TGO Challenge

Scotland coast to coast walk

The TGO Challenge 2014 – putting it all together

The TGO Challenge The TGO Challenge takes place in May and it is now August, and for some unexplainable reason I still have not completed the write-up. Probably I should learn from Martin Banfield who I found shut up in his tent in the middle of Fetteresso forest writing his blog. Last time, in 2012, …

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Ballochan, Glen Dye, Fetteresso Forest to Dunnottar Castle & Stonehaven

I left Tony and Jackie tucked up in their tent and worked my way across to the track up White Hill on the other side of the valley. Birse Castle and Ballochan from White Hill From now on the mountains are behind me. I move eastwards trying to keep to the relatively high ground of the hills …

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Braemar / Ballater to Ballochan

Someone calls Ballater their ‘secret weapon’ for the TGO. I’m not sure why, but it does seem counter-intuitive to head this way when wilder scenery of Lochnagar beckons to the south east. It is a pleasant town with a range of restaurants and other facilities and a campsite right by the centre. The route from Braemar is straight …

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Drake’s Bothy to Derry Lodge via Glen Einich, Braeriach and Cairn Toul, and Corrour Bothy

The small clearing by Drakes Bothy is a good camp spot and a nice place to start the day. I woke with blue skies which soon turned to grey – the tops, initially clear, became cloaked in cloud. Tops soon became cloaked in cloud On the path soon after 7am, I guessed I was around …

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The Monaliadth from Errogie to Feshie

Errogie dwelling The Monaliadth is a different style of mountain area. The rounded hills and extensive high moorland give it a remote feel but without the dramatic landscape of the steeper and more rocky West Highlands or Cairngorm. an entrance to the Monadliadth at Drumnaglas The area is dissected by landrover tracks, which provide the …

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Glen Affric & Cannich to Drumnadrochit and Errogie

Breaking camp by river Affric looking west Despite a less than early start, a few minutes walking brought me level with a small encampment of Trailstars across the valley below. One was bright yellow so I knew this was Lee, with fellow walkers Peter, and Gareth from the bothy the night before. 3 Trailstars by …

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High level route from Iron Lodge to Glen Affric via Stuc Mor & Sgurr nan Ceathramhnam

This was to be an exciting high level route – a reward from the tribulations of boggy ground and dangerous river crossing from the day before. Leaving the bothy Maol Bhuidhe My original plan – which is reflected in the map – was to camp the night somewhere near Carnach and start the day on …

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