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Eat Sleep Wild is for people who love great food, wild places, and sleeping under the stars.

I’m Monica Shaw, an outdoorsy, food loving, free spirited mountain leader living on the west coast of Scotland with Mark and our dog Lucky. Together we’re working to take Eat Sleep Wild to the next level, providing not just great content, but also private guided trips in the Scottish Highlands.

Private Guided Adventures

We provide private hiking, wild camping and outdoor cooking experiences in and around the Highlands of Scotland. Our experiences are small, personal, and 100% inclusive, because the mountains don’t care about your sexuality, gender, race, income, background, or fitness level.

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Guided Adventures

Guided Adventures

We provide private guided hikes and adventures in the Highlands of Scotland.

Trip Reports

Trip Reports

Tales from hiking and backpacking trips around the UK including routes and practical tips.

Know How

Know How

Essential knowledge for successful, sustainable adventures. Find packing checklists, top tips, and more.

Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

Our favourite hiking, wild camping, and backpacking gear.

Recipes

Recipes for Adventure

Our favourite recipes for hiking and wild camping. Dehydrated backpacking food, snacks, and more.

Field Notes

Field Notes

Personal observations from the trail.

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Trip Reports

First hand accounts from day hikes and wild camping trips across the UK, particularly Scotland, Wales, and Dartmoor. They all include maps, descriptions, and my own personal highlights – maybe they’ll inspire your next adventure!

Astro Nights

We have a Meade 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that we take to select dark sky spots here in Argyll. These evenings are normally run over winter to take advantage of the longer dark skies we enjoy here on the west coast.

Our Blog

Yorkshire Dales Geography Field Day with Team Walking Hill Skills

Mark Reid runs Team Walking, a hill skills and outdoor adventure company based in Yorkshire. Having previously enjoyed his Advanced Navigation Course and NNAS Gold Award earlier in the year, I was excited to book myself and my friend, Simone, onto his Yorkshire Dales Geography Field Day for a more nerdy day out in the ... Read more

Review: Osprey Talon 36L Rucksack

Review of the men's Osprey Talon 36L Rucksack gratefully provided by Mark!  I have been after a day pack for a while. I had a brief dalliance with a Rab Aeon Ultra 28l pack - which incidentally failed on its first outing, the shoulder strap stiching came undone. So I tried an Osprey Talon 36l. Very ... Read more

Review: Big Agnes Skyline Ultralight Backpacking Chair

Imagine the scene, van parked up in Glenn Orchy, next to a river, evening sunshine, fire pit ablaze, G&T ready. Monica offers me her camping chair. So I obliged and assumed the position. The chair didn't, however. The chair failed structurally, more to do with design that its load bearing ability. I jury rigged a ... Read more

Diary From a Northwest Highlands Road Trip

Highlights from a week in the northwest highlands...here's my day-by-day notes from the trip where we took in some iconic hills including Suilven, Stac Pollaich, and Ben Nevis. To quote Mark, "the whole trip was a huge success - a good thing came out of every hill we climbed" - in fact a good thing ... Read more

These boots are made for walking…….

I’ve been living in the Scottish Highlands for years, surrounded by hills. In the last few months I decided it was about time I start walking up some of those hills, but there was one major thing I was missing: hiking boots (alongside other crucial bits of gear but that’s a post for another time). … Read more

Big Agnes Parkview 63l Backpack Review

This thing doesn’t just look good, it is good! I looked at various packs for a while before I came across the Big Agnes Parkview 63L. Like most folk I enjoy internet shopping…up to a point! When shopping for backpacks, you reach that point very quickly! I like products that ‘appear’ to have been designed … Read more