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Scotland - A Handbook of Walks, Treks, Climbs and Ski Tours - a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of Scotland
7 Jan 2013
23.4 x 15.6 x 3.2cm
1st Published
20 Oct 2010
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by Chris Townsend
Book published by Cicerone Press

A comprehensive handbook covering the finest walks, scrambles, climbs and ski tours in Scotland, with a variety of wild landscapes ranging from the Southern Uplands to the great granite plateaus of the Cairngorms and jagged arĂȘtes of the Cuillin on the Isle of Skye. All the information the independent mountain lover needs for any activity.

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Scotland is a mountainous country with a wide variety of wild landscapes: there are the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands, the great granite plateaus of the Cairngorms, the steep castellated rock peaks of Torridon and the jagged narrow arêtes and spires of the Cuillin hills on the Isle of Skye. Of the many majestic summits, 284 reach 3000ft or more; these are the Munros, the ascent of which is the aim of many walkers. Below them lie splendid pine forests, beautiful lochs, deep glens, rushing rivers; a magnificent landscape.

Whether you are planning a day scramble or a long-distance walk, Scotland World’s Mountain Range guide has the information the independent mountain lover needs.

• area-by-area descriptions of the Scottish mountains from south to north to help you identify the best locations for hill walking, mountaineering and ski touring

• classic ascents and walks described, from scrambles up Ben Nevis to ski tours in the Cairngorms

• information on accommodation, maps and guides

• a planning tool for long-distance treks in Scotland

  • Activities
    hillwalking, backpacking, climbing including winter climbs, ski tours
  • Seasons
  • Must See
    Ben Nevis, the Cairngorms, Loch Lomond, Torridon, the Isle of Skye and much, much more; all the major peaks, passes and lochs covered

Updates (to 2010 guide)

October 2014

Acknowledgements Thanks to our mountain-running reader from Stirling for pointing out the following error:

Page 96 Map: King's Seat Hill (648m) should be positioned on the peak approx. 2cm north-east of it's current position. 


April 2012

Acknowledgements Thanks to Stuart Fisher and Thomas Murray for pointing out errors in the first print run.

Page 13 Col 1 Line 4: “A mere” should be “Roughly”

Page 13 Col 1 Line 5: “441” should be “450”

Page 13 Col 1 Line 6: “248” should be “246”

Page 13 Col 1 Line 7: before “Scotland” add “mainland”

Page 18 Col 1 Line 13: “59°” should be “61°”

Page 159 lines 4–5: “old rotting pier” should be “a pier used for taking out timber”

Page 206 Loch Ossian, first paragraph, line 7: should read “at the west end of the loch“

Page 230 and 325 the maps should read “Well of the Seven Heads“

Page 305 Col 2 Para 2 Line 12: before “Point of Ardnamuchan” add “Corrachadh Mor close to the”

Page 308 Map Creach Bheinn should be 853 not 583

Page 317 Glenfinnan, first paragraph, line 7: “A803“ should be “A830“

Page 321 col 2 Streap line 16: “a few hundred metres before the bothy” should be “(a few hundred yards further along the track is the site of the Gleann Dubh Lighe bothy, which burnt down in 2011).”

Page 326 The Great Glen Geography and Geology, line 6: “south-west“ should be “north-east“

Page 329 Col 2 Ben Tee line 1: “774m” should be “904m”

Page 344 Col 1 Meall nan Eun line 1: “928m” should be “667m”

Page 410 Col 2 6:3 Para 2, line 2: after “this region” add “though in 2011 surveyors for the Munro Society measured Beinn a’Chlaidheimh as just below Munro height, making it a Corbett. However, the Scottish Mountaineering Club are waiting for the Ordnance Survey to update its maps before officially confirming this so it’s still a Munro in Munro’s Tables.

Page 410 Col 2 6:3 Para 2, line 17: after “916m”: add “in Munro’s Tables but resurveyed in 2011 as 913.96m”.

Page 410 Col 2 6:3 Para 2, line 21: “910”, should be “906”

Page 417 col 2 The Gleann na Muice Ridge, 7 lines from the bottom: “lonf” should be “long”

Page 417 col 2 The Fisherfield Six line 1: “Munros” should be “hills”

Page 428 Col 2 The hills around Beinn Dearg, lines 2–3: delete “no other hill this far north breaches 1000m”

Page 452 Col 2 Ben Stack line 1: “is the most northerly Graham” should be “is one of the most northerly Grahams”

Page 452 Col 2 Meall Horn and Sabhal Beag line 3, after Sabhal Beag add “, the most northerly Graham,”

Page 480 “Biod Buidhe“ should be “Bioda Buidhe“

Page 498 Sgurr na Banachdich col 2 lines 8–9: “easternmost” (twice) should be “westernmost”


October 2010


The caption for the frontispiece photograph opposite the Acknowledgments, should be "Sgurr nan Clach Geala from Carn na Criche in the Fannaichs".


