DATE: November 15, 2017
Scotland has plenty to offer the adventurous hiker, but if you’re after more than just a simple ramble you might want to consider booking yourself into an organised event. The Highlands offer miles of gorgeous, rugged countryside to hike through. During the milder months of the summer, these stunning areas of natural beauty fill up with thousands of hikers eager to soak up the crisp fresh air and push themselves to the limit.
If you fancy more than just a walk in the park this summer, take a look at these hard-as-nails challenges that promise to make your next trip to Scotland one to remember:
You’ll need to raise around £400 if you want to take part in the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge. Run by the Alzheimer’s Society and starting at Fort William, the Challenge is classed as ‘Very Tough’ and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Included in the package is a big dinner for the Saturday night, as well as a slap-up breakfast in the morning, once you’ve made it back down from the 6-9 hour long hike. Don’t forget to bring your head torch and plenty of warm clothing!
Beginning at the quaint tourist town of Ullapool, there are three gradients of challenge to tackle. You’ll need to put together a team of 3-5 strong walkers in order to tackle any one of these scenic routes from the Highland Capital all the way to the West Coast of Scotland. You have 24 hours to complete the Gold Route, a 100km challenge that travels through farms, rivers and forests, choose to take on the Silver or Bronze routes and you’ll have much less time to complete the hike – entrance is £55 per walker.
You’ll need to leave the hallowed grounds of Scotland in order to complete one of the toughest hiking challenges in the UK. Taking walkers up and over the highest peaks in Great Britain, the Three Peaks is not a challenge that you should undertake lightly. Strong, resilient walkers who hit their stride up the peaks still have to contend with getting enough rest in the car journeys in between each mountain, not an easy task when you’re rumbling along in a rattly minibus! Still, this challenge gives you a great chance to visit North Wales, Scotland and England in one fell swoop – a chance not to be sniffed at.
A traditional marathon is a big enough challenge in itself, after all, 26.2 miles of road running is a serious undertaking and can often best even the fittest of participants. If you’re thinking about pushing yourself to run over that distance in an even more challenging environment, then you should consider having a go at the Hadrian’s Wall Trail Challenge. Taking you along the rugged trails that follow Hadrian’s Wall, this challenge gives you a chance to enjoy epic scenery whilst appreciating the rich historical heritage that Scotland has to offer.
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