Posts tagged Scotland
The Top 10 Articles You Loved Most on A Woman Afoot in 2018

When I looked at this year's statistics, I must admit that I was taken aback by some data. It's quite evident from the list that you like reading advice and gear tips. Only one destination-related article made it to the Top 10: the West Highland Way hiking guide. It also seemed that my readers searched for information on Scotland a lot - I am not surprised here, who doesn't love Scotland?

I think my biggest surprise was the high position of the review of the Vango Blade 200. Thank you, my British readers! Vango is not well-known outside of Europe, so I never thought that article would get so popular. I always read gear reviews before I buy anything (thank you, buying anxiety), so I understand why that kind of posts are searched for. Over the past two years, I’ve written multiple gear reviews, for boots, rain jacket, two backpacks, a gas stove, a camera, two tents, a pillow, sleeping mattress… The Vango review is one of the earliest ones, so it had enough time to build its popularity.

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All You Need to Know about Hiking the West Highland Way

Do you plan on hiking the West Highland Way? Do you wonder how to prepare for it? You are in the right place! I walked the West Highland Way trail over a year ago and it was truly life-changing. I had a lovely time but I’ve made some mistakes, too. I would love to share some ideas, tips, and advice so your time on the most popular Scottish trail is only positive.

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Oh, Scotland, My Love! A Love Letter to the Scottish Highlands, Mostly in Photos

I can't remember when exactly I fell in love with Scotland. I know that for about two decades it's been always somewhere on my mind.

I've read books by Stevenson and got interested in Scottish history. Nothing too deep, just a bit here, a bit there. Scotland seemed a somewhat magical place that I didn't even think about visiting. As if this place wasn't real.

It was only a year ago when I convinced myself that I deserved a real vacation and was looking for a destination (Greece? Spain? Iceland?), that this question first popped up: Why not Scotland?

It's a strange thing but Scotland was not on the top of the list. Even though it was in my thoughts for such a long time.

When watching amazing documentaries about Scottish history (thank you, Neil Oliver!) or my beloved British tv series Escape to the Country, I didn't think I would actually see this place. For real. Weird, huh?

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The Complete Packing List for Women Hiking & Camping Solo in Scotland

So you think about hiking in Scotland? Awesome!

I absolutely loved my month of trekking through the West Highland Way, parts of the Great Glen Way and on the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are captivating and pretty soon you are completely in love.

But to fully enjoy your trip to the Highlands you have to prepare. The weather can be tricky and wet. And don't let the term "summer" confuse you - you might encounter all possible seasons: from early spring's evening chills, through real summer heat to fall's cold rains and bitter winds.

No matter what the Scottish skies throw at you - be prepared with the right gear. Thank goodness this land is beautiful no matter the weather! I have prepared this complete packing list for women hiking & camping solo in Scotland to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.   

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Solo on Skye: from Sligachan to Broadford & the End of an Epic Trip

Beyond the Trotternish Ridge

Hiking the southern part of the Skye Trail, from Sligachan to Broadford, takes you again trough magnificent landscapes of mountains, lochs, burns and moors.

My stormy and kind of scary at times solo adventure over the Trotternish Ridgedid not put me off hiking the Skye Trail.

As much as the Isle of Skye can be challenging, it is also immensely beautiful and it takes much more than a rough hike in heavy rain to scare me off ;-)

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Solo on Skye: How to Hike The Old Man of Storr and Enjoy Breath-Taking Views of Skye

The Old Man of Storr is one of the most famous and iconic rock pinnacles on the Isle of Skye. It quite deserves its fame – among other rock formations around the Storr - it creates a stunning image.

When I visited the Isle of Skye, my plan was to head directly north to Rubha Hunish and do as much of the Skye Trail as possible.

But I changed my plan after finding out that there were Highland Games to take place in Portree in just two days. I had one day to fill so I decided to go and hike the famous Old Man of Storr in the morning – free of the heavy backpack which I left at the campsite.

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Solo on the Isle of Skye: Surviving the Trotternish Ridge

It started all nice… the way all disaster stories do.

When I left the lovely Flodigarry hostel’s campsite in the morning on a gloomy August day I had no way of predicting that the next 48h would be the toughest of my whole stay in Scotland.

My plan was to hike as much as possible of the Skye Trail.

I didn’t have enough time for it because I chose to stay longer in Portree and see the Highland Games. But I hoped to do the whole Trotternish Ridge and then bits and pieces of the southern part of the trail.

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Solo on Skye: Enjoying the Island of Skye Highland Games (even in pouring rain)!

Highland Games that I almost missed

Who would come to Scotland and miss such an opportunity as seeing Highland Games? Well, I almost did ;-)

When I went there last summer I wasn’t planning on attending one, as I simply didn’t know much about them.

I thought I would just hike the whole time. When I got there I saw leaflets advertising local Highland Games – many towns and villages organized their own throughout the summer.

Without a car and having already some plans of trails set I was worried I would miss it in the end.

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Solo on Skye: Rubha Hunish - The Magnificent North of the Isle of Skye

The gorgeous Isle of Skye

From the very beginning of my planning, hiking on the Isle of Skye was a given. I saw hundreds of photos and I just had to see with my own eyes to believe such a place could exist in reality.

My original plan was to trek through the whole length of the Skye Trail, which takes about a week to complete for an experienced hiker.

I thought I would have eight days to do that, but then I found out about the Skye Highland Games and decided to stay around Portree a bit longer.

I did a short trip to the Old Man of Storr and did grocery shopping one day, the next I witnessed the Games (for the first time in my life!) and went up north late in the afternoon.

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Hiking Solo The Great Glen Way: Fort William to Fort Augustus

Changing plans

When my Cape Wrath Trail plans didn’t work out I had to make a decision about where to go next.

I wasn’t planning on doing the Great Glen Way at all – so I had no trail description or any notes.

When I was preparing for my Scottish adventure I copied to my Kindle (US) a lot of trails (planned and potential) descriptions, but somehow I didn’t even think of including the Great Glen Way.

When I was in Glenfinnan I did some hard thinking and decided that taking on a lighter trail before the more challenging Skye Trail would be a good idea.

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