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Running wild at the Great Wilderness Challenge

Great Wilderness Challenge 2017

I've just put the date of next year's Great Wilderness Challenge in my diary: Saturday, August 11, 2018. That's when hundreds of walkers and runners will again gather in the west coast village of Poolewe to enjoy the majesty of the surrounding landscape.

Coming back down with a crash

Published: Sat 12 Aug 2017

Callater

We'd decided to head east to get the best of the weather, but watching the showers lashing the windows of the Glenshee ski centre caf wasn't inspiring.

Challenge ahead for wilderness wanderer

Published: Sat 29 Jul 2017

Shenavall circuit

Alfred Wainwright is more commonly associated with the Lake District but it is his description of the Dundonnell and Fisherfield forests that has given this area its legendary status in mountaineering - the great wilderness.

Having a blast on Cairngorm plateau

Published: Sat 22 Jul 2017

Northern Corries

I HAD in mind a jaunt round the northern corries of the Cairngorms, but with a forecast of wind gusts up to 40mph I was a little apprehensive.

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The summit view from remote A' Mhaighdean in the Fisherfield forest, Ross-shire

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Running wild at the Great Wilderness Challenge

I've just put the date of next year's Great Wilderness Challenge in my diary: Saturday, August 11, 2018. That's when hundreds of walkers and runners will again gather in the west coast village of Poolewe to enjoy the majesty of the surrounding landscape.

Running wild at the Great Wilderness Challenge

Coming back down with a crash

We'd decided to head east to get the best of the weather, but watching the showers lashing the windows of the Glenshee ski centre caf wasn't inspiring.

Coming back down with a crash

An epic dash and splash through the Cairngorms

There can be few better places to spend a glorious summer's day than on the plentiful trails that take you through some of the best scenery in Scotland.

An epic dash and splash through the Cairngorms

Challenge ahead for wilderness wanderer

Alfred Wainwright is more commonly associated with the Lake District but it is his description of the Dundonnell and Fisherfield forests that has given this area its legendary status in mountaineering - the great wilderness.

Challenge ahead for wilderness wanderer

Having a blast on Cairngorm plateau

I HAD in mind a jaunt round the northern corries of the Cairngorms, but with a forecast of wind gusts up to 40mph I was a little apprehensive.

Having a blast on Cairngorm plateau

Distilling the sights and the smells of Speyside

Head down one of the side streets away from Rothes' industrious main street and you are soon either walking along the grass banks of the Spey or, as in this route, enjoying the dells and hillside above the village.

Distilling the sights and the smells of Speyside

Away with the fairies

Motivation is the key to getting young children to be enthusiastic about what us grown-ups boringly refer to as "going for a walk". That, and ice cream.

Away with the fairies

The island that was left behind

I HAD often gazed across the Pentland Firth at the low-lying island of Stroma and been met by the blank stare of its windowless, long-abandoned cottages.

The island that was left behind

 

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