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Article · 21 Aug 2021

Discovering the Isle of Rum

Ester Carlomagno spent two months living on the Isle of Rum, volunteering at the Rum National Nature Reserve, where she went walking whenever the weather allowed

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...

Running along the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Gairlochy

Article · 16 Sep 2020

Fastpacking the Great Glen Way

In May 2017, Josephine Anselin set out on a three-day solo fastpacking trip from Fort William to Inverness, running 79 miles (121km) coast to coast through the Scottish Highlands. Usually treated as a long-distance hiking route, the Great Glen Way...

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...

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.

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...

Tobermory, Mull's main town

Article · 1 Sep 2019

9 reasons why the Isle of Mull is the best place in Scotland for low-level walking

The Isle of Mull is part of the Inner Hebrides, the group of islands that run up the spectacular west coast of Scotland from Arran to Skye. It sits approximately half-way up,...

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...

Heading north from Galloway to Ayrshire

Article · 13 Jul 2019

Scotland south to north: Mull of Galloway Trail

Christine Gordon's latest challenge to walk the length of Scotland began with the Mull of Galloway Trail and the Loch Ryan Coastal Path. Well, actually, it began with tea and...

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?

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Article · 20 Feb 2019

The Great Outdoors Challenge: Prep and planning

Peter Aylmer prepares for the annual event that stretches coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands, where one of the first challenges is to make it into the ballot. Here he...

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...

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...

Walk 2 - Menhir On Machrie Moor

Article · 2 Dec 2017

Falling in love with Arran - the so called Scotland in Miniature

Natalie explains how she fell in love with Arran - the so called Scotland in Miniature - when walking there with some friends.

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Article · 18 Nov 2017

Bikepacking the Moray Coast Trail

Jim Sutherland describes his bikepacking trip along the Moray Coast Trail in Scotland - plenty of hills, laughs and some good food.

Glencoe Skyline

Article · 22 Sep 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...