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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

We don’t have 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 […]

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Coire Fionnaraich Bothie

Bothies and Baked Beans

Mountain bothies are small buildings that can be used by hikers and backpackers as shelters or a place to get out of bad weather and warm up. Many are old buildings on hunting estates that the owners have set aside for use by walkers and are maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association, an organization that […]

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Isaac at the Devil's Point

TGO Challenge 2013 Trip Report – Part 2

Days 7-13 (goto Part 1) Although our stay in Aviemore was brief – just the one night – it was good to get a hot shower, dry out my gear, and refuel at the Indian Restaurant next to the Youth Hostel. Aviemore has a well-stocked Tesco supermarket in town, making it an excellent spot for […]

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