Roads, fences, gates, burnt heather. A savaged, stripped, blasted land. That's the Eastern Highlands, beyond Mount Keen. Walking through these hills recently on the TGO Challenge (coast to coast across Scotland) was a depressing experience. Nowhere else in the Highlands have I seen such devastation and destruction. And all in the name of grouse shooting and deer stalking, all so that a few wealthy people can spend a few weeks a year killing birds and animals for fun without having to make any effort or suffer any discomfort.
The landscape is like this to make grouse and deer shooting easy and for no other reason
The situation is deteriorating in too many areas. Something must be done
Speyside-based Chris Townsend is a prolific outdoor writer, gear reviewer and blogger, and a leading expert on long distance backpacking at home and abroad. He is the author of 17 mountain books including the massive Cicerone guide Scotland, which gives comprehensive coverage of every range in the country (see a UKH review here).
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