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A Perfect Time To Head For The Hills In Scotland?

Now the World Cup is on, many people will want to avoid it - whether because of the various ethical concerns of it being in Qatar or just because they don’t like football.

Scotland may seem an ideal place to come at this time, partly because they failed to qualify, although no doubt many will be cheering on whoever plays England. However, Scotland also offers some of the best leisure activities for those who want to spend their days concentrating on something else.

This is particularly true when it comes to walking in the Scottish hills and mountains, where you really can get away from it all. After a great breakfast in Stirling, you can head north for an upland that seems a world away from a kickabout in a desert.

There are many great peaks to visit in Stirlingshire. The nearest is Uamh Bheag, classed as a Graham (between 2,000 and 2,499 ft), while the closest Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft) are Stuc a’Chroin and Ben Vorlich.

Across in the nearby Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, there are many more famous peaks, including Ben Lomond, the southernmost Munro.

Alternatively, if you fancy an easier climb, Conic Hill is a particularly interesting one to ascend because it lies on the Highland Fault line, with a dramatic contrast between the mountains to the north and the gentler topography to the south. The fault line is also marked by a string of islands across Loch Lomond itself.

If you are planning to walk in the hills, it is important to be prepared for winter conditions, as early season snows have started to fall. The temperatures can be very cold and navigating can be difficult in snowy weather or low cloud.

That means you must be warmly dressed for the occasion, have the right equipment, check the forecast and be ready to turn back if conditions get worse. After all, the hills will always be there for another day.

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