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Are there wild camping rules in Scotland?

This sounds like a great idea. Wild camping is permited under the Land Reform Act. Outdooraccess-scotland have put together a useful summary of how it relates to your access rights. Key points from ...
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Wildcats in Scotland

It is realistic to see them, but not at all easy. The range of the Scottish Wildcat has reduced over the years such that they are only found in a few areas. They live almost exclusively in the ...
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How many "Munro" revisions have there been?

A list of changes to the Munro list and database of Munros and tops can be found at The Database of British and Irish hills. The list is maintained by the Scottish Mountaineering club (SMC) and is ...
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What are these concrete posts near the Gallow Hill water tower in Dundee, Scotland?

There were two large steel water tanks on these foundations back in the 1960's. The tanks were rectangular. I used to play in these woods as a child and remember the tanks as being very rusty and ...
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What are these concrete posts near the Gallow Hill water tower in Dundee, Scotland?

They appear to be part of a water tank. I've found a 1954 OS map that describes buildings at that location as "tanks" -- a term also applied on the same map to the water tower itself. Earlier maps ...
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When is the midge season in Scotland?

There is not really a defined time in which midges are out and about, but usually they are seen from early June until October. Midge season heavily depends on the weather and a wet and cold June will ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which areas would require the most self-sufficiency?

There are a large range nice routes you could do. Generally, I would say the further North you go the wilder/more remote it will be. Although if you go really far North, the options for Munros does ...
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What to look for in a winter skills course?

I can't speak for the Scottish winter and there definitely are differences to the Alps. But still I can give you an overview what is important to learn if you are going to do alpine summer tours in ...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

The variability of the UK weather means that light options can be realistic. Last year I had a week in Scotland sleeping under a tarp in a lightweight sleeping bag, with no rain. Some people use a ...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

There isn't really a "right" answer here. It depends on how you value comfort vs weight. A tent will be more comfortable. A bivvy will be lighter. If you want a compromise consider getting a ...
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What's the difference between the Norwegian fjord and the Scottish sea loch?

In short, just the name. Fjord is of Norse origin, loch of Gaelic. They are the same feature, formed when glaciers debouch into the sea. In both countries, you'll find varying scales, from a few ...
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Hints for hiking the west highland way

Wild camping is allowed most places but due to car drivers leaving rubbish it's not allowed near the road at Loch Lomond in summer. Wishingwell Farmhouse campsite, Gartness and Drymen Farm campsite ...
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What are these fungi that I've found growing on a dead birch?

I would agree with your research, I am certain that it is Fomes fomentarius - Hoof Fungus. Common in Scotland, and northern England, becoming progressively rarer as you travel south. Here are some ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which areas would require the most self-sufficiency?

If you want to cross from west to east you could research the venerable TGO Challenge walk, where hundreds each May walk their own coast-to-coast route. If you Google "TGO Challenge" you'll find a ...
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How many "Munro" revisions have there been?

Although I had originally thought Wikipedia had a good list, nivag pointed me in the direction of walkhighlands, and the Munro Society pages have more info. 1884 - 236 1891 - 282 or 283 1921 - 276 ...
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What to look for in a winter skills course?

Interesting. All of the answers address winter mountaineering, which I would regard as a separate subject. Winter skills for someone like me, living 4 hours from the mountains, would primarily be ...
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Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?

You're looking for balds. They are quite common in the southern Appalachians. The Roan Highlands along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina are particularly beautiful.
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What are the primary considerations for a solo traverse of the Cairngorms in winter snow?

Nice walk. I have done it many times. Avalanche black spots are not really an issue on the Clova leg, Driesh, Mayar etc assuming you are taking Jock's Road but as you enter Callater section of Jock's ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which areas would require the most self-sufficiency?

A fairly traditional and challenging route might start on the west coast at Inverie (shop, bunkhouse, remote pub!), which you must reach by sea on a passenger ferry from Mallaig. Head into Knoydart, ...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

When I was younger and doing more long hikes, my routine was normally two nights camping, one night in a Youth Hostel. Especially if I needed to plan ahead. On average, you're very likely to get rain ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which areas would require the most self-sufficiency?

One possibility is that Kielder Forest Park covers quite a lot of the Scotland England border. This should provide enough wilderness for wild camping and exploration off the beaten track but is also ...
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Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?

In northern California, after a rainy winter, much of the coast ranges are green and grassy, especially as you get further from the Pacific. But timing is very important. In the same region, Pt. ...
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Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?

You can find grassy mountains in Colorado in the Guanella Pass, but you may find that the air is a bit thinner up there than it is in Scotland: Guanella Pass Another place you'll find mountains very ...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

In my experience you can definitely have multiple wet days in England and Scotland. Since you asked for citing weather records: according to wikipedia Dundee has about 12 rainy days a month in July/...
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Logic of Bivvy Bag for the U.K?

I had my first night in a bivvy bag about 5 years ago (just below freezing point overnight, Scottish Highlands, tent adjacent in case I decided to bale out!) and since then it is my first choice, even ...
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