Three new routes added to Scotland's Great Trails

Urquhart castle at Loch Ness
Image caption The new Great Glen Canoe Trail has been added to the national network

Three new long-distance routes have been added to Scotland's national network of trails.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) announced the expansion of Scotland's Great Trails.

The new trails are the Berwickshire Coastal Path, the Rob Roy Way and the Great Glen Canoe Trail.

There are now 23 routes in the network, covering more than 1,500 miles of Scottish landscape.

Pete Rawcliffe of SNH said: "In Scotland we're very lucky to have so many long distance trails running through some of our finest scenery, so it's great to add another three routes to 'Scotland's best'.

"The trails offer people the chance to go out and enjoy the countryside close to where they live as well as exploring further afield."

Canoe trail

The trails stretch from the Borders to the Highlands and SNH said the network allowed people to explore some of Scotland's best landscapes on well-marked and quality paths.

The Berwickshire Coastal Path links Cockburnspath to Berwick-on-Tweed.

The Rob Roy Way runs between Drymen and Pitlochry and follows the paths used by notorious outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

The Great Glen Canoe Trail passes through Loch Ness. It will allow people to paddle from coast to coast between Fort William and Inverness.

Riddell Graham, director of partnerships at Visit Scotland said: "The addition of three new routes will add greatly to the visitor appeal of the extensive paths network already in place and provide great opportunities for tourism businesses to benefit from the natural experience on their doorstep."

The list of Scotland's Great Trails is reviewed annually. SNH said other routes were under development and could be added to the network in the future.

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