Promoting walking in Scotland
Walkhighlands' mission is to encourage the enjoyment of walking through being the best information source and social network for walkers in Scotland.
In doing so we also aim to help the small, local tourism businesses so vital to Scotland's rural economy through providing low-cost, highly-targetted advertising.
Walkhighlands is the busiest walking site in the UK and far and away the busiest outdoors website in Scotland, with 340,000 unique visitors checking in each month.
We are constantly expanding and currently feature over 1,800 walking routes including everything from detailed routes up every Munro to short woodland or even urban walks. Through our partnership with the Ordnance Survey, every route has a detailed map. We also feature podcasts giving the correct pronunciaton and place-name meanings, a 3D visualisation of every route, gradient profiles, route downloads for GPS devices and much, much more. Our users record their own outdoors experiences through their personal 'walks diaries' and can share their walking stories, photos and videos on the routes and hill descriptions throughout the site. Users can even draw and share their routes on Ordnance Survey mapping using our unique GPS planner. For those attempting a long term objective such as the Munros we provide interactive personal 'hill-bagging' maps to record your progress. All the features on Walkhighlands are free of charge for personal use.
Helen co-founded Walkhighlands in February 2007. The idea originated during her 4,000 mile continuous walk across Europe with Paul in 2003/4. Helen deals with all classified advertising, marketing and media enquiries, as well as being the author of hundreds of Walkhighlands routes.
Paul is the co-founder of Walkhighlands as well as the co-author with Helen of thirteen books and numerous magazine articles about walking in the UK. He is also a director of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and member of the Cairngorms National Park Local Outdoor Access Forum. Paul deals with all technical aspects of Walkhighlands and with banner advertising, as well as being the routes editor.
Cameron's Walkhighlands column looks at the political side of the outdoors. Probably Britain's best known mountain walker and backpacker, Cameron will be a familiar face to most due to his BBC TV work presenting series such as The Edge and Wilderness Walks, Cameron is currently a presenter with the Adventure Show. He's written many popular books and was for many years the editor of TGO Magazine.
A keen walker and wildlife enthusiast, Ben writes about natural history and the environment for Walkhighlands. He is passionate about showing people the often overlooked wonders on their doorstep. Ben works as a seasonal assistant ranger at Country Parks in West Lothian, and is author of the feature, photograph and video blog Benvironment.
Peter Macfarlane is Walkhighlands' gear editor and a freelance outdoor writer and photographer. A regular contributor to Trail Magazine he has appeared in other magazines as well as covering outdoor topics on TV and radio. He's a regular in the Scottish mountains where he's gained his experience of equipment testing and found a preference for simplicity and light weight. More mountains and gear on his blog.
David Lintern moved north to be nearer the mountains after a 2 month coast to coast walk in the Pyrenees. As well as his Walkhighlands features, he's a regular contributor to TGO and several other magazines and was a photography award-winner at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. You can see more of his photography and writing at his own website.
Linda Cracknell is an award-winning fiction and creative non-fiction writer often inspired by nature and wild places. She lives in Highland Perthshire and as well as writing books such as Doubling Back, short stories and radio drama she runs creative writing classes and is currently writer-in-residence at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. For Walkhighlands, she writes articles bringing to life the cultural side of the Scottish landscape.
Chris is the author and photographer of the Walkhighlands' guides to the Southern Upland Way and the Annandale Way. A lifelong enthusiast for wild places and backpacking, Chris is one of the UK's best known outdoors writers. Chris is a past president of the MCofS and is the Gear Editor for TGO magazine. He also keeps a regular blog.
A keen advocate of lightweight gear for backpacking, Phil wrote our gear reviews up to July 2014 and is also the author and photographer of many of our routes in southern Scotland. Phil is also the author of walking guidebooks to both Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran.
Alec (Ailig Domhnal in Gaelic) is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye. He has worked as a radio presenter for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and also taught Gaelic at Sabhal Mor Ostaig college.
Alec is the voice behind the recordings of Gaelic pronunciation you can listen to on our walks and hill pages.