Travel Bloggers on their favorite hikes around the world

Travel Bloggers on their favorite hikes around the worldTravel Bloggers on their favorite hikes around the world

I love hikes. Having spent the last 2 months in lockdown in Spain (with only 1 hour of exercise allowed per day) hiking has been on my mind.

I reached out to some of our travel blogger friends about sharing their favorite hikes from around the world. The most important criteria was that these hikes should be hikes that most normal people can do, ie. nothing extreme.

 

Below you’ll find 22 hikes, including some of my own personal favorites.

 

 

1. Laguna 69. Huaraz, Peru

Length:  12 Km return.
Difficulty: Moderate (the hike itself is not too hard, main issue here is the altitude)
Best Time to Go: June to September

Laguna 69. Favorite hikes in the world

Situated inside the UNESCO protected Huascarán National Park this is one of the most popular day hikes in Peru.  The route starts at a lofty 3,900 metres above sea level, with a further altitude gain of around 800 metres as you ascend a series of demanding switchbacks and steep inclines. This impressive hike will take your breath away both figuratively, and literally. Nearby, the massive Huascaran Peak dominates the skyline at 6,768 metres, the highest Mountain in Peru.  Throughout the hike you are surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, dark jagged rocks, gushing waterfalls and interesting Andean fauna and flora. The hike’s climax will be arriving at the stunning turquoise- blue lake, which is fed by a towering glacier directly above it. We spent few days in this region acclimatizing, before attempting this hike, something that we would strongly recommend. 

Laguna 69, Peru by Traveller Interrupted

 


 

2. Cares Gorge. Picos de Europa, Spain

Length: 12 Km one way or 24 Km return
Difficulty: Easy (steep hill climb from the Poncebos end).
Best time to go: All year round (best in dry weather, avoid busy summer weekends)

Picos de Europa, Spain

Also called the “Divine Gorge”, this deep gorge is one of the most striking one day hikes in Europe. Carved by the River Cares, this incredible gorge has been cut through the heart of the Picos de Europa mountain range.  The hike is along a well maintained walkway that was originally built for the nearby hydro-electric dam workers. It is an impressive feat of engineering, since the much of the path was carved at the side of a cliff face with some tunnelling going through the limestone mountain. There are vast rock walls on both sides of the river and a gorge depth of 1,000 metres in places. Expect magnificent views throughout, with caves, bridges, ruined huts, a water canal, a river dam and plenty of wild fauna and flora. We started this linear hike at the Poncebos end and we stayed overnight at a pretty hostel at the Cain end, retracing our steps the following day. Most people do the altogether 24 Km return hike on the same day.

Picos de Europa, Spain by Traveller Interrupted

 


 

3. Pulpit Rock. Norway

Length: 7.6 Km return
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Best Time to Go: It is possible all year round (take special care in wet, icy or snowing conditions, follow local guidelines).

Pulpit Rock, Norway

Preikestolen, translating to Pulpit Rock in English, is one of the most popular hikes in Norway bringing more than 300, 000 visitors per year. This almost vertical rock face towers at a height of 604 metres above the beautiful Lysefjord in South-Western Norway. This impressive place was carved during the last Ice Age, more than 10,000 years ago. The main attraction here is the iconic rock formation, which will not reveal itself until you get fairly close to it. Once at the top, walking out onto Pulpit Rock itself for the first time will leave you speechless and exhilarated. The height and sheer drop is dizzying and dazzling all at the same time. The edge seems to draw people close, but as enticing as being near the edge can be, we kept our distance and just watched people doing all sorts of unwise dangling and teetering. The views over the landscape are incredible and worth every minute of the more challenging parts of this otherwise quite easy hike. It took us about 4 hours to do the return trip, with some time to have a snack and enjoy the stunning views at the top.   
Pulpit Rock, Norway by Traveller Interrupted

 


 

4. The Camino Francis. France & Spain

When we finished walking 350 miles (563 km) on the Camino Francis (St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago, Spain) I never imagined I’d take on another long walk. I was exhausted and bruised.  Just four years later though, we were back on the Camino, this time in Portugal.  Now, having been in Covid-19 lock down for nearly three months I can think of nothing else other than taking another long walk.  I am aching to just start walking.  This time though, I have my sights set on Ireland; The Dingle Way.
Camino Francis. Travel Bloggers on their favorite hikes around the world
 
Here’s the thing about taking on an epic journey such as walking/hiking the Camino de Santiago.  The journey takes hold of you and doesn’t let go, it consumes you.  Each night when you crawl in to bed you think: that’s it, I’m done.  Beyond exhausted, the next morning you’ll rise and walk and do it all over again.  The miles, the food, the scenery, the friendships, the shoes and socks, the aches and pains, and the tremendous support of locals and pilgrims alike; the Camino will provide.  It’s all part of the journey.  A journey that gets in your head.  It defines who you are for those 30+ days of hiking.  It will challenge you like you’ve never been challenged before.  And, like me, you may end your Camino thinking you’ll never do it again, but… never say never.
 
