Have you got your entry in yet?

Entry for The Great Outdoors Challenge 2019 is now open. The 40th TGO Challenge will take place on 10-24 May, 2019, and entrants will also be celebrating the event’s 40th anniversary.

The Challenge has taken place every year since 1980, and has grown to become the UK’s premier backpacking event, attracting many participants back year after year, drawn by the potential for both wilderness and camaraderie.

If you’re interested in taking part in this very special Scottish coast-to-coast backpacking event, you’ve got until 21 October to apply for a place.

Photo by Markus Petter

The Great Outdoors Challenge has a simple premise: cross Scotland from west to east in less than two weeks. The event is non-competitive: 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.

Photo by Markus Petter

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.

Pick up a copy of the latest issue of The Great Outdoors (October edition) for photographic highlights of the 2018 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 © Markus Petter