Hillwalking in Scotland

From the wide vistas of the Cairngorm plateau to the majestic ridges of the North West Highlands, the hills and mountains of Scotland are a wonderful and varied place to hike and climb in. I have spent my time since moving to Scotland exploring these mountains, gradually working my way through the list of 284 283 282 Munros. These pages detail my trips, from day walks in the local hills to wild camps far out in isolated and lonely glens.

Loch Ossian at dusk

The reports page contains a record of my walks including a link to photos and my journal entries. I am also plotting my start points on a map for future use, this can be found on the map page. I have a page for all my wild camp related material including trips and gear lists. For my general hillwalking kit list see this equipment page.

I used to regularly walk with the Stocket Hillwalking Club, a friendly group of Aberdeen-based hillwalkers who hire a coach out for a monthly day walk and have two or three weekends away in hostels further afield. Using the coach typically allows for more through-walks, giving the opportunity to tackle hills from unusual directions as well as allowing for a pub stop on the way home!

I am a keen landscape photographer and am slowly working to improve my technique. My portfolio, which features mainly Scottish landscapes, can be viewed on the photography page. My photos have been featured in the Scottish Mountaineering Club's Guidebook to Scrambling and the Visit Scotland 2018 and 2019 Walking Guides.

Statistics

Year No. of Trips Distance (km) Ascent (m) Munros (New) Corbetts (New) Grahams (New)
Total 172 4523.77 219318.3 192 (169) 35 (34) 11 (11)
2007 1 30.0 1000.0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
2008 0 0.0 0.0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
2009 23 447.81 28883.0 16 (16) 3 (3) 0 (0)
2010 22 469.67 29952.0 44 (43) 0 (0) 2 (2)
2011 19 465.69 29552.0 27 (21) 5 (5) 2 (2)
2012 24 798.43 38297.0 34 (28) 9 (9) 2 (2)
2013 24 1024.43 38193.0 24 (21) 12 (12) 1 (1)
2014 15 460.35 21736.0 24 (20) 1 (0) 3 (3)
2015 16 407.92 17496.0 14 (12) 3 (3) 0 (0)
2016 9 293.55 9510.0 9 (8) 2 (2) 1 (1)
2017 8 64.78 2907.0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
2018 11 61.14 1792.0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
2019 0 0.0 0.0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)

Notes

  1. I didn't start using a GPS device to track my distance, time and ascent until 2009
  2. In 2008 I climbed Sgurr nan Ceannaichean near Achnasheen which, in 2009, was demoted from Munro status