20 January 2020
Start in Scotland. While English footpaths are enshrined by tradition, and vigorously defended by dog-walkers and ramblers, in Scotland there is something called the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This allows anyone to walk anywhere they choose so long as it's not a garden or a commercial property. This confers, if anything, even greater rights.
Take Blervie House, a 40-minute drive from Inverness, that basks in a sunny microclimate near the Moray Firth. It's a substantial property set in an estate spreading over 250 acres: there are plenty of very long walks you can do from the door. If you'd prefer to ride this can be arranged too: Blervie House has its own stabling, so your horses can also stay B&B and head out for rides 25 miles long, and in all that distance only cross one road.
Jump in your car and your choices expand. There are river walks, beach walks, mountain hikes and more. Established trails in the area include the Dava Way, the Speyside Way and the Moray Coastal Trail. In June there is also the Moray Outdoor Walking Festival, a 12-day walking junket that offers phenomenal hikes.