TGO Challenge

Scotland coast to coast walk

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: #2 from Glen Etive

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. This is day 3 – there is light rain, and clouds obscure the top of …

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TGO Challenge 2018 – Oban to Kinnabaer: #1 to Glen Etive

This year I captured my walk using the Spot Tracker which should record my location every 30 minutes. Is this truly representative? I always think of the occassions when I spend 30 minutes wandering in the wrong direction or zig-zagging up a hill and how in this instance it will show almost no distance travelled …

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TGOC Plockton to Redcastle Lunan Bay – #3 Feshie to the coast

“Is anyone planning to go up onto the Cairngorm plateau in the morning?” I asked the crowd gathered around the fire in the bothy. No takers. Track looking back towards the Feshie   Just a little to the north is a track which covers a lot of ground in 8 or 9 km to over …

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TGOC Plockton to Redcastle – #2 Cougie to Feshie

 Cougie is writ large in the history of the TGOC so I was a little surprised it was not busier. Most TGOers arrive here on the Saturday however, and anyway time has moved on and some of the people there have changed. My trip notes recorded ‘fantastic bird calls’ at the camping site here. The …

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TGOC Plockton to Redcastle Lunan Bay – #1 Plockton to Cougie

Plockton village is in an enclosed picturesque bay facing across the water to a bulky and barren rocky mass hiding Applecross. Easily accessible by train on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line and handy for excursions to the Isle of Skye, this is a popular tourist destination. The outstanding excursion on foot from Plockton …

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TGOC 2015: diary notes #5 Lochcallater Lodge to Inverbervie and Montrose

note: you can click on a picture to enlarge it (because of the accident on day 3 pictures are from my MotoG phone and not the Sony RX100 – hence the lower quality)  … Push and pull the map in the window below to see the route in blue.   Sunday 16th May Loch Callater …

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TGOC 2015:diary notes #4 Great Glen to Lochcallater Lodge

Wednesday 13th May Laggan Locks to Garva Bridge (note1: click on a picture to enlarge it  … Push and pull the map in the window below to see the route (days 5-9) in blue. The route walked was slightly different from plan! The hospitality at the Great Glen Hostel provided a welcome respite. Year by …

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