Our intrepid traveller Tony Catlin continues his exhaustive mission on a hike across northern Scotland.   Tony is currently attempting to complete the challenge of hiking the 230 mile long Cape Wrath trail.

He really is pushing the boat out and stretching himself to the limit, all in aid of raising funds for our charity.  Go Tony!!

Tony is keeping us updated on his travels where he can get signal. Below are some of the stunning views and a few other pics showing his progress.

I think we can all agree it’s some effort by Tony. If you could find your way to supporting Tony in raising money for the charity, no matter how small a donation, then please do so via the link here.

He’s still some way to go before he finishes, but he’s currently ahead of schedule despite some horrific and challenging weather so far. Temperatures have at times been near freezing with hailstones.  Requiring him to use his survival suit for the first time in his climbing and hiking history since he was 17 years old!

But he has his faithful friend with him.  Who as you can see is being a courteous traveller as all explorers should be. Bringing his own porta loo and shovel with him.   Maybe no woods to go to as such, as the old saying goes. But when a bear’s gotta go, a bear’s gotta go!!!

Lets give Tony all the support we can to reach his goal of £1,000 towards the charity.  Click on the link above to give to his donation page and maybe help a poor bear in need too!



Well not quite! But Tony certainly will have a few animals, beasties and other extreme challenges to contend with on this journey.

SPBF is extremely grateful to ex Police Officer Tony Catlin, who is embarking on what is classed as the U.K.’s most difficult hike and recognised as one of the finest, challenging, and scenic long distance hikes in the world. Known as the Cape Wrath Trail, it’s a gruelling 230 mile minimum unmarked hike, all in aid of raising funds for the Scottish Police Benevolent Fund.

Tony who is 65 years young, will be undertaking this hike solo.  Carrying all his own kit (18-20kgs pack) he will have to contend with snakes, difficult terrain and of course the Scottish weather.  If that isn’t enough, he will be adding a few freezing cold swims in lochs as well as a few summit climbs and river crossings, just to spice things up a bit!!

Tony starts his marathon hike on 18 April and has created a Just Giving donation page which you can access using this link.

He hopes to raise at least £1,000 for our vital charity work but of course he would love it to be more.   Tony would be most grateful if you would be so kind to support his efforts and give a donation no matter how small or large.

Whilst on his travels, he hopes to gives us regular updates, photos & videos showing his endeavours and we look forward to seeing them.  SPBF wishes Tony every success in undertaking this monumental effort towards raising support for our Police Officers, Support Staff and their families in time of need.

In preparation Tony has been undertaking a few practice hikes and trying to fine tune his equipment needs and kit bag weight. However, he seems to be having difficulty with a couple of stowaways who seem determined to play a part!

Below is a map showing the route Tony will roughly be taking and I think we can all agree, this is no easy feat!!

Good Luck Tony we will be routing for you!