Google technology brought to Scotland's stunning landscapes

LEADING Highlands-based walkers' website Walkhighlands is ten years old this summer, but has always sought to embrace the latest technologies in a bid to help and encourage more people to visit and walk in Scotland.

Helen Webster passing through Bennachie with Google equipment. Picture: Contributed
Helen Webster passing through Bennachie with Google equipment. Picture: Contributed

The views from some of Scotland’s finest walks are set to become more accessible thanks to their latest project in partnership with Google.

Walkhighlands is capturing 360-degree imagery on the routes using the futuristic Google Trekker technology.

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This weighty device combines 15 camera lens and a GPS and automatically snaps a series of photos every 2.5 seconds.

Helen Webster at Steall Falls. Picture: Contributed

Walkhighlands founders’ Paul and Helen Webster took turns carrying the 44lb backpack in addition to their normal gear.

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The resulting imagery will eventually form part of Google Street View as well as being part of Walkhighlands’ own online route guides.

“We hope that the footage we are capturing with the Trekker will enable more people to experience some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes from home, and encourage more of them to come and experience these magical places for themselves,” commented Helen.

Helen Webster on Cairngorm summit with the Trekker. Picture: Contributed

Walkhighlands works on behalf of more than 3,000 tourism businesses and accommodation providers in Scotland who advertise through the website. It is the busiest walkers’ site in the UK and the busiest independent Scottish tourism website, receiving over 24,000 unique visitors each day.

Its aim is to help visitors plan their walks and find accommodation as well as chat to and encourage others through its popular community forum, which has begun many friendships and even a couple of weddings. The business is based in the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands.

Helen Webster at Steall Falls. Picture: Contributed

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Helen Webster on Cairngorm summit with the Trekker. Picture: Contributed