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Backpacker's Britain - Northern Scotland - a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of Backpacker's Britain: Northern Scotland
11 Aug 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
1st Published
11 Oct 2006
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Backpacker's Britain: Northern Scotland

Thirty two- and three-day treks

by Graham Uney
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

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The Highlands of Scotland are one of Britain's great wilderness areas, particularly in the Far North. Backpackers venturing into these remote lands get a true sense of being away from it, and this book gives a superb starting point for those wanting to explore this wonderful mountain region. A total of 30 multi-day backpacking routes are described, along rugged coastlines from the Shetland Islands to the Rough Bounds of Knoydart, and across mountain ridges from the northern tip of Skye to the great trench of Glen Affric. Most routes take just 2 or 3 days to complete, but for those wanting an even wilder experience a handful of longer routes are also included.

  • Covers all the main mountain regions north of the Great Glen, as well as many magnificent coastal walks on the islands of Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Skye and Rum.
  • Accommodation information provided, as well as details of good camp sites, bothies and hostels for use during the walk itself.

This is the third volume of Cicerone’s Backpacker’s series, and follows Volume 1: Northern England and Volume 2: Wales, both also by Graham Uney.

  • Seasons
    January to March most routes snow-bound. April to June and September to December ideal. July and August bring plagues of midges!
  • Centres
    Lerwick, Stromness, Stornoway, Ullapool, Gairloch, Torridon, Kyle of Lochalsh, Mallaig, Portree, Fort William
  • Difficulty
    Wilderness backpacking routes of 2–5 days for the experienced hillwalker/wild camper. Good fitness and navigation skills essential.
  • Must See
    Sleeping in the wilderness and waking to a sunlit dawn of cackling grouse on vast, open expanses of purple moorland.

May 2007

Page 6 - Warning

The last sentence in the paragraph should read

From a mobile, phone the international emergency number 112 – this will connect you via any available network.

May 2015

Route 8
Sandwood Bay (p91)

Thank you to John Cleare for providing us with information about Tom Patey and the first ascent of Am Buachaille. The sea stack was first climbed in July 1967 by Tom Patey and John Cleare but this was not how Tom lost his life. He died descending from the first ascent of The Maiden, a double stack off Whiten Head in May 1970.


How to Use This Guide
Getting Around and Accommodation
Safety in the Hills
Access and the Backpacker
Flora and Fauna
The Walks
Walk 1 Shetland – Esha Ness
Walk 2 Shetland – Mainland South
Walk 3 Shetland – Yell
Walk 4 Orkney – Western Mainland
Walk 5 Lewis – Western Mountains
Walk 6 North Harris – Mountains and Moorlands
Walk 7 South Uist – the Wild Eastern Coast
Walk 8 Cape Wrath and Sandwood Bay
Walk 9 Ben Hope
Walk 10 Inverpolly
Walk 11 Assynt from Inchnadamph
Walk 12 The Munros of the Inverlael Forest
Walk 13 Fisherfield and Letterewe
Walk 14 The Applecross Peninsula
Walk 15 The Fannichs Traverse
Walk 16 Torridon from Shieldaig
Walk 17 Coulin Forest from Torridon
Walk 18 The Strath Carron Munros from Craig
Walk 19 The Head of Strathconon
Walk 20 The High Traverse of Glen Affric
Walk 21 Beinn Fhada and A’ Ghlas Bheinn
Walk 22 The High Traverse of Glen Shiel
Walk 23 Shiel Bridge to Glenfinnan
Walk 24 The Mountains of Knoydart
Walk 25 Skye – the Black Cuillin Lochs and Bealachs
Walk 26 Skye – the Red Cuillin
Walk 27 Skye – the Trotternish Ridge Traverse
Walk 28 Exploring Raasay
Walk 29 Discovering Rum
Walk 30 Through the Cona Glen
Appendix 1 Useful Contacts
Appendix 2 Bibliography
Appendix 3 Walk Summary Table
Appendix 4 Glossary
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