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Hebridean Way guide launched on Walkhighlands

We’re delighted to launch our new guide to the Hebridean Way, the unique 253km walking route which begins on the island of Vatersay, and visits Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray and Harris and Lewis, finishing in the capital of the Western Isles, Stornoway. Our full guide: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/hebridean-way.shtml We’ve fully detailed descriptions of the route in 12 stages in our usual style, all illustrated with photography and full Ordnance Survey mapping. If doing the route in stages, you can record your progress stage-by-stage. You can also record your own experiences of walking the route and read those

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Exclusive endurance race accused of vandalism on Goatfell

The exclusive Highland Kings race – which charges entry fees of £15,000 per person – has been accused of vandalism after daubing yellow arrows on rocks where the route heads over Goatfell on Arran. Local mountain guide Lucy Wallace – a contributor as Walkhighlands and a member of the local mountain rescue team – raised the issue on her Facebook page: “Last night while I was having a brilliant time on Goatfell with my friends, (yet somehow leaving no trace of our presence), we saw that the mountain had been daubed in hundreds of these sprayed on yellow waymarks. I

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First eagle nest camera feed in the UK opens at Loch Garten

In what has been hailed as a first for the UK, a new live camera feed at RSPB Scotland’s Loch Garten Nature Centre is giving visitors an up-close look at Scotland’s largest bird of prey. A pair of white-tailed eagles, Shona and Finn, have established a nest in the vast landscape of the Cairngorms Connect partnership, of which RSPB Scotland is part, with their activities beamed live to the Loch Garten Nature Centre at the charity’s Abernethy nature reserve. Using methods successfully trialled in other countries including Estonia and Latvia and under special license from NatureScot, experts from Wildlife Windows

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Scottish Nature Photography Awards winners revealed

The Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2021 winners have been selected by the judging panel, photographers Kit Martin, Rebecca Nason and Niall Irvine. Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 is landscape photographer Darren Cole, whose winning image portrays a dramatic scene of a muirburn fire below snow-covered peaks near his home on the Isle of Harris. Ice and Fire won the Environmental category before being chosen as the overall winner against stiff competition from a range of abstract, botanical, wildlife and landscape categories. Kit Martin said: “Ice and Fire is stunning. The competition was fierce in the Environmental category, but

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Riverwoods – an Untold Story

Riverwoods is a stunning new feature-length documentary made by Scotland: The Big Picture that tells of how salmon – Scotland’s King of Fish – is vital not just to anglers but as a key part of the forest ecosystem. And how we need to restore our depleted landscapes to secure a future for our threatened wild salmon. The film is about to embark on a free screening tour around Scotland from March to April – at venues from Wick to Peebles; just book your place to see this beautiful film and the vital story it tells.. Three years in the

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Weather warning for Scotland’s mountains and forests

Severe weather conditions over Scotland’s mountains look set to continue through the weekend and into next week, and great care will need to be taken by anyone accessing the hills. Mountain bikers have also been warned of potentially dangerous conditions in forests, for weeks to come. Experts have stressed the importance of being properly equipped for full winter conditions in the mountains and of planning routes according to the weather and avalanche forecasts before any trip. Specialist mountain weather forecasts are predicting sustained periods of gales or even hurricane-force winds on higher terrain for the next week. Snow, rain and

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Win tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival UK tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival – UK and Ireland 2022 tour begins this Friday in Buxton, and includes dates around Scotland through March and September, with a new series of the best adventure films. We’ve three pairs of tickets to give away across Walkhighlands social media – hop over to our pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your chance to win (there’s one pair of tickets to win on the Walkhighlands page for each site). THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED You can find full details – and a list of all the venues and dates – on the tour

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Munro ‘Tops’ functionality added to Walkhighlands

We’ve now added the Munro Tops to Walkhighlands. The Tops are the lesser summits over 3000′, which are not classed as separate Munro mountains. There are currently 226 Tops in Scotland, which some people aim to complete in addition to the 282 Munros. Tops have been added following requests from users. We are aware that the probably majority of walkers are not interested in also bagging Tops, whilst for others their inclusion could cause confusion, so we’ve made the Walkhighlands website experience more customisable – you can choose whether or not Tops feature. Tops are turned off by default, and

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Scottish Avalanche information service forecasts stepping up

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service forecasts have already begun for Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber. From this Friday 10th December reports for all of the 6 operational areas of Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms , Northern Cairngorms and Torridon regions will be issued from daily. As well as providing detailed daily forecasts which hillwalkers can use in combination with weather reports to plan their routes, the SAIS also maintains a record of avalanche activity across Scotland. Hillwalkers and climbers are asked to report any avalanches they witness to the SAIS via the website where the daily reports can also be viewed. Last

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Project sought to receive £100,000 grant to aid Scottish mountaineering

For its 60th birthday next year, the Scottish Mountaineering Trust is offering a ‘Diamond Grant‘ of up to £100,000, to a project that helps more people to experience and enjoy the mountains, especially in Scotland. The Trust was set up in 1962 to support deserving mountain projects, and over the years has contributed £1.6 million to a very wide range of schemes. A student training weekend – a mountain rescue base – a mountain film festival – a club hut – a new bridge – all these and many more have been helped, through grants ranging from a few hundred

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