 
 

 

5. The Camino Portuguese. Portugal & Spain

While walking the Camino Francis, four years prior to our Camino Portuguese, the lessons we learned would prove to serve us well in the future.  They were lessons that went beyond the guidebooks, such as why everyone should carry several extra large safety pins.  Little details that aren’t covered by the self-proclaimed experts on the subject of walking the Camino, but help to make Camino life so much easier.  It was with those learned lessons that we approached the idea of taking on a portion of the Camino Portuguese.  Pilgrims can actually walk from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain, a distance of approximately, 383 miles (616 km).  We chose to start walking from Porto, Portugal and we walked in to Santiago, Spain 12 days later having walked a distance of 145 miles (233 km).  
The Camino Portuguese
 
Whenever I’m asked, why we take on such long walks/hikes, my answer is always the same.  If you want to get to know a country and it’s people, take a good long walk.  The experiences of getting up close and personal with the locals are immeasurable.  Portugal is one of our favorite countries so when the opportunity presented itself to walk a portion of the Camino Portuguese, we jumped at the chance and it did not disappoint.  After the rigors of walking the Camino Francis, our Camino Portuguese was decidedly less strenuous, with the exception of one fairly brutal day of climbing up (straight up) and over a mountain.  It was a beautiful walk and we gleaned many fond memories, even if it did rain four out of twelve days.  The landscapes were beautiful, the gardens were pristine and as always, the people were kind and cordial.  And, as is the case with taking on long walks, the chance to just lose oneself in the daily walking is priceless.
 

The Portuguese Camino is Calling by One Road at a Time

 


 

6. Everest Base Camp trek. Nepal

The Everest Base Camp trek is high on the list of our favorite hikes. It’s the only multi-day trek that we’ve done more than once. We walked it in 2016 and in 2020. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a lifetime experience for many hikers. The trek is challenging due to many steep ascents and descents and high altitude, but you do not have to be a professional mountaineer, anybody in a relatively good shape should be able to complete the route. The trek takes between 12 and 18 days to complete, depending on the chosen route. The highest point of the trek is the peak of Kala Pattar at an elevation of 5643m, a perfect spot for watching the sunrise over Everest.

everest base camp. Favorite hikes around the world

The scenery on EBC trek is breathtaking; snowy peaks, rocky passes, mountain rivers, waterfalls, pine forest and picturesque villages. The closer to the Base Camp the more impressive the scenery.

The scenery is not the only highlight of Everest Base Camp trek. Meeting local people, staying in their houses, observing their daily life is an enriching experience. Many local people belong to the Sherpa ethnicity.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal by Stingy Nomads

 


 

7. The O-Circuit. Torres del Paine, Chile

The Patagonia region divided between Chile and Argentina is an incredible place for nature and adventure lovers. The region has several National Parks and Conservation areas with well-marked hiking trails and designated campsites. Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is renowned for some of the best hiking trails in the world. The park is located in the south of Chile close to Puerto Natales, a small town in Patagonia. Hiking in Torres del Paine is suitable for anybody from a seasoned adventurer hiker to travelers with children. There are many easy day hikes and two more challenging multi-day treks; the W-trek and the O-circuit. Torres del Paine is a real hiking paradise. The park is a great combination of untouched nature and good infrastructure; fantastic scenery, diverse wildlife, well-marked trails, several designated campsites and refugios.

The O-Circuit, Torres del Paine, Chile

The best way to see the main highlights and some hidden gems of Torres del Paine is to walk the O-circuit. It takes 7-8 days to complete it. The total distance of the trek is 120km. November to March is the best time for trekking. Walking the Circuit trekkers get to see some of the most spectacular parts of the park; turquoise lakes, waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, indigenous forest, bizarre-shaped mountains, and wild animals. The highlights of the trek; Lago Paine & Dickson, John Gardner Pass, Grey Glacier & Lake, Pehoe Lake, Nordenskjold Lake, and Mirador Las Torres.

