Tracks and paths
Part of Scotland's attraction is the wild nature of the countryside. Mountain paths are not signposted and even those marked on maps can be difficult to trace. Use your map and check your location at all times.
Scotland's varied terrain
The varied terrain you cover makes walking in the Scottish hills exciting but it can make walking slow and exhausting. Rivers and burns can rise rapidly and become impassable. Make sure and consider the terrain when planning your walk.
Every year, tourists, walkers and climbers get into trouble in the Scottish hills due to errors of navigation. If you intend to go into the Scottish hills, it is essential that you plan the walk using appropriate maps of the area.
Get instruction and learn how to use a map and your compass before you go walking, starting in easy situations in good weather and practising until you are competent in poor weather.
If you become unsure of your position, either retrace your tracks to the last known position, or, after working out roughly where you are and if the terrain is safe, head in the direction that will take you back on course.
Do not assume you will find emergency shelter on the Scottish hills. Ensure that you are properly equipped.
You should avoid patches of snow unless you have the skills to cope with them as many accidents result from a simple slip.
Hillwalking in winter should be regarded as mountaineering. Daylight hours are shorter and weather conditions more severe.
Gain experience in summer before venturing out in winter and if you do go out, refer to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland's Winter Safety pages before you go.