The Great Outdoors Challenge is a unique and very special Scottish hiking institution. Since 1980 thousands of people have taken up the opportunity to backpack from Scotland's west coast to the east as part of this annual event – each of them following their own carefully crafted route.
The below gallery is an insight into life on the Challenge, sent in by Richard Batteram from Holland who took part in 2015.
If you'd like to see other personal perspectives from the Challenge take a look at some of the great blogs available HERE.
Registration has now closed for this year's event, however there's still a chance to win a place thanks to proud sponsor Hanwag. Find out more about its competition HERE.