I walked the Scottish National Trail from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath in August 2020 as part of my 1100 mile Dover to Cap Wrath walk. Scottish National Trail Gear List. I have also given an idea of my route on the map below.
I wild camp every night and completed the Scottish National Trail in 25 days.
Further reading: Cicerone Cape Wrath Trail book.
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The Scottish National Trail was devised by Cameron McNeish and is a challenging 864km (536m) unofficial long distance walk. The route runs the length of Scotland end to end, from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath.
The Scottish National Trail uses sections of official routes such as St Cuthbert’s Way, the Southern Upland Way, the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals, the West Highland Way, the Rob Roy Way and finishes with the Cape Wrath Trail. The route is easy enough to start with but becomes more difficult as it heads north. Where there isn’t a continuous path or sign posts, and there are a number of potentially hazardous river crossings. You need to be confident in your map reading skills and ability to be self sufficient. There will be a number of days without resupply and where wild camping will be necessary.
I love long distance walks because they take me places that I wouldn’t usually choose to go and these places are often more interesting than expected. A good example of this is the 8 mile (12.6km) section of the route between Pitlochry and Blair Athol that looks a little dull on the map, but I’ve since discovered it is no.38 of ITVs 100 favourite walks. So this should be a nice stretch after all!
I completed the Scottish National Trail and reach Cape Wrath early, so I head for the Isle of Skye and walked the Skye Trail.
My Scottish National Trail Gear List may be changed slightly depending on the weather conditions nearer the start time. It will be similar to my TGO Challenge Gear List but I’m replacing a lot of the clothing with EDZ and Paramo. Thank you EDZ layering for your support.
Please contact me if there’s anything specific you’re interested in and would like me to look into or review on the walk.
Companies whose products I’ll be using on this walk:
Tarptent Notch Li Tent
Paramo – Trousers, fleece and windproof
PHDesigns – Down sleeping bag and Jacket
MountainTrails – Dehydrated meals
Rohan – Sun hat and head band
Inov-8 – Boots and merino base layer
Ulefone Armor 3W – phone, camera, GPS and mapping *
*The Ulefone Armor 3W waterproof phone is my favourite piece of hiking gear and really helps on expeditions like this. It has well over 2 weeks battery life in regular use and makes hikes like this much easier and safer. All pictures will be taken with the phone, plus I’ll be using it to track my route and for primary map reading. I’ve loaded the OS Landranger 1/50,000 maps for the whole of the UK on to it. You can read my full review of the Ulefone Armor 3W phone here. It was essential on my LEJOG and 3 Peaks walk. The more I use this phone, the more I’m loving it.
Recommended reading for the most difficult part of The Scottish National Trail: Cicerone Cape Wrath Trail.
My Lands End to John O’Groats and 3 Peaks walk (short story)
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