Links To Check Conditions On The Hills And On The Roads Getting There

Sources of mountain weather information and forecasts, essential for planning outings, especially in remote areas and among the high tops. Also includes road webcams, recorded sound reports, public transport route planning and much more.

During the winter months, The Scottish Avalanche Information Services provides essential information about the constantly changing snow conditions and avalanche risk amongst the higher hills.

The "Heading for the Scottish Hills" website provides deer stalking information and contacts between July and August.

In summer, from the end of May until the first frosts, the Midge Forecast forewarns you of the precautions you may need to take in areas you are visiting.

Links To BOOTS' Facebook Page and Hillwalking Related Websites Providing Routes and so on

The Facebook page for Bootshillwalkers, is intended as a site where we can share images and other information.

Currently, Elaine Maslin is the Manager, which means that she can access it, change any settings and so on. Anyone else already having a Facebook account and accepted by a Manager as a "friend" can also post images and comments.

Non-Facebook members can also view the pages.

Walk Highlands is a very well designed, comprehensive site offering (March - 2011)
  • Thousands of free detailed descriptions of walking routes across the Scottish Highlands, low lying and coastal area,
  • OS maps with routes, and downloadable GPS waypoints for every walk,
  • Over 1,200 places to stay and things to do,
  • Gaelic place-name pronunciation recordings,
  • Much, much more.
Have Google Earth installed to see accommodation and activity locations and 3-D route mapping.

"munromagic" provides detailed information for all 283 Munros, 221 Corbetts and 224 Grahams, including descriptions, pictures, location maps, walking routes, weather reports, and many tools to help you find all the mountain information you require.

The website supports GPS devices by providing downloadable routes in GPX format.

As a member, you can submit images, comments about mountains, new routes, and route reviews. You can record the mountains you have climbed in your own log, including date, time and your notes and upload your GPX tracklogs to complete your log and record a map of your route as part of your log.

The website provides an accommodation listing.

Walkingworld offers over 4000 routes from all around the country. Each walk is decribed with photographs illustrating important decision points. An Ordnance Survey map shows the route.

Most of the walks are in Britain with some in Spain and France. A subscription gives access to the full descriptions. You can print or download them and download digital mapping files for export to your GPS.

Climb the Munros is a professionally laid out website. It offers routes, maps, mountain weather forecasts and photos for all of Scotland's Munros. You can add your own routes and pictures to the site, and keep track of which Munros you have climbed in your own on-line Munro log.

Links To Equipment Suppliers and Kit Repairers

 Dash4it, The Map Superstore, UK's OS, Harvey's and many more maps, French maps, walking and cycling guides, compasses and cases, clothing  and accessories, and much more at discounted prices.

 Craigdon Mountain Sports (High St., Inverurie)

Tiso Outdoor Specialists (John St., Aberdeen) 

 Cotswold Outdoor (Union Square, Aberdeen)

Black's Outdoor Clothing (George St., Aberdeen) 

 Nevisport Outdoor Equipment (George St., Aberdeen)

Hawkshead Family Outdoor Outfitter (Balloch, Pitlochry, Kendal, Cumbria) 

 Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports (Glasgow Braehead, Aviemore, Fort William)

The North Face Clothing and Equipment Co. (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Craigdon Inverurie and outdoor stores in Aberdeen) 

 Paramo directional clothing systems (Craigdon branches, outdoor stores in Aboyne, Braemar, Aviemore and throughout Scotland)

Tom Barratt's favourite outfitter, "A brilliant outdoor equipment and clothing retailer (I get most of my outdoor gear from there!)." 

Repairs, reproofing, refurbishing, as appropriate, of:
  • Walking boots,
  • Outdoor clothing and GORE-TEX┬«,
  • Tents and awnings,
  • Sleeping bags,
  • Rucksacs and gaiters,
  • Running shoes, rock boots, approach & MTB shoes, rugged casuals,
  • Motor cycle clothing.

 Outdoorgb - gear for everyone, if you can find it. A well structured menu on the website, but not always what you would expect to  find in each category. 

Links For Bothies, Hostels, Campsites and Other Accommodation

The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which maintains about 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK. With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use.

The website provides brief details about the bothies in the care of the MBA, together with advice on using them.

Scottish Independent Hostels is an association of over 120 independent hostels throughout Scotland, from Galloway in the south-west via Edinburgh and Glasgow to Orkney and the Shetlands in the north and the Outer Hebrides in the far west.

Invergarry Lodge is a quiet, family run, independent self catering hostel providing accommodation in the Great Glen in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

The West Highland Way Sleeper is a hostel housed in the original Bridge of Orchy station building, serving the famous West Highland Railway Line.

Now known as The Mourne Lodge, a modern purpose built centre located in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, between Spelga Dam and The Silent Valley, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy outdoor activities or relax in one of the most scenic and undiscovered parts of Ireland.

Scottish Camping has been established to provide the most accessible, accurate and comprehensive directory of campsites and caravan parks in Scotland.

It lists and provides customer reviews for over 500 campsites in Scotland.

An extremely comprehensive website with details of accommodation at home and abroad. The view that this link takes you to has accommodation organised by hillwalking area and you can find accommodation related to individual hills. BEWARE though, distances quoted from accommodation to the top of a hill are as the crow flies and frequently have little bearing on the distance to travel to the foot of the hill.

Links To Mountaineering and Hillwalking Organisations and Websites Providing Tours and Training

The Scottish Mountaineering Club "Keeper" of the Munro list; publisher of guidebooks; maintainers of huts & bothies.

Provides access to many interesting links.

A good reference site.

Founded in 1970 by the Association of Scottish Climbing Clubs, MCofS (The Mountaineering Council of Scotland) is the only recognised representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers and ski-tourers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland’s mountains.

Its strategic aims are to represent and support Scottish Mountaineering, which it does by promoting a wide range of activities. Have a look at the website.

Mountain Aid is a Registered Charity with three simple objectives:
  • To find ways of helping to improve the quality of life of anyone permanently injured on the Scottish hills;
  • To promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents;
  • To maintain a close relationship with the Scottish Mountain Rescue services, granting them funds for projects, equipment or activities which might otherwise not receive funding.
This smart website is still being developed, but in the meantime provides links to other sites with useful information.

Lindsay Boyd, an experienced hill walker, runs a professional hill walking business which organises and leads trips to the Scottish Highlands throughout the year. The hill walks can be organised to suit your requirements.

This dramatic website describes itself as a one-stop-shop for all your (world-wide) adventure travel needs, covering mountaineering, trekking, rock, ice, instruction, guided skiing, heli/ cat and gear.

Link To Oldmeldrum Website

Link to Oldmeldrum Community Website. History, local information and news, what's on, community education, school board and community council information.

Web site  prepared by
John Baillie
Latest Update 13/09/16