Hiking in Torres del Paine, Chile by Stingy Nomads

 


 

8. The West Coast Trail. British Colombia, Canada

The West Coast Trail is a tough 75 km multi-day beach and forest hiking trail on the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The trail is especially challenging when there is a lot of rain with slow progress over difficult terrain including pools of mud, ladders, bridges and cable cars. You have to carry a tent, stove, all gear and food needed with you for a week on this hike. A highlight of this trail is that large parts of the route is spent hiking on miles of white sandy beaches. When not hiking on the beach, you walk through beautiful indigenous forests and plenty of wild animals can be seen on the trail, orcas, whales, dolphins, bears and deer are common. Hiking the West Coast Trail is usually completed in 6 or 7 days. It is a wild hike with facilities limited to toilets and bear safe containers at campsites. It is possible to camp on the beach every night on this beautiful trail. Book early since the West Coast trail is open from May 1st to September 30th with limited spaces available.

West Coast trail. favorite hikes around the world


Hiking the West Coast Trail, Canada
by Stingy Nomads

 


 

9. Bottle Beach. Koh Phangan, Thailand

One of the most fascinating hikes I’ve ever done is a tropical one on the Thai island of Koh Phangan. You can choose from 2 different routes – shorter through a jungle, or a longer one along the coast, eventually ending up on a beautiful secluded beach – the Bottle Beach. Those who get tired don’t need to hike back but can make use of a boat taxi.

Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan. Favorite hikes


Hiking Koh Phangan: Bottle Beach Hike
by Travel Geekery

 


 

10. Bobotov Kuk. Durmitor NP, Montenegro

A full-day hike in Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park to its highest peak is indeed strenuous, especially towards the top, but that’s the price to pay for feeling like you’re on top of the world. A well-marked trail and only very few people in the mountains make for a wonderful hiking experience.

Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park, Favorite Hikes


Hiking in Montenegro: Mountain Adventures
by Travel Geekery 

 


 

11. Pravčická Gate. Bohemian Switzerland NP, Czech Republic

Pravčická Gate is one of Czech Republic’s most significant natural wonders. The sandstone arch is located in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, in the north of the country. A pleasant 2-hour hike through the forest will lead you to the Gate, with several viewpoints in its vicinity.

bloggers on their favorite hikes around the world


Hiking in Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Czech Republic
by Travel Geekery

 


 

12. Samariá Gorge. Crete

The Samariá Gorge on the Greek island of Crete is full of natural beauty. As you walk, you can enjoy the clear water of the stream running through the gorge, the light and shadow playing on the walls above you, and the endangered kri kri mountain goat jumping nimbly from rock to rock.

It’s often visited as a day trip from Chania, but I recommend staying overnight at the village of Omalos so that you can get an early start the next day and beat the crowds. From Omalos, you can catch a shuttle bus to the entrance of the gorge. The hike through Samariá Gorge starts with a pretty steep descent for the first couple of kilometers but then flattens out for the rest of the way. There’s a handrail on the steepest part of the trail, so it shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle. Overall this is a fairly easy hike appropriate for most fitness levels.

Samariá Gorge, CreteIn total the walk is about 16 kilometers, and the scenery just keeps getting better the farther in you go. The walls of the gorge will start to squeeze in on you as it becomes extremely narrow. Eventually, you’ll be spit out into the coastal village of Agia Roumeli, and from there you can take a boat to Loutro, a beautiful fishing village further along the coast. Or, if you want to extend your hike, you could even walk all the way to Loutro.

Hiking through the Samariá Gorge by The Nomadic Vegan

 


 

13. Vikos Gorge. Greece

Vikos Gorge is not nearly as popular as the Samariá Gorge, but in many ways it’s even more spectacular. In fact, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the deepest gorge in the world! So why does hardly anyone come here? The answer is location, location, location. While the Samariá Gorge is located on Crete, a Greek island that’s immensely popular with holidaymakers, the Vikos Gorge lies hidden in remote mainland Greece, not far from the border with Albania. It may not be easy to get to, but it’s totally worth it, especially given that you’ll have the whole gorge pretty much to yourself.
 

