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Meall Dubh: Corbett in Glen Moriston

This is not to be confused with Meall Dubh the Graham which is up near Ullapool. Meall Dubh the Corbett is situated in Glen Moriston and is the first significant peak on the road to the iconic Glen Shiel. The hike itself is not very exciting with a lot of...

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The Key To Avoiding Blisters While Hiking

When you're a beginner, the topic of avoiding blisters while hiking probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind. You just want to get out into the hills - I know the feeling. That is until you get your first blister. There is absolutely nothing...

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Climbing Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm

Ben Macdui is Scotland and the UK's second highest mountain which makes it popular among tourists and hikers alike. I ended up climbing Ben Macdui on a warm summer's day and it's one of the busiest mountains I've been up in Scotland. This route is a great...

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Midge Head Nets: Why They Are Essential

I used to be quite complacent but nowadays when I go out hiking or into the wilderness in the summer months, I make sure one of my midge head nets is the first thing in my pack. Yeah, it's that season yet again. Those beastly little devils are back with a vengeance...

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Scotland’s Mountains

Meall Dubh: Corbett in Glen Moriston

This is not to be confused with Meall Dubh the Graham which is up near Ullapool. Meall Dubh the Corbett is situated in Glen Moriston and is the first significant peak on the road to the iconic Glen Shiel. The hike itself is not very exciting with a lot of...

Climbing Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm

Ben Macdui is Scotland and the UK's second highest mountain which makes it popular among tourists and hikers alike. I ended up climbing Ben Macdui on a warm summer's day and it's one of the busiest mountains I've been up in Scotland. This route is a great...

Hiking in Glen Affric: Carn Eige, Mam Sodhail & Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Hiking in Glen Affric offers an array of stunning viewpoints and arguably this hike has the best in the northern Highlands. There are few places where you get such a panoramic view of several of Scotland's major mountain ranges. On a clear day, it's easy...

Beinn a’Bha’ach Ard: Glen Strathfarrar’s Corbett

This mossy hunk of landmass probably isn't high up on your list of hills. The walk itself is surprisingly tiring with little to no path at times. The uninspiring hike up is rewarded with some excellent views over the Moray Firth to your east and...

Carn na h-Easgainn: A View of 2 Wind Farms

This undistinguished hill is relatively uninspiring and at first glance it lacks any real presence. Carn na h-Easgainn is more of a mossy mound of land rather than a 'hill' but it can be worth the walk up for a few different reasons. For what it is, the...

Five Sisters of Kintail: Ridge and Legend

The Five Sisters of Kintail stand out as some of the UK's most famous and classic mountains. It's a distinguished ridge walk which gives some truly spectacular views on a clear day. While only 3 of the 5 Sisters are actually Munros, most enthusiasts will...

Hiking both Beinn Fhada and A’ Ghlas Bheinn

Before I did this hike, I had read several reports online saying that combining the 2 Munros was extremely difficult. This made me even more determined to do both and I was surprised at how misleading that information was. I hope this guide can set you...

The Loch Mullardoch Munros

  Set in some of Scotland's most remote countryside, the Loch Mullardoch Munros make for a fine day's walking and are capped off with a brutal 7-mile slog back to the car. There are a couple of options you have for this hike which we'll look at later in the post. Bang...

Geal Charn And A’ Mharconaich

Geal Charn and A' Mharconaich are on the Drumochter Pass separating the northern and southern Highlands of Scotland. Contrasting in prominence, these Munros can be incorporated with a couple more routes in this mountain-rich region. The alpine scenery in this part of...

Sgurr A’ Mhaoraich: Loch Quoich’s Solitary Munro

Located several miles down the single-track road straddling the shores of Loch Quoich, Sgurr A' Mhaoraich probably isn't top of most Munro-baggers' list. It's a fair distance from anywhere really notable but this is definitely made up for when you make it...

Gear Reviews

Midge Head Nets: Why They Are Essential

I used to be quite complacent but nowadays when I go out hiking or into the wilderness in the summer months, I make sure one of my midge head nets is the first thing in my pack. Yeah, it's that season yet again. Those beastly little devils are back with a vengeance...

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Best Lightweight Hiking Boots of 2018

  There are plenty of 'best lightweight hiking boots' reviews out there and I often find that most of them are quite different. The weight range varies so much that the top end of the scale tends to not be 'lightweight boots' at all. In this review, I make sure every...

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Extensive Garmin Fenix 5X Review

  Latest Update: 30th May, 2018 The Garmin Fenix 5X has to go down as the don of sports watches. I would class it as not only the best hiking watch but the best sports and activity monitoring watch on the go. Throughout this Garmin Fenix 5X review I'll go into detail...

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Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Review

Last Updated: 4th June 2018 Product: Men's Mountain Trainer Mid Gore-Tex High Rise Hiking Boots. Brand: Salewa. Price: See latest price on Amazon. Colour: Black, charcoal, grey red.   Do I Recommend This Product? This is a difficult one as is always the...

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Hi there, I’m Stephen!

I created In Shape Explorer with the goal of giving you thorough hike reviews of Scotland’s mountains and lesser-known peaks further afield. I also share hiking advice, tips and guides so that you are as informed as possible before getting out there! Any questions or queries then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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