Grab your outdoor gear for a walking weekend extravaganza

Get Outdoors

Ramblers Scotland is marking its 50th anniversary by encouraging everyone across the country to join in the celebrations by getting out into the great outdoors to enjoy Scotland’s natural beauty.  

The Get Outdoors Weekend aims to help everyone in Scotland discover the fun of getting outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and enjoy the health benefits of walking. 

With more than 45 varied walks being led over the course of the weekend, Ramblers Scotland is encouraging people of all ages to get involved to have the opportunity of trying something new, meeting new people, exploring new places and, most importantly, enjoying the great outdoors. 

If you are looking for a short walk in your area, there are more than 450 routes to choose from which are mapped out as part of Ramblers Scotland’s Medal Routes project. For a short wander, the bronze route is just 15 minutes, whilst silver walks are 30 minutes and if you are looking for something a bit more challenging, gold routes are 60 minutes. 

For experienced walkers, there are 26 long distance ‘Great Trails’ to enjoy which are all at least 26 miles, including the John Muir Way in Lanarkshire. 

Led walks around Lanarkshire on 2 August include:

- Strathyre to Callander – a walk with Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Ramblers along a section of the Rob Roy Way.  Meet at Fleming House car park in Cumbernauld (first right off Tryst Road) to travel to the start of the walk by private bus.

- Carron Valley – a walk with Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers. 

You could also be in with the chance of winning more than 100 prizes from walking socks to a two night stay at Gleneagles Hotel by sharing your adventure with Ramblers Scotland in the Get Outdoors photo competition.