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The Lairig Ghru in Spring

Walking Scotland’s Lairig Ghru by Martin Rye

The Lairig Ghru (Gaelic Làirig Dhrù) is the most famous mountain pass in Scotland. Its 500 meter deep trench cuts between the second and third highest mountains in the United Kingdom. The pass makes for a long day walk, or one of the finest two days backpacking trips to be had in Scotland. The meaning […]

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Map Check enroute to Lochnagar, Scotland 2010

Hiking and Backpacking in Scotland: What to Expect and Recommended Skills

Hiking and Backpacking in Scotland: What to Expect and Recommended Skills from I always get nostalgic about backpacking in Scotland when I give presentations about my experiences backpacking coast-to-coast in the TGO Challenge. While it’s only been 5 months since Martin Rye and I hiked from Torridon to Montrose, it already seems like it’s […]

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Maol Chean-dearg

Hiking from Strathcarron to Torridon

Strathcarron in Western Scotland is one of those Highland railway stops where you can literally leave the train platform and hike up into the mountains. Surrounded by a tiny hamlet with just a few homes, the only real business nearby is a pub and B&B called the Strathcarron Hotel, which has good food and comfortable […]

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Crossing a Scottish Peat Bog

How to Hike Across Peat Bogs: Fear No Moor

There aren’t many peat bogs in the continental United States and it’s difficult to learn the skills for safely hiking across them in Scotland, England and other parts of the world without first-hand experience. While you can avoid peat bogs and stay on well-defined paths or tracks that circle around them, you are missing out on […]

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