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Backpacker's Britain


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INTRODUCTION Background How to Use This Guide Getting Around and Accommodation Safety in the Hills Navigation Equipment Food Access and the Backpacker Flora and Fauna THE ROUTES Route 1 Shetland - Esha Ness Route 2 Shetland - Mainland South Route 3 Shetland - Yell Route 4 Orkney - Western Mainland Route 5 Lewis - Western Mountains Route 6 North Harris - Mountains and Moorlands Route 7 South Uist - the Wild Eastern Coast Route 8 Cape Wrath and Sandwood Bay Route 9 Ben Hope Route 10 Inverpolly Route 11 Assynt from Inchnadamph Route 12 The Munros of the Inverlael Forest Route 13 Fisherfield and Letterewe Route 14 The Applecross Peninsula Route 15 The Fannichs Traverse Route 16 Torridon from Shieldaig Route 17 Coulin Forest from Torridon Route 18 The Strath Carron Munros from Craig Route 19 The Head of Strathconon Route 20 The High Traverse of Glen Affric Route 21 Beinn Fhada and A'Glas Bheinn Route 22 The High Traverse of Glen Shiel Route 23 Shiel Bridge to Glenfinnan Route 24 The Mountains of Knoydart Route 25 Skye - the Black Cuillin Lochs and Bealachs Route 26 Skye - the Red Cuillin Route 27 Skye - the Trotternish Ridge Traverse Route 28 Exploring Raasay Route 29 Discovering Rum Route 30 Through the Cona Glen APPENDIX I Useful Contacts APPENDIX 2 Bibliography APPENDIX 3 Route Summary Table APPENDIX 4 Glossary

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Graham Uney's love of the mountains has taken him to all corners of the UK and further afield to the Himalayas, North Africa and Europe. He indulges in his passions for backpacking, hill walking, rock climbing, winter mountaineering, orienteering and wildlife watching at home in the highlands of Scotland.


'It's an interesting point to note, but a fairnumber of us Scots are more familiar with European locations than we are with our own country. This may be, in part, due to the number of bargain holiday destinations abroad, but with increasing emphasis on 'Scottishness', Gaelic and our heritage, exploring our own country may just be creeping into the minds of many. And rather than take the easy way out by joining a coach tour of the 'important' bits of Scotland, or taking the car and staying at generic hotels and inns, there is always the option of roughing it a bit, and backpacking through the wilds to find out what this country is really like. Since this isn't quite the easy option that can be comfortably handled by your local travel agent, a guide to how to partake of the great outdoors is a recommended first step. Such a guide has been produced by the experts in the field (if you'll pardon the pun) at Cicerone Press, who recently published the third volume in their series 'Backpacker's Britain'. This volume concerns the Highlands and Islands of Northern Scotland and is comprehensively written by Graham Uney who operates Wild Ridge Adventures, a company specializing in just the very holidays to which I referred above. The book covers a total of thirty multi-day trips covering the area north of the Great Glen along with Skye, the Outer Hebrides and Orkney and Shetland. Before launching into descriptions of each particular hike, Uney comprehensively covers the dos and don'ts of backpacking, even down to the composition of a daily diet to make sure you're not stuck in the wilds suffering from hunger knock. So if Torremolinos, Majorca and Tenerife leave you cold (metaphorically speaking), this may well be the time to kit yourself with the appropriate outdoor gear and go and find out just what a wonderful country Scotland really is.' (Ileach Newspaper / March 07) 'The author Graham Uney has used his extensive knowledge to provide the reader with a really useful guide giving detail of Tourist Information, transport links, accommodation and supply points. Each day has a detailed description of the route and terrain leaving the reader in doubt what to expect. The book is aimed at anyone with a love of wild mountain and coastal walking. I liked the layout and overall feel of this backpackers guide and even if you don't contemplate walking the routes it is good enough to inspire you or give as a gift to a friend. Graham writes for a number of outdoor and wildlike magazine, his knowledge and expertise shows through on each page of this excellent guide.' (Strider / April 2007) 'In my early days as a mountaineer, the Highlands and islands of Northern Scotland became a regular haunt of mine. For me, the mark of a good guidebook is one that makes you want to get out among the mountains, and Uney's guide has that in spades. The Highlands of Scotland are one of Britain's great wilderness areas, particularly the far north. Backpackers venturing into this remote area get a true sense of being away from it all, and this book gives a superb starting point for those wanting to explore this wonderful mountain region. The book is 'back-pack' size and attracively produced. The author writes well with a real love for both the area and the adventure. Browsing through his descriptions of the areas that I know best made me all nostalgic. Now, where's my Trangia...?' (Irish Mountain Log / Spring 2007) Check out the reviews on the following websites: Undiscoveredscotland.co.uk Lothianlife.co.uk

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