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TGO Challenge 2015 – Preview

It is another twelve weeks until my coast-to-coast adventure in Scotland begins. I will be part of the ‘TGO Challenge’ this year!

My route is planned and I am in the middle of training for two weeks of trekking through the Scottish Highlands.

TGO Challenge

The Great Outdoors Challenge is an annual event for self-supported hiking through the Highlands of Scotland with only 300 participants accepted each year. I am very excited to have my spot in the 2015 TGO Challenge and worked on my route for the last couple of weeks. Each hiker needs to pre-submit their route, have it checked for feasibility and filed with the organizers for safety reasons.

After signing out at one of the starting locations on the West Coast, you are on your own until you reach your destination about two weeks later.

You will have the company of fellow hikers where you meet them of course. There are also some Highland communities very engaged in the event and offer accommodation and support.

TGO challenge
Eilean Donan Castle (photo credit: Scotland-27 via photopin (license))

Historic Routes in the Highlands

While many experienced hill walkers take the event as a chance to work on their list of Munros, my theme for the challenge is historic routes in the Highlands.

Old cattle drove roads, military roads, smugglers paths – all those are part of my 320 km walk from Eilean Donan Castle near the island of Skye on the west coast to Montrose on the east coast.

The rich history of the Highlands will certainly be a nice addition to the nature and the impressive landscape.

Some of the highlights along my route will be:

Looking forward to visiting these places very soon helps me to stick with my training schedule in the rather dull winter weather.

The Heritage Paths Project

The website of the Heritage Paths Project helped me a great deal stitching together an interesting path.

Have a look at their interactive map search. You will get a good overview of the impressive number of historic paths they have identified in Scotland.

Each one comes with a description, heritage information and often a selection of pictures.



Now that I have completed TGO Challenge 2015, I can share some impressions of my coast-to-coast walk here:

Part 1: St Duthac’s Way

Part 2: The Road to Ruthven Barracks

Part 3: Firmonth Road.

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  1. Christy says:

    Hi – I just found your entry regarding your TGO Challenge – it sounds like a wonderful adventure! I’m imagine you must already know about the General Wade bridges on the part of the General Wade road near Laggan, right? They are certainly amazing! I just wanted to make sure you knew about them, as it seems like something you’d be interested in. Happy trekking!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Christy,

      Thanks a lot for pointing out the bridges near Laggan!
      Sounds very interesting.
      I will walk along Wade’s road from Fort Augustus to Kingussie and I am very curious what to find along the way.

      Best regards

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