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Days 10-11: Braemar to Tarfside

Days 10-11: Braemar to Tarfside The next few days will put my navigation skills to the test. I'll be passing over very wild, open country to get to Lochnagar, a cluster of magnificent Munros, south of the Royal Balmoral Castle and Estate. From there, I continue southeast to Tarfside past …

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Days 8-9: Kingussie to Braemar

Days 8 & 9: TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010) If the weather is good, Days 8 and 9 will be an incredibly scenic walk. My path on these days runs along Glen Feshie on the southwestern boundary of the magnificent Caringorm Mountains and is considered one of the top three …

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Days 5-7: Fort Augustus to Kingussie

Days 5-7: TGO Challenge Route Plan 2010 During the first 4 days of my route plan, I kept  my daily mileage low to acclimate to the local environment and build in a hedge against bad weather which is common in Western Scotland. On days 5-7, I hope to dial up …

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Days 3 & 4: Affric Lodge to Fort Augustus

Days 3 & 4: TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010) On days 3 and 4 of my hike, I'm going to be walking cross-country to Fort Augustus which is located at the southern end of Loch Ness. I'll spend the night there in a B&B, get cleaned up, and resupply my …

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Day 2: Alltbeithe Youth Hostel to Loch Affric

  Day 2 : TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010) After breaking camp somewhere between Alltbeithe Youth Hostel and Carnach Mor, I continue along the northern side of River Affric passing Allt Coire Ghaidheil (NH108208) and several ruins on the other side of the river, arriving at Cnoc Fada (NH124209) at …

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Day 1: Shiel Bridge to Alltbeithe Youth Hostel

Introduction As I've mentioned before, the TGO Challenge is a 14 day coast-to-cost walk across Scotland running from May 14th – May 29th, 2010. I've been accepted into this year's event from a field of international applicants and plan to raise charity during my hike for The Leukemia and Lymphoma …

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Hikers Guide to Gaelic Mapping Words

If you want to hike in Scotland, you need to learn some basic Gaelic words so you can read a map. The maps of Scotland published by the UK’s Ordnance Survey are full of Gaelic place names like Lairg Ghru, Beinn Bhreas, and Monadh Mor. Once translated, these names can …

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TGO Challenge Route Plan: Version 10

Shielin of Mark Bothy, Scotland

Here is a working draft of my 2010 TGO Challenge Route across Scotland. I realize that this probably just looks like a bunch of Gaelic place names right now, but I’ll be expanding the detail considerably over the next few weeks, with hyperlinks, photos, maps, and historical information to make …

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