Day trips

There's loads of the Scottish highlands that can be explored over a day. We have more than 15 trips suited for all levels of experience. So whether you've never walked the highlands before or you are up for something a little (or a lot) more challenging, we've no doubt you will find a day walk to suit what you're after right here.

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

You're probably still quite new to hillwalking, perhaps you've tried a few local or smaller hills and you're beginning to get into it but not quite ready to be tackling the big ones on your own. This day follows on from our popular Mountain Skills day or Your First Munro - Ben Lawers days, we have a really straightforward multi-summit day to further whet your appetite.

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills or perhaps you want to learn to navigate or get into some wild camping so you can have multiple days away in our beautiful and amazing mountains.

Ben Vorlich gives a straightforward ascent up a good path to it's summit affording great views south over Perthshire. This is a great Munro for those just beginning their hillwalking career. We would intend to add in Stuc a'Chroin, a near neighbour of Ben Vorlich. It has a short scramble, which can be avoided if necessary, which may add about an hour or so to our day.

Meet at Ardvorlich House, FK19 8QE which is on the single track road on the south side of Loch Earn. There is parking on the verge beside the loch with room for a dozen or so vehicles.

There are several Hotels and B&B's in St Fillans should you wish to stay over. On completion of the walk, we will head into the village for coffee and a blether to finish our day.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
8 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Parking on the verge at Ardvorlich House, Lochearnhead, FK19 8QE

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Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird, east Cairngorms

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Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

This is a level 4 walk, fairly easy ground on mainly good, well maintained paths but with the total distance being some 41 km and with only 1,200m of ascent across the duration. The challenge is being able to go the distance as it will take between 10 and 12 hours to complete this long day and your stamina will be tested.

Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird are the easternmost Munros on the Cairngorm plateau and are huge hills characterised by the huge granite torrs that can be seen from afar. This route is the shortest walk in to Ben Avon and is a linear route, out and back, along Gleann an Slugain.

We will meet in the car park at Keiloch, Invercauld, Ballater AB35 5TW which is just off the A93, 6 km outside Braemar. Watch out for the bridge crossing the River Dee (if coming from Braemar) and it's a left turn about 300m beyond.

Braemar is well served with Hotels, B&B's and camping. There is also a youth hostel where you can get 10% off your stay by using my discount code, King-19

Duration
10-12 hours
Distance
41 kms
Group size
8
Start time
8:00 am
Start location
Car park at Keiloch, Invercauld, Ballater AB35 5TW which is just off the A93, 6 km outside Braemar

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Ciste Dhubh

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Ciste Dhubh is the Munro partially hidden behind the Corbett Am Bathach seen from the front door of the Cluanie Inn. It is a fantastic ridge line and a lovely walk.

The Cluanie Inn is the perfect start\finish for this walk as the path up Am Bathach is just over 1 km along the road and the return path from Ciste Dhubh, depending on which side of the river you prefer, ends in the car park!

Steeply up the grassy Corbett, then along the narrow ridge walking towards Ciste Dhubh shows the Munro in profile, as per the picture above, and really whets the appetite for the fine traverse ahead. Unfortunately the bealach between the Corbett and the Munro is a bit wet and boggy, so be prepared.

The return to the Cluanie Inn for coffee and a blether brings our day to a conclusion, a real cracker.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
13 km with 1000m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Cluanie Inn, Glenmoriston, Inverness-shire, IV63 7YW

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The Clachet Traverse

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Saturday 14 May 2022, starting at 0800

This is a linear, level 3 walk, of just over 20 km and with 2,000 m of ascent taking 9 - 11 hours to complete which runs between Victoria Bridge and the Glencoe Ski Centre.

The Clachet Traverse is a name given to a high level route from Victoria Bridge to Glencoe, crossing the four Munro peaks of The Black Mount. The feeling of isolation in this wild land is fantastic with views that may not be seen if you tackle these peaks by their more traditional hillwalking routes. Very little in the way of paths links the two Munros of Stob a' Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar to Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh and there is steep ground and a short section of narrow ridge to cross. This is a long, challenging day that will challenge your stamina.

We will meet at 0800 in the large public car park beside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, Bridge of Orchy, PA36 4AD. As it's a linear route, we will position a vehicle at the end of the walk at the Glencoe Ski Centre before returning to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. The drive from the Hotel round to Victoria Bridge is about 15 minutes on a single track road and it is from here that we begin our walk.

The Hotel offers accommodation, a public bar and restaurant and I've enjoyed more than one cream tea here over the years! It can be a busy Hotel, despite its isolation, it sits on the route of the West Highland Way. Other accommodation can be found in nearby Tyndrum which offers camping and a Hostel at the By The Way

Cost is only £45 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
20 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Public car park beside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, Bridge of Orchy, PA36 4AD.

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Cairnwell, Three Munros

SM
Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably still quite new to hillwalking, perhaps you've tried a few local or smaller hills and you're beginning to get into it but not quite ready to be tackling the big ones on your own. This day follows on from our popular Your First Munro - Ben Lawers days, we have a really straightforward multi-summit day to further whet your appetite.

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills or perhaps you want to learn to navigate or get into some wild camping so you can have multiple days away in our beautiful and amazing mountains.

With the main car park and cafe for the ski centre sitting at almost 650m these three Munros of The Cairnwell Pass are easily accessible. The first summit, Carn Aosda only requires a height gain of 265m to reach it. Unfortunately the ski paraphernalia that litters the hillside detracts from the beauty of the hills and is rather unsightly whilst walking in the immediate area. Things quickly improve as you move away from the summit and head south west towards Carn a' Gheoidh. Views of the Cairngorms soon open up and it feels like amore remote, mountainous walk now. We return to the Cairnwell, our final munro, before dropping steeply down to the car park to end the day.