Re Introduction, page 41, para 2 and Chapter 4, Introduction, page 240, para 2

The Cairngorms National Park was enlarged to 4,528 km2 in September 2010 and now includes Blair Atholl, Glen Tilt, Beinn a’Ghlo, Glen Shee and Killiekrankie in the south-west of the region.



About this Book


When to Go


Getting There

Getting Around


Maps and Guidebooks Equipment for Hillwalkers

The Mountains

Topography and Geology

History, Culture and the Rise of Mountaineering

Scottish Mountain Names

National Parks and other Protected Areas

Plant and Animal Life

Mountain Activities

Peakbagging, Hillwalking and Scrambling

Long Distance Routes

Rock Climbing

Winter Mountaineering

Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

Responsible Mountaineering


Mountain Rescue


Environmental Ethics

Leave no Litter


Cross Country

Wild Camping

Camp Fires and Stoves


Plant and Animal Life

CHAPTER 1: The Southern Uplands

1:1 The Southern Upland Way

1:2 The Galloway Hills

1:3 The Carsphairn Hills

1:4 The Lowther Hills

1:5 The Tweedsmuir Hills

1:6 The Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills

1:7 Outliers

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 2: The Southern Highlands

2:1 The Campsie Fells

2:2 The Ochils

2:3 The Rob Roy Way

2:4 The West Highland Way

2:5 Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond

2:6 The Arrochar Alps

2:7 The Ben Lui Hills

2:8 The Trossachs

2:9 Ben More, Stob Binnein and the Crianlarich and Balquhidder Hills

2:10 The Loch Earn and Crieff Hills

2:11 The Glen Lochay Hills

2:12 The Bridge of Orchy Hills

2:13 Ben Lawers and the Tarmachans

2:14 Glen Lyon, Schiehallion and Aberfeldy

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 3: The Central Highlands

3:1 Ben Cruachan and Glen Strae

3:2 Glen Etive

3:3 The Black Mount

3:4 The West Highland Way

3:5 Glen Coe

3:6 Beinn a’Bheithir and Glen Creran

3:7 Rannoch Moor

3:8 The Mamores

3:9 Ben Nevis

3:10 The Aonachs and the Grey Corries

3:11 Loch Treig

3:12 Loch Ossian

3:13 The Ben Alder and Laggan Hills

3:14 The West Drumochter Hills

3:15 The Monadh Liath

3:16 Creag Meagaidh and the Loch Laggan Hills

3:17 Glen Roy

3:18 Long Walks

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 4: The Cairngorms

4:1 East Drumochter, The Gaick and Minigaig

4:2 Glen Tilt

4:3 Pitlochry and Killiecrankie

4:4 Glen Shee and the Cairnwell Pass

4:5 The Angus Glens: Glen Clova, Glen Doll and Glen Esk

4:6 Deeside

4:7 Strathspey

4:8 The Lairig an Laoigh Area

4:9 The Ben Macdui and Cairngorm plateau

4:10 Lairig Ghru

4:11 Glen Feshie

4:12 The Speyside Way

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 5: The Western Highlands

5:1 Ardgour, Morvern, Sunart and Moidart

5:2 Glenfinnan and Loch Eil

5:3 The Great Glen

5:4 Loch Arkaig, Glen Kingie, Glen Pean and Glen Dessary

5:5 Knoydart

5:6 The Glenelg Peninsula

5:7 North Loch Quoich and South Glen Shiel

5:8 Kintail and North Glen Shiel

5:9 Glen Affric and North Strath Cluanie

5:10 Glen Cannich, Glen Strathfarrar, Loch Monar, Strathconon and Glen Carron

5:11 The Cape Wrath Trail: Fort William to Achnashellach

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 6: The Northern Highlands

6:1 Applecross and Coulin

6:2 Torridon

6:3 Letterewe, Fisherfield and Dundonnell: Loch Maree to Loch Broom

6:4 The Fannaichs

6:5 Beinn Dearg and Easter Ross

6:6 Coigach and Assynt

6:7 The Far North

6:8 The Cape Wrath Trail: Achnashellach to Cape Wrath

6:9 The Sutherland Trail: Lochinver to Tongue

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

CHAPTER 7: The Islands

7:1 Arran

7:2 Jura

7:3 Mull

7:4 Rum

7:5 Skye

7:6 Harris

7:7 South Uist

Access, Bases, Maps and Guides


APPENDIX A Glossary of Common Mountain Words in Gaelic and Scots

APPENDIX B Bibliography and Further Reading

APPENDIX C Current List of Munros

APPENDIX D Current List of Corbetts

Appendix E Index of Maps



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