Scotland is a firm favourite of ours. We visit annually to see family in Glasgow and near Fort William. And these are some of the walks we love.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is not just Scotland’s highest mountain but the highest mountain in the UK. On a good day you can see it standing rugged and proud from Fort William but the majority of the year it is shrouded in cloud. As much as we are mentioning it here with our favourite dog walks, we are not suggesting you reach the summit with your dog! But there is a footpath from the bottom that you start and go up as far as you want with your dog on a lead. It is a steady incline up so its quite hard work and you need to have appropriate footwear on. But it is worth the view when you look back on yourself. Especially on a clear day. But be warned. It gets very busy in the summer.

It is possible to park on the lane near the Ben Nevis Inn – please note their car park is for residents only. But you can stop for a drink or some food here.

From here follow the signs towards the Ben and go as far as your feet will take you!

Glen Roy and the viewpoint

If you know anything about the Ice Age and the melting of the glaciers back then, then a fantastic example of the resulting parallel roads left as the water levels dropped can be seen at the viewpoint in Glen Roy. Our walk suggestion would be to park here (what three words ///dissolve.replayed.wept) and walk further up the glen. You will need to keep your dog on the lead as there will be livestock roaming but there are a good 6 miles of walking ahead of you before you come to the head of the Glen. If you make it that far, you can stop for a well deserved picnic before enjoying the return walk and the vast and mesmorising bracken covered banks of Glen Roy. 

The White Sands of Morar

Scotland is not the obvious place to don a bikini. The appeal of that idea is minimised thanks to the lower temperatures and abundance of midgies. But that doesn’t mean it is short of glorious beaches. And dog friendly ones too. Camusdarach Beach at Morar is possibly the most beautiful beach in Scotland. An arc of white sand with crystal clear water and views out to the magnificent Cuillins in Skye as well as the peaks of the nearby isles of Rum and Eigg. This beach has also been used for film locations. You’ll understand why when you see it in real life.

Loch Tay

There are many lochs in Scotland that you can visit and explore with your dog. And most offer walking routes and other activities and things to do. We spent a fantastic weeks holiday on Loch Tay a few years back and it remains one our favourites. We stayed in a dog friendly lodge and were able to walk down to the waters edge everyday for Oscar and Hooch to dip their toes – Oscar more than Hooch, as Hooch was actually a bit scared of deep water. (Loch Tay is one of the deepest lochs in Scotland.) Nearby you’ll find the Ben Lawers mountain range which offers different terrain to explore with your dog and also the village of Kenmore with tea rooms, gift shops and a white sand dog friendly beach. 

Check out our other Dog Walk recommendations for other parts of the UK

Northumberland, Cornwall, Devon, Yorkshire Dales, Somerset