The Glenshee Ski Centre cafe opens around 0830, all welcome to join us for a coffee and a blether before we start our day.

Duration
5 - 6 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
8
Start time
0930
Start location
Glenshee Ski Centre, Old Military Road, Ballater, AB35 5XU

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Ben Starav three

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Saturday 2nd July 2022 meeting at 0830. A Level 3 walk with a total distance of about 21 km, usually taking between 8 and 10 hours.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Ben Starav. A big hill that seems to go on forever, remember you started from virtually sea level! Great views out over Glen Etive before we turn and drop into the bealach. It's a 3 km walk out to the outlier Beinn nan Aighenan before returning to the bealach and heading east for the final summit, Glas Bheinn Mhor. A tiring but rewarding day with about 1,500m of ascent.

This is a BIG, fantastic day, highly recommended.

We will meet at 0830 in the Glencoe Ski Centre car park, PH49 4HZ where we will get into as few cars as possible before driving into Glen Etive as parking is very limited at the start\finish of our route.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the Clachaig nearby Red Squirrel Campsite as well as B&B's, the private Glencoe hostel and the SYHA where you can use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Cost is only £45 per person (maximum group size is 9)

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
21 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Glencoe Ski Centre car park, PH49 4HZ

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Your first Munro - Ben Lawers

SM
Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably quite new to hillwalking, perhaps you've tried a few local or smaller hills and you're beginning to get into it. Now you're feeling ready for a Mountain, ready to tackle your first Munro, a Scottish Mountain over 3,000 feet (914m doesn't sound as high!)

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills.

Despite its height of 1,214m, Ben Lawers is a straightforward mountain to ascend. We start at a lofty 425m so you only really ascend a little under 800m to get to the top of the 10th highest mountain in the UK. That's worth doing, isn't it? Of course, you'll need to have a bit of fitness, a bit of stamina and determination, after all, your about to walk up a mountain!

It has an excellent path which winds its way up through some lovely scenery and it is well suited to those tackling their first few Munros. This is a chance to get out into the hills, to see and feel why it is such a joy to be outdoors in the Scottish wilderness. You'll meet like minded people, spend some time understanding the basics, including, what to wear, what to carry, how to walk on uneven terrain. There will also be a chance to see how a map and compass work. Then enjoy a few hours walking up Ben Lawers with it's stunning views of Loch Tay and the Perthshire countryside.

You should dress for a day in the hills, with stout footwear, wind/waterproof clothing, including a hat and gloves. Bring adequate food & water for around 6 hours of walking.

We will meet in the car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 09:00 before driving the last few miles together to the NTS car park which is off the A827 near Mornish on the Glen Lyon road. The car park has an elevation of about 425m which gives a high starting point for this walk. Beinn Ghlas, another Munro at 1,103m, may be passed on the way to Ben Lawers, depending on our route.

We will finish our day in the Killin Hotel for a light refreshment and a blether.

Those wishing to stay over in the area might be interested in the following accommodation, as used by clients in the past. killin-hotel.com or breadalbanehouse.com

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Sunday for our Introduction to Ridge Walking day on the nearby Tarmachan Ridge.

Duration
6 - 7 hours
Distance
12 km
Group size
8
Start time
0930
Start location
The free car park outside the McLaren Hall, Main Street Killin, FK21 8UW

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Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

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Grade 2
Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential

A classic ridge walk, not to be missed. Possibly the narrowest ridge on the UK mainland and definitely a day to remember traversing high above Glencoe on the crazy pinnacles. An exhilarating and special day taking in the two Munros of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg on route.

This is a challenging walk with sustained, exposed, Grade 1 to 2 scrambling across about 1 km of ridge. The entire day will take between 6 and 8 hours to complete. Before tackling this route, it is highly recommended that you have experience of other ridge walks and be comfortable with exposure. You will be led by a guide who, as a minimum, holds a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification.

We will meet at 0830 at the car park of the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, PH49 4HX before placing a vehicle at the finish point and then driving to the start at Allt-na-Ruigh

In the event of inclement weather where safety is compromised, an alternative scramble in Glencoe will be substituted.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the Clachaig nearby Red Squirrel Campsite as well as B&B's, the private Glencoe hostel and the Glencoe SYHA.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
12 kms
Group size
2
Start time
08:30
Start location
Clachaig Inn, Ballachulish PH49 4HX

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

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Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The Harvey British Mountain Map for Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric shows a hillwalkers paradise with 43 Munros, 21 Corbetts and the 113m high Falls of Glomach on one sheet. Truly an area for the Munro Bagger if ever there was one. Add to this the stunning scenery on the drive into the area on the Road to the Isles and you have a recipe for a spectacular weekend in a magical area. With so much to choose from, it's always going to be challenging to pick a route.

However, I have and what a route! This is another iconic, Scottish Ridge walk. Seven Munros bagged walking almost the entire length of Glen Shiel on its southern side and finishing off with a pint in the Cluanie Inn, a real, old drovers Inn, in the middle of nowhere (recently renovated). Completely off grid, it even generates its own power.

The ridge can be walked from either end with no one way or the other being preferred. The only differences being if you start at the west end, Malagan, you have a further 150m of ascent than if you start at Cluanie. You do, however, have the psychological benefit of being able to see the Pub get closer as you walk East! We will look to tackle it 'downhill' from Cluanie to Malagan unless the weather dictates otherwise. 1,800m of ascent doesn't sound too bad for a seven Munro day but this is a long, tiring walk, please get in touch in advance if you have any concerns about your fitness or stamina for this long day.

