Highland mountains to feature on Google Street View


Even the least energetic amongst us will soon be able to enjoy views from Highland peaks thanks to a partnership between the Walkhighlands website and Google.

Using Google Trekker technology, Walkhighlands founders Paul and Helen Webster are capturing 360-degree images. The device, which weighs 44lbs, combines 15 camera lens and a GPS and automatically snaps a series of photos every 2.5 seconds. The resulting images will eventually form part of Google Street View as well as being part of Walkhighlands’ own online route guides.

The Websters were back on Skye recently — the firm was established in Staffin before the couple relocated to the Cairngorms National Park — to capture images using the new technology.
Helen said: “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. Exploring the area around the Old Man of Storr on the Trekker should be a great experience.”

Walkhighlands is the busiest walkers’ site in the UK and the busiest independent Scottish tourism website, receiving over 24,000 visitors each day. It aims is to help visitors plan their walks and find accommodation as well as to chat to and encourage others through its popular community forum.