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Scottish National Trail launched

Posted 31 October 2012
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Scottish National Trail launched
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Scotland's longest walking trail has been officially launched by first minister Alex Salmond.

The 470-mile route runs from Kirk Yetholm near the border with England and Cape Wrath in Sutherland, passing through a wide array of landscapes and past a number of historic places.

It was devised by mountaineer and outdoors writer Cameron McNeish said: "For some time I have believed passionately that Scotland should have a long-distance trail that ran the length of the country."

Those taking it on in their walking boots will clearly need some enthusiasm for lengthy challenges, with the route being nearly five times as long as the West Highland Way.

For extremely keen walkers, the development opens up the possibility of walking all the way from the Peak District to the north coast of Scotland, as Kirk Yetholm forms the northern end of the Pennine Way.

With the trek up the backbone of England being 268 miles in length, the combined undertaking would be 738 miles.