There is some light scrambling where hands may be used on at least two sections. These are popular Munros among baggers, seven ticks in one day is a big reward for the effort. Given good weather, the views are stunning, this is a favourite walk of mine in one of Scotland's most beautiful areas.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Should you prefer, accommodation before or after, can be sought in the Cluanie Inn itself or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge or the Ratagan Youth Hostel.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for the Five Sisters of Kintail on Sunday.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
26 km with 1,900m ascent
Group size
12
Start time
0800
Start location
Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie, Glenmoriston, IV63 7YW

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Five Munros of the Lawers range

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

These five Munros in the Lawers range are Ben Lawers, the 10th highest Munro, Beinn Ghlas, Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. This walk is better if undertaken from an east to west direction as it involves a steep, rocky scramble up onto An Stuc which is much easier in ascent than descent. There are good paths throughout and this is usually a very fine walk, given the weather, with no real difficulties, other than the short scramble previously mentioned.

The views of Loch Tay and the surrounding area are fantastic and these hills provide a good level of challenge without being too strenuous. Of course, you will still need to possess the stamina and determination for a near 20km day.

We will meet in the free car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 0800. Parking in the village of Lawers is extremely limited so we will take as few vehicles as possible to the Lawers Hotel and begin walk from there. The Lawers Hotel and a local farmer charge £5 per car, per day to park there.

Time and commitments permitting, we will finish our day in the Hotel for a light refreshment and a blether.

Those wishing to stay over in the area might be interested in the following accommodation, as used by clients in the past. killin-hotel.com or breadalbanehouse.com

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
19 km with 1,400m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW

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Ben Lui, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig & a'Chleibh

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

One for the Munro baggers looking to maximise a day in the hills. The four Munros from Dalrigh, Ben Lui, Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig, are usually completed in two outings. They can be joined fairly easily in a big loop. There are no obvious paths joining the two pairs so navigation is crucial as is the ability to traverse reasonably steep slopes over rough ground, including peat hags.

The walk into Lui from Dalrigh takes us past the site of the Cononish Gold Mine and affords the best view of Lui, straight on and into the beautiful Coire Gaothach We will take in the eastern ridge on our way to the summit of Lui to pay our respects to the four men killed when their Lockheed Hudson Mk3 crashed into the hillside in 1941. The wreckage can still be seen and is currently lying across the path.

We will meet at 0800 in the car park at Dalrigh, which is signposted, and just of the A82 south of Tyndrum. The Green Welly cafe in Tyndrum is usually open from 0700 serving breakfast rolls and coffee if you want to get there early and take on fuel.

Be prepared for potentially 10 - 12 hours on the hill, a long 28km, challenging day where your stamina will be tested.

Duration
10 - 12 hours
Distance
28 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Dalrigh, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, FK20 8RX

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Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

On the western fringes of the Creag Meagaidh plateau are the two less visited Munros Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach. These hills are less visited than their near neighbours of the Creag Meagaidh circuit perhaps due to limited parking and just being on the fringe making a five Munro day too much of a challenge. Lower down the walk can be boggy in the wet ground but once height has been gained it is a lovely walk and I particularly enjoy the spectacular ridgeline of Beinn a'Chaorainn.

Due to limited parking at the start\end of this walk, we will meet in the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve car park and transfer into as few vehicles as possible before driving to the start point. See below for a Google maps link.

Why not make a weekend of it and include Saturdays walk which completes all the Creag Meagaidh plateau Munros.

Previous clients have stayed at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch www.stationlodge.co.uk or in Roybridge which has Hotels and B&B. www.roybridgehotel.co.uk www.stronlossit.co.uk

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km with 1200m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve

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Creag Meagaidh circuit, three Munros

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This is an ideal first multi-Munro day for those looking at starting to string more summits together or for those just looking to maximise their Munros in a day.

A lovely walk in the Nature Reserve high above the beautiful Coire Ardair and it's magnificent cliffs, very popular with ice climbers in winter. A distance of about 20 km in length with approximately 1100m of ascent which should take between 8 and 10 hours to complete.

We will tackle the three Munros of Stob Poite a'Choire Ardair, Carn Liath and Creag Meagaidh that are high on this massive mountains plateau. The traverse is on wide. easy ground as after the first Munro ascent, there's not much up and down in between the Munros. As mentioned, you will see some of the best ice climbing cliffs in Scotland and the beautiful Coire Ardair with it's lovely feature, The Window, which allows us to descend steeply from the plateau down into the coire itself and back out to the car park.

Why not join us on Sunday for the two Munros that complete the Creag Meagaidh plateau, Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach.

Previous clients have stayed at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch www.stationlodge.co.uk or in Roybridge which has Hotels and B&B. www.roybridgehotel.co.uk www.stronlossit.co.uk

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
20 km with 1100m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve on the north side of the A86, opposite Loch Laggan. The postcode for sat navs is PH20 1BX.

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Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Ben Cruachan is famous for the power station built inside the mountain, fed water from the loch some 400m above, it can react to demand for power from the grid within seconds and is an engineering marvel, well worth a visit. For us hillwalkers though, it's a lovely peak, easily spotted from anywhere in the southern highlands with it's distinctive alpine pointed shape.

This is a lovely circular walk, with a distance of about 15 km and 1,400m of ascent. Sea level starts always do that to you! It will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete both of these Munros.

