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TH The descent off Sgurr Thearlaich was where it began hailing

Feature · 29 Nov 2020

Tackling the Cuillin Ridge traverse

After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. Taking the Cuillin Ridge Light approach, she managed to complete the route in a day. Here, she tells the story of taking on the...

A rainbow greeted us on the summit of Stac Pollaidh looking west

Feature · 7 Nov 2020

Great Mountain Days in Northern Scotland

Cicerone’s Business Development Director Joe Williams has recently been exploring the far north-west of Scotland. In this article, he describes some of the classic mountain walking routes in the area, gives a few tips and suggestions, and urges...

Beinn Eighe

Feature · 27 Sep 2020

How to walk across Scotland

The best walks go all the way across, says Cicerone author Ronald Turnbull. Having crossed Highland Scotland nine times, he offers a few suggestions for a successful and enjoyable trip.

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Feature · 12 May 2020

Travel to open spaces, but not to the mountains

The Government has relaxed rules related to travel and unlimited exercise, however there is an important and unified message coming from various authorities in mountain areas...

Photographer on Sgurr na Stri

Feature · 15 Mar 2020

From roadside to mountain top: Taking photographs in Skye’s Cuillin Mountains

Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a top tourist destination; its mountains a mecca for climbers and walkers but also a stunning opportunity for photographers of all abilities and...

The Cuillin Ridge Light

Feature · 15 Feb 2020

The Cuillin Ridge Light

The Cuillin Ridge Light is the best ridge in the UK for mere mortals. It uses cunning and knowledge to take the easiest line, hard climbs are bypassed and the bar of necessary experience and skills is lowered. You still ascend the Munros, climb the...

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Feature · 9 Feb 2020

A wee tour of Ben Nevis: A multi-day hike around 'the Ben'

The Annapurna Circuit and the tours of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa are just a few of the routes that journey around those high mountains and draw the adventurous...

Where seabirds land: walking on Orkney

Feature · 26 Jan 2020

Where seabirds land: walking on Orkney

When Cicerone author Alex Kendall travelled to Orkney to walk among its world-famous ancient sites, he experienced Scottish coastal walking at its best and the company of its ever-present wildlife.

Sgurr Dubh Mo

Feature · 12 Jan 2020

The Cuillin Ridge in winter

A climb of alpine proportions, epic scenery and mile after mile of ridge make the Cuillin Ridge an adventurous and highly sought-after route that, says Adrian Trendall, should top any winter climber’s tick list.

Day 1 01 The Kyle of Sutherland

Feature · 6 Oct 2019

Cycling the north coast of Scotland

The North Coast 500™ is a 500-mile lap of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness, which many people choose to do as a cycle tour. James Cox and his companions looked at this route but decided instead to design their own, cycling 498 miles...

Beinn Shiantaidh

Feature · 18 Aug 2019

Walking in Jura's geological wonderland

Cicerone author Peter Edwards rarely used to take the time to appreciate the environment around him when out on the hills, but a trip to the Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides prompted a change in his attitude.

Jura whisky

Feature · 12 Aug 2019

The Big Rounds: the bridge to enchantment

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges – The Big Rounds. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they...

On top o’ the world, on Binnein Mòr (leg 1, Charlie Ramsay Round)

Feature · 3 Aug 2019

A day of synchronicity on one of the Big Rounds

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they meet on equal terms...

My route used part of the spectacular Affric Kintail Way, here with the ridges rising to Mam Sodhail as backdrop

Feature · 22 Jun 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge: A first-timer reflects

In the second of his two articles, Peter Aylmer looks back on his first TGO Challenge experience. Would the landscape, the camaraderie and the weather live up to expectations?

Loch Enoch seen from Redstone Rig 13

Feature · 15 Jun 2019

Classic Galloway - wild landscapes of granite and peat bog

If you like your wild landscapes really wild, if you like your lakes to have whooper swans in the middle and no ice-cream vans around the edge, if you like to have one foot on...

The Uig Hills seen from Ardroil

Feature · 19 Dec 2018

Helicopter Rescue in the Hebrides

A routine walk on the Isle of Lewis turned into a terrifying experience for Peter Edwards and some visiting friends when one of them fell 200ft off a cliff. It could have been a fatal accident, but for the commitment and bravery of the emergency...

Preparing to begin Ben Nevis' Carn Mor Dearg arete

Feature · 15 Sep 2018

Conquering my fear on the Aonach Eagach ridge

Alice Stearn decided to face her fear of scrambling by attempting to conquer the infamous Aonach Eagach ridge.

The viewcatcher sculpture on day 3

Feature · 2 Sep 2018

Hiking the Great Glen Way: a perfect introduction to long-distance walking in the UK

Jonathan Cook hikes his first long-distance National Trail, The Great Glen Way, which runs from coast to coast in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way he samples some of the most...

We Used Poles To Help Us On The Long Climbs

Feature · 12 Aug 2018

How to go ultrarunning with your partner – Ben Nevis Ultra Recce

Cicerone’s Joe Williams and his partner Caroline Holmes did a long training run on the route of the Ben Nevis Ultra, Skyline Scotland’s new race. In poor weather and with some...

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...