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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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
Parking area about 200 metres east of the Cluanie Inn, 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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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 0830am.

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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Beinn a'Bheithir

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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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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
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Glencoe Mountain Resort car park, PH49 4HZ

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Ring of Steall

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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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Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Lutharn Mhor

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This is a beautiful walk into the Mounth to bag these three Munros which sit quite close together. I've marked it as moderately challenging due to the distance being some 30 km but it's not a particularly difficult day, providing you are fit enough for the distance of course. There is an excellent track from the start, virtually to the summit of Glas Tulaichean. We follow the old railway line built in the early 1900's to provide quarried stone for the castle. Going is good on the track and height is gained gradually so a good pace can be kept.

From Tulaichean we're off the track now and onto more rough and boggy ground first across to Carn an Righ and then to add in Beinn Lutharn Mhor. Not the normal route this one but as it's so close and we're out here anyway, why not tag it on! Back to the Loch nan Eun, shown in the picture, and here we can see the long winding path down through the glen and back to the Spittal. I love that view and I love the walk out from the Loch at 800m down Gleann Taitneach and the 10 km back to the car.

If you wanted to stay over in the area, there's Dalmunzie Castle Hotel or the Hotel at Bridge of Cally, only 20 minutes down the road. Sadly the Hotel at Spittal of Glenshee burned down several years ago, you'll see the charred remains as you drive onto the road to Dalmunzie.

Why not join us for the Glas Maol 6 on the saturday and make a big weekend?

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
30 km with 1,200m ascent
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Free walkers car park on the road to Dalmunzie Castle Hotel. Paid parking available at the Hotel.

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Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

SM
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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