Due to extremely limited parking at the start of the walk and indeed anywhere within several miles for large numbers of vehicles that we may be bringing, we will meet in the car park of The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum FK20 8RY at 0800. We will transfer into as few vehicles as possible for the 25 minute drive down to the start.

The Green Welly cafe stop opens at 0700 for breakfast if you fancy arriving early and taking on some fuel for the day ahead. I'll be there early for coffee and a bacon roll.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
The Green Welly Stop, A82, Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY

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Lochnagar Five Munros of the White Mounth

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

A LONG day taking in all five Munros of The Mounth, including Lochnagar, Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.

The classic, traditional big circular route of the White Mounth. A challenging day, yes, but really only due to the distance and requirement for tight navigation on the plateau if caught in low cloud. There's not a huge amount of descent and re-ascent between these five Munros, just over 1,200m total for the whole day and most of that on the initial ascent! It's more about pacing yourself over the distance. And not getting lost!

Fitness and stamina for a 30 km day are key to you really getting the most out of this one, please be confident you achieve the distance. As always, get in touch prior to booking to discuss any concerns about managing the day.

Duration
9 - 11 hours with 1200m ascent
Distance
30 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Public car park, Spittal of Glenmuick, Ballater, AB35 5SU

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Six Munros of the Glas Maol circuit

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

One for the Munro baggers looking to maximise a day in the hills. You'll need to have a good level of fitness and capable of maintaining a reasonable pace of 4km\hour to get the most out of this day.

The Glas Maol circuit is a fairly straight forward walk with it's high start point near the Glenshee Ski Centre. The plateau is reasonably flat and featureless meaning good progress can be made between the munro summits. It can be boggy, especially out by Tolmount and Tom Buidhe and navigation can be challenging in poor visibility.

This is a long day at 30 km, high on the plateau above the Cairnwell Pass, taking in the six munros of Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, Glas Maol and Creag Leacach. We will also take in the beautiful view of Coire Loch Kander from the plateau, a minor detour.

We will meet at the car park in front of the Glenshee Ski Centre at Cairnwell for 9am. The cafe is usually open from 0830 serving breakfast rolls and coffee if you want to get there early and take on fuel. I'll be there for a hearty breakfast, you're welcome to join me.

If staying the night before\after, previous clients have used the Youth Hostel in Braemar. There are Hotels and B&B's available in the village also as well as a campsite.

Why not join us on Sunday for the Glas Tulaichean circuit, just a few miles down the road at Spittal of Glenshee.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
8
Start time
0900
Start location
Glenshee Ski Centre, Ballater

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Sisters Ridge, Kintail

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

A fantastic day walk with some mild scrambling across the rocky ridge, where hands may be required, in the magical area of Kintail. Views out to the west across the sea towards Skye are stunning.

Meeting at 0830 in the Jac-O-Bite restaurant car park, Ault-a-chruinn, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8HN. (I believe the restaurant is currently closed down) We will leave a vehicle here at the end point before driving up the Glen together to our start point.

We will ascend steeply, direct from the roadside, up to the Bealach an Lapan then head west. Each of the three main summits we encounter are Munros, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach and Sgurr Fhuaran. The remaining two summits make up the five sisters but these tops are not classified as Munros or Corbett. This is a 15km day with 1,400m of ascent and should take us about 8 hours to complete.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Previous clients have stayed at the Cluanie Inn, or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a Scottish Youth Hostel at nearby Rattagan. Camping is available at nearby Morvich

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for the South Glen Shiel Ridge on Saturday

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Jac-O-Bite restaurant car park, Ault-a-chruinn, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8HN

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Brothers Ridge, Kintail

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Meeting at 0830 in the Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie. We will place a vehicle at the end of the walk before beginning from the Cluanie Inn, returning for coffee or a pint once finished.

We will ascend direct from the car park, heading up onto the Brothers Ridge for the first of our three Munro summits, Aonach Meadhoin. Now it's easy ground across the ridge to the magnificent cairn (main photo) atop Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg, one of my favourites. We drop down now before reascending the final summit of the day, Saileag and then steeply down to the main road below to the vehicle we placed earlier. This is an 11km day with 1,200m of ascent and should take us about 7 hours to complete.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Previous clients have stayed at the Cluanie Inn, or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a Scottish Youth Hostel at nearby Rattagan. Camping is available at www.shielbridgecaravanpark.co.uk

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for the Ciste Dubh on the Saturday

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
10 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Cluanie Inn, Glenmoriston, Inverness-Shire IV63 7YW

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Beinn a Ghlo

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Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

You are looking for something a little more challenging, having completed your first few single Munro days. Maybe thinking of multiple summits, pushing yourself a wee bit further.

Beinn a'Ghlo is a fantastic massif of some 22 km including over 1,200m of ascent. It's a mini mountain range all in itself with three separate peaks, all Munros, on its massive bulk.

It has a relatively high start\finish point of around 340m at the car park at Loch Moraig and the going is mainly on good paths, although there are areas of wet, boggy ground. The initial ascent up Carn Liath is on a steep, scarred path which you can see from the A9.

It will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete all three Munros. Group fitness may determine whether two or three of the Munro summits can be achieved and your guide will make a decision based on this during the walk.

Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential.

We will meet in the car park of The Atholl Country Life Museum, Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP which is on the main road (B8079) as you drive through the village, at 0830. From here we will make our way together up the single track road to the car park at Loch Moraig to begin the walk.

Blair Atholl is on the main bus and train routes from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Car sharing is encouraged wherever possible. The excellent https://www.blairatholl.org.uk/wheretostay/ has a list of several places to stay in the area should you be looking for accommodation before or after the event.