Vikos Gorge, Crete

The Vikos Gorge hike starts in the small village of Monodendri. There are a few guesthouses with attached restaurants where you can rest up the night before your hike, but be sure to buy supplies in a larger town before you arrive. You’ll need to be self-sufficient with food and drink during your hike, as there are no facilities inside the gorge. The length of the hike from Monodendri to Mikro Papigko is about 20 kilometers through a gorge that, in some places, is no more than a few meters wide. Don’t forget to look up and marvel at the cliffs towering high above you. The hike ends at Mikro Papigko, a picturesque village of stone houses with slate roofs.

While this hike is a bit more strenuous than Samariá Gorge, it’s still achievable. If you want an easier option that will still allow you to enjoy views of the gorge from above, consider walking in the opposite direction, from Monodendri to Kipi.

Vikos Gorge hike by The Nomadic Vegan

 


 

14. Hadrian’s Wall. England

If you’re looking for a combination of beautiful scenery and fascinating history, you can’t get much better than the hike along Hadrian’s Wall. As you may already know, the wall was built on the orders of the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian in 122 AD and stretches all the way across northern England. In total, it’s about 73 miles long, and walking the entire length would take six to seven days. But if you don’t have that much time to spare, you can customize the hike to your needs by choosing just a portion of the wall to follow.
 

hiking Hadrian's Wall, England

In this case, you might want to go for the middle section of the wall, as there are a number of forts, milecastles and other monuments to visit along this stretch. Hexham is a good place to base yourself, and from here you can also make use of the AD 122 hop-on-hop-off bus service, which will take you directly to some of the most important monuments. That way, you could book yourself into a hotel in Hexham for two or three nights and use the bus to resume the hike where you left off the day before. A few sites worth seeking out are Chester’s Fort, Housesteads Fort and Milecastle 42. 

A hike along Hadrian’s Wall by The Nomadic Vegan
 
 

 

15. Fern Canyon. California, USA

There are so many beautiful parks and hikes to explore in the United States, but for some reason, I became deeply enchanted with Fern Canyon in Northern California. Located within the Redwoods National and State Parks, the fern-dripped canyon was once a filming location for a scene in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and is now a popular hike for fans of the outdoors and movies alike.

Fern Canyon. California, USA. Favorite hikes

The mile-long trail within the canyon isn’t too challenging of a hike; the biggest hurdles being the need to wade through the streaming water of Home Creek, and maneuver around or over fallen logs. It could be a quick hike, in theory, but the sights will keep you exploring for longer. You can opt to hike in and out of the canyon, or take on the upper trail along the canyon rim for more of a challenge. Be sure to check the weather when planning your hike, as rains may result in closures.

Hiking the Fern Canyon Trail, by O. Christine

 


 

16. Laguna de Quilotoa. Ecuador

The Quilotoa Lagoon is one of my greatest memories of outdoor adventure in Ecuador. It was one of the first times I’d challenged myself with a high-altitude hike, and one of the first times I’d been in a volcano! 

Laguna de Quilotoa. Ecuador

At nearly 13,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Quilotoa’s high-altitude hike is met with the stunning view of a glowing, teal lagoon. There are horseback rides that can take you into the crater (or out) if you need it, and you’ll find alpacas roaming at their leisure. If you prefer to hike the crater, you can expect a half day’s trek round-trip.

More avid hikers may be interested in trekking the entire Quilotoa loop, which requires a multi-day trek through the Andes (and can be self-guided). I chose to do the one-day hike in and out of Quilotoa’s crater with a tour from Quito, and it remains one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life!

Amazing Things to Do in Ecuador, by O. Christine

 


 

17. The Hebridean Way. Scotland

It took more than 30 hours from Berlin by plane, bus and ferry to reach the tiny village of Castlebay on the Outer Hebrides. Another hour of walking at nightfall brought us to the start of the Hebridean Way on Vatersay Island. The Outer Hebrides are 10 lonesome islands in the far northwest of Scotland, some of them connected via causeways, others only by ferry. They are home to moors and mountains, a few farmers and a lot of sheep. The northern islands of Lewis and Harris are mostly known for Harris Tweed, exclusively woven in the islanders’ homes on hand looms. The Hebridean Way connects all ten islands on a multi-day hike of about 250 km.

