Hiking Scotland

Scottish Hiking Vocabulary

Hiking Scotland

Hiking in Scotland was a journey of discovery and… language learning! Here are key pieces of Scottish vocabulary that may come in handy when visiting the country on foot.


Loch – Lake.

My only connotation of the word Loch was the Loch Ness Monster, but after spending two days hiking along the shore of Loch Lomond I realized that Loch actually means lake and that the Loch Ness monster is actually an unnamed monster living in a lake named Ness.


Ben – Mountain.

Who knew? The tallest mountain in Scotland at 4,409 ft is named Nevis, but instead of calling it Mount Nevis it is known as Ben Nevis. And all the surrounding mountains are Bens too. Now what was the last movie I saw with Mountain Affleck in it?


Midge – A small bug, as small as gnat, but it bites… a biting gnat.

A biting gnat with lots of friends, friends that gang up and swarm around your head until you can’t see past their gray cloud… a gray cloud that consumes you and gets under your clothes, up your nose and in your hair. The antidote for midge is DEET.


Haggis – Trust me you don’t want to know