10 Family Walks For Easter

Easter is the perfect time for some family adventures in the great outdoors. Winter has given way to Springtime with longer days, daffodils and crocuses, newborn lambs and rising temperatures. Not to mention a lot of chocolate to work off! Here are my top picks to give you some inspiration for over the holidays….

Walk 152 – Dumyat Hill from Sheriffmuir – 4 miles

A straightforward route to the summit of Dumyat (418m / 1371ft) from Pendreich Forestry car park. It is the westernmost peak in the Ochils and on a clear day offers incredible views down to the city of Stirling, the River Forth and across to the Southern Highlands. 

Walk 145 – The Whangie, Kilpatrick Hills – 2.7 miles

The Whangie: strange by name and strange by nature! This massive and unique rocky outcrop seems to appear out of nowhere on an otherwise grassy hillside. Situated at an elevation of 300m (984 ft), the 10m high rocks have a narrow passageway through the middle, formed during the Ice Age. Easy to reach by following the well-worn although muddy footpath which climbs at a gentle gradient. On a clear day enjoy the views across to Loch Lomond and the Campsies as well as the hills of the Scottish Highlands to the north.

Walk 97 – Ben Venue from Loch Achray – 8.4 miles

Ben Venue, meaning “the small mountain” certainly packs a punch for being a Graham! At 729m / 2391ft, it is the rockiest hill in the Trossachs and is a very familiar sight across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. Consisting of 2 summits, on a clear day you will be rewarded with stunning views across the highlands. A fairly long walk in means allowing approximately 6 hours to complete this route.

Walk 88 – Ben More & Stob Binnein – 7 miles

The Munros Ben More (1174 m / 3851 ft) and Stob Binnein (1165 m / 3822 ft) lie close to Crianlarich and are easily accessible from A85. Steep and boggy for much of the way but no real technical skills required. A little scrambling on the (long) descent from Ben More towards Stob Binnein and a very peaceful but steep and slippery walk back down from the bealach into Ben More Glen. Keep a look out for the waterfalls visible behind you as you descend!

Walk 87 – Ben Lomond – 7.6 miles

Ben Lomond (974 m / 3196 ft) is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland thanks to it’s proximity to Glasgow and it’s title of ‘Scotland’s most southerly Munro’. The route below is the most popular one, starting from Rowardennan which is the furthest point along Loch Lomond’s eastern shore you can reach by car. From here it is just over 3 miles to the summit along a well-maintained footpath. On a clear day you will be rewarded with fine views of Loch Lomond and across the Scottish Highlands.

Walk 84 – Earl’s Seat, Campsies – 6.6 miles

At a height of 578 m (1896 ft), Earl’s Seat is the highest of the Campsie Fells. Relatively unspectacular-looking, it fades into the background behind it’s impressive neighbour Dumgoyne Hill. That said, the summit is a great vantage point with panoramic views across to Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands on one side, and the city of Glasgow and beyond on the other. Mostly grassy tracks, the route can be wet underfoot and boggy in places. It is a very exposed area with no shelter so do go prepared in case you run into poor weather! There is a steep section near the start before the route levels off to a far more gentle gradient thereafter.

Walk 80 – Dumgoyne, Campsies – 2.6 miles

The prominent peak of Dumgoyne dominates the skyline from the villages below. A volcanic plug, it is one of those hills which just seems to call out to you to climb it. It may be a small hill at 427m (1401ft), but it certainly packs a punch and makes for a very rewarding climb!

Walk 72 – Ben A’an, Trossachs – 4 miles

The iconic pointed peak of Ben A’an in the Trossachs is a fantastic wee climb and the views of Loch Katrine and Ben Venue from the top are nothing short of spectacular. With a clear and well-worn footpath all the way to the top, this particular route takes you back down the other side of the hill, through some forest to the banks of Loch Katrine to form a loop.

Walk 51 – Conic Hill – 2.5 miles

Conic Hill (361 m) forms part of the popular West Highland Way and as such is a busy little peak! The path is very well maintained so navigation is easy, with a little scrambling over scree necessary close to the top. This is the perfect hill for a beginner or for a day when you only have a few hours to spare. The views are spectacular all the way!