Highland Scrambles North (SMC)

written by Iain Thow


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This newly delineated guide describes some of the best scrambles and easy rock climbs in the North-West Highlands of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides and Rum. With 200 routes stretching from Sutherland in the north to Glenfinnan in the south, and from Uist in the west to Caithness in the east, its scope and range offer scrambling options across all levels and rock types.

Keen hillwalkers can build their confidence on straightforward itineraries with a bit of exposure, and there’s plenty to whet the appetites of those who already have some experience and want to explore new territory on sustained, technical journeys requiring greater commitment.

From the elegant bands of Lewisian gneiss that comprise much of the Outer Hebrides and the northern hinterland of Ben Stack and Foinaven to Torridon’s terraced sandstone cliffs and the pinnacled ridges of An Teallach, there are many hidden gems to discover. You’ll also find updates of well-established and much-loved classics, including the Forcan Ridge, Stac Pollaidh and the Rum Cuillin.

Presented in our new contemporary style, Highland Scrambles North includes high-resolution photo diagrams and beautifully rendered maps for greater clarity and accessibility. With venue and route information accompanied by advice on conditions, this guidebook has everything you need for a superb day out in the Scottish mountains.

384 pages
Size: 175mm x 116mm (portrait)
ISBN: 978-1-907233-44-9
Published: 2022

Printed on FSC paper

About the author

Iain Thow works as a walking guide, mainly in the North-West Highlands, and has been knocking around the hills since he was a small boy. He can pinpoint the moment of addiction, on a family holiday in Torridon, when he saw the morning mists clear from Liathach and thought, ‘Wow!’ He began scrambling as a teenager, and it remains his favourite mountain activity today.

When the first Skye Scrambles guide came out, Iain rang the SMC to see if a guide to the Northern Highlands was in the pipeline and was asked, ‘Do you want to write one?’ He couldn’t say yes fast enough. Writing a guide provides an extra incentive to look round the corner and follow up on those pledges to ‘have a look at that sometime’. It also means he can share his love of the hills, and the routes they harbour, with others.