Cairngorms National Park
The UK's largest (and arguably wildest) park, the Cairngorms is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and is home to four of the five highest mountains in the UK. Between the alpine peaks, large lochs and dense forests, don't be surprised if you spot a wildcat or mountain hare.
Walk: Ballater to Cambus
For a lesser-trodden trail, head to the charming village of Ballater and follow the first part of the Deeside Way. With wide paths, this 8km ramble takes you alongside the River Dee and offers breathtaking vistas of Balmoral Castle. For a quick sugar fix, stop by at Dee Valley Confectioners - its cappuccino fudge is pretty spectacular.