How long will it take to Complete the TtT Challenge? It is estimated at an average walking pace to take around 30-40 days.
Is it possible to cycle the route? It will be possible to bike some of the Challenge but be prepared for a "Bike and a Hike", as you will have to push up steep off-road hills, through soft ground, or carry over stiles. Not every Scottish long distance trail is bike-able, but most are trying to improve their infrastructure to make it easier for cyclists. It would be best to check individual trail websites, or contact their trail managers to ask if they are bike friendly before deciding to complete the challenge on a bike. Ask if they have a multi use guide for cyclists which may offer diversions away from sections deemed difficult.
How many meters of Ascent is the TtT Challenge? It is estimated the total ascent of the Challenge is 9110 meters / 29,888 Feet (Everest is 8848m / 29028 Feet)!
What maps and guidebooks are available to help plan the challenge? Soon a shop section will appear on this webpage, selling map and guidebook packages. Single maps and guidebooks of individual trails, as well as a package of maps, guidebooks or both to cover the complete challenge. In time it is hoped a map maker and guide book company may wish to cover the entire challenge in a special package. It can be arranged that maps and guide books are forwarded onto post offices at the end of each section for you once the online TipTaeTip shop is open so that you do not have to carry them.
Is Wild Camping allowed in Scotland? Yes you have a right to camp on most land in Scotland if done responsibly and you are covered by access rights. This will make your challenge much cheaper to complete but you will need to carry extra kit. Many of the individual trails have bothies that can also be made use of, simply to shelter from a rain shower or to overnight within. Some bothies are run by the Mountain Bothy Association, and others by the manager of the individual trail. You will need to carry camping gear to make overnight use of the bothies. "Bothying" is simply camping without a tent in a basic remote shelter.
Is there an alternative route for the TtT Challenge, for instance more coastal walking, and can I still be certificated? There is an alternative route following the coast utilising the Ayrshire Coastal path. This then re-joins the official line of the challenge at Milngavie which is the start of the West Highland Way. This can still be certificated with a TtT Completion Certificate from the shop section of this website. You would be known as a Coast Hopper. It is a slightly shorter challenge by following the Coast with less ascent. It is suggested to follow the inland trail utilising the Southern Upland Way, Clyde Walkway and Glasgow Mural Trail which will add variation to your journey and take you into more remote land.
Can I come back to complete trails that I partially complete in the TipTaeTip Challenge, such as the Southern Upland Way? Of course. Contact the trail manager and they will let you know how it will be easiest for you do this.