The Cape Wrath trail: walking Scotland’s hidden roads – in pictures

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David Lintern

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On a 240-mile journey through a storied landscape, a photographer and guide discovers wildlife, adventure and connection where past and present collide

It’s day three of 17 on the Cape Wrath Trail, and I’m descending to a ruined settlement with Nicky Easton from Ashtead in Surrey. “We wanted to get into the wilderness. For me it’s about the space, the remoteness, getting away from everything,” she says.

Experienced trekkers, like Nicky, who have hiked Grand Randonnée (GR) trails in the Alps or the Pyrenees, will be familiar with the pattern on the Cape Wrath Trail. Most days feature a big climb to a pass, or bealach, before a long descent into the next glen. The topography of Scotland’s west coast means a walk south to north runs cross grain to the lochs and mountain ridges, which cut in deeply from the western seaboard. The trail doesn’t summit once – just like its European counterparts, it is a journey through, not over the mountains.

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