Cost is only £45 per person (maximum group size is 12)

Duration
8 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
The Atholl Country Life Museum, Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes. Not for us the trudge up the pony track with its hordes of tourists, no, we will be far from the crowds today, at least until we hit the summit!

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt.

Duration
8-10 hours
Distance
17km
Group size
6
Start time
08:30
Start location
The North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SR

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Achaladair Munros

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The two Achaladair munros, Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a' Chreachain, rise abruptly from the south side of Rannoch Moor and can look slightly intimidating from this angle They are a fine walk though and have excellent views, especially out across the moor. They provide a good days walk of some 20 odd km with a little bit of everything thrown in, a river crossing, pathless, steep terrain, narrow ridge, fine woodland and much more.

There is a new walkers car park just off the main road as you enter the track to Achallader farm. We will meet here at 0830 and decide on whether a clockwise or anti-clockwise journey is best for our weather forecast, paying attention especially to any rain so we can make the right decision for the river crossing.

Achallader is on the main A82 road so bus and train links into nearby Bridge of Orchy are excellent. Previous clients have stayed at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel or the West Highland Sleeper situated at the railway station. The Inveroran Hotel is a 10 minute drive from Bridge of Orchy or By The Way campsite in Tyndrum, just 15 minutes.

Group size is limited to 10 only, book early to secure your space.

Duration
8 - 9 hours
Distance
21 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park before Achaladair Farm, Bridge of Orchy, PA36 4AG

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The four Munros west of Drumochter

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Normally these four Munros are walked over two separate outings. This isn't necessary as they can easily be combined into one group of four, albeit with an hours return walk along the A9 to the start point. We'll endeavour to place a couple of vehicles at the end of the walk to save the pavement pounding though.

The four Munros in this circular walk are A' Mharconaich, Geal Charn, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor. The Munro summits are fairly featureless lumps making this a relatively straightforward round in good visibility. It can be more challenging to navigate in low cloud and mist, with few landmarks. Given the weather, views out across Loch Ericht towards Ben Alder can be impressive (see accompanying photo)

We will meet at the car park at Balsporran Cottages, PH19 1AF, which are on the main A9 trunk road and can be accessed by bus and train (stop at Dalwhinnie) from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Due to the time of year, it's possible we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential.

Balsporran Cottages offer B&B www.balsporran.com and there are other options in nearby Dalwhinnie, including B&B at http://www.2stationcottage.co.uk

Why not make a multi Munro weekend of it and join us just up the road at Newtonmore for three more on Sunday.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
23 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park beside Balsporran Cottages B&B, the A9, Dalwhinnie, PH19 1AF

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Join us for the amazing experience of seeing the sunrise from the highest point in the UK on the longest day of 2021.

This is a truly memorable night walk where we will ascend the mountain track in darkness by torchlight with your experienced guides. We will carefully ascend at a slow pace, it is in the dark after all, aiming to be on the summit by 0400, to await the sunrise at about 0430. We will celebrate the solstice with a wee dram of Malt Whisky or a mug of hot chocolate.

We will descend by the same route, returning to the car park for about 0830.

Please note that the weather conditions are outwith our control and in the event of low cloud or other poor visibility, seeing the sunrise may not be possible.

It is not uncommon for there still to be snow patches on the summit plateau at this time of year. Please bring warm clothing (even in midsummer the temperature will be around zero degrees centigrade), waterproofs, gloves and a hat, sufficient food & water for a 10 hour walk and remember a head torch with spare batteries for the ascent.

Not to be missed.

Duration
10 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
2300
Start location
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF

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Buachaille Etive Mor

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Buachaille Etive Mor has to be one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland, instantly recognisable when seen from the A82 as you approach Glen Coe, it looks magnificent and how a proper mountain should look!

Our day begins at the layby at Altnafeadh, opposite the mountain on the main A82 road. There are two Munros on the Buachaille, Stob Dearg at 1022m and Stob na Broige at 956m and we will traverse the ridge taking in both summits. The views from the top are breathtaking in all directions but especially of Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive. An iconic mountain that everyone should have on their list.

We have a rocky ascent via the corrie followed by a straightforward ridge walk. Return is via a steep path with a bum-slide on some slabs by the burn. Lots of fun! The whole day should take no more than eight hours.

Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA or the private Hostel, both in Glencoe. Camping at the Red Squirrel or in either the newly rebuilt Kingshouse Hotel or the iconic Clachaig Inn.

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
13 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Layby and car park at Altnafeadh on the A82, see Google Maps link.

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Beinn a'Bheithir

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Beinn a'Bheithir is the name given to the magnificent two munros that sit directly behind Ballachulish. Driving south from Fort William gives an impressive view as you approach the Ballachulish bridge, gazing up into the corrie with the peaks sitting either side.

This route is affectionately known as the Schoolhouse ridge, starting from the village school and climbing the excellent ridge to Sgorr Bhan before arriving on the summit of the first munro, Sgorr Dhearg. Across to the lower but more exciting viewpoint of Sgorr Dhonuill doesn't take long with it's short, rocky scramble up onto the summit a real highlight (no difficulties) before descending back to the carpark by one of the three options available, depending on the weather and how our day has gone up to this point.

A real classic ridgewalk, not to be missed.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the www.clachaig.com nearby www.redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk as well as B7B's, private Hostel www.glencoehostel.co.uk and the SYHA.