The Hebridean Way. Scotland


We had decided to walk in early May – before the nasty midges start biting – and from south (Vatersay Island) to north (Lewis) because supposedly that would improve our chances to walk in the direction of the wind. Bad luck: We spent the first days leaning against the wind and didn’t bother taking off the raingear even when it wasn’t raining (but it rained a lot anyway). At night, thin sheets of ice covered the tent. But as wild camping is legal in Scotland, we slept in the dunes or on beaches, overlooking the rough Northern Atlantic. Since the Outer Hebrides are in the far north, the light is amazing; and hiking all alone over raised bogs and along the cliffs felt immensely free and fantastic. We even for a while toyed with the idea of moving to the Outer Hebrides …

The Hebridean Way by Westwards

 


 

18. The King Ludwig Path. Germany

Considering that we like remote and demanding hikes, the King Ludwig long-distance path in Bavaria doesn’t seem to fit the bill: The hiking is mellow, the area quite populated, and the most sensible option is staying overnight in small B&Bs dotted along the way.  And yet the King-Ludwig Path is one of our all-time favourites. We have both walked part or all of the 5-day-hike in our childhood, and again later as young adults. The trail links several sites and buildings associated with the intriguing King Ludwig II of Bavaria – and apart from the beautiful landscape among Alpine foothills, it is a feast of baroque and romantic architecture.

The King Ludwig Path. Germany


In 2017 we revisited the trail together, starting from Starnberg near Munich. Lake Starnberg is the place where King Ludwig drowned mysteriously in 1886, and the memorial cross in the knee-deep water of the lake has become a pilgrimage site for Ludwig fans. The Andechs Monastery, reached near the end of the first hiking day, attracts pilgrims, too – for its famous Bavarian beer brewed on site. During the next three days, we hike between lakes and meadows, through forests and the Ammer Gorge, also called the “Bavarian Grand Canyon” (well …). The next village is never far, almost each of them boasting an immense baroque church such as the UNESCO-listed Wies Church and yummy Bavarian food and beer in the taverns. But the undisputable highlight of the trail is Neuschwanstein Castle which we pass on the on the last day of hiking: King Ludwig’s most famous building and the model for Disney Cinderella castles around the world.

The King Ludwig Path by Westwards

 


 

19. Mt Dandenong Trail. Australia

Length: 20 Km one-way
Difficulty: Moderate

The Dandenong Ranges National Park, on the outskirts of Melbourne, is home to some amazing hiking trails. Passing through dry Eucalypt forests as well as cool temperate rain forest with lush fern gullies.
Rising to 633 metres, Mt Dandenong is a popular destination for residents of Melbourne and overseas visitors. Miles of walking tracks cover the region which is the most southerly end of the Great Dividing Range which extends all the way north to the Queensland border.
 
Mt Dandenong Trail. Australia
 
This hike is one of the best in the area, starting at the summit, heading south along a ridge track with views to Melbourne, and the mountain ranges beyond before descending to an old homestead at the base of the mountain. It is easy to believe that there could not possibly be a major city so close by as the tracks pass through the dry forest with fern gullies along the way where streams run down the mountainside.
 
From the old homestead, the track again rises up the side of the mountain range through the forest with telltale signs of the early pioneer settlers, remnants of orchards and gardens, now being swallowed up by the native forest. Nearly 200 years ago these forests were dense with massive trees that were clear-felled to use in building homes and shops in Melbourne. The hike descends again and follows a rainforest gully to the outer suburbs of Melbourne where hikers can actually board a train and head home again.
 
Mt Dandenong Trail by Explore The Dandenongs 
 
 

 

20. Erg Chebbi, Merzouga. Morocco

In Eastern Morocco, on the border with Algeria, is the small town of Merzouga. It is home to Erg Chebbi, a desert with the highest sand dunes in Morocco (some of the dunes are over 150 m high)

People come here to take a “camel” (they’re not actually camels, they’re dromedaries) into the desert. I did that. I also drove an ATV into the desert. But my highlight was actually hiking Erg Chebbi – on my first day I walked out of my hotel and into the dunes, picking out a high dune far in the distance as my destination.

I walked 2 hours to get there. Distances are deceiving in the desert. I had never hiked in the desert and it was an experience like no other. It was beautiful and solitary. The sand was golden. I climbed dunes, my feet digging into the sand. The hike alternated between walking on the crest of dunes, coming down into dune valleys (where you’ll often find yourself foot deep in sand), and climbing up more dunes.

