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.

The Munros”, “The CorbettsandThe Grahams (Scottish Mountaineering Trust) give the most commonly used routes up Scotland’s hills.

Our vetter Peter Goddard has produced a comprehensive reading list that can be found here.


Hill Lists – every hill list you could possibly need!



VisitScotlanduseful for accommodation in general. Main Office 01387 245550 or

Scottish Independent Hostels – independent hostels

Hostelling Scotland–  (formerly Scottish Youth Hostels Association) Central Reservations 0345 293 7373

Ault-na-goire 01456 486711

Ballater Campsite 01339 755727

Braemar Campsite 01339 741373

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

Montrose – Park Hotel John Street, Montrose, Angus DD10 8RJ 01674 663400

Newtonmore Hostel 01540 673360


Traveline Scotland – website giving information on all forms of public transport. App  also available.


National Rail Enquiries – information about rail services throughout the UK


Citylink and Megabus offer services to and from Scotland and to many start points.

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

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, 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

Oban to Lismore – Caledonian MacBrayne 08000665000




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!


Mountain Weather

BBC weather