ROUTE PLAN (Elgin,Strathcarron,Sheil Bridge,Montrose,Elgin)
This years walk developed from an idea to make the Challenge into a longer event, starting in the far north of Scotland a week before the official start, until I realised that in that time I could walk from home to the start avoiding all transport problems. It didn't take much thought to decide on a satisfactory completion, walking home afterwards. Here then is my account of this four week walk, I am not sure if it was a circular walk incorporating the TGO Challenge or a Challenge walk with start and end bits added! Whatever it was I had a wonderful time doing it leaving lots of footprints but no carbon one!
I decided to include a number of Corbetts in my route this year, having crossed mainly Munros the last two years. My plan was for 21 but I only managed 15 and 8 Munros on the Challenge plus 3 Corbetts and a Munro before and after.
You can click the route on the map or use the links below to reach the daily accounts.
I avoided roads as much as possible by taking a loop south over the hills to reach Inverness then, after some minor roads, through Glen Orrin and over a Corbett, Bac an Eich, for practice, to the River Meig and so to Strathcarron via the Bealach Bearnaise.
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I wanted to spend as much time as I could in the hills of the west, so the route meandered south from Strathcarron to Sheil Bridge, Kinloch Hourn and Strathan before turning east to Sheil Bridge and the Lairg Leachach.. The only downside to this route is that I met no other Challengers after leaving the start until reaching Montrose.
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I had to plan a fairly direct route for this week in order to get to Montrose on time so after some tops and bogs to Kinloch Rannoch it was roadwork to Killiecrankie before taking to the hills again, Spittal of Glenshee, Clova and the Water of Saughs then rejoining the road to Brechin and Montrose.
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Day 14(8) :
Day 15(9) :Day 16(10) : Day 17(11) : Day 18(12) : Day 19(13) : Day 20(14) : Day 21(15) :
This section started with a roadwalk to Tarfside then back on the hills to Ballater, Strathdon, Dufftown, Craigellachie and finally Elgin. Click on link for quick access to days:
Day 22 :
Day 23 :Day 24 : Day 25 : Day 26 : Day 27 Route profile for the TGO section of the walk
Week 4:Montrose to Elgin.
Total Distance walked = 730 km (450 miles)
Total height climbed = 30,500m (22 miles!)
Average per day = 27km + 1130m
This section started with a roadwalk to Tarfside then back on the hills to Ballater, Strathdon, Dufftown, Craigellachie and finally Elgin.
Click on link for quick access to days: Day 22 : Day 23 :Day 24 : Day 25 : Day 26 : Day 27
Route profile for the TGO section of the walk