Erg Chebbi, Merzouga. Morocco

Finally reaching it, it took 20 minutes to climb the high dune that I had seen from camp. I was in for a surprise. On the other side the dunes ended, the terrain rocky. I had crossed the entirety of Erg Chebbi (which runs 5-7 km wide and 28 km north-south). A few kilometers away lay the Algerian border. I sat at the top of that dune overlooking the sea of smaller dunes that I had hiked, Merzouga in the distance, and thought it was one of the most incredible sights I had ever seen.

Visiting Merzouga by the Travels of Bbqboy and Spanky

 


 

21. India Venster, Cape Town. South Africa

The India Venster hike up Table mountain is both one of the scariest and the most scenic hikes I’ve done.

The hike brings you from Table Mountain’s lower cable car station to the very top of the mountain. It’s a 4 hour, one-way hike. And while there are many strenuous parts, most of it is technically very easy. The only exception is a sheer cliff wall that you reach about halfway through the hike. This part requires the use of rungs and strategically placed hands and feet. The first sheer climb takes you up about 10 feet to a ledge that’s about 3 feet wide. I was hiking with a group, people taking turns going up. It was while waiting on that ledge that I suddenly had a bit of a panic attack. One slip from that ledge and you’re dead. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait long. We continued up another set of rungs, this one about 15 feet going up another vertical wall.

India Venster. Travel Bloggers on their favorite hikes around the world

Once you’ve climbed that section the rest is easy and you follow a ridge around the side of Table Mountain. Through it all, you get incredible views of Cape Town’s city bowl as well as views looking across the 12 Apostles.

One of the most scenic hikes anywhere in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Hiking the India Venster Route up Table Mountain by the Travels of Bbqboy and Spanky

 


 

22. Mount Pinacle, Quebec. Canada

When Lissette and I lived in Montreal we would often drive to Mont Pinacle, situated in southeast Quebec about 2 kilometers from the US border. It is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful regions of Quebec.

Mont Pinacle, Quebec

It is an easy 45-minute hike that almost anyone can do (I’ve taken my mother here as well as my son when he was young). Although only 665 m high, Mont Pinacle has incredible views – you feel much higher than 665 m. Along the top you can walk at the top of a sheer cliff, enjoying views in all directions. Below the Mont Pinacle is Lake Lyster – you can go there for a dip or a picnic when you’ve done your hike.

There are many great hikes in the province of Quebec. But Mont Pinacle has always been our favorite, a place we always come back to.

Mt. Pinacle. Our favorite Eastern Townships hike by the Travels of Bbqboy and Spanky

 

 

Many thanks to the travel bloggers who contributed to this post!

 

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17 Comments

  1. Thank you, Frank. One of the most amazing hikes I’ve taken was on the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s west coast, one of the Inner Hebrides, through the area known as the Quiraing. Rugged, but well-traveled with a well-worn trail, through a stunningly green and unspoiled countryside, the ocean visible in the distance. I saw almost no people, although there were a few sheep along the way, a reminder that locals would bring their cattle up here to hide them from Viking raiders (so, the 9th and 10th Centuries).

    I only had a couple of hours, but I was astonished by the tranquility, the emptiness, and mostly, by the timelessness of the place. I wish I could have stayed all day!

    Then, back in Edinburgh I found this poem by Edwn Morgan (one-time poet laurate of Edinburgh) carved into the concrete walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

    tell us about last night
    well, we had a wee ferintosh
    and we lay on the quiraing
    it was pure strontian!

    The mention of the quiraing caught my eye; I’ve since learned that Ferintosh was the first chartered distillery in Scotland (burned down in the 17th Century). The rest is as surreal as the quiraing itself…

    1. I think I need a Scottish-English dictionary for that poem Paul 🙂

      We’d like to go to Scotland one day, saw an interesting show on Netflix that featured British castles in including Edinburgh castle.

  2. I did not expect to have done two of the hikes featured in this post.

    I hiked The Quilotoa Lagoon in Ecuador.

    And I thought I did the Table Mountain hike until I read about the ‘sheer’ cliff wall. We must have hiked up to Table Mountain the ‘easy’ way.

    It was a long hike and about midway the weather turned from sunny to bad. It started raining. We were in the rain cloud so there was not much vista. We were wet. And cold. And a bit miserable. Two of us may have cried a bit. (Not me!) But I may have if I didn’t have to coax two of the kids. It was a tough decision. Go up. Or go back down. We were half way. We opted up because it seemed safer.

