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Friday, November 24, 2006

Walk Scotland

When Chris Townsend reached the summit of Ben Hope in Sutherland, he walked his way into the record books. After 118 days in which he had covered more than 1700 miles and climbed over 575,000 feet, he had completed the first single continuous journey of all 277 Munros and 240 Tops in the Scottish Highlands. This is the story of that remarkable walk from the start on Ben More on the Isle of Mull through to the finish, the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 18 times. For the author, the real enjoyment of the walk was not in counting up the summits or the miles but in spending week after week in the hills and living in the wilds. In "The Munros and Tops", Chris Townsend recalls the joys of observing the birds and animals, the trees and flowers, the changing shapes of the hills and the play of light on their slopes. He writes about the complexities of route-finding and the challenge of rugged terrain and of coping with often atrocious weather conditions. The Munros and Tops: A Record-setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands.

From the top of Ben Nevis in the rugged west, to the gentler seascape of the Fife Coast in the east, and from the vast open emptiness of the far north to the rolling hills of the Borders, Scotland's scenic variety is truly amazing. This diversity is reflected in the wide range of walks described in this book, which will appeal to both families wanting a ramble and experienced hill walkers. The route for each walk is described in full and illustrated by Glen McBeth's quirky and amusing drawings. The history, folklore and geography of the surrounding landscape are also explored. Based on the popular series in Scotland on Sunday, the guide advises which maps to use, as well as the distance, difficulty rating and the best gear to wear for each walk. Walk of the Week: 52 Walks Around Scotland.

Walk Scotland is a guidebook with a difference as Bruce Sandison takes the reader on 125 of his favourite walks - from the Shetland Isles to the Borders, including three excursions in the land of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland - combining practical information of indigenous flora and fauna with local history and the author's personal knowledge of these routes in his beloved native land. Each walk is a complete story in itself. Sandison recounts his own experiences during a lifetime spent exploring Scotland's countryside: a first kiss among the trees of the 'T' Woods at Swanston, near Edinburgh; discovering Skara Brae in Orkney, before the tourists. His sense of humour is never far behind as he remembers those who walked these ways in days gone by: Mary, Queen of Scots, dashing from Jedburgh to Hermitage Castle to comfort her lover, incurring the wrath of Presbyterian Scotland for doing so; and Bonnie Prince Charlie holding 'court' behind Ben Corridale on South Uist. Including walks to suit all standards of fitness, this book is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs. Ordnance Survey grid references are noted for routes, start- and finishing-points and key markers along the way. At once a practical guide and an evocative account of the history permeating these stunning landscapes, Walk Scotland is a must for all would-be walkers and lovers of the Scottish countryside. Walk Scotland: A Guidebook for All Seasons.

This is a guide to Scotland's best walks. From mountain, glen, drove road and seashore each walk is graded for length and difficulty. It is an essential guide for anyone who enjoys walking and for anyone with an interest in rural Scotland. Scotlands 100 Best Walks.

The old counties of Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, and Caithness, forming Scotland is north west peninsula, contain some of the country is most spectacular scenery, and boast many of the most shapely and challenging hills in the British Isles. Stack Polly, Suilven, and Ben Loyal have been favourite postcard peaks for generations and many visitors come to the far north just to enjoy the unique scenery with its knobbly gneiss moors, jutting peaks, rugged coastline, and unspoilt communities. For these visitors, the far north provides almost endless possibilities. Attractions include boat trips to interesting offshore islands with impressive sea cliffs and colonies of sea birds, fascinating antiquities tracing Scotland is history from stone-age man to the shameful clearances, and a number of low-level scenic attractions such as Britain's highest waterfall and some of the best beaches in the UK. For the more adventurous visitor, the hills offer a wealth of challenging and enjoyable outings, from simple half-day walks to demanding multi-day expeditions, and all in the most wild and lonely terrain that Scotland has to offer. This guide, selectively covering the whole northern peninsula from Ullapool northwards, will be a valuable aid for any visitor to the area, giving information on camping and accommodation, road access, local bases, topography and climate, as well as 62 walking routes varying in length from 3km to 56km. Walking in Scotland's Far North: 62 Mountain Walks (Cicerone British Mountains).

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