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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

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...

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...

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 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.