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Your Favourite Walks

We asked you where you like to walk and unwind. We had loads of brilliant responses that covered all types of places from lochs and glens to parks, woodlands and seaside strolls. We thought we’d share a selection of your top recommendations of walks guaranteed to help shake off your cares.

Published: 25/05/2023

Calderwood Park and surrounding area, Christine

A heron is standing in a shallow pond surrounded by shrubs and bushes

“Calderwood Country Park is close to my home, there are lots of different walks, the Linhouse water and Murieston water run through it and merge under the bridge in Mid Calder Village. I love walking alongside the water the sound as the water flows is relaxing and I always feel energised after visiting the park. I also love visiting a small piece of woodland in the surrounding area. Unseen from the main paths is a pond that is frequently visited by a heron and it always lifts my mood to see it there. At the start of spring the ground there is covered in snowdrops, every year I look forward to seeing this I love knowing that spring is on its way. I have enjoyed many walks in this area with friends and family and continue to do so.”

Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, Martha

Photograph of a parkland with trees and picnic bench and daffodils in the foreground

“I have taken my children to the park to play and see the peacocks and now I take my grandson along with other family and friends.”

Cambusdoon, Ayr, Pamela

A dog is stepping out of a wooded river with a field in the background

“Pretty river walk, perfect for walking the dog.”

The path from Slateford Rd to the Union Canal in Edinburgh, Shannon

A path with two bollards and a tree with white blossom

“It's quiet, especially in the evening. It's my little oasis in the city.”

Millbuies Country Park, Elgin, Emma

A black dog in a red harness is sitting in front of a small loch

“I have been going for walks at this loch for many years and the serene, quiet space has become very special for many reasons. The picturesque fishing loch is a great place to spot all manners of creatures from tufted ducks to moorhens. The quiet woodland approach has a great variety of animals too with a number of spottings of roe deer, rabbits, and on the rare occasion depending on the quietness of your companions (be it four-legged or human), a pine martin.

“This secluded green haven has also become a place of significant events in my life. It was the first place we took our rescue pup on her first Scottish outing, the last walk for some older family dogs who are dearly missed, and due to its sentimentality, the place my now husband proposed.”

Auchmore woods, Elinor

A wooded glade in a forest

"Close by, immediately feel relaxed when walking through it."

The Fife Coastal Path, Seonaid

A sandy beach looks the sea and a bay to a wooded promontory

"I have walked different stretches with different people and there are all sorts of terrains along the way. It usually means I can have a cold dip in the sea at the end of my walk too."

The coastal path along the East Neuk, Lali

Gorse bushes in the foreground with a view over a rocky bay to a ruined castle

“The fresh air, the sound of the sea and the beautiful landscape.”