Meet at 0830 in the car park outside the Tourist Information and Visitor Centre (across from the Coop) in Albert Road, Ballachulish, PH49 4JB

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Albert Rd, Ballachulish PH49 4JB

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Sgurr na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Etive

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

It seems to be the fashion these days to tackle these as two seperate days. It's not necessary to have two trips, they can be combined from Glen Etive and give a fantastic day out. Part of the route is pathless and there's some steep ground to be negotiated but making our own way to connect the two is part of the fun.

These are often the forgotten Munros of Glencoe being hidden behind their more illustrious neighbours. Don't let that fool you, these are two cracking hills, especially from this direction and will require good fitness and stamina for the rough ground. The views are absolutely worth it though.

Parking is limited in Glen Etive so we're going to meet at the Glen Coe Ski Centre where we'll leave some vehicles. We'll car-share for the short journey down Glen Etive before starting the walk.

Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA or the private Hostel, both in Glencoe. Camping at the Red Squirrel or in either the newly rebuilt Kingshouse Hotel or the iconic Clachaig Inn.

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Duration
8 - 9 hours
Distance
18 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Glencoe Ski Centre car park, PH49 4HZ

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Bidean nam Bian and the Hidden Valley

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

People ask me what my favourite mountain is all the time. It's a difficult one to answer when we have so much choice in Scotland. This one is always high on my list though, it's just stunning in my view.

This is a fantastic walk, only 11km long but with lots of steep rock, some loose scree, amazing views and will take between 6 - 8 hours to complete.

After leaving the vehicles in the layby we drop into the glen on a good track which takes us quickly over the bridge and then into the gap between two of the three sisters, Gear Aonach and Aonach Dubh. We follow the track up into the Coire nan Lochan before popping out beside the waterfall onto a plateau with the great buttresses ahead. All hidden from view way back down by the road, you are now just entering the massive bulk of this mountain.

Passing the lochans we will pick our way up onto the ridge before soon coming to a cairn. Not the summit though as Stob Coire nan Lochan is too close to the main summit to qualify for a Munro. Onwards to the high point of Bidean nam Bian at 1150m. South east from here, carefully down to the bealach at the head of The Hidden Valley, passing our descent spot before climbing again to the second Munro summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Return to the bealach and descend steeply into the Hidden Valley, wondering at the scenery and listening to your guide as they recount some of the history of this magical place. Pick up the path through this remote place and descend out the narrow entrance back into Glencoe and return to the start.

Meet at the Three Sisters of Glencoe car park half way up Glen Coe at NN170569. If coming down the road, it's the first carpark on your left just after you pass the whitewashed cottage at Allt-na-ruigh.

Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA in Glencoe. There are B&B's and Hotels in the village of Glencoe also which are close to the start of the walk.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
11 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Three Sisters of Glencoe car park half way up Glen Coe at NN170569

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Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

These are much better hills to be on than you think. Neither of them look at their best when driving on the A82, both being overshadowed by the grand Buachaille Etive Mor and the open space of Rannoch Moor. Once you're on the west ridge of Meall a' Bhuiridh though you start to see the true character of both. The ridge linking them is lovely, rocky and delightfully narrow enough to require a tiny bit of care and attention but never anything to be concerned about. Just about the right level of fun and reward.

We'll meet at the Glencoe Mountain Resort car park (car parking charge) for 0830 and begin from here. Straight up under the gondola then across some boggy ground to pick up the ridge. Straight up to the summit of Meall a' Bhuiridh for the extensive views, see the accompanying photo. Down the ridge linking it to Creise then out to the cairn with more outstanding views. About turn and return the same way.

Seven hours is a reasonable time to tackle these two, not a big day due to the high start\finish at the Ski centre.

Temporary cafe is open at the ski centre while the new one is being built. The Kingshouse Hotel is only five minutes away so there are options for coffee and cake on completion.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
11 km with 1,100m of ascent
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Glencoe Mountain Resort car park, PH49 4HZ

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Ring of Steall

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

This is a truly fantastic walk, it has great variety, a river crossing, steep ascents, ridges, scrambling and exposure; it really does have it all across this wonderful route. There are two sections of Grade 1 scrambling where hands may be needed.

The Ring of Steall is well known in Scottish hillwalking folklore as a classic route combining four Munros with scrambling along narrow aretes. The route starts with a walk in from the Falls of Steall and up onto An Gearanach then Stob Choire a Chairn, Am Bodach and then across the Devils Ridge to Sgurr a'Mhaim before a descent out to the car park at the Polldubh falls.

Total distance is about 16k (10 miles) and I'd expect to be out for between 7 - 9 hours to complete this walk.

We will meet at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving down the Glen to the start of the route.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt.

Why not join us on Saturday for the four Eastern Mamores and again on Sunday for the final two Mamores, the Western two, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF

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The Four Eastern Mamores

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

Often tackled as two separate trips of two Munros, this four Munro walk from Kinlochleven takes in the two easternmost Munros of Sgurr Eilde Mor and Binnean Beag which are removed from the rest of the Mamores ridge. On our return from these two outliers, we will tackle Binnean Mor and Na Gruagaichean. This is a long day, high above Kinlochleven and gives a wide variety of terrain from excellent paths to rocky summits with some mild scrambling where hands will be needed. The views are excellent with Ben Nevis always prominent to the North and Glencoe to the South.

A good level of fitness will be required to achieve this big day in the hills, please get in touch in advance if you have any questions or concerns prior to booking.

Previous clients have enjoyed accommodation at the http://www.blackwaterhostel.co.uk/ which also has camping and pods. The http://www.macdonaldhotel.co.uk/ also offers cabins and camping. The nearest SYHA Hostel is in Glencoe, about a 15 minute drive away. There are a number of B&B's in the town and transport from the Central Belt to Fort William is plentiful on the train or Citylink bus. The number 44 Stagecoach bus runs frequently from Fort William to Kinlochleven.

