Hillwalking In Scotland · Wild Camping and Backpacking

This page is a collection for all my wild camping related information. Wild camping is camping away from designated camp sites, typically in mountain areas. Provided you follow the code wild camping is allowed in most areas of the Scottish countryside. This page covers my camping equipment, planned camping routes and sites, and a report of previous trips out with the tent.

Pitched besides the Feshie

The image above shows my Tarptent Scarp 1 tent besides the River Feshie on the second night of a three day trip through the Grampian Mountains in March 2012.

Wild Camp Trip Reports

DateRouteJournalPhotosDistanceAscentMunros
25th Jun 2010 Cairngorms Wild Camp
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Read Entry View Set 37.15 1390 3
17th Apr 2011 Carn an Righ Wild Camp
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Read Entry View Set 45.62 1859 2
29th Apr 2011 North Shiel Ridge
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Read Entry View Set 23.48 2220 6
11th Jun 2011 Loch Avon Wild Camp
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Read Entry View Set 28.04 1494 2
1st Oct 2011 Loch Einich and Braeriach
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Read Entry View Set 32.77 1384 1
25th Feb 2012 Glen Gairn Wild Camping
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Read Entry View Set 43.80 1502 0
23rd Mar 2012 Atholl Forest and Western Cairngorms
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Read Entry View Set 84.54 3679 6
4th May 2012 Attadale Hills Wild Camp
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Read Entry View Set 37.93 3080 3
19th May 2012 Glen Orrin
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Read Entry View Set 46.41 1598 1
27th May 2012 Glen Lethnot and Cruys
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Read Entry View Set 14.55 505 0
3rd Jun 2012 The Ben Alder Region
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Read Entry View Set 66.75 3301 8
4th Aug 2012 Western Cairngorms WC
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Read Entry View Set 48.21 2901 5
24th Aug 2012 West Highland Wander
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Read Entry View Set 82.26 3671 3
20th Oct 2012 Eastern Cairngorms
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Read Entry View Set 41.23 1572 3
16th Feb 2013 Fairy Glen and Upper Gairn
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Read Entry View Set 27.48 805 0
3rd Mar 2013 Loch an Daimh Circular
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Read Entry View Set 34.66 1917 2
26th Apr 2013 Ardgour Corbetts
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Read Entry View Set 66.00 2020 0
11th May 2013 TGO Challenge
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Read Entry View Set 322.00 9300 5
8th Jun 2013 Ben Cruachan
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Read Entry View Set 45.03 3015 4
20th Jul 2013 Sandwood Bay
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No Entry View Set 15.04 208 0
3rd Aug 2013 Glen Dee Loop
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Read Entry View Set 32.71 1160 0
20th Sep 2013 Killin to Kingussie
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Read Entry View Set 121.18 3925 5
15th Mar 2014 Glen Lochay Overnighter
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Read Entry View Set 33.44 1033 0
29th Mar 2014 Mullardoch Munros
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Read Entry View Set 27.98 1712 3
17th May 2014 Fisherfield Munros
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Read Entry View Set 103.41 4718 6
28th Jun 2014 Ben Starav
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Read Entry View Set 48.85 2978 6
9th Nov 2014 Beinn Dearg and Seana Bhraigh
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Read Entry View Set 43.74 2366 5
14th Mar 2015 North Monar Hills
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Read Entry View Set 34.37 1900 3
18th Apr 2015 Beinn Bhuidhe via Glen Fyne
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Read Entry View Set 23.03 1145 1
13th Jun 2015 Coulin Hills
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Read Entry View Set 37.55 2289 2
15th Aug 2015 Loch Treig Hills
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Read Entry View Set 32.10 1538 3
19th Sep 2015 Glen Cluanie Horseshoe
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Read Entry View Set 48.03 2344 5
17th Oct 2015 West Glen Affric Hills
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Read Entry View Set 51.19 2145 2

Kit List

My list of lightweight camping gear which I took on my last backpacking trip into the Scottish mountains can be viewed as a PDF by clicking this link (or view the spreadsheet directly). My overall 3 season gear list is a work in progress, with tweaks and alterations before and after each trip.

I am currently operating with a rough base load of 7kg/15.5lb which is fairly respectable considering I carry a double-skinned tent and low rating sleeping bag. There are areas I can improve on but my main aim in 2011 is to get out a good few times with this gear, find out what works and what doesn't, and then tune it to minimise weight without compromising safety or enjoyment.

Trip DateTrip TitleNo. NightsBase WeightConsumablesSkin OutKit ListGear Analysis
June 2010Glen Dee, Cairngorms17,04693410,977ViewRead
April 2011Carn an Righ16,5041,99711,209ViewRead
April 2011North Glen Shiel16,7483,123112,456ViewNot Yet
June 2011Loch Avon, Cairngorms16,6941,52010,239ViewRead
October 2011Loch Einich, Cairngorms17,4741,41710,916ViewNot Yet
February 2012Glen Gairn, Cairngorms17,0051,36710,897ViewNot Yet
March 2012Blair Atholl to Aviemore, Cairngorms26,6302,14110,925ViewRead
May 2012West Monar Hills, North West Highlands27,5221,70312,459ViewNot Yet
Notes
  • 1 I took sufficient food for 3 days of walking but ended up cutting the trip short

My main bits of gear are listed in the table below:

ItemDescriptionWeight (g)Photos
Tent (3/4 Season)Tarptent Scarp 11322View
Sleeping Mat (3 Season)Exped Synmat UL 7460View
Sleeping Bag (3 Season)PHD Minim 400 Down (Rated to -5C)863View
Stove (Gas Canister)Optimus Crux & Pot284View
Stove (Meths)Trail Designs Caldera Sidewinder & Pot180View

I am currently using both Expedition Foods and Fuizion dehydrated meals which are supplied in tough, plastic pouches. They simply require the addition of hot water. The Expedition Foods are higher calorie (roughly 800kcal per meal) whilst the Fuizion meals are slightly lower calorie (~500-600kcal) but are very, very tasty. So far favourites are the Expedition Foods Chicken Tikka Masala and the Fuizion Lamb Stew with Pearl Barley.

Other People's Wild Camping Pages

Geoff over at V-G has put together an excellent series of pages on wild camping, covering everything from legality and pitches through food, equipment, water and hygiene. It is definitely worth a read if you are just starting off.

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