Scottish Wild Country Backpacking

Scottish Wild Country Backpacking

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30 wild and challenging backpacking routes in Scotland. Aimed at experienced and self-reliant backpackers, routes are between 2 and 4 days long and traverse the remotest, wildest and most spectacular landscapes the Highlands and Islands have to offer. The book also covers equipment, access, weather, safety and first aid.


Most of these routes are great for walking year-round, though of course seasonal adjustments need to be made in terms of equipment and difficulties encountered. Snow, ice, very wet ground and high winds can be issues in winter, autumn and early spring, while midges, deer ticks and dense bracken feature from late-spring through to autumn.


Centres include Fort William, Kingussie, Achnashellach, Dalwhinnie, Amhuinnsuidhe, Kinlochbervie, Kylesku, Killilan, Tomintoul, Blair Atholl, Brèinis, Kinuachdrachd, Kinloch, Sligachan, Morvich and Crask.


The routes included here are best-suited to seasoned walkers with some experience of walking in the Scottish Highlands. A good degree of fitness, navigational competence and self-reliance are required. Many of the routes traverse high mountains and otherwise rugged, often pathless terrain. Walkers should be suitably equipped for the terrain and Highland weather. A few of the routes include small amounts of grade 1 scrambling.

Must See

Ben Alder, Ben Avon, Mòine Mhòr, Harris Hills, Ardgour, Glen Etive, Killilan, Glen Sligachan and Loch Coruisk, west coast of Jura, Glen Coul and Gleann Dubh, Coulin Forest, Fisherfield Six, Ben Klibreck and Ben Armine, Streap, Ben Mhòr and Hecla, Affric Haute Route, Rùm, Uig Hills

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