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  1. Scottish Winter Walking Experience

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    Spending the night in a snow hole or a day climbing a sheer ice face are just two of the activities which feature in the Torridon Winter Walking Festival in March. Walkers will be able to join some of the most highly qualified mountaineering guides in the UK in some of the most stunning snowy winter wilderness in the country to take part in one of Scotland’s ultimate winter adventures.  The three day Torridon Winter Walking Festival is organised by Torridon Activities, and runs from Saturday, 3rd – Monday, 5th March, 2012, when ice axe arrest, walking in crampons and avalanche awareness are a given; there is a Winter Skills Day for those not already confident and in the know.

    The mountains featuring in the Torridon Winter Walking Festival’s programme contribute to some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe – Beinn Eighe, Liathach, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Beinn Alligin and Beinn na h-Eaglaise – and require not only stamina and fitness to conquer in both summer and winter conditions, but also an introductory lesson in Gaelic pronunciation at the very least (included).

    As the high level walks are aimed at people who are used to the mountain environment, they require a reasonable level of fitness.  The walks take in wild places, don’t necessarily follow footpaths, and conditions underfoot coupled with the terrain dictate that the walks are of a medium to strenuous nature.  The rewards, on the other hand, are of spectacular uninterrupted views over a stunning Highland landscape bathed in a winter freeze. Low level walks also feature on the Festival programme, and follow estate roads and footpaths passing through frozen glens and past frozen lochans without the commitment of a hill climb.

    There are plenty of accommodation options in the area – many listed on the Festival’s website – ranging from youth hostels, B&Bs and guest houses to self-catering, inns and hotels.

    For further information on the Torridon Winter Walking Festival, to book a place on one of the walks, to find out more about the guides, the routes and the accommodation, check out


  2. Extreme Winter Sports Travel Insurance

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    Adventure and excitement is now sort after by many travellers which has made activity holidays, winter sports in particular a popular choice for many. In response to this, insurance providers have created what is known as winter sports insurance which is a policy tailored to cover the increased risk associated with these types of activities.

    The nature of winter sports makes it important that you have the best travel insurance. By best we mean a policy that is going to completely cover all your needs at a fair and reasonable price. After all you’ll be wasting your money if you come to make a claim and it turns out you weren’t properly covered for the activities you were doing. If you have a good understanding of what you need to look for in a travel insurance policy and are able to compare different providers then this is quite achievable.

    The first thing you should check is whether the types of activities you’ll be doing are covered in the insurance providers definition of ‘winter sports’, otherwise the policy won’t meet your needs. There are lots of variations that an insurer can have so you may not be covered for what you’d expect to be defined as a winter sport making it important to always check the details of your policy.

    Another important thing to look out for is whether your policy includes cover for your equipment. A general policy will usually cover your personal possessions if there lost or damaged but will rarely cover any specialist sports equipment you may have with you. This is why it’s necessary to have a specialised policy that recognises the activities you’ll be doing.

    Your main focus when looking at a policy for any type of activity where there is an increased risk of you having an accident is the medical cover it provides. This is where a specialist policy comes into it’s own as it will cover your medical expenses that could potentially run into the thousands compared to the relatively low price of a travel insurance policy.

    Specialised insurance policies are now numerous and available for a variety of different activities. Sports cover holiday insurance is another type of policy you may need as it’s aimed at covering you for activities like mountain biking and climbing, sports where the right travel insurance will make a big difference if something were to go wrong. The same basic rules apply for all activity related travel insurance policy but for more information on the different policy types visit

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