We will meet at 0800 in the public car park (signed as Grey Mare's Waterfall Car Park) at the side of St Paul's Church on Wades Road Kinlochleven, PH50 4QT

Why not join us on Friday for the four central Mamores, The Ring of Steall and again on Sunday for the final two Mamores, the Eastern two, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
19 km with 2,000m ascent
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Free public car park (signed as Grey Mare's Waterfall Car Park) at the side of St Paul's Church on Wades Road Kinlochleven, PH50 4QT

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Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean, the two Western Mamores

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This two Munro walk from Glen Nevis takes in the two westernmost Munros of Mullach nan Coirean and Stob Ban. The photo accompanying is of Stob Ban and is our intended approach route. It's a stunning mountain from this angle. This is a fantastic day with the walk into Coire a' Mhusgain a particular favourite of mine. Stob Ban is steep and rocky and has a lovely ridge walk with some great views, given the weather.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt.

We will meet at 0830 in the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving down the Glen to the start of the route.

Why not join us on Friday for the four central Mamores, The Ring of Steall and again on Saturday for the Eastern four Mamores.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
14 km with 1,100 m ascent
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Glen Nevis visitor centre car park

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Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn & Creag Pitridh

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

A 26 km walk taking in the three Munros of Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh and should take us between 8 and 10 hours to complete. Despite the distance, its long walk in\out of 6 km means just a little over half the distance is spent on the hills which is why we can often achieve this in around eight hours at a reasonable pace of 4 km\h.

There is an excellent track leading into these three isolated Munros which lie to the south of Loch Laggan. Beinn a'Chlachair will be tackled first across pathless, boggy ground before a steep, rocky descent takes us across to Geal Charn. Creag Pitridh looks very steep from this viewpoint but it's a fairly quick and straightforward ascent before the boggy descent back to the inward path and then the 6 km walk back to the car.

We will meet at 0830 in the layby on the south side of the A86 opposite Luiblea which is about 1 km passed Moy Lodge, Tulloch, Roy Bridge, PH31 4AR

Previous clients have stayed overnight at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch, www.stationlodge.co.uk Other accomodation is available in Roybridge.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
26 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Luiblea layby, Roybridge, PH31 4AR

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An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin

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Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This is a lovely horseshoe shaped walk with some good views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. The walk in contains an interesting ridge feature on An Caisteal called Twisted Hill which we have to weave our way through on our ascent to the summit. Depending on our route on the day, there are two potential sections of mild scrambling where hands may be required. There is also a stream crossing involved on the descent and walking poles can be a useful aid for this.

We will meet at the free public car park opposite Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN at 0830 for a kit check and briefing before moving to the start of the walk. On our return we may pop into the Rod and Reel for a coffee and blether before heading home.

Crianlarich is on the main bus and train routes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Previous clients have enjoyed the Crianlarich Youth Hostel or the Crianlarich Hotel.

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
The free public car park opposite The Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN

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The Loch Lochy Munros

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The two Munros Meall na Teanga and Sron a' Choire Ghaibh are the two Munros we see rising out of the waters of Loch Lochy when driving on the A82 between Spean Bridge and Fort Augustus. They are a distance of about 4 km down the loch along a forest track used by the Great Glen Way. We vear off the track and up into the bealach picking them off first to our left for Teanga then back to the bealach and up onto Choire Ghaibh before returning for the final time to the bealach and the walk out to Laggan.

The views out over the loch are outstanding and previous visits we have been lucky enough to spot Sea Eagles and Ospreys in the area.

For this ascent we will meet at 0830 at The Eagle Barge Inn, Laggan Locks, PH34 4EA which is just off the A82 at South Laggan. There is car parking nearby from where we will get into as few cars as possible for the drive to the start of the walk.

Previous clients have stayed in the nearby www.greatglenhostel.com which is only a few minutes north on the A82 of the south Laggan Locks.

Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
20 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
The Eagle Barge Inn, Laggan Locks, PH34 4EA

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Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

The usual route to tackle these two Munros above Crianlarich is to come in from Loch Doine in the south but I much prefer this linear walk from Crianlarich with it's simple out and back route over a reasonable path most of the way. Views across to An Caisteal to the West and Ben More to the East, given the weather, are fantastic.

We will meet in the public car park opposite The Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN which is on the main road (A85) as you drive through the village, at 0830. From here we will transfer into two or three vehicles then make our way together to the layby on the A82 to begin the walk.

Previous clients have stayed in Crianlarich which has a Hotel, B&B's and Hostel accomodation. If using the Scottish Youth Hostel give them my cose King-19 for 10% off your stay.

Crianlarich is well served by both busses and trains from the Central belt making these hills a good choice if travelling by public transport.

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Free car park opposite the Rod & Reel, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN

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Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Stob a'Choire Odhair has possibly the finest views of Rannoch Moor of any of the Black Mount peaks. Accessed from Victoria Bridge on the West Highland Way, initially on a good path, this soon gives way to a steep climb onto the shoulder before the path becomes intermittent about 300m from the summit.

We summit to those stunning views before heading down the spur and the steep climb up onto the Couloir Buttress of Stob Ghabhar with the summit coming up soon after. At 1090m high, this is a fine viewpoint also, looking into the Black Mount, Glencoe and beyond. Descending by a small waterfall and rejoining the inward track, we are soon down and on the walk out.

A fine horseshoe walk that provides a variety of terrain from easy paths to a narrow ridge section and everything in between.

