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.

Your first Munro - Ben Lawers

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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
12
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.

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
3
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

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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
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW

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Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

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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
10
Start time
0800
Start location
The Green Welly Stop, A82, Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY

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Sisters Ridge, Kintail

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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
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Jac-O-Bite restaurant car park, Ault-a-chruinn, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8HN

£ 45.00 

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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

£ 55.00 

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

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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

£ 75.00 

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Bidean nam Bian and the Hidden Valley

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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
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Three Sisters of Glencoe car park half way up Glen Coe at NN170569

£ 45.00 

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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
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF

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The Four Eastern Mamores

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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

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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

£ 45.00 

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The Grey Corries

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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
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP

£ 45.00 

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Rough and Remote, the four Glendessary Munros

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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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