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Oh to be an organised Challenger

Tis the season for the TGO Challenge where 300’odd (read that as you will) folk walk across Scotland on a variety of routes from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland. ‘Organised backpackers’ doesn’t apply to this though as the organisation is minimal and everyone does their own thing, choosing their routes then […]

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I started doing the TGO Challenge – a cross Scotland walk – a couple of years ago. About 300 people of all ages spend a couple of weeks walking from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland. Start points are between Ardrishaig in the south to Torridon in the north and most Challengers finish […]

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Roger Smith has written an excellent “Essential Guide to Finishing Points” for the TGO Challenge but to slightly misquote Alice in Wonderland: “what is use is a book that has no pictures”. As I’ve visited lots of the places on his list as I’ve wandered up and down the east coast, I thought I’d write […]

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The TGO Challenge is a cross-Scotland walk, starting on the west coast between Ardrishaig and Torridon and ending on the East, between Arbroath and Fraserburgh. I’ve done it twice starting at Mallaig and Strathcarron and ending at Girdle Ness and St Cyrus. Roger Smith wrote a useful guide on places to finish the Challenge but […]

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TGOC-14. A list of blogs

I’ve started putting together a list of blogs from 2014 Challengers. These vary from long and detailed accounts to more impressionistic presentations. Some of very factual, others perhaps embellish the truth for effect. This list is in no particular order except my blog (which isn’t a diary) is first. If you have a blog that […]

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I haven’t written a day by day account but a few separate posts inspired by my TGO Challenge walk from Strathcarron to St Cyrus. Walking from Strathcarron to St Cyrus (in the May sunshine) Blogging the Challenge Mainly dry with sunny intervals and scattered showers Maol Bhuide Star Trek, Pork Pies and Primula Cheese Photographic […]

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One of the best bits of advice that I’ve come across about the Challenge was to remember that it’s a holiday, not something to be endured. There is no point in planning an ambitious route if you end up over-tired, injured and miserable. So, my aim was just to have a wee wander across Scotland, […]

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TGOC 14: Highs and a few lows

Realising that it wasn’t raining on Day 1 Finding that the rowan I planted at Meal Bhuide in 1980 had thrived Venison steaks and Glen Garioch whisky at Meal Bhuide with my pal Ian My 4 hour struggle on my own through the dreadful bogs between An Cruachan and An Riabhachan (low – if a […]

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I guess that most Challengers take photos of their walk and there are some great landscape photos on Challenger blogs.  I’ve been learning about digital photo manipulation recently so I thought that instead of the usual colour pictures, I’d present a more impressionistic view of my Challenge, in monochrome. Some of these I’m pleased with […]

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Food that you cook in and eat from bags always puts me in mind of Star Trek, the 1970s sci-fi TV series. The famous quote from Star Trek that they remind me of is when Captain Kirk and Chief Engineer Scotty encountered some strange and unusual life forms and Scotty said in his American-Scottish accent: […]

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