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TGO Challenge

The TGO Challenge
The TGO Challenge is an annual self-supported hiking event across the Highlands of Scotland, west coast to east coast. It started in 1980 and was the brainchild of the well-known UK writer and mountaineer, Hamish Brown. The Challenge is held every May and is sponsored by TGO, the UK equivalent of Backpacker Magazine in the US before they watered down the adventure and became a glorified travel magazine.

TGO Challenge Overview

Trip Journals

Peculiarities of Scottish Hiking and Backpacking

Recommended Planning References

Recommended Maps and Planning Software

Scotland Hiking Resources

Scotland Weather

  • Mountain Weather Information Service
  • Met Office
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About the author

Philip Werner has hiked and backpacked over 10,000 miles in the United States and the UK and written over 3000 articles as the founder of, noted for its backpacking gear reviews and hiking FAQs. A devotee of New Hampshire and Maine hiking and backpacking, Philip has hiked all 650+ trails in the White Mountains twice and has completed 12 rounds of the 48 peaks on the White Mountains 4000 footer list with over 576 summits in all four seasons. He is the author of Backpacking the White Mountain 4000 Footers, a free online guidebook of the best backpacking trips in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. In addiiton, he's a volunteer hiking leader with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Green Mountain Club, as well as a Master Educator for Leave No Trace. Click here to subscribe to the SectionHiker newsletter.


  1. Hi Phillip – What a great write up(s)! Do you have a sense of how selective they are with regard to selecting hikers?

  2. Philip,
    Have you found a good source for OS paper maps on this side of the pond? In 2019 I used Dash4it. Last time I checked, they no longer ship to the US. Thanks.

    • No – I did find the ones I needed for my next TGO on Amazon US, but I think I got the last copies. Try Amazon UK. Another challenger said Waterstones UK will ship to the US, but when I looked I didn’t see any listings in their store.

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