Ardoil to Arnol by the West Coastal Path on Lewis, overnighting at Giosla, Tolsta and Dalmore.
I hadÂ looked at a route from Huisinish on Harris to Mealasta on Lewis for some time. This trip started in Uig on Skye and ended at Stornoway eight days later with connections to both ends by public transport. This is the first half from Tarbert on Harris to Ardoil on Lewis. I should be clear […]
Moderate 10 mile return walk to Cravadale from Abhainn Suidhe with a spectacular descent into Glen Cravadale.
I planned to walk the Southern Upland Way unsupported over Easter this year. It was the first time I had managed to go lightweight with my pack, and I intended to wild camp throughout. I set out with Inca, my black labrador, on 17th March and left the way 8 days later at Beattock as […]
This is a two day walk taking in old mine workings at Wanlockhead, the Lowther Hills and theÂ dramatic beauty of the Daer Reservoir before a pleasant wander through the Earschaig Forest to join the Annandale Way into Beattock. This is the first section since Portpatrick where there is a realistic accommodation option overnight at the […]
Leaving St John’s Town of Dalry, there is a solid two days hiking to reach Sanquhar, and many may choose to spread this over three days. There are no services or accommodation, so be prepared for one or two nights wild camping. It’s reasonably easy to get bus connections to St John’s from Castle Douglas […]
Most of the Southern Upland Way from Bargrennan to St John’s of Dalry passes through the Galloway Forest Park. It could just about be done in a long day, although most people will take at least two, more if you plan diversions such as climbing the Merrick. There are no services on this section so […]
This first section of the Southern Upland Way is likely to take most people 2 to 3 days to complete. There is a good bothy about halfway at Laggangarn (where you can also camp), but otherwise no accommodation, shops or pubs once you’ve left the Stranraer area. Bargrennan has a hotel/restaurant.
With a new Trailstar and some other gear to get to know, I looked at a weekend a bit closer to home; a Pentland Hills circuit from Livingston. It was one of the coldest nights of the year and everything worked just fine.
Short video of my hike through from Aviemore to Forres between Christmas and New Year 2015.