backpacking

Mar Lodge

Acharacle to Montrose The TGOC 2021 notes: days 10-14

An early start got me to the Mar Lodge estate for breakfast at 9:30, and to Braemar soon after 11. And not a TGOer in sight! Many places were closed on this Monday morning. Braemar Sports provided the main hub of activity with a busy cafĂ© now attached to the mountain gear shop. Having bought …

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Lochan Sgoir Geal-Charn

Acharacle to Montrose the TGOC 2021 notes: days 4-6

[Viewing the blog – in case you hadn’t noticed pictures are zoomable if you click on them. Maps can be pulled and pushed to follow the route in blue. Maps can also be zoomed in and out and viewed full-screen.] The Macdonald hotel makes a pleasant stop. It is on the edge of town, exactly …

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Acharacle to Montrose the TGOC 2021 notes: days 1-3

[Viewing the blog – in case you hadn’t noticed pictures are zoomable if you click on them. Maps can be pulled and pushed to follow the route in blue. Maps can also be zoomed in and out and viewed full-screen.] 14 Different start places on the west coast of Scotland. How to decide? And then …

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Knoydart – a TGO Challenge Pre-amble, or a Post-lockdown Taster?

T was keen to revisit his youth! He had worked as a gillie on an estate while a fresh-faced student. He ran up and down the pathless hills to manoeuvre deer towards the hunters. On his days off he took free and walked to The West reaching the edge of that blank part of the …

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If not the TGOC then …. why not the Lakeland 100?

Sometimes we cannot do the TGOC. When this last happened to me the Cape Wrath Trail (CWT) beckoned. In an earlier note I described the first half – planned as a mountain route. After illness moved the trip from May round to a rainy October, it became more low-level covering some of the areas frequented …

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Gearing up to the TGO Challenge – an opinionate guide to backpacking essentials for Scotland

The TGO Challenge – there’s lots of advice out there – so my small contribution may not add much. At least this catharsis will allow me to move on in my reflections – and focus on my new challenge for 2019. Some may think backpacking is backpacking is backpacking. But Scotland always has rain which …

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TGO Challenge 2018 – Oban to Kinnabaer: #3 from Pitlochry

The map shows the route tracked from 30 minute beacons sent by a Spot satellite tracker and captured by Phil Sorrell’s Social Hiking site. Push and pull the map in the window below to see the route in blue. Pitlochry was planned as the first night indoors. I had tried to find somewhere earlier, but …

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