We will meet at the public car park beside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, PA36 4AD at 0830 before getting into as few vehicles as possible and driving round the single track road to the car park near Victoria Bridge to begin the walk.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Bridge of Orchy car park, PA36 4AB

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The Grey Corries

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Most of the current hill walking resources don't list the complete traverse of the Grey Corries ridge, for some unknown reason, they miss out Stob Ban, meaning a long walk back in for this solitary Munro for all those who missed it off. We will be including the wonderful Stob Ban on this walk as we traverse the whole ridge.

After a short, steep descent from Stob Ban to the lochan at the head of Coire Rach it's only a 1km walk (steeply) up the south spur to the summit of Stob Choire Claurigh. After this second summit, there's very little ascent\descent when up on the ridge and it's really just a case of enjoying the views and pacing yourself for the distance. From Stob Coire Easain it's out and back to the outlier Sgurr Choinnich Mor, which has a relatively low bealach and steep sides meaning some hands on my be needed,  before dropping off the ridge into the trees and returning to the car.

Meeting at 0800 at the free car park to the rear of the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP where we will leave as many cars as possible before driving out to the start of the walk which is up a rough track from Corriechoille Farm.

After leaving the vehicles in the layby on the forestry track, we will head of along the excellent landrover track to the base of Stob Ban by the Lairig bothy.

There are a number of B&B's and a Hotel in Spean Bridge or a large variety of accommodation in nearby Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt to Fort William.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
25 km with 2,000m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP

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Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

The hamlet of Fersit is hidden away at the end of Loch Treig, off the A86 and has four Munros that are accessible from the car park. These are my favourite two, giving great views across the Loch and more to the West, over the Grey Corries and to Ben Nevis beyond as well as the Blackwater dam and so much more. It's well worth the effort..

This is a linear walk of about 17 km with approximately 1200m of ascent taking in the two Munros of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain which border the west side of Loch Treig.

The walk begins on the track leading into the dam at Loch Treig but soon we are climbing steeply on boggy ground to reach the zig-zag walk up Meall Cian Dearg. The ridge now appears ahead and we follow this up to the first summit then further, onto the second summit of the day, Stob Coire Easain. Return is by the same route.

We will meet at 0830 in the car park at the end of the road. The address for your sat nav is, Tulloch, Roy Bridge, PH31 4AR. Look out for the signpost on the A86 just past the Laggan Dam.

Previous clients have stayed at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch www.stationlodge.co.uk or in Roybridge which has Hotels and B&B. www.roybridgehotel.co.uk www.stronlossit.co.uk

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
7
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at Fersit, by Tulloch, Roy Bridge, PH31 4AR

£ 50.00 

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Rough and Remote, the four Glendessary Munros

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential

This is another of my favourite walks. If you have visited Inverie in Knoydart and viewed the classic alpine shaped peak, way up the Glen, that was Sgurr na Ciche. The views from the top looking back down Loch Nevis are special, the best in Scotland? Up there, for sure.

We are going to tackle four spectacular Munros in some of the remotest yet most beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. You will need to have an excellent level of fitness for this walk, often on rough, pathless ground and involving a river crossing where we will very likely get wet feet, possibly more!

This is a long 30km circular hike with 2,400m of ascent taking in the stunning Sgurr na Ciche (the photograph accompanying this was taken from the summit looking west) Garbh Chioch Mhor, Sgurr nan Coireachan and Sgurr Mor. This is a long, strenuous day and not to be underestimated. It is not uncommon for it to take at least 12 hours to complete.

The nearest accommodation can be found on the Glendessary Estate in their small, 4 bedded bunkhouse or in the village of Spean Bridge or at the Great Glen Hostel  both in the region of 35 km away. Staying at either of these would mean an hours drive to the start of the walk.

Get in touch if you have any questions. These are big days with routes and mountains that will leave an impression on even the most hardened walker.

Duration
11 - 13 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
End of the public road, Glen Dessary

£ 55.00 

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Sgurr Thuilm and Coireachan, Glenfinnan

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The two Munros Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan are hidden at the back of Glenfinnan, a good 5km or so walk up the Glen, under the Viaduct, past the Lodge and Corryhully bothy. That 5km walk in\out is on a good road and estate tracks so is covered relatively quickly. The hills themselves are steep and rugged. The ridge linking the two summits is only 4km across but is a tougher prospect than you think with lots of undulation which makes it feel unrelenting. It's worth it for the views though.

This is a walk that would suit those with several Big Munro days under their belt and are able to cope with an extended day of perhaps up to 12 hours and with almost 1,500m of ascent.

There's a new community car park beside the NTS car park (Glenfinnan Monument) which is where we will meet at 0800 to begin the walk.

Why not join us Sunday for the near neighbour of these Munros, Gulvain.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
24 km
Group size
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Glenfinnan Car Park, PH37 4LT

£ 50.00 

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Gulvain

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Gulvain is hidden from the road, a walk in\out of some 6km up Gleann Fionnlighe on estate tracks and paths. A steep grassy pull gets you up to 855m and on to the south top. Strike out north to the central top with its trig point before finally heading out to the highest, north top at 987m. The views from here are outstanding and make the long slog to get here feel worthwhile. After a breather, time to turn round and head back the way we came.

There's limited space in a very rough 'lay-by' at the side of the A861 at Trislaig Road End junction with the A830, just under the railway bridge, for car parking.

Why not join us Saturday for the near neighbours of this one, Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
21 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Trislaig Road End, A830 junction with A861, Fort William, PH33 7AW

£ 50.00 

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