Have you got your entry in yet?

Entries for The Great Outdoors Challenge 2018 are now open and time is ticking. If you’re interested in taking part in next year’s Scottish coast-to-coast, you’ve got until 28 October to apply for a place.

The creation of writer and walker Hamish Brown, the Challenge has been running since 1980 and has been sponsored by this magazine since the outset. Every May, over 300 passionate long-distance walkers take up the Challenge and travel to the west coast of Scotland to start their journey to the east. Some walk on their own, others as part of a group and many in the company of other Challengers they’ve met along the way.

The Challenge is a non-competitive event. Each Challenger or group of Challengers follows their own route, choosing from a selection of start points between Ardrishaig in the south and Torridon in the north.

There are many reasons why the Challenge is so special: Scotland’s incredible landscape, the hostels, B&Bs and inns that offer a warm welcome to Challengers, the great band of people that take part, and especially the volunteers that enable the event to run so smoothly. Many Challengers return time and time again.

TGO Challenge photo by Gus McKinnon

TGO Challenge photo by Gus McKinnon

Pick up a copy of the latest issue of The Great Outdoors (October edition) for photographic highlights of the 2017 event, and if you’re interested in joining us next year, click here to read more about The Challenge website and then here to enter. Good luck!

Header image © Ian Cotterill