    There was absolutely nothing to see up there but the fog in front of us. After a brief pause to listen to the silence, we beelined it directly to the funicular and tried not to chatter our teeth on the way down. Of course, once we loaded up into the car, the sunshine peeked out and the clouds spread away from the mountain as we were driving away.

    Ben was 11 at the time. He still talks about that hike two years later. Personally, I still don’t see the appeal.
    ;0)

    1. Shame about Table Mountain Colleen. The Cape gets very variable weather. I went up there 4 or 5 times, 3 of them on hikes. Just beautiful. But the 1st time we also had variable weather and were actually cold up there…and the wind gets so strong we felt we’d get blown off the mountain.

      But If you had had a beautiful day I think you would have love it as well 🙂

  3. You really chose a good variety of hikes for your post. We have hiked some of them, others are somewhere on the list, like the Hadrians Wall. But there were also a few new ones that sound really amazing like the hiking possibilities in Montenegro. We will see what the summer brings for us. As there will be no work until spring (we guess) there should be a lot of time for being outdoors. We have bought new bicycles and will start on a cycling trip this weekend (hopefully…). Greeting and all the best from Berlin!

    1. Thanks for the comment Natascha.
      The whole coastline, from Croatia to Albania is one of the most scenic anywhere. Great hikes all along that stretch. I could have included numerous hikes from Croatia, there are so many great ones.
      Cycling sounds great. I used to be a big biker. Look forward to the day we have a base and we can unpack my bike…

  4. wow. so many choices! Some look really amazing. I like a day hike. my fitness is not up to much right now though and it must be one of my goals going forward for the rest of the year or I’ll start to be in real trouble. I must remember this post when it comes to planning any trips I might take next year too and see what I can squeeze in. Sorry I didn’t contribute but work and life right now… not the best to be honest with you Frank. If you do another one of these let me know I can write about the Simien Mountains which I hiked in 2009 when I was much fitter. great stuff from all your contributors!

  5. Frank, like Patti I can’t wait to strap on my hiking boots again and set off on a long walk. We had planned to walk the Camino de Santiago this Fall, but I don’t think it will happen. These are a great and inspirational collection of hikes, quite a few are on my wish list such as EBC, Torres Del Paine, and your Table Mountain one in SA. But I think my list has just got a lot longer now. Thank you so much for inviting me to take part.

    1. Thank you for participating Gilda. The Pulpit Rock hike is one I see us doing. Would like to see Norway and I think if and when we have a base we’ll probably be travelling the more conventional way. I could see us going there for a week or 10 days.
      I’m a big fan of South Africa Gilda, still the most beautiful country I’ve visited. I hope you go one day.

  6. Thanks for profiling so many amazing hikes with stupendous scenery. The King Ludwig Path really piqued my interest but many of them made me want to go out and buy some good hiking boots. Definitely something to think about for the time when travel becomes an option again!

    1. Thanks Anita. Actually that’s one that really interests us as well. Firstly, we love Germany. Secondly, Lissette likes here comforts and hiking and then stopping in small towns and staying in B&B’s her style. We’ll keep that one in mind.

  7. Thanks for sharing Frank, very inspiring. I’ll archive this list for future reference. Like yourself, hiking is one of our favourite things to do. We always look for hiking opportunities everywhere we go. We did regular hikes in the Colorado Rockies when living there and did some hiking trips in Iceland, Canada, New Zealand and Peru. The most memorable one was the 4-day Inca Trail where we were totally absorbed into the beauty of nature with only basic essentials and no modern technology distraction at all. If things were normal, we would be hiking in the Triglavski National Park in Slovenia right now. Let’s hope we can get back on our hiking trails soon!

    1. Hi Ying & Brad,
      Had I known I would have invited you guys to participate! Next time, I’ll be doing this again in the future.
      Have heard only good things about Triglav. I’m sure you guys will be there soon, just a matter of weeks…

  8. I am itching to take a long walk and hopefully, by spring 2021 we can make it happen. Hadrian’s Wall is high on our list. But at this point, who knows? Vaccine is the word of the day!

    Thank you for including us in your post. Both walks are among our most treasured travel memories.

    1. I think one day when (hopefully) we have a base in Spain we’ll do one of those Camino walks Patti. Thanks again for contributing 🙂

  9. So many incredible hikes, I had heard of some but have now learnt of plenty of new ones! It has been inspiring to read and thank you for the inclusion of our own local hike here in Australia.

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