General Advice

The directions in the text give an outline of the journeys. You should always carry the relevant maps with you as well. A road atlas for driving, Ordnance Survey Landranger maps for walking, and Sustrans NCN maps for cycling. Drivers and cyclists may find it helpful to refer to Ordnance Survey maps as well.
When choosing a route it is important to take into consideration:

  • the activity (e.g. walking, cycling, driving)
  • the amount of time you have
  • the length of the route
  • and, if walking or cycling, your fitness and ability
  • On some of the walking routes it would be advisable to carry a compass as well as maps.

Planning Your Trip

Please remember that this is Scotland and it is possible to experience all the seasons in one day. Take and wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions as well as suitable footwear such as walking boots. We recommend that you always carry wet weather waterproofs with you, no matter how good the weather appears before you leave!
Please follow The Scottish Outdoor Access Code (available from http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/outdoors-responsibly/access-code-and-advice/soac/ or 01738 4441770) at all times.
Routes are divided in to three sections – for driving, for cycling and for walking. Walking suggestions do not cover the entire routes. You may like to look at the information given for each mode of travel, because they do not always go to the same places.

Cycling

If cycling we recommend as a minimum that you carry a puncture repair kit and/or a spare inner tube, a bicycle pump and tools with which to remove a wheel. Please also ensure that your bicycle is well maintained. On some sections of the routes you will be some miles from the nearest village, never mind a cycle shop/repairer, so it would be advisable to carry some spares and a first aid kit.
The cycle routes given avoid busy roads as far as reasonably possible. Extra care should be taken when on a stretch of busier road, or when crossing one.
In avoiding main roads some short stretches of footpath are used. Please observe any signs which ask cyclists to dismount and walk.