Backpacker's Britain: Northern Scotland
30 short backpacking routes north of the Great Glen
By Graham Uney
The guidebook covers 30 multi-day backpacking routes in northern Scotland's highlands and islands. Routes take walkers along rugged coastlines from the Shetland Islands to the Rough Bounds of Knoydart, and across mountain ridges from northern Skye to Glen Affric. Routes of 2, 3 and 5 days.
SeasonsJanuary to March most routes snow-bound. April to June and September to December ideal. July and August bring plagues of midges!
CentresLerwick, Stromness, Stornoway, Ullapool, Gairloch, Torridon, Kyle of Lochalsh, Mallaig, Portree, Fort William
DifficultyWilderness backpacking routes of 2–5 days for the experienced hillwalker/wild camper. Good fitness and navigation skills essential.
Must SeeSleeping in the wilderness and waking to a sunlit dawn of cackling grouse on vast, open expanses of purple moorland.
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Graham Uney runs his own mountaineering business from his base in Bampton, at the foot of Haweswater in the lovely Lowther Valley. Through his business he offers a wide range of skills courses for walkers and climbers. During the winter months Graham works for the Lake District National Park Authority Weatherline service, climbing Helvellyn every day as Fell Top Assessor to take weather readings and to write a report on snow conditions to help keep walkers, climbers, and skiers safe. He’s also a full member of the Mountain Training Association, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, and a full team member with the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.
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