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Scrambling is the highly popular pursuit which combines the freedom enjoyed by the hillwalker with the more immediate excitement of the rock climber but without the cumbersome clutter of ropes, karabiners and other paraphernalia. An essential guide to the best scrambling in Scotland, this book details, with the aid of maps and photographs, classic mountain routes such as Aonach Eagach and the Cuillin Ridge, as well as the lesser known Northern Pinnacles of Liathach and many more. Whether a complete beginner or a seasoned scrambler, everything you need to know about this challenging sport is contained here.
Andrew Dempster has 40 years' experience of hillwalking the length and breadth of Scotland. Author of several climbing books, including the first guidebook to the Grahams, in this volume he identifies the best wee hills on the Scottish mainland. MUNRO at least 3,000ft high CORBETT 2,500-3,000ft high with a prominence of at least 500ft GRAHAM 2,000-2,499ft high with a drop of at least 150 metres HUGH (Hill Under Graham Height): under 2,000ft with exceptional character The Hughs all offer rewarding - and often stunning - climbs and views. Some are already popular. Many await discovery. Each one has great character. That is what the Hughs are all about. From Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh to An Grianan in the far north, from Ben Hiant in the west to Bennachie in the east, the Hughs are a phenomenally diverse range of hills, stretching to all points of the compass. Accessible to people of any age, the Hughs are not defined by the sterile logic of relative height - they are a choice of the heart.
The essential guide to experiencing Scotland's truly dramatic, extensive, and ever-varying coastline on foot Compiled in a user-friendly format with maps and illustrations throughout, this guide provides a wealth of walking possibilities for anyone with an interest in outdoor pursuits, with many suitable for children. Scotland and its islands encompass more than 10,000 miles of coastline that are as diverse and breathtaking as the country's inland scenery. The 100 wildly varied routes outlined here take in the quaint fishing ports, long sun-bleached strands, and vast golf links of the east coast; the grand Gothic cliffs, natural arches, and storm-tossed seastacks that comprise much of the fractured edge of the Atlantic; the kaleidoscopic wildflower carpet of the Western Isles machair; the remote, romantic castles and ancient clearance settlements of Skye; and myriad idyllic secluded beaches and breathtaking cliff-top vantage points. This unique guide covers the whole spectrum, from hour-long beach strolls to serious full-day hikes that require mountain gear and total commitment.
The long awaited second installment of Andrew Dempster's indispensable guides to Scotland's hills.
One long walk divided into lots of short walks taking you all the way round Skye's rugged coastline. Skye's plethora of peninsulas and sea-lochs contain awesome cliffs, remote beaches, storm tossed sea-stacks, natural arches, ancient duns, romantic castles, poignant Clearance settlements, tidal islands and idyllic secluded corners. If you want to experience Skye in all its fascinating wealth of popular tourist haunts and hidden treasures, then let this book take you on a continuous 360-mile coastal walk around this mythical black island. You will soon find that there is a lot more to discover than the celebrated Cuillin ridge, mecca for walkers and climbers from all over the world. Andrew Dempster took one month to walk the whole coastline, he describes not just a geographical journey along the intricacies of Skye's coastline but also a historical journey from prehistoric fortified duns to legendary castles, from the distressing remains of black-houses to the stark geometry of the Skye bridge.
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