ONE of Scotland’s most iconic walking routes has been named among the best in the UK as part of a new study.

Experts at Sally’s Cottages have rounded up their five favourite walks to head out on this spring.

The West Highland Way has been selected as the third best hiking route in the UK and, according to researchers, it has seen a 60% uplift in online searches in the past month alone.

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Researchers described the walk as “challenging” but also pointed to some of the great stops which can be found along the way.

“For those who are looking to build their week around their hike, Scotland’s first and best long-distance trail is a breathtaking experience, showcasing the beautiful diversity of the Scottish landscape,” researchers said.

“Winding through the countryside, mountains and glens of Scotland, the trail passes through iconic landmarks such as Ben Nevis and Loch Lomond and is perfect for wildlife lovers amongst the group.

“You may even spot eagles and red deer along the way. When you reach the end at Fort William, make sure to refuel at The Black Isle Bar – the pub offering 27 taps of celebratory pints to choose from.”

The study named Scafell Pike via The Corridor Route in the Lake District as the best walk in the UK while the Lizard Coastal Walk in Cornwall came second.

PR manager at Sally’s Cottages Sarah Pring said: “Britain has so many beautiful hikes to choose from, that suit a range of needs and abilities.

“We wanted to select our favourite for the spring season, for staycation goers looking to work hiking into their holiday itinerary.

“From short to long distance, dog-friendly to difficult, we hope that this has inspired people ahead of their next staycation.”