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101 Best Hill Walks in the Scottish Highlands and Islands Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Graeme Cornwallis has been walking in the Highlands and Islands for more than thirty years and has unrivalled knowledge of the region. He was one of the youngest people ever to 'bag' all 284 Munros, at the age of just twenty-four, a feat he has now achieved twice. A science graduate of the University of Glasgow he has written or co-written many bestselling guide books, including one on Scotland. Linda M. Dawes BA M.Phil, is one of Britain's leading cartographers and she is a member of the Society of Cartographers.
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I've been hillwalking in Scotland for 35 years but still find this a useful addition to my mountaineering library. Love it.
On the other hand, as the duration of most walks described exceeds 4-5 hours, I'd say it is clearly aimed at dedicated hillwalkers. Casual walkers or those looking for a couple of shorter routes to complement an otherwise relaxed stay should probably look elsewhere. Hallewell Pocket Guides, for one, come to mind.
In a way you can see Storer's book haunting him. His 101 walks are simply not the best because he appears to have deliberately avoided making all the same choices. Unfortunately this means he has had to select from the second team. This is not to say they are all bad walks. Stob Coire a'Chearcaill is in a great position, though climbing Beinn a'Chrulaiste will only make you wish you'd gone up any of the other hills you see from its summit. His route on Stob Diamh is a good one but means he neglects the Cruachan ridge, especially Stob Dearg (maybe the best viewpoint in Scotland). On the other hand he advocates the Comer approach to Ben Lomond which you seldom hear about and is the one that gives you a bit of peace.
Many of the routes he gives are there and back where a satisfying circular route is possible. Strangely he often mentions the extension to make the circuit in his text. Rather than adding to the information this just makes the narrative a bit more dense. A similar example is on Quinag where the trip out to Sail Gorm (which really is a must do) is not part of his route but given a detailed description anyway.
The maps with each route look good. I'm not sure how someone inexperienced would find interpreting them on an OS map but they're pretty.
I wouldn't get upset if I was given this book but it doesn't replace Storer as the basic building block.
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