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Almost trackless 7 day summer hike suggestions wanted
by tian » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:10 pm
For this year we thought about going to Scotland, (if UK will still allow us to enter after Brexit). I read some Walk Reports about the area around Inverness, but most pictures I saw showed wide walking paths and low mountains, nothing we are looking for. Are there areas reachable by public transportation from a airport, where we could hike for about 7 days, with higher mountains surrounding and only small or none existent paths? We usually don't climb up mountain tops, but enjoy to hike through valleys or climb over passes.
We would be there first week of august, how dangerous would it be to hike there as hunting season will start that time?
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by Pastychomper » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:08 pm
You are unlikely to get shot at but will need to avoid deer stalkers. I believe the usual method is to plan more than one route for each day, find out which estate you'd be walking across, then contact them the day before to find out which areas (if any) you need to avoid. All the hunting estates should be willing to help, but as deer are mobile they don't tend to know far in advance where stalking will take place on a given day. Personally I do most of my big walks out of season (my location makes it easy to do), but from what I've read on here most estates seem to be willing to advise walkers who take the trouble to check in advance.
Public transport will take you to a lot of promising areas but not quite everywhere. From Inverness airport there's a bus to Inverness itself, then you can get trains north, south, or west (via Dingwall) to mountainous areas.
by Phil the Hill » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:13 pm
Midges will be an issue in August, but if you normally walk in Scandinavia maybe you are used to that.
You should be OK to avoid deer stalking in the main Cairngorms. Others can probably advise better than me, as I avoid August.
by NickyRannoch » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:39 pm
I think the best option would be to take a train to Mallaig (presuming you are flying to Edinburgh or Glasgow, if you fly to Inverness get a train to Kyle of Lochalsh) or one of the stations just before and to try and end up in Blair Atholl to get a train back.
You will still have to cross main roads or through a village at some points in the journey though.
by Sgurr » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:56 pm
by nigheandonn » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:15 pm
by tian » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:14 pm
We haven't booked our flights now, so we could fly to any airport in scotland.
This type of trail is perfect:
Midges are often a problem in scandinavia too, but we know how to protect ourself and also own head nets
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by bydand_loon » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:23 pm
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by al78 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:58 pm
The heart of the Cairngorms. Start in Braemar, hike up Ben Avon and Beinn a Bhuird, turn west and keep as high as possible. You will eventually reach the mountains around Loch A'an, from there you can head north, west or south to bag more Munros, or there are lower level walks through the glens if you prefer.
The Monadhliath mountains, very few tracks, or even paths. If you head NW from Aviemore you will go over part of the vast upland plateau and down into Strathdearn (there is a small dead-end road in that glen). From there you are a long way from anywhere, whichever direction you head out of the glen you are hiking over heathery, largely pathless upland plateau.
Dalwhinnie to Fort William. Yuo can either take the low route through the glens which may largely be too pathed for your liking, or leabe the glen and head up over Ben Alder, past Corrour station, then either follow glen Nevis to Fort William or take one of the hardcore parallel routes over the Lochaber peaks (finishing on Ben Nevis), or the full Mammores ridge.
Fort William to Inverie via Glenfinnan, not sure how good the paths in the glens are, if there even are any. From Inverie you can continue heading in a general northerly direction using the path along Loch Hourn, then at Kinloch Hourn turn north and there is a side glen and pass which eventually will bring you to glen Shiel. You don't have to walk down glen Shiel itself with the main road, you can make use of a parallel glen and high pass and go over the munros near The Saddle, you can then join glen Sheil near Sheil Bridge. From there you could just keep going north and north east following glens and passes, you will pass the Falls of Glomach, and end up in Torridon eventually. I think this route is pretty much part of the Cape Wrath trail (it is not a marked way on the ground, large sections of it you have to find a route yourself).
by al78 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:06 am
by prog99 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:13 am
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by NickyRannoch » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:00 am
The Monadhliath mountains, very few tracks, or even paths. .[/quote]
Is that so?
by Gundram » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:28 pm
And you can include the Paps if you are looking for higher mountains.
3 excellent bothies and some fine camping spots along the way.
A friend and I did this hike last year and it was the trip of our life!
For infos visit Peter Edwards blog (writesofway). He also wrote a very good guide book about Jura.
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by al78 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:54 am
The Monadhliath mountains, very few tracks, or even paths. .
Is that so? [/quote]
I may have overstated my case there, there are quite a few paths on the edge, but going into the heart of the plateau the paths/tracks drop off significantly, and it is possible to wander around the interior plateau hardly touching a track.
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