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A run on the wild side in Glen Finglas

Glen Finglas

In the heart of Scotland, this glen is a treat for walkers, runners and mountain bikers Read more ›

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Scotland End to End, Walking the Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail

Scotland End to End - Walking the Gore-Tex National Trail

Scotland End to End, Walking the Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail by Cameron McNeish and Richard Else

This book accompanies the opening last year of a new end-to-end walking route from Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders (the northern terminus of the Pennine Way) to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point on the British mainland. Some may be uncomfortable with the overt corporate branding of the trail, but it looks like a cracking route. Devised by broadcaster and outdoor writer Cameron McNeish, the 470-mile route links a number of existing long-distance trails such as the Southern Upland Way, the John Muir Way, Rob Roy Way and the Cape Wrath Trail.

Mountain Media RRP £20.00

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Walking with Wildness, Experiencing the Watershed of Scotland

Walking With Wilderness

Walking with Wildness, Experiencing the Watershed of Scotland by Peter Wright

In his earlier Ribbon of Wildness, Peter Wright plotted and walked a route along ‘Scotland’s Watershed’ – the point at which a fallen raindrop will either flow west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea. It’s an intriguing thought, with the resulting route – one determined by nature rather than human path planners – extending for 745 miles from Peel Fell on the English border to Duncansby Head near John O’Groats, mostly along high, rarely-visited ground. Understanding that few have the time to take on such an epic venture, this follow-up sees the author offer a selection of 26 day and weekend walks that between them give a flavour of the wild landscapes found along the length of the Watershed.

Luath Press – RRP £7.99

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Scottish Trail Running – SO Favourite

Scottish Trail Running by Susie Allison
Scottish Trail Running
by  Reviewed by Scotland Outdoors

A celebration of running a world away from tarmac and traffic, Susie Allison has done experienced and beginner trail runners alike a great service with this wonderful collection of 70 routes around the country – from short runs close to town centres to ultra-marathons in Scotland’s wild backcountry.
Of particular appeal for those taking their first strides in trail running is that the routes steer clear of the kind of impenetrable bogs and ankle-breaking boulder fields that can be occupational hazards when out on the hill. Instead, the focus is on circular and almost entirely runnable tracks. All have been hand-picked to highlight the sheer range of scenery and terrain that can be enjoyed while trail running in Scotland.Each run is graded based on navigational difficulty, the type of terrain encountered and how wet your feet are likely to get – giving runners enough prior information to help build confidence as they progress to longer, tougher routes.Part of the appeal of trail running is, of course, the challenge of the route itself, but just as important is the opportunity for runners to immerse themselves in wonderful landscapes. This book celebrates both with equal gusto, with the author always keen to highlight the natural and historical features found along the various routes. Goodness knows how many miles were clocked up while researching it.

Rating: 4.5 / 5
Pesda Press, £15.99,

Best price £12.99  (Correct at time of writing)

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