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The Infamous Liathach Ridge in Torridon

Unlike any other set of mountains, the Liathach ridge in Torridon is regarded by many as one of the best mountaineering spots in the UK. It's a Munro experience unlike any other and is a hike that will remain etched in your memory. Liathach is a massive hunk of rock...

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Beinn Alligin Hike in Torridon

Chances are you've heard about Torridon's famous ridge walks and the Beinn Alligin hike is one of these. This is the shortest and probably the most beginner friendly. It offers some of the most stunning views in the country and certainly earns its name,...

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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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Scotland’s Mountains

Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh: Bridge of Orchy Munros

Beinn Dorain’s conical peak is one of the first that you see as you are driving into Glencoe from the south. While not one of Glencoe's most exciting hikes (you tend to go up and come down the same route) the mountains still have character and the views of Rannoch...

Ben Lomond Hike: Scotland’s Southernmost Munro

  If you’ve heard of only one Munro, then Ben Lomond is probably it. The Ben Lomond hike is one of Scotland's most popular and you’ll be doing very well to get this one all to yourself. If you want the combination of stunning views with peace and tranquillity (one of...

Bynack More: Solo Peak In The Cairngorms

  While perhaps not being the most popular hike in the area, Bynack More is a spectacular viewpoint with vistas of the rest of the Cairngorm mountains to the south, and over all of Moray to the north. The mountain displays its real character from the north where it...

The Infamous Liathach Ridge in Torridon

Unlike any other set of mountains, the Liathach ridge in Torridon is regarded by many as one of the best mountaineering spots in the UK. It's a Munro experience unlike any other and is a hike that will remain etched in your memory. Liathach is a massive hunk of rock...

Beinn Alligin Hike in Torridon

Chances are you've heard about Torridon's famous ridge walks and the Beinn Alligin hike is one of these. This is the shortest and probably the most beginner friendly. It offers some of the most stunning views in the country and certainly earns its name,...

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...

Gear Reviews

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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Viewranger App Review

Last Updated: 30/05/2018 If you find yourself reading this post it's most likely because you're looking for a decent hiking/outdoors app. Here I'll give you a thorough Viewranger app review and give you the reasons why, in my opinion, this is the best...

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The Best Weather App For The UK: My Honest Opinion

If we want to find best weather app for the UK specifically, there's only really one winner. There are dozens of weather apps for your phone and tablet out there and it probably leads you to ask 'why are there so many weather apps and how can they be any...

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Stephen

Stephen

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Hi there, I’m Stephen!

I created In Shape Explorer with the goal of giving you tips and inspiration relating to my main passions: travelling/exploring while staying healthy and in shape! The current focus is hiking in Scotland but I’ll soon be adding more travel and health-related content!