Great Trails Map

This infographic shows the long distance walking routes in Scotland that are classed as Great Trails. There are currently 28 Great Trails you can walk in Scotland, providing over 1800 miles (just over 2900 kilometres) of managed footpaths.

The design of the Great Trails Network Map follows the style of the London Underground map, using the same principles, font and colours. The routes are shown in a diagrammatic way, rather than displaying them as they would appear on a geographical map. This means that the infographic can clearly show the main places that the routes pass through and the connections in the network.

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Great Trails Map infographic

Scotland's Great Trails

To be classed as a Great Trail a route has to be:

  • at least 25 miles in length (40 kilometres)
  • waymarked using a distinctive brand design
  • suitable for walking over a number of days and also for shorter day trips.

Links to each of the Great Trails and further information is available at: There are many other walking routes across Scotland, many of which connect to the Great Trails network.

    Map Design

    Just over 100 years ago, in 1916, Edward Johnston (1872-1944) was commissioned to design a new typeface for London Transport that would be used on buses, underground stations and information boards. In the 1930s, Johnston also updated the original London Transport ‘Bullseye’ logo. Together the typeface and logo elements provided London Transport with an early example of a strong brand identity that is still in evidence today.

    The early network maps that showed the London Underground were overlaid on maps, showing the actual geographic position of stations and routes. In 1933, a simplified map designed by Henry Beck (1903-74) that showed just the stations and routes in a diagrammatic form was published by London Transport. The new map used colours to identify each of the different tube lines and exaggerated the central area in order to show the detail more clearly. Beck's map constrains each line to a vertical, horizontal or 45° angle, which gives the map a consistent structure. Although there have been a number of minor revisions and additions, Beck’s map is still recognisable today and creates an enduring design template for public transit maps across the world.

    The design principles of straight lines, routes and colours that are applied to the London Underground Map have been used in the Great Trails Network Map. As a result, the central and southern areas of Scotland are enlarged in relation to the northern section so that the detail of routes can be displayed clearly. As there are more Great Trails than tube lines, the colours used by Transport for London to denote other modes of travel are used in the infographic. For example, the John Muir Way uses the red that denotes the Central Line, while the Three Lochs Way uses the dark yellow of London Coaches.


    Livingston, A. & Livingston, I. (1998). Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers. Thames and Hudson, London.

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