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Coronavirus advice on walking and travel clarified

The Scottish Government has clarified its advice on walking and outdoor exercise for those who live in areas under Tier 3 or 4 restrictions. The new guidance states that if you live in a tier 3 or 4 area, you are permitted to travel upto 5 miles out of your local authority area in order to go for a walk or other form of outdoor exercise. Walks (and bike rides) outside your local authority area are also permitted if the walk (or bike ride) starts and ends within your local authority. The full new guidance on travel is available here.

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Walkers urged to check for deer stalking before Heading for the Scottish Hills

Hillwalkers are being encouraged to check online for deer stalking information before setting out during the busiest part of the season. NatureScot manages the Heading for the Scottish Hills website which provides details on deer stalking on estates between July and late October to help walkers avoid disturbing stalking. With many more people getting out and about to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the website helps walkers to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It includes advice on where and when stag stalking is taking place on each estate,

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Donnie Campbell nears self-propelled Munros record

On 1st August Donnie Campbell – a runner from Skye – set off to break the record for the fastest self-propelled round of the Munros. The current record – set 10 years ago by Stephen Pyke – stands at 39 days and 9 hours. Yesterday Donnie put in a truly remarkable effort, climbing Slioch, the Fisherfield 5, An Teallach, the complete Fannichs, and Ben Wyvis in a single day. 18 Munros on the day brought his total to 272 after 31 days. At the time of writing (4pm) Donnie has climbed the Beinn Dearg group and Seana Bhraigh, and is

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Plan to avoid the busiest walks this weekend

Some of Scotland’s best known places for walks are set to be busy again this weekend, as people continue to enjoy the eased lockdown restrictions. Last week, certain very popular locations within easy reach of a day trip from the central belt became excessively busy, with car parks overfull and excessive parking on the verges causing obstruction on narrow roads. This is likely to be the case again on some routes, especially in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with its proximity to Glasgow. Parking and roads to Ben A’an, Conic Hill and Ben Lomond are likely to

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Win £150 each month from Cotswold Outdoor

We’re delighted that Cotswold Outdoor have joined us as the new sponsors of the Walkhighlands forum walk of the month competition. The competition has run for more than ten years, but had been suspended whilst Scotland’s restrictions on leisure travel to within 5 miles home were in place. These restrictions were lifted today. Every month Walkhighlands will have £150 worth of Cotswold Outdoor vouchers to give away to the users who submit the best reports from their walks, which don’t have to be in Scotland. Get out with your camera and get writing stories from your adventures in our countryside.

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Welcome back – but be responsible

It’s going to be great to once again have freedom to travel around Scotland more than 5 miles from home, from Friday 3rd July. But we need to all think carefully when planning where we head out beyond our local area this weekend. On the one hand, it’s going to be a good idea to pick somewhere not too obvious, off the beaten track, to avoid overcrowding. On the other hand, Mountain Rescue teams are going to be stretched with slower response times and fewer team members available than normal – so it is a good idea to stay well

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Scotland leisure travel limit to be lifted on 3th July

The Scottish Government announced today that they are planning to remove the 5 mile limit on leisure travel on the 3rd July. This means that day trips to the hills will be possible for all at last. Self-catering accommodation which has its own private facilities can also reopen from that date. The indicative dates announced today include: Travel distance restriction relaxed – 3 July Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted – 3 July Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) – 6 July People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing) – 10 July Households can meet indoors with up

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Scottish tourism asked to prepare to reopen from July 15

Scotland’s tourism minister Fergus Ewing has told Scotland’s tourism businesses to prepare to reopen on July 15th, conditional on Scotland reaching stage 3 of its lockdown easing plan. The final decision on whether to go ahead will be made at the 9th July review. Restrictions on travel outside of people’s local area are expected to lift from the 15th July, which will see a return to hillwalking for people who live some distance from the mountains. However, he also wanted that “absolutely nothing can be guaranteed” and the date could be changed if infection rates do not continue to fall.

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Hillwalking and the plan to ease lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced the four stage route map for Scotland to ease its Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Today Scottish Mountain Rescue have issued new guidance to hillwalkers. None of the changes are yet in place, but it is expected that we may move to ‘Phase One’ of lifting the lockdown on next Thursday 28th May – although this will depend on continued progress in reducing infection numbers. Phase One – from 28th May if supported by evidence The new advice allows unrestricted outdoors exercise, whilst adhering to distancing measures and non-contact outdoor activities in the local area – such as

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Coronavirus message in Scotland to remain “Stay Home”

Walkhighlands usual role is to promote and celebrate exploring Scotland on foot. Since restrictions on travel were first imposed from Coronavirus, we have kept our messaging across the website and our social media to reflect the latest government advice and the lockdown legal restrictions. The above box is shown across Walkhighlands. This is the message from the Scottish Government, and relates to the advice that applies in Scotland. It will be updated when the advice changes. The Scottish Government has stated that the slogan ‘Stay Home – Save Lives’ will stay in place tonight. We are aware we have users

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