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Article · 18 Dec 2021

Winter walking on South Uist

In the Hebrides, snow is rare and fleeting. In 2021 the first real winter conditions arrived on South Uist in late January - worth getting out the boots for an excursion to Thacla.

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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...

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...

Preparing to begin Ben Nevis' Carn Mor Dearg arete

Feature · 15 Sept 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.

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...

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...

Glencoe Skyline

Article · 22 Sept 2017

Running the Glencoe Skyline: one of the most technically difficult ultramarathons in the world

Last weekend Cicerone's Joe Williams ran the Glencoe Skyline race in Scotland. The race is regarded as one of the most technically difficult ultramarathons in the world, with...

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...

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...

Beinn  Lora Summit With  Loch  Linnhe In  Ben  Nevis And  Glen  Coe Region

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...

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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...