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The Hills are alive: 6 of Scotland's best running routes you need to try

6 of Scotland’s Best Running Routes

When it comes to staying fit & losing fat, I’m naturally one to argue for food being your key focus. But such is life, there’s often more than meets the eye.

Running’s never been a particular strong point (bleep tests will be the death of me) but the feeling you get after a solid few miles is next to none.

So many of us think of cardio as simply ‘calories burned’ but this is dangerous to say the least.

Think less of the number-orientated benefits, & perhaps more about the mental & wider health you can improve on for sure.

Here’s 6 go to routes to inspire even the most reluctant of cardio enthusiasts.

1) GOAT-fell?

One of my all-time favourite places & for good reason. The Isle of Arran is home to some of Scotland’s best views & what better way to get lost in the beautiful valleys around Brodick, perhaps squeezing in a trek up Goatfell if you’re feeling especially adventurous.

2) Glasgow Really is Miles Better

City running may not be the first set-up that springs to mind when it comes to trials, but Glasgow’s riverside routes are a joy to behold. Stretching all the way beyond the West End, with a few laps around the freshly developed SECC a handy inclusion.

3) Around the Fringes

Edinburgh itself is always a go to for all running experience levels. Whether you fancy a more casual route through the Meadows & Bruntsfield links or a perhaps slightly more challenging up-hill tackling of Arthur’s Seat & the Pentland Hills, there’s something for everyone to enjoy (as best you can).

4) I’ll Take the Highroad

One of the rather exciting links between Glasgow’s canal network & the Northern outskirts and beyond can be found via the West Highland Way. Often a popular walking route (if you can spare a few days or so), but equally scenic & a sight to behold for even a light jog or a few 10Ks along the way.

5) A Rocky Montage

An often-forgotten corner of Scotland’s beaches can be found in our very own granite city. Aberdeen is home to long stretches of beachside roads & makes for a perfect circuit of sorts. Plenty of nearby eateries are also at hand to provide some much needed refuelling post session.

6) Coming Forth & Fife?

A handy motivation for adding in another session to your week can be found via the Tay Road Bridge & down the Fife costal path. A solid 7km round trip will have you setting new PBs like they’re going out of fashion.

As you can expect, plenty more to explore in our very own front yard & what better reason to ditch the treadmill & free yourself from the shackles of an inside gym.

Something about fresh air that we can all benefit from & who knows, a few new quiet spots found along the way.

Setting the scene? Something like that.

Struggling with your nutrition & want to boost your confidence inside & out? Drop me a message today with any questions at all & I’d be delighted to offer a hand.


(From westhighlandwayrace.org 🔗)

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