Scotland has plenty of low-level routes, the Ramblers said

Scotland has plenty of low-level routes, the Ramblers said

The Ramblers in Scotland are urging walkers to hit the countryside, even though it may still be winter on the hills.

The walker’s charity pointed out there are lots of low-level routes to follow over Easter.

Experts have warned that the high mountains of Scotland should only be tackled by experienced hillgoers as full winter conditions requiring an ice-axe, crampons and the ability to use them are in force on the peaks.

Ramblers Scotland said: “Despite the return of wintry weather this week, there are plenty signs of spring, with longer days, and colourful blossoms showing at last.

“This is a lovely time of year to be in the countryside and Ramblers Scotland is encouraging everyone to get outdoors with their friends or family, or to join a local Ramblers group for a walk over the Easter break.

James Lawson, convener of Ramblers Scotland said: “The Scottish mountains may still be covered in snow, but there are plenty of lower-level routes in Scotland to enjoy over the Easter weekend.

“If you’d like some company, our 55 local groups welcome non-members for up to three free taster walks, and you’re sure of a warm welcome. Or, if you’re looking for inspiration for a walk with your family or friends, Scotland now has 26 long-distance routes, Scotland’s Great Trails, which showcase some of our best scenery and can make a great base for a day trip.

“Many of these trails are close to where people live, such as the John Muir Way, running through the Central Belt from Dunbar to Helensburgh, or the Fife and Ayrshire Coastal Paths.

“If you’re looking for a shorter walk, there are now over 450 routes mapped as part of our innovative Medal Routes project.

“These short, circular routes of 15, 30 and 60 minutes – bronze, silver and gold – can be found in locations ranging from Orkney and Shetland right down to Dumfries and the Borders.

“These routes can all be downloaded for free from the Medal Routes App or the Ramblers Scotland website, and are perfect for a walk in your local area.”

The organisation warned that walkers on low-level routes should take care around young animals at this time of year.

Mr Lawson said: “Walkers should remember that this is a sensitive time for many farmers, with lambs and other young animals in fields.

“Since many lowland paths go through farmland, walkers should pay particular attention to any guidance on alternative routes or requests to avoid certain areas, and they should particularly make sure that their dogs are under proper control.

“The Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives clear advice on responsible access in these situations.”

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