Nassbodensee, a shallow lake in the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, Alpe Adria Trail, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Hiking – River Deep, Mountain High

Some favourite trails of an outdoor writer

There are few places I’d rather be than on a mountain. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to hike in various parts of the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Balkans, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and other parts of Europe – as well as trekking in the mountains of Eastern Turkey, Iran, the Tien Shan, the Karakoram, Ladakh and Patagonia. However it is the mountains of Central and Southeast Europe which I have come to know best, through numerous hiking trips into some of the wilder corners of Albania, Austria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. As a travel and outdoor writer I’ve written hiking guides to several of these places, including some unforgettable long-distance trails.

Click on the following pages for more information on a few of my favourite long-distance hiking routes – the Alpe Adria Trail in Austria, Slovenia and northern Italy, the Peaks of the Balkans Trail on the borders of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, the Juliana Trail in Slovenia, and the High Scardus Trail in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.

Alpe Adria Trail

Hiking 750km through Austria, Slovenia & Italy

Nockberge, Alpe Adria Trail, Austria © Rudolf Abraham

Peaks of the Balkans

Hiking 192km through Montenegro, Albania & Kosovo

Prokletije mountains, Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Montenegro © Rudolf Abraham

Juliana Trail

330km through the Julian Alps in Slovenia

Juliana Trail Slovenia
Hiking the Juliana Trail in Slovenia © Rudolf Abraham

High Scardus Trail

Through the mountains of N Macedonia, Kosovo & Albania

Hiking the High Scardus Trail, North Macedonia © Rudolf Abraham

To view images from the mountains of Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, the Balkans, click here.