Exploring some of most scenic destinations in the world, here are 20 interesting walking holidays available for 2020, all departing from Scotland.
The romantic Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a long-lasting favourite with UK holidaymakers.
Popular all-year-round, discover more about this amazing island, exploring the country’s legends, spectacular landscapes and lovely resorts.
Featured experiences range from venturing along onto the scenic Akamas Peninsula, wandering into landscapes dominated by the iconic Troodos Mountains and following portions of the mountainous Vouni (Peak) trail rising up to Chrysorogiatissa monastery.
Displaying the best of a beautiful Spanish island, this popular itinerary takes travellers on journeys enjoying the Cala Ratjada peninsula, into the mountains of S’heretat and crossing the Es Munt Gros dunes.
Plenty of free time ensures that you go off on your own terms, ticking off further islands before beginning the journey home.
High points including the historic town of Elounda and island of Spinalonga, this coastal and mountain walking itinerary sees travellers spend their time based between Gouves and Rethymnon.
During the first walk, holidaymakers will follow a route encountering the beautiful Gulf of Mirabello before enjoying a guided tour of Spinalonga Island, once home to Lepers isolated from the main island.
Further experiences include the city of Rethymnon and its Venetian Old Quarter and the ancient city of Eleftherna.
4. Portugal’s Cascais & Sintra National Park
Relatively close to the capital, travellers will find huge forested areas stretching all the way down to the Portuguese coast.
A gem of the Portuguese Riveria, this holiday includes 3 guided walks exploring the park with key experiences ranging from climbing to one of the highest points in the area, reaching Land’s End at Cabo da Roca and admiring the gardens of Monserrate Palace.
5. The Algarve
Portugal’s famous Algarve is best known for its incredible coastline offering up plenty of stunning beaches and unspoilt countryside.
Setting off with aim of presenting the best of the region, a careful blend of walking highlights range from the epic sights of Praia de Benagil and Praia de Marinha, the history found along the cobbled streets of Silves and the hugely impressive Ponta da Piedade rock formation rising out of the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Poland’s High Tatras
Heading into the heart of Poland, the glorious High Tatras region is celebrated around the world for its natural landscapes, famous peaks and deep Gorge.
Bringing together two of Poland’s most famous locations, itinerary highlights include a raft trip through the staggering Dunajec Gorge, a visit to the deeply historic city of Krakow and Ojcowski National Park.
7. Lake Maggiore
Travelling to one of the biggest lakes in all of Italy, the delights of Lake Maggiore on the Swiss border await.
Based in Stresa, featured walks follow tracks through countryside close to the Maggiore.
You will get to know lovely lake-side villages, journey on the famous Chestnut route from Belgirate to Stresa before boarding an Alpine train stopping at the village of Premosello Chiovenda.
Arriving in the village, the chosen route eventually leads on to remote Colloro, looking out across the National Park of Val Grande – Italy’s largest national park.
8. The Italian Riviera
Based in the resort of Bordighera, a walking holiday enjoying the Italian Riviera follows in the footsteps of great artists and literary giants that have spent time soaking up the sun in this beautiful part of Europe.
As well as visiting the artist’s village of Bussana Vecchia, holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy the city of Menton, famous world over for its annual festival, before descending down towards Monte Carlo, home to the rich and famous.
9. Transylvanian Alps
Heading into the Romanian countryside, key chapters during this featured holiday include the alpine landscapes of Fagaras and Bucegi and a walking tour of the capital Bucharest.
A holiday to the region would not be complete without stopping by the iconic Bran Castle, steeped in legend and famously the inspiration for Castle Dracula in the famous novel from Bram Stroker.
10. Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast
Setting off to explore some of Spain’s greatest treasures, the country’s beautiful Orange Blossom Coast – named after the fruit that prospers in the generous climate – is a wonderful corner of Spain worth exploring on foot.
From Peniscola and its 13th-century castle to the glorious Desert of the Palms mountain range and beyond to hilltop Morella, the region is packed with fascinating locations to uncover during carefully crafted excursions and walks showing off the best of this stretch of coastline.
