Hiking on Rumija after October snowfall © Rudolf Abraham

Montenegro Travel Writer & Photographer

Exploring the mountains of Montenegro since 2004


It was an old postcard pinned to the wall of a Croatian hiking club that did it – a photo of improbably sheer-sided peaks surrounding a jewel-like lake in Durmitor National Park, which first led me to travel to Montenegro in 2004. As a travel writer I have returned to Montenegro many times since that first trip, visiting all of its national parks, hiking in all of the country’s main mountain areas, and exploring places well off the beaten track. I have written about the environmental threats posed to the pristine wilderness that is Montenegro’s Lake Skadar National Park, hiked through the Accursed Mountains on the border with Albania, explored the Unesco-listed Bay of Kotor and followed in the footsteps of legendary adventurer and travel writer Edith Durham – and in between times usually found time to enjoy some of Montenegro’s wonderfully full-bodied wines, and to indulge in that most iconic of Balkan tipples, homemade rakija.

Montenegro travel writer – guidebooks and articles

Hiking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Lake Skadar National Park, the Accursed Mountains, Durmitor, Biogradska gora etc

I wrote the first English-language hiking guide to Montenegro (The Mountains of Montenegro, published by Cicerone) back in 2007, and the first English-language guide to walking the epic Peaks of the Balkans Trail, which stretches 192km through the breathtakingly wild and remote borderlands of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania, in 2017. I’ve also written a guidebook to Montenegro for Berlitz, and updated the 5th edition of the Bradt guide to Montenegro, with bylines including Geographical, Hidden Europe, The Independent, Luštica, The National, Outdoor Enthusiast, The Telegraph, The Great Outdoors, Vanity Fair, Woman’s Own and Wanderlust.


Peaks-of-the-Balkans-Montenegro-hiking-guidebook Peaks of the Balkans Trail

Published by Cicerone, 2017

The first (and only) English-language guidebook to hiking the 192km Peaks of the Balkans Trail, through the Prokletije mountains (meaning ‘the accursed mountains’) forming the rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. Available here.

Montenegro-mountains-travel-writer-hiking-guidebook The Mountains of Montenegro

Published by Cicerone, 2015

2nd edition of my guide to 17 walks and multi-day treks in Montenegro, including routes in all of Montenegro’s National Parks as well as several other less well known areas. The first English-language hiking guide to Montenegro, and the winner of the best guidebook award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild in 2008. Available here.

Montenegro-travel-guidebook-authorMontenegro – The Berlitz Pocket Guide

Published by Berlitz/Insight Guides, 2016

My pocket-sized guide to Montenegro. ‘Compact, informative, and much easier to use on the go than a phone app’ (from a review on Amazon).

Montenegro-travel-writer-Bradt-guidebook Montenegro – The Bradt Travel Guide

Published by Bradt, 2015

5th edition of the Bradt guide to Montenegro, which I updated.

Montenegro Travel, Landscape & Outdoor Photography

Images from Montenegro’s Wild Side – Peaks of the Balkans, Lake Skadar, Prokletije and more

For images of Montenegro – including Lake Skadar, Durmitor, Prokletije and Biogradska Gora national parks, hiking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, and the Unesco-listed old town of Kotor – please visit Rudolf Abraham Photography, or click on one of the galleries below.

Montenegro travel photography
Peaks of the Balkans Trail photography