Scotland is an ancient land with terrain formed from three separate continents. Because of the geological diversity, the country is considered amongst the best places in the world for hiking and outdoor activities by many. As we have stunning sights such as Loch Lomond and The Trossachs right on our doorstep, we have gathered up a small list of two-hour hikes that do not take the whole day. So, here are three beautiful, short and easy trails you can bring your hiking boots out for:
The dog-friendly 6.9km loop trail takes around two hours and compromises some picturesque lake and forest views, as well as a panoramic view of Loch Ard. Be prepared for some rocky places, mud and midges, so do not leave that bug spray behind. Rob Roy’s cave also has an 8-foot drop, so do take care when descending. The said cave is known to be one of Rob Roy’s hiding places while he was on the run for treason, with hunting for the rocky fortress can be turned into a fun day out. Definitely one of the two-hour hikes to be remembered.
This route has also made int onto our two-hour hikes list and will take you up onto Conic Hill where you will find inspiring panoramic views of Loch Lomond. It is not as hard as Ben Lomond’s steeper climb and still offers a great viewpoint. The trail starts at Balmaha and is only 3.9km, taking around 2 hours to complete, including plenty of time spent taking in the views. However, the loop trek takes hikers back down onto a steep path, so if you’re just wanting an easy day, go back down the same way you came up.
Another two-hour hike for those who aren’t afraid of some steep patches with rewarding views. The trail is manageable for people of most fitness levels, even though it can be considered challenging at times. During the 3.7km climb, hikers will encounter spectacular vistas of Loch Katrine and Loch Achray. Loch Katrine, however, is said to be home to Urisks – small water spirits who are similar to Fairies and Elves. Urisks are often shy, but you may encounter one if you look hard enough.
The circular walk of Callander Crags Trail offers the best of both worlds: some woodland walking, as well as views over some lochs and hills. The walk takes just under two hours to complete and circles for 4.8 kilometres. Walkers can expect some steep parts followed by plenty of flat land after reaching the highest point. While the trail is generally drier than the average walk, do expect some muddy parts, especially after rain. What is more, visitors can discover Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Cairn on the walk which also offers stunning vistas over the hills that can be seen all the way to Stirling. Make a start at Callander Crags car park and follow the red waymarkers along the way.
This one’s an easy and absolutely beautiful walk that takes around an hour and a half. Walkers will be treated to stunning views while surrounded by nature, with plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities available throughout the reserve. The trail starts at Inversnaid, and heads north on the West Highland Way through the Inversnaid RSPB Nature Reserve towards the Arrochar Alps.