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8 rock climbing destinations for novices

March 12, 2013, 5:22 p.m.
Scottish Highlands

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Scottish Highlands

People who don't want to learn the fundamentals of climbing can engage in the sport of hillwalking in the Scottish Highlands, which involves trekking and scrambling to the top of some of the Highlands' less extreme peaks. In the winter, the snow-covered mountains present climbing challenges similar to those of much higher peaks. Of course, the biggest non-climbing-related reason to visit this part of the UK is to appreciate the amazing panoramas. The rugged landscapes that characterize Scotland are beautiful and best appreciated from the Highlands' summits.