A perfect optional excursion available for holidaymakers looking to visit one of Spain’s most stylish cities, key landmarks to look out for in Valencia includes the city’s Central Market and the huge La Lonja de la Seda building.
11. The Julian Alps of Slovenia
Hopping between borders, this interesting holiday visits a trio of Italian cities before spending time at Lake Bled, one of the world’s most famous lakes, surrounded by staggering mountain scenery.
Yes, visiting both Trieste and Udine, a further Italian jaunt by boat to Venice takes travellers to one of the most romantic cities in the world before enjoying some of Slovenia’s greatest sights on walks passing through Vintgar Gorge and past Lake Bled Castle, built on a rock overlooking the famous lake below.
Three included walks, each choosing to head off following different points of the compass present the chance to admire the small, yet quintessential Spanish holiday destination of Menorca.
Exploring the island’s North, South and East, Menorca highlights include the island’s most northerly point – Cape of Cavalleria, Coloms Cave and the black rocks at the Cape of Favaritx.
13. Italy’s Cinque Terre
A true classic Italian destination, this itinerary starts on the shores of Lake Maggiore before heading into the renowned and UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre region.
Making use of some well-worn scenic trails, the wonders never cease in this part of the ‘Beautiful Country’.
A collection of eye-catching fishing villages including Vernazza and Manarola, haunts of the rich and famous like nearby Portofino and the popular resort Santa Margherita are all welcoming highlights throughout this Italian escape.
Making use of a well-laid network of railway lines, this trip sets off to explore famous Catalonia.
Three featured walks focus on the region’s best-known features – coast, hills and countryside – with key experiences including the medieval town of Montblanc, the historic Roman town of Tarragona and the wine village of Capçanes.
15. The South of France
Combining time spent in La Camargue, les Alpilles and la Crau, this holiday heading to the South of France will give you the chance to admire diverse landscapes rich in wildlife and enjoy some of Europe’s best unspoilt walking country.
You will also be able to witness the bright white horses of Camargue, global icons all in their own right.
16. Tuscany & Liguria
Spending time along the Tuscan Coast, three contrasting walking excursions aim to provide insight into one of the quieter parts of Italy.
Across the two special regions, local landmarks to look out for include coastal Lerici, the medieval town of Lucca, the sleepy and colourful fishing village of Tellaro and, on an optional excursion – Florence, the iconic ‘City of Lillies’.
Perhaps the most famous of the Canary Islands and certainly the biggest, Tenerife is another classic holiday destination shown in a different light during an available walking itinerary.
Thanks to the island’s makeup and location, Tenerife can be both a terrific sunny escape and something of a walking paradise.
Essential places to visit include the volcanic beauty of Mount Teide, the surrounding park, Teno in the north-east of the island and the province of Teno.
18. Eastern Andalucia
Eastern Andalucia’s beautiful coast, also known as Costa Tropical, is another popular part of a country that welcomes millions of British holidaymakers year after year.
Travelling to this famous Spanish region, holidaymakers can look forward to memorable coastal walks, a stop at the whitewashed, Moorish town of Frigiliana and further afield to Granada resting at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
19. Lake Iseo
Lesser-known but just as memorable, Italy’s Lake Iseo has settled amongst a backdrop of mountain scenery.
The appropriately named Monte Isola or ‘Mountain Island’ is undoubtedly the star attraction rising over 400 metres above the waters of Lake Iseo.
An included boat trip touring lakeside villages on route to calling at the famous island is an early highlight with further experiences visiting Naquane Archaeological Park and the village of Bossico complimented with further optional excursions taking travellers aboard the St Moritz Express and to the resort of Bergamo available.
20. Guadiana River & Western Andalucia
Based on the Isle of Canela, close to Portugal, this holiday ventures along the Guadiana River, crossing into Portugal.
Once over the border, the historic town of Alcoutim is the perfect introduction to Portugal.
Heading out into the wild, The Rio Piedras and Flecha del Rompido Nature Reserve back over in Spain is full of life, and home to an intriguing selection of birdlife and flowers.
After a further walk into the natural park area of Donana and visit to the town of El Rocio, holidaymakers will also be given the chance to join an optional excursion to the Rio Tinto Mines, home to a faithfully recreated Roman mine.