours
When is the best season or time of year to go on a walking tour in Scotland?
The best time of year to go walking in Scotland is during late spring (May-June) and early fall (August-September). Along with pleasant temperatures, fair weather and less likelihood of rain, going for a walking tour in spring or fall promises the added benefits of being able to see spring flowers or fall foliage. While summer is also a nice time to visit, temperatures can sometimes get too hot during long days walking outdoors. You’ll also avoid summer’s high season crowds at popular sites along the route. But this is Scotland, after all, so even in spring, summer and fall, be prepared for rain!
How challenging are Explore’s Scotland walking tours?
Heading along rocky coastlines, through mountain passes and grassy moorlands, our walking tours in Scotland visit a wide range of landscapes around the country. None of these areas are overly difficult to access and explore, meaning our tours range in difficulty from easy to moderate. Anyone in good physical condition should have no issues on our walking and hiking tours, but it’s still a good idea to prepare in advance. You can read how to prepare for a walking tour for practical tips and advice, as well as check out our beginner’s guide to hiking in Scotland.
What should I pack for a walking tour in Scotland?
No matter the time of year, the weather in Scotland can change quickly, going from sunny one minute to rainy the next. Locals often say you can experience all four seasons in one day in Scotland, so you need to pack accordingly for all types of weather. Along with a comfortable and broken-in pair of hiking boots, you should pack waterproof and wind-resistant jackets and pants, as well as layered shirts, underwear and leggings. You’ll also want hats for warm and cold weather as well as gloves. For a complete list of our recommended things to pack, take a look at what to wear for hiking in Scotland.
What are the accommodations like during the walking tours?
After long days hiking and walking, you can relax in cozy, nicely-appointed accommodations with modern amenities and lovely views. In addition to 3-star hotels and charming guesthouses, you also stay in historic lodges and hotels that have been updated to cater for contemporary travelers. Many are also family run and conveniently located close to attractions, restaurants and shopping areas.
Can I travel solo on a Scotland walking tour?
Our small-group walking tours are ideal for solo travelers, allowing you to discover a new destination on your own while also having the opportunity to make new friends with whom to share these incredible experiences.