I didn’t apply for next year’s TGO Challenge because my wife was not happy for me to be away from home for two weeks. I’m hoping that I will be able to do the 2012 Challenge. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about next year. All being well, I’d like to go to Scotland a couple of times.
I had wondered whether to do part of one of the Challenge routes I have planned (I’ve got four up my sleeve), but I thought that would be a waste. The next thought was to do the Evantown to Ullapool walk pioneered by James at backpackingbongos. This is a 5-6 day route and has some appeal. On the other hand, it’s been done.
So I’ve been messing about with a bit of route planning on Tracklogs and come up with this one: Attadale to Beauly via Bendronaig Lodge, Bealach Bhearnais, Gleann Fhiodhaig, Coire Mhordaigen, Loch na Caoidhe, River Orrin, Gleann Goibrhe. It’s coast to coast, nearly all off-road and cuts nicely through some very wild land. Below is a very small-scale map of the whole route. It’s 51 miles, which should take about five days. It also starts and finishes at a rail station, which is helpful. At the moment, I’m thinking of doing it either early or late May to avoid clashing with the real Challenge.