The Chain Mail

Welcome to The Chain Mail - a visitor’s guide to the sights and sounds of Historic Scotland

Walk Through Scotland’s History


It’s finally summer, bringing us warmer days and lighter nights perfect for getting out and exploring the natural and historical wonders Scotland has to offer. Whether it’s climbing Arthur’s Seat, discovering Orkney’s prehistoric villages or sauntering along sandy beaches (yes we have those too), there’s something for everyone.


wooden jetty with walkway dipping into water with beach beyond it and grey stone building in the distance with a pointed roof and trees surrounding it


But what if you don’t live in Scotland? Or don’t have time to complete a whole route? World Walking has the answer!

Available for iPhone and Android users, World Walking offers a simple, free and fun way to help you keep active, either individually or as a group. It’s fun, free and easy to use. You log the steps/miles in the real world and World Walking overlays the distance on your chosen virtual route.


black circle with the outline of a pin stuck into it and the words 'world walking' on the right


The virtual app allows you look and learn as you explore. That’s why Historic Environment Scotland has teamed up with World Walking to celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.


coloured triangles arranged in a line to look like a mountain range with the words 'history heritage archaeology 2017' to the right of them


Why not take a pilgrimage around our Churches, Abbeys and Pilgrims route, or explore historic Dumfries and Galloway? Each route is loaded with facts and photos to make your walk to the shops much more interesting,


family group of three caucasian women dressed in jeans, scarves and t-shirts walk across a green lawn in front of a ruined building with pointed gable end that has an arch shaped hole where glass used to be


Joining is easy, just log on to It’s free, easy and packed with features:

  • Everyone’s welcome: Go it alone or create your own group – easily! World Walking is great for your family & friends, workplace, school, community & health group.
  • Easy to use: Create your own unique login, or simply use your existing Facebook account.
  • Track your progress: View your milestones or how many steps you’ve taken. World Walking app users can even find out how high they’ve climbed.
  • Sync it: The World Walking app can be synced with Fitbit, jawbone and Apple activity trackers.
  • See the world: There are hundreds of the world’s most amazing places to visit with World Walking. 
  • Gain awards: With 20 awards to unlock, the more you walk, the more you receive.
  • Share with friends: Chat and share pictures with members of your groups.  Receive push notifications to keep you up-to-date on your groups’ progress.  

So download it to your smartphone now, start (virtually) exploring Scotland’s historic trails and you never know, maybe even get a little healthier along the way.


About Author

Guest Post

From time to time we have guest posts from suppliers, visitors and friends of Historic Scotland.

Leave A Reply