Useful books, apps, websites and phone numbers
Where’s the path – OS maps and aerial photography side by side – a very useful planning tool
Geograph – see photos along your planned route – a good way to get an idea of the terrain and scenery you may encounter
Walk Highlands – walking routes – mainly day routes but useful if you are incorporating some hills
Core paths – particularly useful when trying to avoid stretches of road walking in lowland areas as it shows many new and adopted paths.
“Scottish Hill Tracks” (Scotways) describes Scotland’s rights of ways and is a good place to start when planning you route.
“Scotland” by Chris Townsend (Cicerone) gives a comprehensive guide to all the mountain ranges in the Challenge area. Chris is the gear editor for TGO and a regular Challenger himself.
“Hostile Habitats – Scotland’s Mountain Environments” – Mark Wrightman is a guide for walkers to Scotland’s wildlife and landscapes.
Our vetter Peter Goddard has produced a comprehensive reading list that can be found here.
Hill Lists – every hill list you could possibly need!
Scottish Independent Hostels – independent hostels www.hostel-scotland.co.uk
Hostelling Scotland– (formerly Scottish Youth Hostels Association) Central Reservations 0345 293 7373 www.hostellingscotland.org.uk
Ault-na-goire 01456 486711
Ballater Campsite 01339 755727 firstname.lastname@example.org
Braemar Campsite 01339 741373 email@example.com
Cougie Lodge 07773491262
Dalwhinnie Hostel 01528 522237
Mar Lodge parcels to: c/o The Rangers Office, Mar Lodge, Braemar, AB35 5YJ
Montrose Campsite South Links Holiday Park, 03452 777778 www.angus.gov.uk/southlinksholidaypark
Montrose – Park Hotel John Street, Montrose, Angus DD10 8RJ 01674 663400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newtonmore Hostel 01540 673360 email@example.com
Traveline Scotland – website giving information on all forms of public transport. App also available.
National Rail Enquiries – information about rail services throughout the UK
Torridon Bus – This is run by DKM motors (01520 722682) and meets the afternoon train at Strathcarron. It has a capacity of 16 and cannot be pre-booked.
Camusnagaul to Fort William (no Sunday crossings) 01397 700714 www.lochabertransport.org.uk
Corran – regular sailings across Loch Linnhe – no need to book
Loch Ness Gordon Menzies offers a service for Challengers across Loch Ness from Temple Pier (NH528300) on the north side of Urquhart Bay to Inverfarigaig at 8am and 5pm. This must be pre–booked by email, firstname.lastname@example.org after 1st March. Once the Challenge is underway text (don’t phone) 07831 434 691 to confirm the booking 1-2 days before your crossing
Mallaig to Inverie, Knoydart – Western Isles Cruises 01687 462233 email@example.com
Oban to Lismore – Caledonian MacBrayne 08000665000 www.calmac.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) – detailed 3-day weather forecast for mountain areas
Met Office – the main website gives detailed 5-day forecasts – even for individual hills!