Our top ten walking tips to embrace the Scottish summer
Step up to our summer walking challenge and see if you can tick all ten off your list
Whether you’re working, having a staycation, or currently on furlough. Tick your way through our top ten ways to embrace the Scottish summer by walking more.
Take a walk in the summer rain
The heavier the better. If you know Scottish summers, you know it’s likely to chuck it down at some point. Instead of hiding indoors, embrace it. There’s nothing like exposing yourself to the elements to make you feel refreshed, awake and alive!
Summer anthems walking playlist
Summer festivals cancelled this year? In tribute to your favourite festival, create your ultimate band playlist and listen in as it motivates you to walk that bit further, and maybe faster depending on your music taste!
For you early birds, set your alarm and enjoy a sunrise walk one morning. Do some research in advance to find out where your best vantage point is close to you, so you can take it all in.
For the night owls, make the most of the long summer evenings by going for a walk as the sun sets. If you time it right you might be rewarded with a whole sky lit up around you.
Walk by water
2020 is Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters, a celebration of our vast array of lochs, waterways, islands and coastlines. Whether you’re by the sea, a canal or a pond in your local park, walking by water can have a calming effect and can also be a great opportunity to spot some wildlife.
Walk and talk
When the sun is shining, we want to make the most of it. If you’re working from home or finding you’re watching too much Netflix in the evenings, take your phone on a walk and make a call to a colleague or friend whilst you walk. You’ll feel both productive and connected whilst you get fit.
Where would you rather be?
Have your holiday plans cancelled or can’t visit places you’d like to go? Episode two of our Mind to Walk podcast is designed to help you transport to another place as you walk. Listen on Spotify.
Be a tourist… on your doorstep
With many of us spending more time in our local area than ever, it’s a good time to get to know what it’s really got to offer. Are there any history or heritage trails in your area? Are there walking routes that take in the main points of interest in your area? Do some research, you might be surprised what you find!
Is it even summer if you don’t have a picnic? Combining walking with eating outdoors is always a good option. Plan a walking route that takes you to a picturesque location where you can really enjoy the outdoors as you eat.
Living in Scotland, we’re lucky to be surrounded by greenspace in both our urban and rural towns and cities. This means that no matter where you walk if you look and listen carefully, you could be lucky enough to spot some wildlife. Whether it’s a rabbit or a swan in the park, or a deer or a pine martin in a woodland, plan a wildlife walk this summer and see what you can find.