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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 from our homebase near Inveraray in Argyll. The really awesome story, though, is how we got here in the first place.

Private Guided Adventures

We provide private hiking, wild camping and outdoor cooking experiences in and around the Highlands of Scotland from our HQ near Inveraray in Argyll. 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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Updates from ESW HQ, including personal stories about the Eat Sleep Wild journey and exclusive content to inspire your next adventure.

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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

At ESW HQ we have a Meade 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. You can book an evening and hone your ‘astro’ photography skills. These evenings are normally run over winter to take advantage of the longer dark skies we enjoy here on the west coast.

Our Blog

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

The Cobbler: Hike to a geological gem in Loch Lomond

The Cobbler (aka Ben Aurthur) is one of the most popular hills in the southern highlands and for good reason. Its distinctive “triple fang” outline is visible for miles and begs you to take a closer look. From afar it looks intimidating, but a clear path makes the journey relatively straightforward. And if you dig … Read more

Cairngorm Glens Grand Traverse

I have a birthday tradition that involves starting and finishing the day in the outdoors (usually in a tent!) and 2022 was no exception. This year’s birthday getaway took me to the Cairngorms for a 3-night backpacking trip through the Grampian Glens with Mark and Lucky. The trip was inspired by Route 14 in Graham … Read more

Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach

This was a weekend of many firsts, not least of which was our first time around this epic circuit in Glencoe via Bidean Nam Bian, the highest summit in our home county of Argyll (it still feels amazing that I get to call Scotland my “home” – I don’t think that will ever get old!). … Read more

Van Life Scotland: Glen Etive

Mark had the bright idea to go to Glencoe to do the epic Bidean nam Bian walk from the Three Sisters viewpoint and so we decided to make a night of it – our first #vanlife adventure since moving to Scotland last April! And it was so awesome I just had to write about it. … Read more