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Southern Upland Way new bit: down the northeast ridge of Croft Head

Feature · 29 Jul 2018

Turning the Southern Upland Way into the Southern UPland Way

Ronald Turnbull takes a new look at Scotland's toughest waymarked trail, the Southern Upland Way. It's now more upland than ever before with a new high level route through the...

Ben Nevis In Winter

Feature · 21 Apr 2018

Winter climbing in Scotland - an Easter weekend report

Armed with a box of maps and guidebooks, Joe Williams and Caroline Holmes decided to head to the Scottish Highlands for the Easter long weekend. They managed to do the traverse of...

Cobbler Summit

Feature · 7 Feb 2018

Five quite different ways of having fun in Lomond and Trossach

Ronald Turnbull explores various hill and valley outings in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The Birth of the Hebridean Way

Feature · 5 Jun 2017

The Birth of the Hebridean Way

The Hebridean Way, opened by Scottish Natural Heritage at the end of April 2017, is the fifth official long-distance route in Scotland stretching 247km (155 miles) along the length of the Outer Hebrides

Backpacking In The  Cairngorms

Feature · 6 Mar 2017

Dipping a toe in the Cairngorms – a backpacking adventure in the Scottish mountains

If you are looking for a chance to escape the office and find real remoteness in the UK, then the Cairngorms are calling! Few other places in Britain bring out that primal feeling...

Grey Corries And Aonach Mor From Commando Memorial Glen Spean

Feature · 6 Mar 2017

The Grey Corries

The Grey Corries are a range of mountains in the Scottish Highlands to the east of Ben Nevis. To walk the entire ridge, climbing all four Munros makes for a classic British mountain walk. Our expert on the region, Ronald Turnbull, shows us some of...

Ruins On  North  Berwick  Law

Feature · 6 Feb 2017

The John Muir Way (Scotland) – A long walk into Scottish history

The 215km John Muir Way (Scotland) invokes the spirit of the young naturalist, whose lifelong mission to protect nature and wild places was founded during his clandestine trips...

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Feature · 5 Dec 2016

Beyond Bagging – NOT doing the Munros

Scotland expert Ronald Turnbull explores the joys of NOT bagging the Munros in the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region. He takes us through some of his favourite walks in the area: Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, the panoramic Beinn Lora, the ferry to Kerrera...

Walking The  Munros

Feature · 5 Dec 2016

Munro Moments: reflecting on adventures atop Scotland’s highest peaks

For many hillwalkers, doing the Munros represents a lifetime project. The 282 Scottish hills over 3000ft offer an amazing variety of mountain scenery and challenge which draws the...

Ben  Macdui

Feature · 5 Sept 2016

Autumn in the Cairngorms

If somebody suggested you go and sleep under a wet rock in Scotland you’d probably think they were trying to insult you (albeit fairly lamely). Yet doing just this can provide one of the most vivid mountain experiences the UK has to offer – as...

Ben  Lomond View

Feature · 4 Aug 2016

Unfinished business on the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way takes a relatively easy 154.5km (96 mile) route from Milngavie, a little to the north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the highlands, where it meets the...

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Feature · 11 Jul 2016

Solo on Charlie Ramsay's Round

In 2016 Cicerone’s Joe Williams completed Charlie Ramsay’s Round, a challenging ultra-distance route across 24 summits in the Lochaber region of the Scottish highlands. From Top Gun quotes to rationing Jelly Babies, he describes both the...

Mountain biking in Scotland

Feature · 12 Jun 2016

Mountain Biking in North West Scotland

Mountain bike leader Sean Benz takes us out for an afternoon on his favourite ride: The Postman's Track route as featured in the new Cicerone guide to Mountain Biking in West and North West Scotland. This is a stunning ride through mountains and...

East Highland Trail

Feature · 8 May 2016

East Highland Trail Part 2

Secluded stone circles, Scotland’s oldest distillery and the mousing champion of the world were but a few of the delights Mark Carr discovered while mapping the southern part of the East Highland Trail. But it wasn’t all drams and deft cats –...

East Highland Trail

Feature · 11 Mar 2016

East Highland Trail

It was during a charity walk from Easter Ross to Drymen via the Caledonia Way and the West Highland Way that Mark Carr first pondered: was there an East Highland route to link with the West Highland Way, allowing you to circumnavigate the Highlands...

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Feature · 13 Jul 2015

The Beauty of Bothies

Phoebe Smith, author of The Book of the Bothy, urges the uninitiated to leave their preconceptions behind and discover the delights of seeking out some of the many diverse and characterful bothies – unmanned freely-available shelters, maintained...

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Feature · 28 Jun 2015

High time for the Southern Uplands

It’s about as extensive as the Pennines, in some ways similar and in others a little bit better. Inveterate hillwalker Ronald Turnbull says every hillwalking lifetime should contain some Southern Upland.

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Feature · 14 Apr 2015

Wild about Mull

The Isle of Mull, just a short ferry ride from Oban on Scotland's west coast, has much to offer the walker, as well as wildlife watching opportunities for those quieter, less energetic days. Cicerone author Terry Marsh shares some of the sights that...

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Feature · 23 Mar 2015

In search of wildlife on Speyside

Outdoor writer Terry Marsh takes time to get up close to some of the wildlife of the Cairngorms and Speyside regions of Scotland, and discusses how best we can both enjoy and protect our more endangered animals within their native habitat.

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Feature · 16 Dec 2014

Winter Hillwalking

Summer hillwalking and winter mountaineering are worlds apart, with virtually every dimension of the environment transformed in the latter season. The risks – and, arguably, the attractions – are multiplied many times over in winter, when the...