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What To Pack For Day Hiking In Scotland

It would be very easy for me to write up a basic list of hiking essentials for day hiking in Scotland. I'm afraid it's not as simple as this. Hiking equipment in Scotland is dependent on a couple of things - the main one being the time of year. Before I...

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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...

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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

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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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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