Nine Governors of the original 13 USA states were Scots

Things to see on the Trail as you pass through villages and towns

Dryburgh Abbey and the burial ground of Sir Walter Scott

Abbottsford home of Sir Walter Scott

Melrose Abbey


Falkirk Wheel

Lithnigow There has been a royal manor here since the 12th Century.  Mary Queen of Scots was born here and became Queen when she was 6 years old


Pitlochry stands at the geographical centre of Scotland and is the furthest Scottish town away from the sea. It has a salmon ladder allowing the salmon to climb a series of steps, visitors can view the salmon as they climb the ladder 

Blair Castle


Loch Ness





Scottish National Trail Book  Cameron McNeish Book


From Fort Augustus you will be effectively following large parts of the Cape Wrath trail. I would strongly urge you to purchase the book below, as it is the definitive guide for this next stage. the links are only provided for guidance and not monetary gain on my part.

Cape Wrath Trail Book which is stage 4 of the Scottish National Trail-strongly suggest you purchase this book for stage 4

Apps ; I would strongly urge you to put this app on to your mobile phone. its free and from Britain's mapping agency



Navigating the Scottish National Trail :


Maps for all stages you can use Ordnance Survey either paper  or app

GPS and GPX files

Book for Stage 4 together with GPX files and Maps either Harvey or Ordnance Survey

GPX files can be obtained the from the Walk Highlands site which should be part of your primary resource for planning

if you get into trouble on the Trail call  the number 999 (if there is a signal )this is the number for Police Scotland and everything flows from there. Be under no illusion in gale force winds and rain this is a very challenging trail


Ordnance Survey Maps, the UK's mapping agency, my suggestion is to use the OS app with a subscription for on-line maps which can be downloaded for off line use. You can then cancel the subscription once you have completed the Scottish National Trail. This is the UK mapping resource. You can take out a subscription per month and then cancel once you have completed the trail. The online maps are utilised via an app on your mobile phone. You can download the maps to enable the maps to work offline thus enabling you to navigate via the app. Here is an excellent review of your navigation options


I have read good reviews of Viewranger



Harveys Maps for stage 4    you will need  both the North and South Section

Satellite Device For stage 4 you will be walking in very remote country if you are walking alone and get injured what will you do as a phone signal will be non existent in most areas. I use a Garmin Inreach . This device has saved  me more than once by allowing my position information to be sent to family or friends. A good choice would be the Garmin Inreach mini  review here ;