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11 day walking trip - where to base ourselves

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11 day walking trip - where to base ourselves

My husband and I (we're in our mid 60's but good walkers) are planning an 11 day walking holiday in August, the idea being to base ourselves in one place, and go out walking each day. At the moment my thoughts are to stay in a B and B in West Perthshire. The other option (more complicated) would be to fly to Inverness and head for some place like Ullapool. Any reactions, suggestions, opinions, would be appreciated.

We would like to avoid touristy places and midges.

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1. Re: 11 day walking trip - where to base ourselves

This is a brilliant website for walking in Scotland with information and maps on different walks by area, by difficulty etc. also links to local accommodation providers. Have a browse around it and see what you fancy and come back to us with more detailed questions if you wish.

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Oops - did you mean to put in this link?

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/

You could also fly to Inverness and (less complicated) base yourselves in the Cairngorms National Park - check out the WH website and click on "Cairngorms and Aviemore"

Have fun planning - there are so many beautiful bases to choose from you may end up splitting your holiday and choosing two even though that wasn't your original thought.

Woody x

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Hi. The terrain, views and flora/fauna of Ullapool is very different to that of Perthshire.

Id also recommend the Walk highlands website, have a look at the sorts of walks available in the two locations.

Ullapool is popular with tourists, but is by no means bustling or crowded, even in August. Midges keep out of the town on the whole, because it's coastal location means the breezes keep them at bay. You will encounter midges if you hike inland and around quite lochs, forests and glades. That said, nothing a good dose of Deet (or Avon Skin so Soft) can't handle!

Abs :)

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Thanks Woody!!

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5. Re: 11 day walking trip - where to base ourselves

Are you talking about walking paths and tracks or heading for lots of tops? Experienced in the latter? Very different advice, depending on your answer.

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I'm talking about experienced paths and tracks, hills, but not "lots of tops" when it's just the two of us on our own. At the moment, we are thinking about dividing our time between the north (basing ourselves in Ullapool) and the centre (Kinloch Rannoch).

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Beth,

I walk a lot in the Scottish Hills, and even in remote places I have never been truly alone except maybe a couple of times. In a popular area you'll pass people at frequent intervals, and can in all likelihood pal up with someone going your way, simply by observing who's tying their shoelaces in the carpark. Don't be put off climbing hills simply by the perceived danger of being alone.

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Kinloch Rannoch might seem geographically central but leaves you with some miles to travel if you want to visit interesting places. However to be positive you have a fair choice of hillside paths, there's Shehallion fairly close by, and the Black wood half way up Loch Rannoch.

There are however better areas to get access to the central Highlands. The upper Spey Valley for example, or Deeside. If you look up Aviemore, you'll see it's surrounded by forests lochs and mountains, though it's preferable to stay at Coylum Bridge because Aviemore itself is a bit of a concrete tourist trap. There are easy ways up the mountains both sides of the Spey valley and plenty low level paths. There are fairly remote routes which don't put on much altitude. A day wandering in the woods of Rothiemurchus Forest would be time well spent. It's beautiful countryside. Visit the osprey nest at loch Garten. Walk up to the Wilderness of loch Einich. There's a nice route from Loch Morlich eastwards past Glenmore and northwards through Abernethy forest to Nethy Bridge.

You could choose Braemar as one of your centres, with a number of small towns on the river Dee from which you could construct walks into the countryside or hills: Ballater, and Banchory in particular. Nor forgetting Balmoral (the Queen) and Dark Lochnagar. If you turn leftwards at Braemar, you end up at the Linn of Dee - beautiful waterfalls. Beyond the Linn of Dee a good track penetrates right into the heartland of the Cairngorm massif; a journey here could be as simple or as rough as you want it to be. There are Glen Derry and Glen Quoich on the north of the Mar Estate, and Glen Quoich is probably my favourite place for a good long but fairly gentle walk, with good views, the chance to see wildlife ranging from red squirrels and nuthatches up to eagles. There's a little shortcut connecting Glen Quoich to Glen Derry meaning you don't have to reverse your route to walk out.

look here for loads of suggestions http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/

Edited: 21 April 2012, 22:51
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9. Re: 11 day walking trip - where to base ourselves

Thanks Derek this is very helpful! I will sit down with a map and have a closer look.

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