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The Central Highlands - Scotland - A Backpacker's Cicerone guide

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The Central Highlands

6 Long Distance Walks

by Peter Koch-Osborne
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guide to the classic backpacking routes of Scotland's Central Highlands, all 3 to 8 days and avoiding the main tourist areas, north of the central belt and south of the Great Glen. Routes are: Taynuilt to Dalwhinnie, Blair Atholl to Aviemore, Rannoch Moor, Drymen to Killin and Glen Almond, Dunkeld to Aboyne and across the Monadhliath.

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If you are looking to escape the more populous walking areas of the Highlands this is the book for you. The author takes us away from the 'honey-pots' with six superb long-distance backpacking routes of three to eight days' duration, virtually all on rights of way.

This is Wild Scotland - a working landscape of deer forest, grouse moor, hill sheep farms, beef and dairy farms and commercial forest, where a sense of peace and isolation is guaranteed and accommodation is largely confined to the odd B+B, youth hostel, bothy or tent.

Each route has opportunities to explore adjacent glens and peaks, with variations and alternatives to the set walks. Route starts and finishes are well supplied by bus and rail services, and the numerous sketch maps for each walk provide additional information to the OS maps. All the routes have been surveyed and graded by the author, whose affection for the 'wild places' is manifest.

  • Seasons
    Routes are do-able year round, but winter extremes suggest that spring and autumn are easier, whilst your attitude to summer will depend on how much the midges like you.
  • Centres
    Designed to avoid the centres and seek out quieter, wilder places. Blair, Aviemore, Glencoe, Killin, Taynuilt are all possibilities.
  • Difficulty
    Superb cross-country routes far from facilities, cross some wild land. Need the skills of independent mountain travel.
  • Must See
    Wild Scotland, solitude, the landscape and wildlife.
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WALK 1: Taynuilt to Dalwhinnie
                117km (71.5miles)
                5-7 days

WALK 2: Blair Atholl to Aviemore or Tomintoul
                79km (49 miles) to Tomintoul
                76 km (47 miles) to Aviemore
                3-5 days

WALK 3: Rannoch Moor
                a: Fort William to Kingshouse Hotel
                    75 km (45 miles)
                    3-4 days
                b: Alternative finish to Tulloch
                    61km (38 miles[from Fortwilliam] )
                    3 days (from Fortwilliam)
                c: Alternative finish to Dalwhinnie
                    72km (44.5 miles [from Fortwilliam] )
                    3-5 days (from Fortwilliam)
                d: Connection to Spean Bridge
                e: Connection to Kinlochleven via Loch Eilde Mor
                f: Connection to Kinlochleven via Loch Chairain

WALK 4: Drymen to Killin and Glen Almond
                98km (61miles) to Killin
                152 km (94.5 miles) to Sma’ Glen
                4-7 days

WALK 5: Dunkeld to Aboyne
                142 km (88 miles)
                5-8 days

WALK 6: Across the Monadhliath
                102.5km (63.5 miles)
                4-6 days

Appendix: Public Transport, TICs

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