TGO Challenge 2021
The TGO Challenge is a self-supported Scottish coast-to-coast backpacking adventure. Established in 1980 – only two years after the first issue of The Great Outdoors – it has earned a unique place in the UK’s long-distance walking tradition.
The idea is simple: to hike from the west coast of Scotland to the east over a fortnight, taking in some of the best wild land the Highlands have to offer. The essence of the Challenge is adventure and self-sufficiency. You’ll have to cover a decent mileage every day, you’ll be wild camping, and carrying several days’ worth of food in addition to your walking and camping gear.
The Challenge is unique. While it is an organised backpacking event, the route choice is up to you (as is the starting point, although the finish is Montrose for everyone). This makes it different from most other organised backpacking events, and it also means that no two Challenges are alike!
While your route could be unique to you, many people appreciate the social aspect of the Challenge. It’s permitted to hike in groups of up to four, and many arrange to meet up with friends for shorter sections. At the end of the trail, the social event in Montrose has attained legendary stature. Many say that the camaraderie of the Challenge is a big factor bringing them back year after year. Friendships, relationships and even marriages have all been forged on the TGO Challenge.